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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?

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
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 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, 5 January 2011
Alex
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:52 AM

Sutton Coldfield doesn't have HD at present, anything you've seen in HD on Freeview was only for test, the service won't officially launch there until digital switchover.

The only transmitters with HD, as part of the 'advance network' (used largely for testing) on Freeview are Pontop Pike, Crystal Palace, Lichfield, Emley Moor and Black Hill. Only after digital switchover will HD be avaiable nationwide on Freeview. If you want HD now, get Freesat HD.

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Priyesh
1:05 PM

Hi i live in Leicester so use the Sutton Coldfield transmitter however it seems some people, including me, cannot recieve mux D channels. i thought it migh tbe my aerial but i can get all other muxes fine.

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Priyesh's 1 post GB
Thursday, 6 January 2011
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Rob B
12:08 AM
Leicester

Hi same here i live in south leicestershire and for the passed week chn55 has droped to about 20% signal strenth from 100%, have cheched all my freeview set and there are the same. is there is somthing wrong @ sutton coalfield, all other chns are OK including HD.

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Rob B's 1 post GB
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Chris
10:50 PM
Rugby

Hi Briantist

my postcode CV22 6AS. I can get analogue C5 but bit grainy. Any suggestions for freeview hd would be appreciated

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Chris's 2 posts GB
Friday, 7 January 2011
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Kevin
6:44 AM

I'min the tamworth area and have lost all freeview channels all I get is the words NO SIGNAL it all went dead on me about 17:00hrs yesterday and is still the same now
is there others in the same boat as me ?

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Kevin's 2 posts GB
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Dennis
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:59 PM
Northampton

I am in Tamworth,have got all the muxes fine even the HD one from nr Lichfield,and that's on a thirty year old aerial and co-ax.

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Dennis's 27 posts GB
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Dennis
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:03 PM
Northampton

Just noticed Northampton,under my name? why,well who knows,I do go there a lot,maybe that's it :)

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Dennis's 27 posts GB
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GrayWilko
5:05 PM
Telford

Hi I live in Telford, Shropshire postcode TF1 1RR and I am currently tuned to the Wrekin Relay Station. I can also tune to Sutton Hill as I have an aerial rotator. My question is that sometimes the resolution on my Humax PVR9200T Freeview tuner is poor even though when I check the signal strength and quality all seems ok. If I connect my TV direct to the aerial the TV picture is fine (I have a Sony Bravia with integtral DVB tuner). The Freeview problem is usually cured by a cold reboot effected by unplugging everything for about 1 minute and then reconnecting. Can you tell me what the problem may be please? Humax were due to roll out an over air update for my tuner between 22nd and 24th of December 2010 but that hasn't occurred yet. I've contacted them to find out what's happening.
Thanks

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andy
10:19 PM
Wigan

Dennis go to MY SETTINGS at the top of the page and put your postcode in and then you should have your proper location.

I had rugby under my name and i'm in st helens.


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andy's 13 posts GB
Monday, 10 January 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:43 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - ton Coldfield Transmitter works 19 and 21October 2010: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 04:00hrs 19th October and 17:00hrs 21 October. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 will be subject to short breaks and reduced power Digital services - Mux1, Mux2, MuxA MuxB and MuxC will be subject to short breaks and reduced power [DUK] ton Coldfield Transmitter works: The upgrade to the Sutton Coldfield TV transmitter in preparation for digital switchover in 2011 is now largely complete and providing both analogue and Freeview digital TV to more than two million households. While some limited further work on the mast will be required over the coming months, the mast operator will be doing everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum. Any viewers experiencing reduced digital signal strength should note that Freeview services will be significantly boosted at switchover in September 2011. Digital UK apologises for any inconvenience caused. [DUK]

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