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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 - MainPossible weak signal Digital tick




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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 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, 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, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 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), 70 CBS Action, 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
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
 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?

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

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.
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Comments
Monday, 19 January 2015
Thursday, 22 January 2015
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Mr & Mrs I L Rubery
11:20 AM Ashbourne

QUESTION
We get good Freeview reception from Sutton Coldfield transmitter with an old "C/D" roof aerial, and receive West Midlands news programmes. When we point it around to the Waltham direction and retune so as to obtain East Midlands news programmes the reception is very poor to non-existent. Our post code is DE6 3EP (between Ashbourne and Belper, north-west of Derby).
With technology as it is now, is there a way of receiving and selecting East Midlands news programmes from Sutton Coldfield?

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Dave Lindsay
11:59 AM

Mr & Mrs I L Rubery: No, because they aren't broadcast from transmitters/tv/Sutton_Coldfield">Sutton Coldfield.

There are a number of transmitters up the Derwent valley that relay Waltham, but you are out of range of them all.

Refer to this terrain plot:

http://www.megalithia.com/elect/terrain.php?Make=2&Transmitters=SK809233+411&ngr=SK249466&bht=10&ngr1=SK809233&daod=411&dname=Waltham&dht=0&go=go

The ground rises and falls within a couple of miles of you and may be the cause of your difficulty.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,382 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 23 January 2015
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Dave Kirk
5:44 PM

MikeB: Thanks for your help. Not the answer I was expecting! I can't find your cheap 20dB aerial attenuator on Amazon, so I'll dash out for a 12dB one from my nearest Maplin (?6.49) and hope that's enough.

Thanks again!

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Dave Kirk's 3 posts GB
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MikeB
6:11 PM

Dave Kirk: You can, but you will spend a bit more. See here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/18dB-Coax-Plug-Inline-ATTENUATOR/dp/B00CELNDP2/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1422036478&sr=1-8&keywords=BUYME+attenuator

They obviously do other ones as well. Best thing to do is to buy a couple of different ones, and then you can see which one works best. If you need to kill the signal more than just using one, you can put them in series. Also good idea to use an extra fly lead, so that nothing vaguely heavy stick out of the socket.

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MikeB's 1,252 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 24 January 2015
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Dave Kirk
10:43 AM

MikeB: That's ridiculously cheap, especially as it says postage is free! Makes me wonder about the quality, but the two reviews (and you) say it works so I'll order one (or two).

I'll use it in the loft where the aerial is plugged into the down lead. Thanks again! I'll report back on what happens.

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MikeP
10:59 PM

Dave Kirk:

You would be better putting it/them close to the aerial input socket of the TV. That way the signal strength in the downlead is greater and therefore less susceptible to interference if there is any locally. As MikeB suggests, put a short flylead into the TV socket and then put the attenuator on the end of that and then connect the downlead to the attenuator.

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