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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
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

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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
Monday, 9 December 2013
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sharealam
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12:17 PM

David W: bbc news 24 hd on channel 570,bbc three hd on channel 210,bbc four hd on channel 211,cbeebies hd channel 624,cbbc hd on channel 633 on sky.

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Michael
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12:41 PM

David W: As you see above from the multiplex listings above, Sudbury is not scheduled to broadcast com7 - you'd have to pick it up from another transmitter - see: Freeview HD extended service from 2014 (com7) | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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David W
4:55 PM

Michael: That's what I was originally assuming.

But I've been told differently today but a few people...hence the confusion.

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Briantist
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5:36 PM

David W: There never was any chance of Sudbury getting COM7.

Please see the Ofcom "bid" document

http://stakeholders.ofcom….pdf

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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Mrs A Hemmings
4:11 PM

What has happened to my signal. I see there was maintenance in October. Well since then our signal has been poor for our little wall mounted tv in the kitchen. It used to be fine now we are having to move the aerial all over the place to obtain a signal at all. Whatever you did, please undo it.

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Brian O'Keefe
5:15 PM

What a letdown..didn't realise I wouldn't be getting only BBC 3 HD from Sudbury glad to have the new channels via Sky, I learnt to always expect disappoint first from Freeview in Chelmsford, where I live Sudbury is the only option.

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Sunday, 15 December 2013
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Gareth
5:18 AM
Ipswich

Am I reading the initial plans displayed on the initial part of this page correctly - i.e. Sudbury may get com7 and 8 at some point after 2014? There is little or no option for me as I live in Hadleigh (Suffolk, not Essex). Tacolneston doesn't quite cover central Hadleigh (and it would be an incredible reach anyway, it's right on the edge of theoretical coverage).

It's not the most massive loss, BBC4 HD is really the only channel I would like. BBC3 HD has been up and running perfectly since it should have been.

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Gareth's 4 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:06 AM

Gareth: Due to the proximity of this transmitter to others in France, Belgium and Holland, Ofcom has not been able to get clearance for the provision of services on the Sudbury Mast.

It is not expected that such clearance will be granted before 2018.

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Gareth
11:34 AM
Ipswich

Thanks for the reply - oh well. I suppose that's why we've got the 1,001-ft mast at Mendlesham doing nothing apart from mobile services and rubbish local radio? Seems such a waste.

Obviously I know that you and your sources know what you're talking about, but it still seems strange that Sudbury would interfere with the close continent when, for example, Belmont won't. I suppose that's just the key distance further west?

It is ironic that Sudbury could interfere with France and Belgium but it has a few black spots in Sudbury itself (as I'm sure you're aware, the transmitter isn't really that close to Sudbury) and indeed Ipswich, which is ~10 miles away. If you approach Ipswich from the West (Sudbury) then most people approaching the town centre on London and Hadleigh road have their Yagi aerials vertically mounted and pointed at the Bramford (Bullen Lane) relay - which almost implausibly, is actually a Tacolneston relay. Some people furthey into town from the west, and out of town closer to the coast actually have theirs pointing at the minor relay on top of the AXA building in Ipswich, or the Felixtowe relay.

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