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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
Channel icons
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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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

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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, 5 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:37 yesterday to 11:38 yesterday. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 6 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:37 on 04 May to 11:38 on 04 May. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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2:32 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:37 on 04 May to 11:38 on 04 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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5:32 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:37 on 04 May to 11:38 on 04 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today to 15:14 today. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Saturday, 7 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:37 on 04 May to 11:38 on 04 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 yesterday to 15:14 yesterday. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 8 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:37 on 04 May to 11:38 on 04 May. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 on 06 May to 15:14 on 06 May. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 12 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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12:09 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 15 May 2016
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Ted Boller
12:04 PM

We receive Freeview from the Brierley Hill transmitter that includes a single multiplex capable of transmitting up to five HD channels. After reading Brian's article regarding availability of Channel 5-HD I re-tuned and as expected the existing four channels - BBC1-HD, BBC2-HD, ITV-HD, Channel4-HD (following the demise of BBC3) have been augmented by the inclusion of Channel 5-HD.

To my knowledge, apart from the UKFree-TV articles, the availability of Channel5-HD has not been widely publicised probably leaving many people unaware of it's availability from sub-transmitters with a HD multiplex.

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MikeB
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3:07 PM

Ted Boller: Most sets these days auto scan for new channels, so its likely that its just appeared on peoples EPG. Thinking about it, its a bit of a climbdown for C5, which had refused to HD their channel on terrestial for years, so perhaps they are not shouting about it for that reason! Of course there isn't that much I'd like to watch on C5, HD or not....

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MikeP
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3:54 PM
Trowbridge

As a general 'aside', most organisations these days don't publish as they used to do. All they do now is 'put in the public domain' by havimng the information available on a website but without telling anybody that it is there and where to find it. Governments and Councils are notorious for that failure. Example; the recent PCC elections, none of the candidates in the South West (to the best of my knowledge) ever properly publicised their 'manifesto' yet they expected the general public to vote for them! None sent out any election material by post nor delivered by handIt seems that 'those in positions of authority' assume that everyone else already knows where to find the information and that everyone has access to the internet - they are wrong on both counts. With the recent announcement by Government that those without internet access won't get it unless they specifically ask an ISP to provide it and they are very likely to charge exhorbitant sums for such provision.

(Note that part of my job, before retirement, was in Technical Publishing, so I do know something about proper publishing and know the difference between that and 'putting in the public domain', which is all they seem to do nowadays.

I wonder whether that may apply in this case of Channel 5 HD? Have they 'put it in the public domain' without telling anybody?



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