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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
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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 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
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
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Darren
8:01 PM

Hi, can anyone tell me the current mux frequencies for the sutton transmitter please? I've tried for an hour to figure it out. Help | Freeview doesn't seem to list them either. Need them to tune my PC PCIe tuner. Thanks. Darren.

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Darren's 3 posts GB
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
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Darren
12:11 AM

Ok have I got this right?

C39+(618.2MHz)
C40+(626.2MHz)
C42 (642.0MHz)
C43 (650.0MHz)
C45 (666.0MHz)
C46 (674.0MHz)
C51 (714.0MHz)
C55 (746.0MHz)

Is the offset still needed on channels 39/40? My humax lists the freq as 618000/626000 and the channels look ok.

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Chris.SE
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1:30 AM

Darren:

Well, yes and no! Unfortunately the site owner has not been able to keep up with all the 700MHz Clearance changes, so all the UHF channel numbers are not necessarily up-to-date.

In the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-7, Loc1, Loc2 -
UHF channels are C43, C46, C40+, C42, C45, C39+, C55, C36, C48

No doubt you found those frequencies at the top of the page ;) , however the offsets are actually 166kHz, so the 0.2 is a rounded figure. The offset is the same whether it's + or - .
One thing about this site, when you see a channel number with the C before it in a post, if you hover over it it'll give you the centre frequency, unfortunately it doesn't do the + or -
If you click on it, you go to a page full of information, but unfortunately it may not be up-to-date!
Whether you need the offset will probably depend on the tuner card, I doubt it'll object putting it in. The Humax may be rounding the displayed figure to the nearest MHz!

There's nothing on C51, that moved on 700MHz clearance. There's two channels used for the Local mux, beamed in different directions IIRC, whether you get them and COM7 will depend on your location.

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Chris.SE's 3,092 posts GB
Saturday, 4 July 2020
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B Stanton
3:58 PM

Dear Sir.
I have picked up Birmingham tv on my tv many times. It was broadcast on UHF channel 36 it has been dead for over 3 months now, uses channel 7 on tv. Has it been removed or have the station had its power reduced.
Brian.

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Chris.SE
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10:46 PM

B Stanton:

It is still transmitting, I can find no listing of any faults or changes of power but it's not high power like the main multiplexes.
Have you changed anything in your set-up? Is your aerial still pointing the right way after many high winds?

As you know Birmingham TV is at LCN7. Do you get programmes at LCN's 48,50,60, 94 & 207 ? if you do, you are getting the Local multiplex, so try a retune to see if that resolves the problem.
If not, post back with a bit more detail about your installation - do you have any aerial booster/splitter to run more than one set? Have you got any new equipment? We need a full postcode to look at your predicted reception as well.

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Chris.SE's 3,092 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
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R Green
2:10 PM

Guide Plus+ PanasonicTV - TxL37E30B.

I have an issue with slow download and limited information on Guide Plus+. Only current and next programs are shown - with slow download - which is obviously inconvenient and frustrating for planning viewing.
This issue seems to have started about 21st Nov 2020. Prior to that some minor download speed was apparent, but full 7/8 day program data was available.
There is much chatter about this on the net, some of which suggests the problem originates with the broadcaster and linked (probably) to Freeview channel changes and/or data transmission changes, and some suggest it is a Panasonic problem. I have my doubts that it is a Panasonic problem since my DVB recorder - also Guide Plus+ - has no problems.

The signal strength of most channels on my receiver is excellent - I live about 10 miles south (B68), and in view of the transmitter.

Could you comment please. Is there a related problem with transmission changes linked to Freeview updates. and will it be resolved in the future (not to distant I hope)?

Thank you for your support.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020
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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:34 AM

R Green:

There is much chatter on the net, some of which you can ignore as it is either pure speculation or comment made without any technical backup or knowledge.

