Full Freeview on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.
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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC C&W (BBC local radio), 720 BBC H&W (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Shropshire (BBC local radio), 722 BBC WM (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Derby (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Gloucestershire (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,
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?
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
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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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?
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|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
dave: If your neighbours TV is not of the large screen variety, thereby moveable, if possible, you should try tuning it on your own aerial system, as that's the easiest way of finding out if your neighbours aerial system is faulty, or alternatively that their TV is being overloaded by the signal from the local Redditch transmitter at around 0.5 miles away, although I doubt if it would be, as the transmitter in question is only 2watts.
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We've had zero Freeview signal (standard or HD) for about 10 days now, just get a black screen with the occasional 'signal lost' message flashing up. This is for all channels, we're in CV47. Done all the expected equipment checks / re-tunes etc. but it''s the same on all the TVs in the house. The annoying thing is this has happened every year in the summer for the last 3-4 years (since we've been in this house). It lasts anything between 1-4 weeks and then suddenly comes back. We hope it comes back again this time (still waiting!), but it's annoying when you can't watch or record any TV at all. An even more annoying side effect is that the Freeview recorder still tries to record programmes on series record, and as it gets no signal on the recordings this corrupts the hard drive, making any previously recorded programmes inaccessible. The only solution to this is to re-format the disk which wipes out months of recordings we wanted to watch.
Anyone any ideas what this could be, and how to avoid it happening?
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Trevor H: I have to admit to be being slightly stunned that you've had the same problem for 3-4 years, and each time assumed that everything would be OK, and there was no underlying fault.
The answer is brutally simple - you have a huge fault with your aerial system, and you need to get a professional to look at it. We have no idea where you are, so cannot say what your normal signal should be like, but I can't think of any natural phenonema which would account for such a problem so regularly (it can't be trees or weather), but at a guess, the distribution system for the various feeds around the house would likely be the cause (or upstream).
Why it should go off in the summer is something we'd be interested in finding out, but its not impossible for someone to have rigged up the distributor themselves and wired in the power supply to something else. Switch that other circuit off, and the whole thing dies. Could be frayed wires expanding just enough in the heat of summer to no longer connect, etc. Whatever it is, you need a professional to sort it out.
Last night I replied to a question about a similar problem by saying that even though a fault might disappear temporarily, if you have a fault, its going to come back. Your case shows that very clearly, in that you've had the same problem for at least 3 years.
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Trevor H : I suspect that your problem is basically down to the signal strength received from your aerial system running at a level thats only slightly above that necessary to resolve a picture, whereby any slight drop in same results in the signal dropping out. The other aspect of engineering work taking place at the Sutton Coldfield transmitter this week certainly not helping matters any, as a warning of "possible weak signal" has been posted on the engineering page.
However, taking the middle of Coventry as an example, the signal path from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter suffers from a line of sight blockage at around 1 and just under 2 miles from said location, and even before these blockages the signal path is seen to run at a very low angle across the terrain, this type of situation being prone to reception being affected by seasonal changes in weather conditions etc, which I suspect, is the root cause of your problem.
Needless to say, your aerial system really requires improving to raise the level being fed into your TV or box, so that any reduction in level will not result in drop out.
Even although the screen might well be blank, you should carry out a signal level test on S/C's BBC1, the procedure being to carry out a "manual" tune on C43 but "not" followed by pressing search or scan after having entered the number, as on most equipment the strength of any signal received (nomatter how low) will show up in the indicator bars, you could also try the test on ITV C46.
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