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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?

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.

 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

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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

 H max
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.

Friday, 21 December 2018

9:52 PM

David . HD needs a bit stronger signal than SD . So its possible that there is a small fault in your aerial/cable/connections . Not big enough problem to knock out SD but making the signal too weak for HD.

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hardy's 137 posts GB
Friday, 8 February 2019
Barry Blake
6:15 AM

Will a freeview loft Ariel pick up all channel?
Thank you in anticipation

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Barry Blake's 1 post GB

10:41 AM

Barry Blake: We need to know where you are (please provide a full postcode) to stand any chance of anyone being able to answer that.

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StevensOnln1's 3,511 posts GB
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
7:35 PM

I can no longer pick up LBC or Classic FM since the recent retune of these channels. I have done the reset procedure of pulling the aerial out of the back of my NOWTV box & doing a rescan. Everytime I do this it shows 2 iterations of LBC & Classic fm but neither of them supply any audio.
I believe I am picking up reception from the Sudbury transmitter & I live in the CM8 1XE area.

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Steve's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

4:42 PM


You should be getting very good reception from all muxes at Sudbury according to Coverage Checker - Detailed View

I'd try that Reset and Retune with the aerial unplugged again and perhaps at the end when it says no channels found, power it off, wait a minute, power on and check there are still no channels found, plug the aerial back in and do a new Tune for the channels.

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Chris.SE's 3,463 posts GB
Thursday, 21 February 2019

9:36 PM

Steve make sure you are using the right tuning mode . Some Freeview boxes have a complete retune mode and an 'add new channel mode '

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Hardy's 137 posts GB
Saturday, 11 May 2019
Rex Watson
12:02 PM

It is a geat pity that Freesports is not available from Sudbury, as I am retired and live on a pension, so I cannot afford to pay to watch sport.

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Rex Watson's 7 posts GB

4:51 PM

Rex Watson: Have you looked at getting Freesat? A one-off cost for the dish + box and installation (or reuse an existing dish & cabling if the property has previously had Sky at some point in the last 20 years).

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StevensOnln1's 3,511 posts GB
Monday, 10 June 2019
3:21 AM

Is it atmospherics causing out of area signals interfering with CH37 ArqB multiplex from Sudbury? The signal strength reported is low and has been for several days and quality can drop to 0% is currently 2% with FEC allowing the multiplex to be watchable but when it drops to 1% and below it errors out with loads of error blocks breaking up the video and audio. All other multiplexes are behaving normally in high 90's to 100% quality.
Using a wideband log-periodic outdoors aerial and 8 way distribution amp with 10dB gain per output and 4G filtered and low loss double screened co-axial cable.

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TK's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
H Green

2:24 PM

I know nothing about the technicalities of aerials etc but what I do know is that for the past 10 days, living in Ipswich with a very basic aerial set up towards Sudbury, I haven't been able to get any of the ITV channels until mid to late evening. Normally there are very rarely any problems getting the "main" channels, and as many of the Freeview ones worth giving house room.

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