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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
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
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

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?

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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;
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
Saturday, 28 March 2015
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jb38
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3:41 PM

mark holland: Quite possibly! as Sutton Coldfield is listed on the "planned engineering works" page for the week commencing 23/03/2015 as being subject to "possible service interruptions".

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015
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Carolyn Gardner
9:15 PM

TV is pixelating, checked aerial and it is okay. Have switched everything off and on again, still the same. Have re scanned the channels as suggested and have now lost most of the channels we previously had including All ITV channels.
Are there problems with the transmitter?
Please advise as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Carolyn

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Thursday, 2 April 2015
MikeP
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10:19 PM
Trowbridge

Carolyn Gardner

It does say at the top of this page that "SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions" which means there could well be loss of channels and poor recption until the maintenance work is completed. As you haven't given a post code we cannot be certain that you are receiving from Sutton Coldfield transmitter.

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Sunday, 5 April 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015
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vicky peace
10:45 AM

hi my signal has gone on my freeview since lastweek not happy! im wounder what is going on and when it will be fixed??? I know it cant be my aerial as new please let mt know kids missing tv now.
thanks vicky

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jb38
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4:40 PM

vicky peace: Without having knowledge of your location, but if you receive Freeview from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter then this station is listed on this weeks engineering page as being liable to suffer from "possible service interruptions", although any such interruptions to service are only of a very short term nature of up to an hour or so at the most, usually much less of under 5 minutes.

The point to note being, that "if" you carried out a retune your TV after having possibly found a blank screen, then this action will have deleted everything stored in the tuner, frequent retunes then being required in order to recover the channels.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015
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Keith Miles
5:07 PM

jb38: We have been having problems all weekend with our freeview! Can you please advise how long we will continue to have breaking up and sound quality as it is occurring on all of our televisions that we have in our household? Date of this occurring began on 10.04.15 and it is still occurring today 12.04.15! Please respond as soon as possible as we also have lost several of our freeview channels eg: Channel 61 (true entertainment )

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jb38
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8:02 PM

Keith Miles: Unfortunately, as engineering work is also taking place on eight other transmitters in the Central Region as well as Sutton Coldfield, its not really possible for anyone to estimate how long the work will take.

That said though, any work being carried out involving power reductions rather than a straight cut to the service, is usually only for a short term period of maybe up to an hour or so at the most, that is unless some unforeseen snag has cropped up! which of course can happen.

Taking this into consideration as well as the fact of you having only experienced the problem with reception since the 10th when engineering work has been taking place since well before this date, it would therefore be prudent to eliminate any possibility of a defect having developed in your aerial system, by (if possible) checking with others in your immediate vicinity, this being said on the assumption that although all TV's in your household are experiencing problems, that they are all connected into the same aerial system? possibly via a powered (or passive) splitter.

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Monday, 13 April 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 16 April 2015
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kevin gardiner
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4:25 PM

I performed my monthly channel re-scan to see or find any new tv or radio stations on Freeview. Today I performed a manual multiplex signal frequency channel check, and I can re-veal that the COM8 HD MULTIPLEX from Sutton Coldfield is on and in test mode as of today. There are no test cards or channels on but there is a constant carrier. From this, we can conclude that there'll be an extra 6 HD channels coming our way sometime this year.

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