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The symbol shows the location of the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 440,000 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 Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sudbury 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)229mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)229mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 77km north-northeast (24°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 78km north-northeast (24°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

Felixstowe WestTransposer1000 homes +1000 or more homes due to expansion of affected area?
WithamTransposer14 km NE Chelmsford.118 homes

How will the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Aug 2018
B E TB E TB E TE TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C35C5wavesC5waves
C37ArqB
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C44BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCB
C51tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C56tv_offArqB
C58tv_offSDN
C60tv_off-ArqA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 250kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100kW
Analogue 5(-7dB) 50kW
Mux 2*(-14.9dB) 8.1kW
Mux B*(-15.2dB) 7.5kW
Mux 1*(-15.5dB) 7kW
Mux A*(-17dB) 5kW
Mux C*(-22.2dB) 1.5kW
Mux D*(-23.6dB) 1.1kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Sudbury 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.

Comments
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Nick
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10:18 AM
Woodbridge

I think there really must be something amiss with Sudbury's c60, for the following reasons.
I experimented with the aerial in different directions. Tac good on all channels as high as 59. [can't try 62 as don't have hd.] Dutch and French A1 on all channels as low as 21, even though aerial is not designed for group A. Sudbury good on 56 and 58, although tested connections before erecting it, in the garden at only 10ft, and only the muxes on 41 and 44 came in, but that in itself was an achievement.
When Sudbury had a low power mux on c63, I could occasionally receive it, and that was on an old group b aerial.
I would like to blame the Dutch for my problem on c60, but they do not come in on that channel with aerial set to Holland.

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Tessa Forsdike
12:23 PM
Ipswich

Just checking whether this transmitter ws actually transmitting the closing ceremony of the Olympics in 3D - Sudbury transmitter - ? We have a new Panasonic TV and couldn't receive 3D - is it a problem with the TV or the signal??

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Tessa Forsdike's 2 posts GB
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Heinz
7:40 PM

There's no 3D on terrestrial Tessa, it's only on Sky (satellite).

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Norm De Plume
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:31 PM

Hi Tessa,

The Olympics closing ceremony, and much of the Olympics, was broadcast on BBC HD (not BBC1 HD). I even have the recordings to prove it!

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Norm De Plume's 36 posts GB
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Jason
6:08 AM

Whilst on the subject of the Olympics I noticed something the other afternoon, the living room and kitchen tv's were both on, the living room was on 301 and the kitchen on bbc1, by chance the programme that was being transmitted on 301 also started transmitting on bbc1 when that current sport had finished, I could hear the commentary from both as I walked from one room to the other and noticed that bbc1 was about 1 to 1.5 seconds behind 301.

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Tessa Forsdike
6:07 PM

I hear your experience about where 3D is broadcast, Heinz, - but the BBC were telling us all that the closing ceremony (and the opening one too) was available in 3D on BBC HD - and Norm de Plume (like the sense of humour!) says he has the recordings - can you please confirm that was in 3D and was from the Sudbury transmitter?

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Tessa Forsdike's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 16 August 2012
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Kevin Hodges
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:03 PM
Chelmsford

Tessa, there is no mention of 3D anywhere on the Freeview website. It was available on Virgin Cable TV

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Kevin Hodges's 27 posts GB
Friday, 17 August 2012
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Heinz
9:57 AM

British Eurosport transmitted much of the Olympics in 3D on the only 3D channel currently available in the UK - Sky channel 217.

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Heinz's 9 posts GB
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Heinz
10:00 AM

Sorry, I meant to say, "..... one of only two (the other's on Virgin cable) 3D channels currently available in the UK - Sky chanel 217."

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Heinz's 9 posts GB
Saturday, 18 August 2012
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Richard
1:15 PM
Hockley

Tessa, the opening and closing ceremonies and each days highlights (broadcast after 11:00pm) were shown on BBC HD (including the Sudbury transmitter) in side by side mode and appeared on ordinary TV's 2 squashed images side by side. This was on BBC HD not BBC1 HD.

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