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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
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from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Sutton Coldfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Thursday, 20 January 2011
Stephen johnson
12:37 AM

Hi I live in nn4 9sz my aerial points north west my signal is good and picture good I just need to know where my signal comes from Sutton or sandy Heath ? As sandy Heath goes full power in march and would I be better pointing my aerial the other way thanks

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Stephen johnson's 5 posts GB flag
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5:57 AM

Stephen johnson: Sutton Coldfield is to your north west. Sandy Heath is a better choice of transmitter, but you will need a wideband aerial.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

10:29 AM

Stephen,looking at your street on Google street view,all the aerials seem to be pointing north west,the opposite direction to the satellite dishes,which would be south east.
If they 'are' all looking at Sutton Coldfield there must be a reason for that.
Do a scan and check the RF channel numbers against the Sutton Coldfield transmitter listings.
They are 41/44/47/51/52/55 I think :)

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Dennis's 27 posts GB flag
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6:45 PM

Stephen johnson: According to the Digital UK postcode checker using Sandy Heath would give the 3 PSB muxes from switchover on 13th April 2011, however it would be 2012 before you could receive all 3 COM muxes. Sutton Coldfield gives all six muxes from switchover on 21st september 2011 with Mux SDN and Mux ArqA on reduced power until November 2011. The eventual signal levels show S/C to be stronger than S/H.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
stephen johnson
11:04 PM

The reason for the aerials pointing northwest is due to i am at the bottom of a hill and would need a 40 foot pole the look over it one half of the street points to sutton and the other half go to sandy i think and some point completly the opposite way to mine which baffles me
Northampton is not a very good area for reception low lying and a huge express lift concrete tower messed up the analogue signal
I dont have a pronlem getting any of the channels some lower down break up for a second every couple of hours but nothing worse

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stephen johnson's 5 posts GB flag
stephen johnson
11:07 PM

I also have virgin media as back up

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stephen johnson's 5 posts GB flag
Friday, 21 January 2011

9:48 AM

I would leave things as they are then Stephen,you would need a wideband aerial as well,for Sandy Heath.
My son lives near you,and I can't help looking up at the TV aerial's around there trying to figure out who is looking at which transmitter :)

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Dennis's 27 posts GB flag
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8:52 PM

I live in the Derby area and i have just purchased a new samsung led with Freeview HD, all tuned in but no Freeview HD channels ?
I live in a new build appartment, top floor, well only 3 floors high, the aerial for my block which consists of just 12 blocks is literally situated on the side wall of my appt where my aerial and plugs is in the lounge, all channels are ok on analogue and freeview and my sky has full signal service.
is Freeview HD in the area as of yet ?

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Mick's 2 posts GB flag

9:22 PM

Mick: Freeview HD is not yet available in most of Derby because the only HD transmitter in this area is Lichfield on C34. Unfortunately this frequency is also used by analogue Channel Five from Kimberley.The situation may well change on 13th April 2011 when analogue signals from Kimberley are switched off,removing the interference from the Lichfield signal if you currently receive Freeview from Sutton Coldfield. Additionally Freeview HD begins from Kimberley on this date for viewers able to receive it. If your aerial is set on Waltham the HD service begins on 31st August 2011.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
11:15 PM


Firstly thanks for the quickness of your reply, Thanks fella.
Well not to sure what transmitter i am on to be fair, all i can say is i get East mids news on BBC1 and the aerial i think faces the same kind of direction as the Dish at the front of the block i live in, so it just a matter of waiting for the switch to happen.
Thanks mate i really appreciate it, also why i am here i have just got myself a new 20hd tv with standard freeview built in too for the bedroom and i want to get an aerial fitted for the bedroom do you recommend any good aerial fitters in the Derby area at all , who are good and cheap too. lol

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