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There are no longer any television transmissions on the Lichfield (Staffordshire, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Lichfield (Staffordshire, England) transmitter. 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 Lichfield (Staffordshire, England) transmitter.

This transmitter is no longer being used for TV

In the past, television services were provided from this transmitter. However, these have not been withdrawn.

Please see the table below for details of the historic used of this transmitter location.

How will the Lichfield (Staffordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 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 5 1000kW

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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
5:05 PM

John: Did you resolve your problem ?, I had exactly the same Humax and I am 7.5 miles SW of Lichfield, I had error free viewing on all SD and HD channels for 3 weeks then all HD channels had picture break-up about every 5-10 mins which I put down to intermittant interference, However as there was no change to aerial or transmitter I got the Humax changed, Hey presto!! back to error free viewing (Please note this may not be your problem).

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Ezra's 10 posts GB
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Neil Williams
8:56 PM

Firstly I live about 6 miles from Lichfield transmitter in Polesworth.

About two weeks ago I bought a Digistream PVR capabale of receiving the free HD channels.

After setting it up, all channels on SD and HD were available although the four HD channels picture was breaking up frequently making them unwatchable.

I had a new wideband TV aerial and all new cabling installed via a boost splitter about 18 months ago from a qualified friend. He's been tonight and installed a masthead amp to boost the signal (getting the highest reading on his meter) but now I have no HD channels at all.

Tuning to them I get "no service available". Rescanning doesnt find them either. Nothing else is plugged into the TV and Im using high quality cables. We've uninstalled the masthead amp and out the setup back how it was before with no success either.

Ive tried softbooting and hardbooting the PVR, Ive tried it in different rooms and nothing will make the HD channels come to life.

Where do I go from here?

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Neil Williams's 3 posts GB

9:08 PM

Neil Williams: Get rid of the amplifiers, they will do nothing but cause the digital signals to be destroyed.

How is your analogue Channel 5 reception?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Neil Williams
9:21 PM

C5 reception is ok - little bit of ghosting.

As I said the with the amp out it makes no difference other that the signal at each socket outlet is half of the reading with the masthead amp inline.

I dont understand why I had it for weeks and now I dont have it at all.

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Neil Williams's 3 posts GB

9:32 PM

Neil Williams: As the Freeview HD service is coming out of the same transmitter elements as the Channel 5 analogue, you might want to find out why the analogue signal is ghosting.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Neil Williams
9:41 PM

Its only evident around the logo really. No other equipment is plugged in to the TV. No other TVS are on. All cables are quality ones.

Wideband aerial is aligned properly. Signal readings are exceptionally high. All new cabling etc.

Nothing has changed in my setup so I dont understand why I cannot get the HD channels when I could the last few weeks.

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Neil Williams's 3 posts GB

9:48 PM

Neil Williams: When you say your aerial is "aligned properly", I would expect you mean to Sutton Coldfield, and not Lichfield.

This would explain the ghosting on analogue Channel 5.

"exceptionally high" signal readings are not a good sign either, this could indicate an overload for digital signals.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 7 April 2011
10:24 AM

I would just like to say your Web site is excellent. I would however like to point out that the coverage of the Litchfield C5 analogue on ch37 is incorrect. I can pick the signal up in Wigan. Its output is 1MW and if anything the coverage should be similar to Sutton Coldfield

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jake's 1 post GB

11:48 AM

Jake: As above, "NOTE:
ON C34 AT 4,000W"

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Dave Bennett
4:48 PM
Sutton Coldfield

Post code B75, within 1/2 mile of Sutton Coldfield transmitter and 7 miles Lichfield.
Last Thursday 7th April the HD Channels suffered from poor signal and eventually disappeared from Ch 34 completely. I've tried retuning but still they remain absent after a week. Any ideas anyone?

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Dave Bennett's 2 posts GB
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