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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?

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
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
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?

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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
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
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peter dennis
3:59 PM
Coventry

hello FREEVIEW help desk
We live in Kenilworth cv8 1ap and have a roof aerial and a booster [I think some years ago for channel 5]
We have a 2yrs old humaxFreeview digital recorder HDR-FOXT2 - we have tried a RESET and manually setting the channels as per HUMAX intructions'
Generally this cures ALL but as of now we are not receiving any BBC channels as the signal was too low to download
The 3yr old LED HD TV has been working fine for several years but in the last 6 months or so there has been severe pixalating ; however this is some times the BBS channels/ sometime the ITV channels and sometime NO SIGNAL for the remaining channels

I read on your UKFREE TV transmitter SUTTON COLDFIELD WEBSITE that we should do a reset/update

CAN YOU HELP PLEASE
PETER
0926854972

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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MikeP
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

2:51 PM
Trowbridge

Peter Dennis:

This website offers assistance with reception problems, but it is not the Freeview Help service. That can be found at


Further support | Freeview
I suspect many of the regular contributors to this independent website may well have some ideas about your problem.

According to the dta given via the 'digitaluk trade' link you are just 1 km from the Kenilworth transmitter and 33 km from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. At those distances it is probable that you do not need a booster and that could be the cause of your problems, try using it without the booster in circuit by replacing it with a simple 'straight through' coupler. Also check which transmitter you are actually tune into by checking the channel numbers of the multiplexes being received - it is possible that it has picked up the wrong transmitter, Sutton Coldfield being at 328 degrees and Kenilworth at 90 degrees. You can check where your aerial is pointing with the aid of a compass.

Let us know the results of these checks and if needed we may have more ideas to offer.


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Monday, 30 November 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:36 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Sunday, 3 January 2016
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hayley rogers
9:12 AM
Nuneaton

Is there any issues with the Sutton coalfield transmitter as I have
completely lost all signal my post code is cv10 8bb please could you let me know thanks hayley rogers.

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Monday, 11 January 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 14 January 2016
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Angela Hall
8:52 AM
Coventry

CV4 7EJ
Transmitter engineering: on about Monday reception on on free view became sporadic. We have no new electrical devices in the house to cause interference and all 3 televisions are affected but to varying severity. The worst affected tv makes even watching Bbc 1 difficult with constant sticking/juddering. Our main TV and the other in our sons bedroom are OK for the main 5 channels but channels like Dave ja vu and Spike and a few others are pixelating severely and have become totally unwatchable. I tried to retune but it makes little difference. The problems all started at the same time on all TVs so is it something we can fix or is it there a problem with the transmitter (I think we are connected to the Sutton Coldfield transmitter). We have an aerial on the roof and appears undamaged and still facing the usual way.
Angela

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1:33 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:13 today. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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4:40 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:13 today to 14:17 today. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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jb38
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11:54 PM

Angela Hall: Sutton Coldfield is listed on the engineering page under the status of "possible weak signal", therefore its most inadvisable to carry out a retune on any of your Freeview devices whilst the station is operating in this state as programme channels already stored might be lost, as the level required to store a channel is generally higher than that required to view it if already stored, a peculiarity of digital reception.

As far as some of your devices receiving OK and others not is concerned, Freeview receivers vary in sensitivity between different brands / models etc, and so I wouldn't place to much importance to this "if" said devices are all fed from a powered distribution amplifier.

Needless to say, the problem will be rectified in due course on completion of the engineering work being carried out.


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Friday, 15 January 2016
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4:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:13 yesterday to 14:17 yesterday. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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