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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 20/03/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 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

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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),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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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

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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

 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?

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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.

Monday, 14 March 2011
Mike Dimmick

6:11 PM

sue brown: Your TV aerial may not cover the frequency used by the early HD transmissions, which actually come from Lichfield at the moment, because it's a lower frequency than the group used by other transmissions from Sutton Coldfield. At switchover, in September, they will move to Sutton Coldfield, on BBC Two's current analogue channel (C40).

Another good indicator is whether you get C5 analogue reliably, because this also is on a lower frequency (C37) and comes from Lichfield.

If the aerial did cover C34, Digital UK expect that HD should be about as reliable as ITV1, C4 and C5.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
7:31 PM

We have a Humax recorder in our lounge & a cheap Goodmans set top box in our bedroom. They are both conected to the same digital aerial. Why are we getting different quality signals? The Goodmans is better. I know there is transmitter work being carried out on the Sutton mast. Any ideas????

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Steve's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 15 March 2011

2:57 PM

To anyone who has the knowledge,

We get what seems like really bad electrical interference.

We have a televes 'infinito' mounted in the attic (not possible to put on roof) feeding a televes distribution amp.

We have 3 TV's connected to the amp, all with satellite double screened coax. yet we still get electrical interference from appliances, the heavily used road outside and anything else.

My question is would a (MRD) Margin rising device attached to the aerial help in anyway. Are the MRD accessories significantly better than the standard accessory? Would this go some way to solve the problem?

Thank you for your time.

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Matt's 22 posts GB

3:23 PM

Digital signals should never be split... and really shouldn't be amplified either. You're just adding noise and amplifying interference from other sources. In the ideal world, you should really have one clean aerial feed per TV... or get Freesat.

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AlexG's 27 posts EU
Peter Cook
6:45 PM

Peter from Stourport on Severn, why is my sutton signal on BBC2 stating "please wait", then changing to BBC1? been doing all day.

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Peter Cook's 3 posts GB
ian, notts

8:05 PM

alex g .... what would you recommend for a 7 bedroom house with a tv in kitchen and consevetory? 10 aerials? and why have mast amps + distributters if they dont work? what do you do in weak signal areas? you have misread something mate?

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ian, notts's 253 posts GB

8:06 PM

Peter Cook- Is your equipment a Humax box by any chance? If so, there seems to be an issue at the moment with these boxes. I will post further as soon as any further info comes my way.

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LutonFan's 382 posts GB
9:36 PM

My wife reports that BBC2 has been doing the "please wait" bit and flicking back to BBC1 all day.

Chester area BTW (though we have to also contend with the "WELSH" transmitter too.

Humax integrated twin tuner in a Humax TV as well!

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Nigel's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Peter Cook
8:14 AM

LutonFan, thanks for the reply, yes I have a humax box, the same as Nigel, but with a Sony tv. Post code DY13 0DA.

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Peter Cook's 3 posts GB
Sussex Customer
11:40 AM

My BBC channels have all started to default to BBC1 from around 4pm yesterday - then it blinks and takes me to the BBCinteractive page. Very annoying and I spent hours resetting my Freeview Box to find out it's just a BBC fault. I can only watch BBC1 if I keep pressing Text or Exit every 3 minutes.

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