1st, there were no changes to the Sutton Coldfield transmitter around November last year.
2nd, the UHF channels used by the 6 main multiplexes at Sutton Coldfiled have remained the same since the start of DTV.
3rd, Transmission changes over the years have been the addition of the two temporary HD multiplexes COMs 7&8 and a Local multiplex, in Dec.2013, Feb.2014, & Apr.2015 respectively.
4th, The 700MHz clearance changes in Mar.2018 moved COMs 7&8 to UHF C55 & C56 and the Local mux to C36.
5th, Additional transmission of the Local Multiplex was added on C48 in Oct.2019.
6th, Arqiva changed the FEC on COM8 in Feb.2020 to improve resilience of this mux.
7th, COM8 closed at the end of June 2020 for commercial reasons. COM7 will continue for the foreseable future but will close in June 2022 at the latest according to the current OFCOM licence.
8th, Over the years, Commercial Broadcasters have changed the channels they broadcast on Freeview and/or the multiplexes they are on, the most recent of which was July 29th and retunes are usually needed for these. There will be at least one in September.
9th, The 700MHz Clearance Programme in the rest of the UK has now been completed. Sale of the 700MHz frequencies to MNOs for (5G) mobile use is expected to be later this year, but it will be sometime after before any transmissions start from any UK local cells as equipment needs to be installed and handsets available.
10th, Depending on location, to receive all multiplexes from Sutton Coldfield a Group T/Wideband aerial would normally be needed. If reception of COM7 is not predicted/needed, a Group B aerial would normally suffice.

As retunes are periodically needed when Broadcasters make changes, some sets don't always allocate the channels correctly in the the correct LCNs. So if you haven't retuned recently then I'd suggest you do so as follows -
Unplug the aerial and carry out an automatic retune. This should clear memory of previous tuning as nothing will be found. Plug the aerial back in and ideally carry out a manual tune of Sutton Coldfields UHF channels, if you can't manual tune, do an automatic one.
The UHF channels are C43, C46, C40+, C42, C45, C39+, C55 and C48/C36 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs 4-7, Local.
(The + means a 166kHz offsets which TVs do automatically). As you are S of the transmitter, C48 is the one for the Loacl mux. C36 beams N.

The above retune technique doesn't work on some devices such as Youview boxes. For such devices not correctly allocating channels (eg. finding blocks of them in the 790s/800s) a full reset may be needed, but if it's a PVR you may need to reset scheduled recordings.

Did you make any changes to your system/installation around 21st November?
What are the signal strength AND quality figures (or BER if no quality figure) for each of the multiplexes on your TV receiver?
The fact that your DVB recorder is also Guide Plus and is not having problems is not relevant to your set which will have different firmware and the tuner could have a different sensitivity. The fact that the recorder is not having problems is indicative of the fact that there are no problems with transmission!
It's worth considering whether the TV set has too much signal, the figures I've asked for may be indication, don't be confused just because a strength reading might be less than 100%!

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js
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5:17 PM

R Green: Have you updated your TX-L37E30B to the latest firmware?

Looking at this thread:

Panasonic epg problems

It seems a solution has been found:

"Well after 2 years of just having Now and Next on my Panasonic L42E30B EPG I now have the full 7 day guide back."

Panasonic epg problems

Firmware is here:

Download Information of TV for UK and Ireland | Download | TV | Digital AV | Support | Panasonic Global


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Tuesday, 1 September 2020
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R Green
9:12 PM

Chris.SE:

Thanks for your reply.

You have provided me with much useful info (that will take me a while to digest) but confirmed my thoughts that the transmission and dvd recorder are OK and the fault lies within the TV.

I have an additional reply from js, who posted a web address where Pan have released a firmware update - in June 2020. This apparently fixes the problem.

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R Green
9:25 PM

js:

Thanks for your reply.

I have checked the 'https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com' web site you mention and downloaded the update file for my TV.

Several people on the 'https://forums.digitalspy.com' commented that this update has solved their Guide Plus+ problem. So I have confidence in installing it.

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