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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
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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, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
45 Film 4 +1, 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
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 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, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 8 City TV Broadcasting, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 H -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons
63 Community Channel, 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 3 others

com8
 H -13.8dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433mDTG-68,300W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014/5:



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/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
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?

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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

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
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.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-4 1000kWSDN, ARQA
Click/touch here to read Other mapsSutton Coldfield Freeview, Sutton Coldfield DAB, Sutton Coldfield AM/FM, Sutton Coldfield
Click/touch here to read Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter areaFeb 1956-
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Comments
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
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jb38
4:40 PM

vicky peace: Without having knowledge of your location, but if you receive Freeview from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter then this station is listed on this weeks engineering page as being liable to suffer from "possible service interruptions", although any such interruptions to service are only of a very short term nature of up to an hour or so at the most, usually much less of under 5 minutes.

The point to note being, that "if" you carried out a retune your TV after having possibly found a blank screen, then this action will have deleted everything stored in the tuner, frequent retunes then being required in order to recover the channels.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015
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Keith Miles
5:07 PM

jb38: We have been having problems all weekend with our freeview! Can you please advise how long we will continue to have breaking up and sound quality as it is occurring on all of our televisions that we have in our household? Date of this occurring began on 10.04.15 and it is still occurring today 12.04.15! Please respond as soon as possible as we also have lost several of our freeview channels eg: Channel 61 (true entertainment )

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jb38
8:02 PM

Keith Miles: Unfortunately, as engineering work is also taking place on eight other transmitters in the Central Region as well as Sutton Coldfield, its not really possible for anyone to estimate how long the work will take.

That said though, any work being carried out involving power reductions rather than a straight cut to the service, is usually only for a short term period of maybe up to an hour or so at the most, that is unless some unforeseen snag has cropped up! which of course can happen.

Taking this into consideration as well as the fact of you having only experienced the problem with reception since the 10th when engineering work has been taking place since well before this date, it would therefore be prudent to eliminate any possibility of a defect having developed in your aerial system, by (if possible) checking with others in your immediate vicinity, this being said on the assumption that although all TV's in your household are experiencing problems, that they are all connected into the same aerial system? possibly via a powered (or passive) splitter.

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Monday, 13 April 2015
Thursday, 16 April 2015
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kevin gardiner
4:25 PM

I performed my monthly channel re-scan to see or find any new tv or radio stations on Freeview. Today I performed a manual multiplex signal frequency channel check, and I can re-veal that the COM8 HD MULTIPLEX from Sutton Coldfield is on and in test mode as of today. There are no test cards or channels on but there is a constant carrier. From this, we can conclude that there'll be an extra 6 HD channels coming our way sometime this year.

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Dave Lindsay
5:11 PM

kevin gardiner: Perhaps this is what the current engineering works are for, it's a coincidence if not.

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kevin gardiner
6:45 PM

Yes, I think it was. Although engineering work has been under way recently, from what ive noticed at my end, the ERP of the PSB2 multiplex ITV1 etc, has been the only multiplex operating on reduced power. As of an hour ago, all multiplexes are operating at full power now. The HD multiplexes are operating ok also. We'll have to wait see what transpires, now that COM 8 multiplex is transmitting a carrier.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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KEVIN GARDINER
4:19 PM

As of today, the com8 multiplex is up and running. It came on on Tuesday 16th April, but it was on transmitting a carrier.Today, they are transmitting two HD channels so far. One is channel 111 QCV +1 and QVC BEAUTY HD on channel 112. The multiplex is being transmitted at just under half the ERP of the main multiplexes 89kw for the time being along with COM 7.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015
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KEVIN GARDINER
1:49 PM

The new COM 8 multiplex is up and running on the 31 main transmitter sites across the UK. A More accurate information sheet has been released about it. It states, that the COM 7 and COM 8 multiplexes from Sutton Coldfield has the following ERP. The COM 7 multiplex ERP is 89.220 kw, and the COM8 multiplex has an ERP of 85.990 kw.

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KEVIN GARDINER
3:08 PM

Both the COM 7 and COM 8 multiplexes are at a temporary ERP and frequency channel slot till the big switchover in 2018, when each transmitter site will be allocated 6 multiplexes each between 470mhz and 600mhz. All multiplexes will be in HD. However, this is all open to change, if they can agree on a new codec for the proposed 4K specification. The current one which folk are raving about is the N-NOVA PERSUES compression codec.If this happens, we will get a lot more standard HD channels and perhaps 4K being transmitted terrestrially. From what I've read, in tests, they have stated that they can create a good, stable 4K stream with a bit rate of 7-8mb, which is enough to transmit 4 4K channels terrestrially per multiplex, and up to 9 standard HD channels. The only downside is if the current standard HD and 4K televisions will be able read the new codec information, or whether television owners will have to purchase or use yet another set top box? WE shall see.

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