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

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:32 on 28 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 13:38 on 29 Oct to 14:16 on 29 Oct, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:40 on 28 Oct, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:08 on 28 Oc BBC


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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes.

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tx1BBC West Midlandstx3Central (West micro region)txdabxxDAB in BirminghamtxradioxxAM/FM in Birmingham

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C43 (650.0MHz)433m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C46 (674.0MHz)433m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
200,000W
Channel icons
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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 horizontal max
C42 (642.0MHz)433m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal max
C45 (666.0MHz)433m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 22 others

LB
 horizontal -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 8 City TV Broadcasting, 67 Chart Show TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 horizontal -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
89,200W
Channel icons
71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -13.8dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
8,300W
Channel icons
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Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFB EB EEB E KB E KW
C4BBCtv
600C33com7
C35com8
C39+ArqB+ArqB+ArqB
C40BBC2BBC2BBC2+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C41+1
C42SDNSDNSDN
C43ITVITVITVBBCABBCABBCA
C44+2
C45ArqAArqAArqA
C46BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4
C47+A
700C50C4C4C4
C51+BLB
C52+C
C55D

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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th September and 21st September 2011.

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
LB(-20dB) 10kW
com8(-20.8dB) 8.3kW
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.



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Transmitter engineering
Thursday 30 October 2014 4:32AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:32 on 28 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 13:38 yesterday to 14:16 yesterday, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:40 on 28 Oct, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:08 on 28 Oc [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
Thursday 30 October 2014 7:32AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:32 on 28 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:40 on 28 Oct, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 13:38 yesterday to 14:16 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:08 on 28 Oc [BBC]

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KEVIN GARDINER
Thursday 30 October 2014 4:35PM Stourbridge

I am aware that engineering work is currently underway on the DAB radio multiplexes.However, I have noticed that although the TV multiplexes are not effected in any way regards to their ERP's, the sound on most of the HD channels is being effected. I'm not sure whether they are working on changing the sound configuration in some way, or whether its just a temporary alteration whilst they are working on the DAB multiplexes. The difference that ive noticed is that the sound level on broadcast is normal, but when you record a programme and play it back, the sound level is low and fluctuates both up and down. I've tested my soundcard audio settings on my laptop and they are fine as I can play all my previous recordings ok. and I can play back standard Freeview channels perfectly. As far as I can see, all the HD channels are effected except ITV1 and BBC3. And today, I tested out the standard channels and all were perfect both in audio and video recording a data stream just over 15,000 kbps, except today, when the data stream for the PSB2 multiplex was on reduced data stream of just under 5,000 kbps.
The above problem has been going on since around 15th October and although engineering work has to be untaken to ever improve the quality of our television reception, I believe that not all engineering work to be carried out is advertised to the public if it doesn't have any effect the reception due to decreased ERP Also, to make a comparison, I also tested reception from Brierley Hill, and exactly the same reception problems prevail. Has anyone else experienced, or are currently experiencing the same problems as myself?

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Briantist
Thursday 30 October 2014 9:39PM

KEVIN GARDINER: I can't see how you would get any change to the DVB-T2 HD broadcasts because of the DAB system, they are unrelated.

However, the DVB-T2 system is backed up from the Intelsat 907 satellite. It could be that there are only stereo channels on the backup system.

The Intelsat 907 signals are only used when the bi-routed main fibre-optic feeds to the site are unavailable. It could be - and this is speculation - that there are power issues, or that the HD channels are being taken from 11495.00 on Intelsat 907.

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Transmitter engineering
Friday 31 October 2014 4:32AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:32 on 28 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:40 on 28 Oct, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 13:38 on 29 Oct to 14:16 on 29 Oct, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:08 on 28 Oc [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
Friday 31 October 2014 7:31AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:32 on 28 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 13:38 on 29 Oct to 14:16 on 29 Oct, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 on 28 Oct to 14:40 on 28 Oct, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:08 on 28 Oc [BBC]

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tri mom
Friday 31 October 2014 5:00PM

there have been some change number changes on Freeview and now I've 'lost' channels and gained cbs action ch 70
I'm on the sutton coldifeld transmitter

True Entertainment 61 is longer on my list and i;ve returned the tv a couple of times and still cant get it.
Can it get it back?

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KEVIN GARDINER
Friday 31 October 2014 5:22PM Stourbridge

Braintist, Thank you for your expertise in trying to explain what may be the causes of my Freeview HD audio issues that im currently experiencing. I 've decided to give you an update as to what's going on today. Today, I re-checked the audio status of all the HD channels on both multiplexes and found that the problem still exists. i.e. reduced audio level on play back of recordings, or reduced audio level with unstable, fluctuating levels. The channels with stable but reduced audio levels are ITV1, CBBC, BBC NEWS and channels with normal audio levels after recorded playback are CBEEBIES and THE COMMUNITY CHANNEL. You outline that the cause of audio instability may be due to a temporary loss of use of the fibre optical cable feed to the transmitting station, and they are therefore, having to revert to a back up system using Interstat 907 satellite in-put feed instead. This may well be the case Brian, but something doesn't seem right because, I've also noticed that BBC2's audio reverts back to normal straight away after the channel shuts down and shows a loop of programme clips throughout the night. If they can revert back to normal audio, then why do they need to use a satellite feed if no engineering work on the tv multiplexes is currently taking place? A bit of a mystery I think.

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