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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.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

9:05 PM

Stephen I think you would be better sticking with Sutton Coldfield,for the reason's given to you in KMJ,Derby's reply.

However you will find the bearing for Sandy Heath here,based on your postcode,enter your house number yourself.

Postcode Checker - Trade View (B775LD)

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Dennis's 27 posts GB flag

9:24 PM

Geoff,that's great,pleased to hear it the HD mulitplex from Lichfield is on 4KW now,when it moves to Sutton Coldfield,I understand that the power will increase to 200KW.

So I think you will be ok :) all the SD channels will also increase power, from 8KW now,to 200KW at the end of digital switchover.

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Sunday, 23 January 2011
12:56 PM

Tried setting up my new HD box today. All I get is the all SD channels no HD at all. I am in Stafford ST17. Freeview says we are supposed to get HD. Have checked all connections and multi scanned. But no success.

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stephen johnson
1:40 PM

hi dennis i think i do have a wide band aerial i think
do i live in the only place where everyones aerial points in a different diriction ?
i have a tri boom aerial

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Geoff Smith
2:55 PM

Hi Dennis,
It's a Samsung LE40c750. The specifications include a DVB-T2 receiver, 1080p and 3d ready. When I tuned it in without the PSU I got 104 digital channels. With the PSU fitted I got 108. Choose channel 50 on the remote and BBC1HD comes up. The same with the other hd channels. As I said, if I watch an hd channel with the PSU on, no problem, but if I switch it off the channel goes off.

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3:59 PM

Graham,I understand that the radiation pattern of the HD transmitter is to the south,for Birmingham,not north where you are.
Your aerial is looking at Sutton Coldfield,but the HD transmission is from nr Lichfield,some thirteen degrees away from where your aerial is pointing.

It would seem that you have a hi-gain antenna,this would tend to limit the capture of signal,to a very narrow area, in degrees and miss the HD signal.

I am sure it will be fine,come digital switch over,when the HD multiplex moves to Sutton Coldfield on high power.

Take a look at the enclosed,it refers to ''analogue'' reception but gives the location of the Sutton and Lichfield transmitter sites.with reference to your location,notice the thirteen degree difference.
UK analogue TV reception predictor

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Dennis's 27 posts GB flag
7:15 PM

Thanks Dennis.....Your information is most helpfull, I will wait and see what happens at switch over.

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 24 January 2011
2:57 PM

HI I've just fell into the 'HD Freeview is in your postcode' got a hd freeview box and like Graham i am pointing to sutton coldfield (im in Cannock) but hey no HD channels...i am not going to mess with my arial as its in a very hard to get spot (nearly vertical ladders) just to get lichfields weak signal so i'll have to wait for 9/2011 as well.!

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Michael Coley
11:40 PM
Sutton Coldfield

re.B75 5DN - Here we go again!! For some 5/6 weeks before Christmas we had major prolems with reception for ITV1 and all other stations on C44. However just before Christmas it all cleared and for the last 5/6 weeks there have been no problems at all. However today there has been a blank screen all day and evening for ITV1 and all others on C44. Others are fine. Clearly something has been done today to cause this problem and perhaps you could see that it is sorted out tomorrow

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Brett Nagata
3:11 AM

Hi Briantist,

Thanks for the info. I am away but will try the advice when I return.

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