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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
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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 (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 Player, 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, 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
 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, 91 Classic Hits, 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 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
Saturday, 3 December 2011
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Trevor Hardy
9:46 PM

I live in Braintree and have lost my Freeview sky sports channels on my BT Vision box - they were great after the change in July but now gone. Done plenty of re-tuning, switching things off etc but nothing. Looks like I will have to cancel my subscription as no point in paying for something you cannot get!!! How can they say that nothing is wrong???

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Sunday, 4 December 2011
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Eddie Stacey
11:10 AM

Viz-a-viz reception problems, particularly with channel 63. I've been through this at length with Digital uk to no avail as well as taking it up with BBC East after their Tacolneston switch-over report.
The high freqency and low transmission strength is obviously a problem but nobody, including my useless local MP could care less.
I can only suggest that people should keep complaining to their local media outlets.
If nobody complains, nothing will be done.

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Eddie Stacey's 8 posts GB
Monday, 5 December 2011
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Terence Gray
6:16 PM

Like David Poperwell we have had bad experiences with the Sudbury Transmitter over the last tow weekends including today as I write this comment. I had a new digital arial installed and purchased a new television expecting excellent reception. Instead we are getting very annoyed at having to reset the channels multiple times. Can somebody sort out this mess or go back to annalogue

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Terence Gray's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
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Aaron
12:48 AM

This is a post I just made to the other Sudbury switch-over thread at Sudbury Arqiva multiplex B changes 16 November - retune required | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice hopefully it will help others with their problems.

[Solved] Peeps following this thread will have seen I'm in the middle of Sudbury and lost ArqB at the Tacolneston switchover the same as many thousands of others, on one of my aerials - the outdoor chimney-mounted wideband.

It made no difference using a booster or an attenuator which made me think the signal is just too weak to be useful, the best I could get was 34% signal strength with 10% quality.

The other loft-mounted Maplin 43 element wideband was always fine with it's mast-head amp and 6-way booster.

So, I replaced the chimney aerial with another Maplin 43 element one, also in the loft. Tried with just connecting the new PF100 cable but still had problems. Connected the laptop with TSReaderLite and an Hauppauge HVR-900 USB DVB-T stick in the loft and got excellent signal on channel 63.

The reality of this was that the signal is actually very good at the aerial, but is total carp at 20 yards! Ordered another mast-head amp (variable 15-27dB) from Ebay for £6.59 delivered, attached it to the new aerial, enabled antenna power on the Humax 9200T and all muxes are now 80-90% signal strength and 100% quality. This was with the amp set to mid-strength - its working well so I'm not going back into the loft again to lower or fiddle with it!

So, if you're struggling to get Yesterday, Film4, ITV4, Viva or others on ArqB I'd suggest you try a mast-head amp.
(CO109PH)

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:09 PM

Terence Gray: Please post your post code so we might get an idea of the likelihood of reception at your location.


Aaron: Such an amp, if useful now, will probably not be needed come June.

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Kevin Hodges
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

3:06 PM
Chelmsford

Hi, there's alot of talk of the current low power and signal levels currently being experienced but what will the power levels be come next June please?

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Aaron
5:00 PM
Sudbury

Dave Lindsay: At which time I'll just disable antenna power. Being 3 miles from the mast, I shouldn't have needed to do it in the first place.

Kevin Hodges: All should be up to 100KW next June, we're just being fobbed off with a paltry 2.2KW for some channels now until June 27th

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Kevin Hodges
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:11 PM
Chelmsford

Thanks Aaron, It's strange that some of you guys are having these problems, I'm in CM2 (which actually shows as outside the best reception on the map above) and receive all Mux's via a loft aerial. Just hope I don't regret saying that!

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Kevin Hodges's 27 posts GB
Thursday, 8 December 2011
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Norm De Plume
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:21 AM

OK - where's the "report a spammer" link gone?

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mike cant
2:03 PM
Braintree

Further to my previous posts re lack of my beloved film 4 - i got back to my original aerial installer and he has fitted a booster which has restored my missing channel(s) (several progs which i enjoy) At the risk of being labelled a spammer (which i'm not)His name is Simon at Alpha Aerials 07766544616

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