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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast?

Sudbury transmitter - Sudbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 03/10/2022 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Sudbury transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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 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
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 / 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.

Comments
Thursday, 25 July 2013
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Jason
5:38 AM

Just another note to the above post, the 4:3 pan and scan option is enabled in the set-top box menu and this works ok with all the other channels, its the same setting that is enabled on my nan's set-top box as I remember setting it up for her.
I'm just wondering if there is a signal that's broadcast with the programme that enables this 4:3 pan and scan option to work, maybe its been disabled for some reason by channel 4.

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Jason's 11 posts GB
Saturday, 27 July 2013
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Bill
6:53 PM
Maldon

Any thoughts on this Sudbury problem ?

My TV will not tune the Ch60 output (Pick TV etc), it pauses as expected while tuning but never reports any channels.

However my PVR and PC are still receiving Ch60 just fine, as was the TV until I did a retune a couple of weeks back.

At CM9 6HG, a clear view of the mast, and all other MUX are full strength and no pixellation or errors.
TV is Sony.

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Bill's 3 posts GB
Sunday, 28 July 2013
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:07 AM

Bill: Have you tried carrying out a factory reset on your TV prior to the auto-tune? this on some devices being called "default setting" or on others "first time installation, all of these procedures scrubbing the tuners memory of any data errors that may have occurred during the previous retune.

Should you still not have any success then maybe you could supply the model number of the Sony TV in question

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
B
Bill
12:11 AM
Maldon

Bill:

Now fixed.

There wasn't a factory reset for tuning (everything but...) so I did a scan with no aerial lead to blank it out.

The subsequent automatic scan went OK, and a manual tune of Ch60 also picked up what it should have done this time.

Bit of a mystery, perhaps down to scanning in 'odd' weather.

Thanks


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Bill's 3 posts GB
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Jay
6:01 PM
Ipswich

Hi, I live in the IP5 area and today I did a retune of channels. Thay all came through perfectly on my TopUp tv freeview+ set-top box, but when I try to retune the Panasonic tv (with built in digital)(over 8 years old) it keeps coming up with the same message - NO DVB Services found. I have retuned with all options, factory settings, shipping conditions and have tried this 7 or 8 times during the course of today. Please Help. Techno novice.

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Jay's 2 posts GB
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:18 PM

Jay: Its just a guess, but try unplugging the aerial from the TV, then trying a scan/retune to clear everything, then plug it back it, and retune again.

You TV's memory can get full up, especially if ita bit old like your Panasonic (Dave Lindsay has a really good explaination of this, but I can't find it at the moment), and it needs a cleanout.

Give it a go, and see how you get on.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
J
Jay
9:46 AM
Ipswich

Jay: I have done this, but again no joy last night. Thought I would give it a go this morning, slightly less humid conditions and this time it has worked. All signals are back but not a very high strength of signal, keeps buffering. Probably weather related somehow, the freeview+ box is also saying buffering due to signal. Hopefully all will be okay when weather lowers the pressure.

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Jay's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 10 August 2013
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nick
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:13 AM

are the powers that be not able to think up a way of stopping foreign transmitters blotting out Sudbury in summer?

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nick's 374 posts GB
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
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steve willis
7:41 AM
Olney

I have lost all digital signals from approx 1930 12 Aug. I receive from Sandy Heath. Web says there may be outages..anyone else have the problem? I am near Milton Keynes

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steve willis's 1 post GB
Saturday, 17 August 2013
S
Simon
11:43 AM

For some reason not receiving COM5 from Sudbury on Channel 60 - yet able to recieve full signal on other channels.

Any suggestions?

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