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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-3200,000W
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-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, 20 December 2013
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KEVIN GARDINER
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4:31 PM
Stourbridge

At the present time, the take up of freeview HD equipment, integrated TV's etc, stands at just 15%, even though the transmission coverage of HD in the uk is at 50%.The powers that be need to get a good advertising campaign going demonstrating the advantages of the HD format, thus encouraging the take up of HD equipment. IF the take up stays at it is in the forthcoming years, then the 2018 switch over date will have to be re-drawn, as I believe take up of HD equipment has to reach 90% of households before a full switchover to the new HD standard can go ahead. Thus in the meantime, we have to have multiplexes of standard and HD channels running along side each other.

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Michael
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5:21 PM

KEVIN GARDINER: Transmission coverage of HD on Freeview is 98.5%, exactly the same as the rest of the PSB channels.

And not sure where you get your figure of 15% for Freeview HD equipment - according to the BBC it's "more than half, ... rising to 90% in 2019" who have the ability to watch in HD - some might only be able to watch via satellite/cable but I don't think that will by 40% of them! BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD & BBC News HD launch Tuesday 10 December 2013

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
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5:30 PM

Michael: Could the difference in figures be down to percentage of receiving devices versus number of properties with at least one HD receiving device?

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Dave Hagen.
5:32 PM

Michael:
Hi Dave Hagen here,does anyone know when the rest of the H.D. channels are due to launch in the Tyne Tees area from Pontop Pike.Cheers in anticipation.

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Dave Lindsay
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5:33 PM

Michael: It should say "Could the difference in figures be down to percentage of receiving devices which are HD versus number of *properties* with at least one HD receiving device?"

It is not uncommon for these types of statistics to only count the "main" television or radio and disregard those in other rooms.

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Dave Lindsay
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5:35 PM

Dave Hagen.: Some time in 2014. Digital UK Coverage Checker doesn't give a date yet. Enter your postcode here and click "Detailed view":

Digital UK - Coverage checker

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Dave Lindsay
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5:40 PM

Dave Hagen.: Be aware that the new HD multiplex will be out of Group C/D, so if you haven't had your C/D aerial replaced with a wideband one, you could, potentially, need to in order to get these new services.

The stronger the signal is, the more chance you have of getting away with a C/D aerial.

For an explanation of aerial Groups, see:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

The new multiplex will be on C33. Current Pontop channels range from 49 to 59. A small proportion of Pontop users are unlikely to be able to receive the new multiplex because it's on lower power.

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Dave Hagen.
5:45 PM

Dave Lindsay:
Cheers Dave,I already have a wideband aerial fitted so should be ok.I can see the top of the transmitter from our cul-de-sac so it should be a strong signal,I think we are about 8 or 9 miles from the Pontop Pike site.

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Dave Lindsay
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5:56 PM

Dave Hagen.: I agree. At that distance and with line-of-sight you shouldn't have a problem at all!

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Syd
6:12 PM

I cannot find all the BBC HD channels. Only BBC1 and BBC2 are working as normal. I live three miles from the Redruth (Cornwall) transmitter. Have redone installation on a Humax Freeview HD box several times.
When will the new HD channels be available on the Redruth transmitter ????

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