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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-3200,000W
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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-3200,000W
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3 ITV (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 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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
12 Quest, 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 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons


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
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;
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 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
Friday, 4 October 2013
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:59 PM

john: I had a sneaking suspicion that you possibly resided in this type of situation, although its a bit unusual to have your own individual aerial installed.

However, although your post code is still unknown therefore I am unable to assess the chances of success, but dependant on the angle of Waltham in relation to that of Sutton Coldfield you "might" be able to receive a signal from Waltham on the rear (or near to) of your aerial.

To test this out go into your TV or boxes set up menu / manual tuning and enter "but do NOT scan" Walthams BBC mux on Ch49, because on most equipment if anything is being received the strength / quality of will appear on the signal indicator bar, if nothing is indicated then try Walthams ITV on mux Ch54, if still nothing then your Sutton facing aerial is likely to be positioned around 90 degrees or so from Waltham and which is an aerials area of minimum reception. (Ch49 be) 

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Saturday, 5 October 2013
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john
7:25 AM

Hi again yes I can pick the Waltham signal up but it goes from 28% to 98% up and down like a yo yo and of course picture break up so one second strong signal then back down low.by the way these engineering works they are doing at the Sutton Coldfield transmitter is it any thing to do with this new mobile phone 4g service so it doesn't interfere with the tele frequencies or just routine maintenance do you no cheers thanx

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john's 20 posts GB
Sunday, 6 October 2013
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:53 AM

john: As far as the signal level vaulting around is concerned, although the engineering work being carried out at Waltham could well be playing a role, however the effect of any temporary power reductions that "may" take place would appear worse at the receiving end if an aerial is not positioned exactly on the signal path, or in your case at 180 degrees from the Waltham transmitter, as signals received in many areas can fluctuate at the best of times but with this generally not being noticed if an aerial is perfectly aligned on the TX, because if not, then reflections of the signal from objects on either side of the signal path come into play to a much greater extent and with this resulting in a higher percentage of level changes being seen.

By the way, the work being carried out at Sutton C, or any station if it comes to it, apart from frequency changing is not even remotely connected with 4G, but more concerned with the additional local commercial channels coming into action next year.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 7 October 2013
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john
10:15 PM

I will tell you also my set up is I have a free view humax HD recorder fox t2 500 GB and a Samsung television with HD built in as well the BBC channels are fine through my TV tuner but not ITV as I have said in other email but if I take aerial out of back of humax and plug direct to TV aerial ITVis fine and stable as is wwatching ITV through humax tuner when aerial goes through humax first picture breaks a little now and again but still you can watch no prob and same with HD channels through both tempory loss some time but pic comes back perfect that's it basically

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john's 20 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
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john
10:07 PM

I have just been watching tele and have noticed this problem with my picture breaking up is on frequency 674000 MHz channel 46 bit error level rate 2000 sky high in the red

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Michael
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10:15 PM

john: And the other channels....? You need to find out if it's just that one or the whole lot of them.

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Michael
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10:16 PM

Michael: Should've added: check the signal on channels 1, 3, 10, 11, 18 and 101.

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:20 PM

John: Please please give us a postcode to work with - there could be lots of reasons for your problem, but without a postcode its difficult to pinpoint them.

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john
10:36 PM
Wigston

My post code is le18 1hb

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john
10:41 PM

I have also just been reading on here high pressure can cause problems as well

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