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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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 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
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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 - 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, 26 May 2012
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Nick
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4:45 PM

Can anyone tell me why we have this page for questions on Sudbury? It is confusing as we already have one called freeview from Sudbury transmitter.

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KMJ,Derby
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11:04 PM

Nick: Originally all transmitters offered an analogue service, usually on four or five channels. Each transmitter therefore had its own page dedicated to the analogue switch-off. Additionally there were 80 transmitters which offered a (usually) low power Freeview service. These transmitters had the "Freeview on the Sudbury TV transmitter" type pages to give details from the viewpoint of a digital household. Following DSO the analogue orientated pages are re-titled "digital TV transmitter" with details given for the replacement digital services, the Freeview orientated pages being similarly up-dated to show the current situation.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Sunday, 27 May 2012
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Norm De Plume
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8:35 AM

@John - The answer to your question is that power on Sudbury is increasing again on 27th June. At the same time as the power increase, ArqB (the multiplex with those channels) will move from its temporary frequency of C63 to the final frequency of C56, which also is a lot easier to receive.

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Norm De Plume's 36 posts GB
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Heinz
3:58 PM

I just had a TV repaired (well, if you can call a software upgrade a repair) by Andrews TV of Colchester (another very reputable company).

The job sheet states they'd updated the software and re-scanned for channels and yet all Arq B channels were missing when I got the set back - so even the professionals are still having difficulties!

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Heinz's 9 posts GB
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jb38
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5:56 PM

Heinz: Purely out of interest I was wondering what model of TV you had this work carried out on?

Of course the other thing is, that if they re-scanned the TV it could well be the case that Andrews TV is not necessarily located in a best reception area as far as picking up the commercial transmitters are concerned, especially the exceptionally low powered ArqB Ch50 that doesn't increase in power until June 27th.

That said though, "if" you see EPG12 (Yesterday) on the programme guide then they are receiving it and you are not, however if you do not see EPG12 then they haven't received it either, and so you could try retuning the TV yourself just in case you are in a better spot.



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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Landlubber Dave
6:09 PM
Clacton-on-sea

We live approx 2 miles inland just outside Clacton on Sea. I fitted a new Satgear Alpha Mini High Gain HD Aerial on the roof about 5 weeks ago fed I belief by the Sudbury transmitter. The reception has been a Hugh improvement over my old Aerial. However on Sunday 27/05/12 we had reception problems on most channels on both our TV's just for that one (hot & humid) day, although checking this site there was no problems with Sudbury. Would this be due to weather conditions?

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Mark Fletcher
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6:19 PM
Halifax

Landlubber Dave,Clacton on Sea.Yes is the answer to the question you asked at the end of your text.The inversion effect was the most likely cause !

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Phil4
8:52 PM
Clacton-on-sea

Landlubber Dave, I quite agree with your statement that problems with reception only we have noticed this over the last week and seems to be confined to BBC channels only. When I say reception problems I really mean no BBC channels just a blank screen. I know that some one has mentioned this before "do not rely on this signal" I am talking about signal strength on Digi-boxes, the signal strength indicator kept jumping from 50% - 20% also when I re-scanned the box I was picking up signals from lots of different places i.e C30's C40's C50's where I don't normally pick them up. BUT what is the point of digital signal if I am unable to watch TV at night regardless of weather conditions!
I'm hoping that once the signal is boosted next month I will get some normality as I cannot receive most of the lower power signals at the moment. Ariel on roof & old Digibox which works OK in the day!

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Phil4's 1 post GB
Thursday, 31 May 2012
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Nick
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11:15 AM

Thanks KMJ, perhaps they ought to close it.

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Nick
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11:18 AM

Seems like the Dutchmen are at it again, hoped this would go away with digital.

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