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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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
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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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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 9 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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons


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
Thursday, 8 March 2018
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StevensOnln1
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11:34 PM

Mel: COM7 & COM8 broadcast using DVB-T2 (this has nothing to do with the frequencies they are broadcast on) and are therefore only receivable on TVs/PVRs/set top boxes that support DVB-T2 (most will have the Freeview HD logo).

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Saturday, 10 March 2018
MikeP
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11:43 AM

Mark:

Most communal aerial systems are fitted with selective filters and if the broadcast channels are changed those filters often need attention to get all the available channels back. So I suggest that firstly you do a manual tune on the programmes you are missing and if they do not reappear, contact your complex management organisation to get them to have the aerial system attended to. It is also worth asking your neighbours who also use Freeview whether thay have the same problem. If so, the aerial system definitely needs attention.



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ntscuser
4:40 PM

Not saying this is true in all cases but our communal system provides signals for the local channel group only and if the interim muxes fall outside the local group (as they once did) that's just too bad because the housing association is not willing to spend money on a complex update to over 150 separate installations which benefits a relatively handful of viewers. There is nothing in the rental agreement which says they have to provide all available terrestrial channels either. It's tough luck on some tenants but that's just the way it is.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018
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David Bond
7:57 PM

since retuning my freeview TV last Thursday I thought we would be receiving more HD programs not fewer, amongst the worst omissions is BBC 4 HD which I could receive well before the so called improvements but there is no channel 106 as listed on your website guide and even after several retunes I still have had no joy in receiving this once quality channel , help please !

regards Mr D. J. Bond.

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StevensOnln1
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9:01 PM

David Bond: What made you think you would get more HD channels? There have been no recent announcement of any new HD channels launching on Freeview. To answer why you have lost BBC Four HD we need to know which transmitter you're using and where you are in relation to it (please provide a full postcode so that we can access your coverage prediction).

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Monday, 12 March 2018
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David Bond
9:27 AM
Coventry

David Bond:
re. channel 106 missing my post code is CV5 7EJ our signal comes from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.
Regards David Bond.

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Barry
10:52 AM

Can I receive receive jazz f m on freeview

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Gordon
3:31 PM

Lesley.

You may find that your Freeview DVR has a setting in the 'Settings' menu to extend the record time beyond the posted time that the programme finishes. This is usually tens of second or up to two or three minutes and is there for just such occassions when programmes overrun slightly. You may also want to check the digital clock on the DVR (if it has one) as that can sometimes affect the start stop times, if the clock is fast it will start recording early and finish early.

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Lesley
4:22 PM

Thanks Gordon for the info, but if I extend the time it sets it as a timed recording, rather than starting and ending when the programme ends, so if programmes are delayed or moved for any reason it won't then adjust the recording schedule automatically. The clock is accurate, it is displayed on front when dvr is off. Itv hd is worst for missing ends of programmes, most other channels seem to mostly accurately detect ends of programmes correctly.

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Lesley's 6 posts GB
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:06 AM

David Bond: Have you retuned since the frequency changes that took place at Sutton Coldfield on 7th March?

Barry: Jazz FM is not on Freeview.

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