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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, 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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 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
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, 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
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
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nick horrex
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11:51 PM

Hardy, I have seen few aerials for Sudbury in Woodbridge that are not high gain. Remember that in analogue days there was little point in using the Sudbury transmitter.

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Thursday, 20 September 2018
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Chris.SE
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9:45 AM

nick horrex:

DigitalUK's postcode checker - using the detailed view - is generally quite accurate and it's predictions are based on a 100m square for a given postcode (the number of houses covered by a postcode will vary from postcode to postcode). Looking at the local terrain using the tool available on this site, Paul Dicken's postcode has a very local hill between him and the Woodbridge repeater which is why prediction for that is very poor to non-existent reception, whereas there is line of sight to Sudbury.

Without looking at an OS map (for which I don't have time) I don't know how many hills there are in that area but as I'm sure you know, "high gain" aerials and stacked arrays were often used in analogue days to reduce or eliminate ghosting due to there greater directivity etc. I had precisely that problem where I used to live, whereas now with the digital signals a simple yagi does the job fine. In that particuler area a lot of houses are using a local repeater (with only the 6 + local muxes) whereas others use the main transmitter (all muxes) as digital reception is fine. Hence looking at (newish shiney - not old) immediately local aerials can only be used a rough guide to reception.

At Paul Dicken's postcode, if most of the new very local aerials are high gain, I'd probably consider the Yagi as the 3 PSB muxes at on UHF 41,44,47 although a Log36 will do a better job of rejecting impulse interference and only has slightly lower gain over the band.

As regards reception changes next year, if you look on DigitalUK at all the transmitters that are listed to change channels during April to June, you will find the information.

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Chris.SE's 2,570 posts GB
Friday, 21 September 2018
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nick horrex
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12:15 AM

thanks, Chris

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nick horrex's 369 posts GB
Friday, 28 September 2018
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nick horrex
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7:51 PM

Chris

I am unable to find anything on Digital UK re any changes next year for Sudbury.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018
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Mike Broadbridge
4:11 PM

I have re-tuned my TV's but cannot get any freeview football on either. All I get is a message saying there is no signal.

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Mike Broadbridge
4:15 PM

I have re-tuned both of my TV' but still cannot get free-view football matches. All I get is "n signal".

My post code is CO105JH

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Monday, 15 October 2018
MikeP
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10:47 AM

Mike Broadbridge:

You are just 7 km from the transmitter so are likely to be getting a very strong signal, perhaps too strong. So start by checking the indicated signal strengths on all the multiplexes. They need to be between 60% and 85%, any more will cause significant problems that can be cured by fitting an attenutator into the aerial cable behind the set, using a new flylead to prevent the weight from 'hanging' on the aerial input socket.

You should also check that you are tuned to the correct channels. Put your full post code and house number into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and scroll down to find the Sudbury transmitter details in the listing. That will give you all the current, and future, channel numbers being used for the multiplexes.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 19 October 2018
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Rob
9:24 AM
Felixstowe

Possibly all just a coincidence but ...

1. My freeview tv suddenly stopped working with "no signal" (two weeks ago)
2. Next door neighbour has just had a new arial because was getting interference
3. House over the road has had some arial work done.

I have sent my tv away for repair (still under guarantee) I am waiting to see what happens.

Postcode IP11 9LP (North Felixstowe)

Have there been aany changes to the transmissions? (Sudbury I think)

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StevensOnln1
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10:54 AM

Rob: There are no changes reported for Sudbury in the last couple of weeks, although reception of some multiplexes aren't predicted to be the best at your location. Did you check for any loose or damaged cables or connections before sending your TV away, or did you just assume it was at fault?

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MikeP
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10:59 AM

Rob:

The last engineering work carried out at the Sudbury transmitter was on 1st August 2018, no other work has been done since.

It is worth checking your aerial system to ensure that all the cabling is in good condition and that all joints are in good order. If there are coaxial plugs/sockets then unplug those and refit them to clear any possible corrosion/oxidation from the contact surfaces.

If you have access to another Freeview TV then use that to check that your aerial system is working correctly.



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