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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.

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
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:20 PM

Mike Dimmick: I think that's exactly what I said! that being Sudbury as indicating good reception on the three Mux's mentioned, and which I am well aware transmits Anglia East.

I did intend to put "Sandy" in brackets behind Anglia but pressed send before noticing I hadn't! and of course with no editing facility being available unable to add the qualification, Sandy by the way being mentioned as Keith's statement could be viewed two ways.

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carl
6:29 PM
Stowmarket

Hi again,
did speak to you Mike D this morning. Still cannot get signal on freeview. Done reset, done manual tune. Aerial is where it has always been on roof to Sudbury. Worked before change over...any ideas?

Thanks

Carl

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FP-Ippy
6:46 PM

Totally unimpressed with the switchover - before the evolution commenced we had over 128 channels available. Today - final switchover day, a pathetic 83!
It's probably good if you want shopping channels, Adult channels etc; but channels that interest this house* - seemingly no provision, no luck.
* Typically Dave, Quest.

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Elliot
7:21 PM
Hockley

Before the switch-over happened i could receive all freeview channels without any problems after the 6th I could no longer channels such as 4 and 5 pick tv usually broke up I could also no longer receive film 4 viva 4 music and some radio stations, the signal was generally poor on most channels accept for bbc and a few others during the day however channels such as pick tv at night the signal strength would be 5-10% but signal quality would be 95% however i think it maybe down to my dvr not working properly as my Panasonic tv didn't have as many problems with signal but it was still very weak and channels such as 4 music and viva film 4 were not working they have signal but no signal quality. last night 4music viva film 4 were all working and the signal was in green so around 60% on my dvr the signal was weaker, this morning i retuned i can now get all HD channels, itv, channel 4, bbc, however i am now missing everything else such as dave 5* mux D mux C the I believe channel 49 had 10 to 20 % signal quality but no strength ? used to be able to get 71 tv channels but now when rescanning i can only get 22, i don't think its my aerial as its a 91 element wide band and it used to work fine (its mounted out-side my house) the signal is also split 3 ways but is fed through an amplifier. Any ideas? I'm losing the will to live

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Dale
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:19 PM
Ipswich

Still getting all channels here (IP2) after switchover, but CH50 and CH54 Muxes have increased signal strength but MUCH reduced signal quality (down from 100% to 60% on my Panasonic PVR) which I assume, again, is because they are now in 64QAM mode which effectively reduces the power. Both still at very low power until June 2012 of course. Oddly, both show as 100% on my LG TV!
As an aside, I sent a long letter to the local paper here (Ipswich Evening Star) a few weeks ago, warning that DSO2 did NOT put everything onto full power (despite what Digital UK had published in said journal), and they refused to publish it because it contradicted the official mis-information. I'm thinking of hacking the editor's phone to teach him a lesson ....

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Tom Delaney
8:20 PM

Before the switch over on the 20th I had all channels, I now have interference on channels:
3,4,5 & 6. I have Auto tuned the T.V several times but only seems to start on channels 6 upwards. T.V had built in free-view.

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Tom Delaney
8:24 PM
Sudbury

Before the switch over on the 20th I had all channels, I now have interference on channels:
3,4,5 & 6. I have Auto tuned the T.V several times but only seems to start on channels 6 upwards. T.V had built in free-view.
postcode co10 0lu

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Simon
9:02 PM

If you are in the sudbury/cornard area please feel free to call me (312822) for advise I am a aerial engineer living in cornard
Alpha Aerials

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Tim
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:33 PM
Walton On The Naze

Good result after switchover here. Receiving 102 (TV & radio) channels via the wideband chimney aerial, and an impressive 58 on the Yagi loft aerial. Signal strength 60-80% average.

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john cook
9:53 PM

I have a sony set top box, VTX-D800U
Now we have gone through full DSO, It will
only receive channel 49 / mux 4
and nothing else.
Have done a full factory reset and re-scan.
Various forums suggest this is 8k compatible,
but is this the problem that it's not?
advice needed please

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