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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
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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

COM4
SDN
 H max
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
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

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?

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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

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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
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:11 PM

kevin gardiner: Perhaps this is what the current engineering works are for, it's a coincidence if not.

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kevin gardiner
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6:45 PM

Yes, I think it was. Although engineering work has been under way recently, from what ive noticed at my end, the ERP of the PSB2 multiplex ITV1 etc, has been the only multiplex operating on reduced power. As of an hour ago, all multiplexes are operating at full power now. The HD multiplexes are operating ok also. We'll have to wait see what transpires, now that COM 8 multiplex is transmitting a carrier.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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KEVIN GARDINER
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4:19 PM

As of today, the com8 multiplex is up and running. It came on on Tuesday 16th April, but it was on transmitting a carrier.Today, they are transmitting two HD channels so far. One is channel 111 QCV +1 and QVC BEAUTY HD on channel 112. The multiplex is being transmitted at just under half the ERP of the main multiplexes 89kw for the time being along with COM 7.

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KEVIN GARDINER's 68 posts GB
Thursday, 23 April 2015
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KEVIN GARDINER
1:49 PM

The new COM 8 multiplex is up and running on the 31 main transmitter sites across the UK. A More accurate information sheet has been released about it. It states, that the COM 7 and COM 8 multiplexes from Sutton Coldfield has the following ERP. The COM 7 multiplex ERP is 89.220 kw, and the COM8 multiplex has an ERP of 85.990 kw.

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KEVIN GARDINER
3:08 PM

Both the COM 7 and COM 8 multiplexes are at a temporary ERP and frequency channel slot till the big switchover in 2018, when each transmitter site will be allocated 6 multiplexes each between 470mhz and 600mhz. All multiplexes will be in HD. However, this is all open to change, if they can agree on a new codec for the proposed 4K specification. The current one which folk are raving about is the N-NOVA PERSUES compression codec.If this happens, we will get a lot more standard HD channels and perhaps 4K being transmitted terrestrially. From what I've read, in tests, they have stated that they can create a good, stable 4K stream with a bit rate of 7-8mb, which is enough to transmit 4 4K channels terrestrially per multiplex, and up to 9 standard HD channels. The only downside is if the current standard HD and 4K televisions will be able read the new codec information, or whether television owners will have to purchase or use yet another set top box? WE shall see.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015
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BOLANLE ILORI
2:58 PM

To whom it may concern

I noticed that that the channel 125 Pop is not on freeview in Coventry and was wondering when we would get it. I am on Talktalk and I use a Youview box but still not getting it. I contacted my network provider Talktalk and also Freeview service but they said that since Sutton Coldfield is my transmitter and I live in Coventry I won't be getting Pop 125.
Please is there going to a time when all this will change?

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jb38
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5:29 PM

BOLANLE ILORI : Basically no, as POP (125) along with City TV (8) is transmitted on Sutton Coldfields LB (Local) multiplex transmitter which is aimed at providing the service to viewers in and around the Birmingham area, likewise with the signal being beamed in that direction, Coventry being well outwith the coverage area of this transmitter.

I am unaware, as yet, of any plans to provide the Coventry area with a similar local service.

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Monday, 25 May 2015
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bill smith
5:38 AM

Problem with Sutton transmitter, in the early hours of the morning, usually from 02.30 each day 90% of the channels are missing, channel 4 is Ok and itv , every other channel is down, This is in the tamworth area.


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bill smith's 1 post GB
Friday, 29 May 2015
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bill smith
2:55 AM

No Channels again, Tamworth area, Only channels available are channels 4 , film 4.

BBC, sky news etc all down, Time 02.00

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Saturday, 30 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:31 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 18:18 today. [BBC]

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