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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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
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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-3200,000W
Channel icons
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-6200,000W
Channel icons
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
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?

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
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
J
jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:18 PM

P R Williamson: Advice on reception problems is totally dependent on a persons location being known, this info preferably given in the form of a post code or one from nearby, such as a shop/post office.

However, if your sister resides within the coverage area of the Sutton Coldfield transmitter? (your posting being under this heading) then please note that engineering work is presently taking place at this station, a notice warning of a "possible weak signal" having been posted on the engineering page.

If your sister "rebooted" her TV or box whilst the signal was down, (or weak) then this might possibly be the reason why the multiplex referred to was not captured by the tuner, therefore she should try carrying out another auto-tune in order to restore things to normal, that is unless its bad timing again!, the main thing being for her to try retuning at regular intervals until the multiplex is picked up again.

Should though by any chance you sister reside outwith the Sutton Coldfield coverage area, then please provide her location.

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Friday, 25 September 2015
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G
7:10 PM

When will the Sutton Coldfield work be complete? It's been disrupted for MONTHS!!!!

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:38 PM

G: Although engineering work has indeed been taking place at Sutton Coldfield, however, nothing to this effect is indicated on this weeks notice board.

If you are still experiencing problems with reception, have you ascertained if others in your area are being affected in a similar fashion?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:40 PM

G: Further to that said, the reply given is based on you actually receiving Freeview from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter and "not" it's Brierley Hill relay, engineering work still in progress at this station, albeit that no problems with reception have been reported, as yet!

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
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Jon
10:33 PM

I am having real problems in Stafford. I get my signal from Sutton Coldfield according to Freeview website.

The reception keeps disappearing for 20 minutes at a time and the signal strength at times is only as good as 14%. Some nights I lose all channels that are tuned in and have to just mute the crackle and wait until something comes back on. This has now been going on for at least a week.

REALLY getting tiresome.

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Saturday, 31 October 2015
J
John
10:42 PM
Malvern

Is anyone else reporting issues with the Sutton Coldfield Tx? We are at WR 14 4NA and usually get a good signal on all channels but now have nothing showing on PSB3 or LB multiplexes. TV and radio channels on other frequencies seem good. No engineering work seems to be reported but something has changed since earlier today. (Annoyingly just after the Rugbymatch started!)

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John's 5 posts GB
Monday, 2 November 2015
P
P Clark
10:34 PM

We are in a good reception area CV 130ND but we keep losing reception no picture or sound only the message no signal or weak reception

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015
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MikeP
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

12:20 PM
Trowbridge

It has been suggested that the recent warm days have given rise to atmospheric conditions that can disrupt TV reception. As there are many similar reports from around the southern part of England, that would seem to be quite likely. Do NOT retune your TV set under such situation.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB
Sunday, 22 November 2015
S
Stewart
5:29 PM

why is channel 82 not transmitted from Sutton Coldfield (one of the largest transmitters)

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Monday, 23 November 2015
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MikeP
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

3:42 PM
Trowbridge

Stewart:

LCN (logical channel number) 82 was Sky News but is being changed over to be True Christmas, see


True Christmas | Freeview
There is a link provided on that page to check coverage in your area. Not all tranmitters will carry the service, they say only 'major towns and cities' will get it.


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