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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
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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),

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, 9 April 2012
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John Chambers
8:23 PM

My Yesterday, Film 4 and ITV-4 signal was lost last November in CM8 (Witham). Friends living a mile away can still get Yesterday!

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John Chambers's 4 posts GB
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Simon
9:08 PM

John
you have lost these channels due to signal levels being low, do you have a wideband aerial and/or any amplifier on you aerial? if you still have an old aerial oyur options are either new wideband aerial or wait until june 27th retune when the multiplex changes to channel 56 from its current 63

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Simon's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
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jb38
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7:50 AM

John Chambers: And if I could just add, that purely with reference to the last part of your posting re; Friends living a mile away, in areas where reception from a lower powered mux channel is generally received on the weak side its not exactly uncommon for a person on one side of a road to struggle with reception whereas the signal is reasonably OK on the other side, as even a distance of only a few feet can sometimes show large differences in signal strength.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:02 AM

John Chambers: NOT that I am suggesting changing anything, as the low powered commercial channels and especially the one you are having problems with (ArqB 2.2Kw) all switch over to 100Kw operation on the date mentioned, something which will eliminate the majority of problems such as the type experienced by yourself.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012
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James Elliston
6:54 PM

Hi I hope you can help i use to get my freeview signal through a box, I recently purchased a new tele with freeview HD built in I can no longer get itv4,film4 and the rest of the channels on this band wave. So I went out and purchased a Mux Magician High Gain Wide band Aerial design for poor recption areas. Still no joy any help would be much apprecaited.

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James Elliston's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 19 April 2012
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Norm De Plume
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7:11 AM

James, you haven't given your postcode so it's difficult to tell, but for most people this situation is caused by not enough signal on the multiplex which carries Film4 etc (COM6). Because of the need to not interfere with adjacent TV areas, this multiplex was temporarily moved, in November, to a higher channel number than is ideal and set to a very low power. As a result of this, many people on the Sudbury transmitter cannot receive Film4. This should be cured on 20th July, once Dover have had their digital switchover and COM6 moves to an easier to receive channel and is boosted to the same power level as the BBC and main ITV multiplexes.

If it is a case of distance from the transmitter, my recommendation would be to upgrade the lead from the wall socket to the TV itself to a quality item - it's easy to make them up and you can get the wire and the connectors in DIY stores. After that, you should try to upgrade the main cabling (in both cases here, use double screened satellite quality cable). Next, it would be interesting to see if a small amplifier would help you out, but I would recommend borrowing one first because you won't need it in 3 months time after the July retune.

There is, however, another type of issue and that is actually caused by being too close to the transmitter. If that is the case, the high power received from the BBC and ITV multiplexes swamps the receiving circuit in the box and ruins reception on the lowest power channels. In this case, the solution is less power and not more. Check out Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice in case that is the problem. Even if it is not a case of too much power, there are still some good tips on that link that you should check out about tuning. (IP142JJ)

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Tim CO14
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11:34 AM

Norm De Plume/James Elliston: Sound advice! Sorry to be picky Norm, but just one tiny error - the date for the last Sudbury re-tune is scheduled for 27 June 2012, when ArqA and B should return for those who have missed it!

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Tim CO14's 34 posts GB
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James Elliston
7:22 PM

James Elliston: Woops sorry guys, I live in Halstead postcode CO9 1XE so not that far so might be a question of too much power guess will have to wait till the 27th June and see what happens thank you for your responses (51.9360,0.6357) 

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James Elliston's 2 posts GB
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Norm De Plume
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7:23 PM
Stowmarket

Tim - thanks for the date correction, I had thought it was June but in my haste I read the wrong date at the top of the page. At least the update works in James's favour :)

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Dave Lindsay
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7:30 PM

James Elliston: Try manually tuning to C28 for ArqB from Crystal Palace; you may be able to pick it up off the back of your aerial and it might give you some degree of service until 27th June.

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