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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, 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 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-6100,000W
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-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
Monday, 28 November 2011
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Dave Pearsons
9:08 PM

Thanks for your reply Dave, at least now I will not waste time or money trying get certain channels.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011
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mike cant
5:45 PM

Near braintree - lost all ch 63 last friday - when i think i activated a new channel search as prompted by the tv. So no fim4 for me. I have tried everything including zeroing the memory by unplugging aerial and scanning then re plugging aerial and starting again - no luck. weird thing is was fine past the upgrade date and only went when i rescanned - can anyone explain that ?

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Tony Long
7:17 PM
Ipswich

Sudbury transmitter Mux COM6 ArqB

I have recently lost all the channels on this Mux, which appears due to low power levels of 1100 watts. Are they intending on increasing the power?

Aerial is on the roof.

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Kevin Hodges
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:29 PM
Chelmsford

Mike Cant: As I previously explained I had the same issue (as do many others by the sound of it) I got over the problem by moving the receiver in question to a TV point that was closer to the aerial and therefore getting a slightly better/stronger signal. The re-tune found the missing channels and then I moved the receiver back to it's original location. This worked! but now and again the picture is a bit flakey on ch63
Hope this helps.

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mike cant
9:37 PM

hi Kevin: Thanks for that but i only have one aerial point - comes straight from the roof and into the living room and into the tv. Suppose i must wait until sudbury increase the power - must be hundreds of folk with the same problem.

I miss channel 4 - just like i missed my mate when he ran off with my first wife !! haha

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
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John
9:46 PM
Colchester

I live in Tiptree. When the Sudbury transmitter switched over I reported that I lost ITV4, Film 4 etc like many others due to a very weak signal. Despite retuning a number of times when prompted by the on screen message I never got them back. However about a week later (after the transmitter in Norfolk switched over I think) I had a reminder come up on my Humax recorder to retune. Upon retune I got back all the missing channels (ITV 4, Film 4 etc) from the Sudbury transmitter - a bit of a weak signal but there okay. Funny thing is I lost many other channels (e.g. BBC 4, ITV 3, 5 USA, Dave etc) from the Sudbury transmitter (signal too weak) but found them all again in the 800 number range from another transmitter (probably from Kent / London). It does all seem a bit of a hit and miss affair but I guess will get better when the Sudbury transmitter power outputs increase next year.

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Thursday, 1 December 2011
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mike cant
3:22 PM

Is there a reason sudbury cannot go back 3 weeks to where they were before - what improvement has the change made and to who? anyone know?

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ken gates
8:35 PM
Sudbury

CO10 2QF
I had a new ariel fitted a few years ago I can see the Cornard transmitter ariel from my garden. I have a freeview television in the living room, and a vry old set in the kitchen, with a new digibox supplied free( I am 85). I have re-,tuned both sets 4 times, but still cannot get channels 12. 15. 24 whih I could before. Talk about qrganising parties in a brewery

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Bob Smith
9:36 PM

I live in Chelmsford and like many others, lost ArqA (Film 4, Etc) on the Sudbury transmitter after latest re-tuning.

Tried re-tuning many times - no success - then lost ArqB (Sky News, Etc) a couple of days ago.

A manual re-tune said there was a "good signal" for ArqB but couldn't pick up the channels - New flat screen telly - old aerial on the roof.

Same again 1830 yesterday. Tried again an hour later & ArqB was back - still no ArqA.

Somebody must have "tweaked" something !!!





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Saturday, 3 December 2011
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david popperwell
5:24 PM

How can the Sudbury Transmitter say its got no reported problems when alot of people have lost channels like yesterday and film4 because it has low power until june 2012.

What a joke when people have lost channels and had the ariel upgraded at cost and had all the channels then lose them because of low power.

Also have to put up with adverts for freeview saying how wonderful they are !!!!!

Also

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