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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-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

PSB2
D3+4
 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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 14 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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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
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
Monday, 9 May 2016
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nick
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5:22 PM

I am not pleased that Sudbury describes itself as main transmitter yet we no longer get Al Jazeera. This is a misleading description.
I went to a lot of trouble to pick up this transmitter as opposed to our local 'light' one and now it fails to do what it claims.
Why does it not carry the extra muxes?
Why could not Al J start using channel 133 again so we can see it?

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016
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Chris
10:43 AM
Chelmsford

In response to the snail, I live in Chelmsford CM1 7DW and have checked this morning and can receive all Sudbury channels except 47 (I don't have Freeview HD). Some in Chelmsford receive Crystal Palace, some Sudbury and some both transmitters; it is very much a street by street situation and I don't know what snail should be watching as we are on the other side of Chelmsford 44m a.m.s.l. and with a good sight line to Sudbury

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016
MikeP
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2:15 PM
Trowbridge

Nick:

The presence or absence of Al Jazeera does not define a Full Service transmitter. All transmitters carry all the PSB muxes and the Full Service ones carry many of the COM muxes. 'Lite' transmitters do not carry the COM services. Whether a particular transmitter carries any of the optional channels, like Al Jezeera, is entirely up to that particular broadcaster. If they don't want to be carried on any of the muxes allocated to Sudbury then they don't have to pay for it.



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Monday, 6 June 2016
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Richard Cooper
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9:46 AM
Norwich

Good Morning. This is Richard in Norwich on Monday 6th June, writing at 9:30 a.m. I normally receive my tv signals from Tacolneston, 8 miles down the road from here, however, this morning, I did a re-tune and discovered I had duplicate channels for the PSB 1 and PSB 2 services. A closer inspection revealed that these were coming in on channels 44 and 41 respectively, which must be from Sudbury, more than 50 miles away! This must be due to tropospheric 'lift' or 'inversion' conditions. I wonder how long it will last?

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MikeP
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2:39 PM

Richard Cooper:

This atmospheric effect usually lasts a few days while the air temperature is quite high and there are conditions to create temperature inversions, others on this site also give information on this natural phenomenon.

Whilst these conditions last you should *not* retune your equipment else you are likely to lose channels rather than gain!

That you found signals from 50 miles away proves it is this effect. Sometimes, signals from several hundred miles away can be received under these conditions. In the 'old' analogue days it caused interference but with digital encoding it tends to cause apparent loss of some signals - which is why you should not retune!



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Thursday, 9 June 2016
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nick
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7:33 AM

over the last few days we have regularly lost ALL multiplexes on all tvs on all aerials. This is doubtless due to the Dutchmen who have been blotting out Sudbury for decades. Do those who constantly advertize the 'benefits' of freeview not take this on board?

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Richard Cooper
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9:23 AM
Norwich

nick: Hi, Nick. The main advantage of Freeview is that it is less expensive and easier than the other options for watching live television. The number of channels on offer is acceptable to the majority of tv viewers in the UK. The Freeview transmitter network as well as the Freeview digital tv systems in use were both planned as carefully as possible so as to minimise the effects of tropospheric scatter, 'lift', atmospheric or European interference, whatever you want to call it, so, 'Yes', the proponents of Freeview did take this on board! Out of interest, two questions for you for starters: (1). How far are you from the Sudbury transmitter? ( Your postcode would be a bonus) and (2). What is your Freeview equipment? i.e. is it a cheap or more expensive setup? The cheapest Freeview boxes have a poor reputation because they use poor quality electronic components, resulting in poor performance, poor signal sensitivity and poor signal quality. Assuming you've read this post. I'd appreciate your reply to ascertain whether we can advise you further. Richard, Norwich, Thurs. 9th. June, 2016 at 09:20 a.m.

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Paul
11:52 AM

Dunmow cm6 1xu no signal whatsoever since couple of days!

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Richard Cooper
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12:49 PM
Norwich

Paul: Hi, Paul. Quoting from the official Digital UK website, "Latest News: Viewers in some parts of the UK may experience temporary disruption to their TV signal today due to high atmospheric pressure. We advise that you do not retune - reception will return to normal once this weather system passes." Should have passed us by by Saturday, all being well! Richard, Norwich.

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Saturday, 9 July 2016
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nick
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5:15 PM
Aldeburgh

Hi Richard,

Humax! But have cheaper ones which are no worse.
IP15 5HF
Use Sudbury with super aerial as local xmitter is 'light.'
Near 100% signal/quality, all muxes, but gets knocked out entirely at the slightest cause, Dutchmen, rain, fog.
Not impressed, used to get interference on analogue, but never 'no signal.'

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