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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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield 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
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

LB
 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?

regional news image
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
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:17 AM

Ken: If you have poor reception during rain, the usual reason for this is that the water is getting into your aerial cable.

This will be a particular problem if you have a masthead amplifier as it will short out the power supplied along the cable.

To be honest, you don't need a masthead amplifier, so you should probably get some new (satellite-grade) cable and bypass the masthead amplifier.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 28 October 2011
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Mat
12:39 AM

I live in Coventry and am use the Sutton Coldfield Transmitter. Since last week I can only receive a digital signal from my main television.

The televisons in the kitchen and two bedrooms show messages such as "No video" and cannot pick up any digital channels. Occasionally in the afternoon they come back.

One set top box in a bedroom detects a signal overload. The others do not.

Why doo I lose all digital channels in other rooms? Any ideas?

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Ryan
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:36 AM

Stephen, I don't get too much signal. Well, I don't believe it to be too much. It typically ranges between 55-85 %.

I thought the issue was due to work still being carried out on the transmitter, but Briantist states that's just analogue radio stations they're working on.
Sorry if this appears a little, dumb, but did you mean digital radio stations Briantist?

My aerial is only a few years old, so surely the issue doesn't lie with my aerial?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:35 PM

Mat: No two TV or boxes have exactly the same sensitivity, the ironical aspect being that if a person resides in an area where the signal is a bit "over the top" strength wise, its always the devices with the best tuners that are first to suffer from overloading and likewise fail to operate.

Coventry should (in theory) get blasted with the signal from Sutton Coldfield, and the simplest way to check if this is applying is to try a test using a set top aerial, or maybe even a short length of wire (600mm or so) into the middle of the aerial socket. (crude but works in this type of situation!)

It should also be noted, that a re-tune will be required "if" nothing had been received since a previous scan, as the device might not have stored the channel.

Needless to say, if you have any type of booster fitted it should be removed.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:41 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:41 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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I Hall
8:53 PM
Stourport-on-severn

I have a Sony Led tv and panasonic recorder.Previous to last change over from Sutton coldfield I had no problems.Since change over I get intermittent pixcellation on Itv and C4 and some others.If I use the recorder box built in freeview I don't have any problem.When I am recording and watch another programme on the TV built in freeview system Is when I get pixcellation.I have tried to illiminate the problem by pluging the aerial in direct but it doesn't help.I have a Booster in the system.But I am 30 miles from S Coldfield.Any Ideas.Post code is WV16 6Ng

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:25 PM

I Hall; You should carry out a signal check on both devices to ensure that they are both tuned to the same station, as Bromsgrove is also shown as being possible as well as Sutton Coldfield.

Select ITV1 and carry out a signal check on each device in turn, if you see Mux Ch46 indicated its Sutton Coldfield, whereas if its Mux Ch23 then that's Bromsgrove.

Should you find an error, then manually tuning in the channel required is the only way you will achieve what's required.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Friday, 4 November 2011
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Neil Marriott
8:34 AM
Nottingham

Hi,
would be useful if the main title had a date that it was issued, to put the information in to context . i.e the information ...

"SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: no analogue TV, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. "

I've got no signal at present (4/11), but is it related to the above comment. It was fine yesterday.

Regards

Neil

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