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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
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
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),

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?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

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
Saturday, 5 March 2011
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KMJ,Derby
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11:32 AM

Grumps: An additional aerial dedicated to Lichfield might be needed. Use a group A for best pick-up of C34. This can be linked to the Sutton Coldfield aerial with a group A+E diplexer. It is worth checking that there are no nearby VCRs or Sky boxes with the RF modulator set around C33 to C35.

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wibble
2:39 PM
Birmingham

Hi All, I'm in Wythall B47 6EW few miles West of Solihull. Just bought a HD fox t2 but can't locate any signal on ch34. I'm using a loft mounted wideband aerial and can get 100% quality with 35% to 65% strength. I also get a pretty good picture on analogue channel 5. I'm stumped as to what to check or change. Any help most appreciated.

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Briantist
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4:03 PM

wibble: Can you please check Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice ? It might just the "loft aerial" problem.

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Wibble
8:30 PM

Briantist, thanks for the quick reply. I read the single frequency interference page but I don't think it applies in this case. I don't have any other equipment apart from a DVD player and that's directly connected to the TV set. the DVD doesn't even have a fly lead connected for the receiver function. I switched off everything in the house that broadcasts RF still no difference. not sure if this is what you would expect but the strength and quality both show as 0...nothing....zilch...nadda! (you get the idea). If it's because I'm using a loft aerial isn't it a bit strange that I can get Channel 5 with a good picture? thanks.

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Grumps
8:49 PM
Solihull

Hi Wibble,
See the responses to me above as I am also from Solihull area. I have moved my loft mounted wideband aerial to Lichfield (3◦)and I have picked up all 4 HD channels. The signal strength is a bit down from Sutton C for the other digital channels but no noticeable problems. My HD Box doesn't show any signal strength for the HD channels and about 50% quality but they are definitely there and working, so I am not sure what is going on with the signal strength thing. Good luck

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Grumps's 10 posts GB
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Grumps
8:51 PM
Solihull

That should read (3 degrees)

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andy
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:51 PM
Chester

Good News Grumps.

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Grumps
11:27 PM
Solihull

Yes Andy and thanks for your ideas and input. It got me there. Even had Dolby Digital on the Ch4 HD film tonight! I think I am still on the edge of reception because MOTD on HD has frozen a couple of times but nothing serious.

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Grumps's 10 posts GB
Sunday, 6 March 2011
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Wibble
2:39 PM

Grumps, thanks for the input. Got in the loft earlier and tweaked the aerial a few degrees clockwise by the scientific method of guesstimation. low and behold the STB found the four HD Channels. Alas the strength and quality are so low that when I try to view them I get errors saying either scrambled or low signal etc. Still at least I know the STB isn't faulty. Not sure I'll be able to increase the strength and quality by further repositioning attempts? Do signal boosters actually work and would they help? Thanks again!

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:43 PM

Wibble: Signal boosters are usually unhelpful for digital reception, as they will boost the any interference more than the digital signal.

If you want a better signal, move the aerial to the roof. For digital reception is not the signal strength that is important, it is the quality of the signal.

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