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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 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 Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield 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.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Sutton Coldfield 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.

Monday, 5 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:30 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:51 on 03 Sep to 14:52 on 03 Sep [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,958 posts xx

5:15 PM

Paul:How close are you sitting next to the TV. Also remember DTV uses quite powerful compression to save space and artefacts could come in.

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Matt's 101 posts GB
Tuesday, 6 September 2011

8:23 AM

Paul : The problem you have is often caused by turing on (or up) the "sharpening" setting on the television set.

"Sharpening" was fine for poor analogue signals, with pictures provided by the digital systems (all of them) it will simply cause visual artefacts to appear in the picture.

If your TV set has a "sharpening" setting in the menus, turn it off.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

9:01 AM

mike fisher: You don't point an aerial at it?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 September 2011

9:14 AM

Well this switchover is going to cause phenomonal chaos, and here is why.

Because of the higher power on all transmitters it will mean possibly hundreds of thousands, even millions of sets will pick up signals from adjascent areas as well as their local area, when they do a 'reinstall' process.

This is already happening - it happened to me - and the result can easily be the tuner 'box' is overloaded with channels, locks up, and the initial installation process cannot be completed.

Here is my solution. From Sutton Coldfield transmitter, I should only get 5 channels, but I am also getting a weak signal on channel 26 which is added in by my freeview box, with fatal consequences as above.

The way I had to tune in this morning was to start the reinstall and immediately cancel it, after which I was able to do a manual install channel by channel. I just have two programmes with different numbers now.

I would welcome comments on this overlapping signal problem and how to reinstall 'next time'

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gbhall's 25 posts GB
10:22 AM

I Live in Stafford ST16 area and use a Freeview set top box . My aerial receives transmissions from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. After re-tune to-day (7th September 2011) I still get a poor or no signal on UHF 55 a medium signal on UHF 52 and maximum signal on all the other UHF channels. Is it possible to boost the signal
transmitter power on UHF 55 and UHF 52?
Thanks in anticipation of a resolution to this problem.

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MR. N. A. APPLEBY's 1 post GB

10:24 AM

MR. N. A. APPLEBY: All you have to do is wait two weeks.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
10:27 AM

This morning after the switch off, September 7th, my Freeview TV did not pick up BBC channels on channel 43 and instead was finding them on channel 26 from Cambridgeshire. To fix this, I stopped using the signal booster that I have been using for years. Unfortunately, I have now lost a few channels including Film4. I hope these will come back when the Sutton Coldfield switchover is complete....

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Bob's 1 post GB
10:43 AM

I try to re-tune my Freeview box has no signal at all, and says dont find any chanel. Can someone help me? It`s a quite old box(Durabrand PSTB1), but it was all right at the last switchover. I don`t know what`s up with it. :(

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