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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.

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

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C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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 0 Freeview HD 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: .

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

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 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.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

6:11 PM

Tony: Really pleased to hear your good news!! because through sheer comprehensive experience over the time I can say with a reasonable level of confidence that if anyone was unable to get satisfactory reception of digital transmissions using the combination of equipment such as you are using yourself, then they really are residing in a Freesat zone.

The problem with Log aerials is purely peoples perception of them, as most mistakenly equate large pieces of metalwork as being somehow superior.

Many thanks for the update.

Regards / JB

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Thursday, 13 December 2012
7:51 AM

Just wanted to add my comments about the Log aerials, have recently replaced the older wideband I had with a Log 40 and can honestly say its a quality piece of kit and extremely well made, X-Beams seam to rule the roost in most places but as stated by jb38 the combination of Log and amplifier is a excellent combination.
I would also like to say that having had a look around ATV's website it is both informative and worth a look to anyone who not now needs a new aerial but also for general information about transmitters and signals, I receive my signal from Sudbury and have excellent quality and strength on all channels.

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Jason's 11 posts GB

6:19 PM

JB, Mux on c60 came in 90% on quality and strength the other day, now back to its usual tricks of flickering between 0 and 90%, no signal.

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Nick's 383 posts GB
Monday, 31 December 2012
Betty Bayliss
3:00 PM

I have a Humax recorder which is fine. When I try to record at times the television (which is also fine) I get no signal or scrambled. Put on BBC 1 recording and it is really scrambled. Engineers have come 3 times one told me I was in the area where 2 transmitters are close and it is interfeering with my recorder. Could this be true as it doesn't happen all the time. It seems it has a down on me, because it's my favourite programmes it scramble3s mostly. HELP.

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Betty Bayliss's 1 post GB

3:53 PM

Betty Bayliss: It would be of considerable help to anyone offering assistance if you had indicated where you are located, this in the form of a post code or one from nearby such as a shop, as only then can access be made to the reception predictor and which also gives information on the transmitters covering your area.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Kevin Hodges

2:47 PM

I'm now the proud owner of a new TV, which has Freeview HD, and a Blu ray surround system.
Whilst recently scanning the HD channels I caught the end of a test card and 5.1 surround check on the BBC HD preview channel. Does anyone know if this test is broadcast at set times? I've looked on the BBC site but can't find any info. I'm hoping to record this test so I can fiddle with the settings when the boss isn't around!

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Kevin Hodges's 27 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:59 PM

Kevin Hodges: Not sure that I can answer your question, but maybe this page might be useful:

BBC High Definition test card | High definition | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 26 January 2013
12:34 PM

I contacted you last August regarding five 125mt Turbines which were being erected on Earls Hall Farm, Clacton on Sea CO16,between us and the Sudbury transmitter. jb38 gave me a very informative answer & suggested that they most likely would affect our signal.He was right. They have had problems with them (ha,ha)and so they have only been working (intermittently)for the last week. We have three TVs fed by one aerial, all our pictures are still perfect apart from our newest TV which has full HD which pixelates intermittently on the four HD channels. Why are the Turbines affecting HD only? I would appreciate any answers on this.

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LandlubberDave's 10 posts GB
12:48 PM

We live in a bungalow, and have a good quality modern aerial on a tall roof mask, all connections are with W100 cable.Pictures on three sets are really good. Only BBC1 HD, BBC HD, ITV HD and Chan 4 HD on our new Philips set are affected. I have done all your checks,

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LandlubberDave's 10 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

12:51 PM

LandlubberDave: Broadly speaking, digital either works or it doesn't. By "works" I am talking the bit that you can see, which is producing a picture.

HD pictures are more susceptible to such interference.

Of course, this is not to say that the standard definition signals aren't being affected, it is just that your receiver is able to resolve them to a picture. It may be that they are "only just" good enough. As you only measure is the picture, you perceive them has having no effect.

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