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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 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
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, 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 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, 19 March 2012
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david
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11:58 PM
Clacton-on-sea

I am trying to assist some friends who live in Jaywick, Essex and after DSO last year lost some channels that they could previously receive OK.
They are definitely served from Sudbury (despite the freeview reception site that says Dover) and all neighbours aerials are pointing that way as well.
Based on my experience (from Tacolneston) I advised them to remove their aerial amplifier and re-scan etc. but it didn't help.
The "main 4" are OK - sorry but I don't know which ones they are struggling with so will try and find out & update this post.
thanks

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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Norm De Plume
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:40 AM
Stowmarket

David,

Sudbury isn't up to full power on all channels, unlike Tacolneston which is now full power on all channels. This is due to the proximity of Sudbury to the Dover area and the need to wait until they have switched over.

Either they should wait until June 27th, or spend time on tweaking the simplest parts of their system, i.e. make up good quality leads from quality cable and bin any cheap leads bought from DIY stores etc.

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david
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:04 PM

......further investigation reveals that the channels they cannot get are all on ArqB mux - iu.e. the one that is running on lowest power so yes, they will have to wait until Dover goes DSO........still wondering why the freeview site seems to think they are served from Dover though.

Never thought I'd be saying I'm glad WE are served from Taccy :)

Thanks for the reply anyway

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david
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:06 PM

'ere, why does my original post say I am in Clacton ....I am just north of Stowmarket !

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david
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:14 PM

Just a thought but I did not receive an email alert for the answer from norm de plume even though the forum said I am set to receive email updates.....ideas ?

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Friday, 23 March 2012
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Norm De Plume
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:49 AM
Stowmarket

@david,

You probably changed your location when you were checking the location of your friends. Just set it back, there's no problem.

Updates are only sent out once a day so as to not 'spam' people's inboxes if they are getting updates from multiple busy topics.

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John
3:54 PM

Since the switchover we seem to have lost a lot of channels. I used to get about 120 and now we get 80. In particular I have lost Yesterday, which I used to watch a lot. Does nayone know why this is?

I am in Halstead and use a TV with a built in Freeview via an old aerial. But surely if it worked pre-changeover the signal should be better now, not worse.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:49 PM

John: Two of the multiplexes at Sudbury are operating on very low power compared to the main PSB ones, with these being the ones used by the programme channels you have complained about. Unfortunately your problem will not really get any better until June 27th when both of them increase power at the same time as the re-tune even that takes place on that date.

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steve
9:31 PM

John
i had similer problems with my system and an old aerial
i phoned alpha aerials (07766544616) they were very reasonable and got my problem sorted and now have all my channels back

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Monday, 26 March 2012
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Joe
1:00 PM

I live in great Cornard and can see the transmitter on the horizon from my house, but yet I can. I longer get 4music, viva etc since its gone to low power. But just this weekend I can no longer get e4+1, dave etc which is also on a low power band. Any ideas as to how I can get these back?

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