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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.

 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

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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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),

 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
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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

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 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

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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), 63 Community Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

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

 H -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
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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

 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?

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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?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupVHFB EB EEB E KB E KW

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
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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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Monday, 2 March 2015
Mark Wood
12:02 AM

Neil: Can you be a bit more specific as to what you mean by "having trouble" with the channels on C33 - i.e. total loss of picture, picture and/sound breakup etc. and is it on all of the C33 (COM7) channels or just one or two?

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Mark Wood's 61 posts Bronze Bronze GB
12:05 PM Wolverhampton

Sorry Mark, I use a Quad Tuner DVB-T2 PCI card in my PC to act as a DVR distribution around the house, tried different tuner software, Argus TV on Windows and TVHeadEnd on Linux but for the last week or two when I try to scan in 570Mhz I get no channels found at all.

All the other multiplexes are fine.And I did manage to get the channels on 570MHz about a month ago when I rescanned.

I suppose it might be a problem here. I was wondering about interference from a network card I put in as I've read that COM7 is particularly susceptible to that sort of thing, but before I pull the thing apart I just wanted to check there was no problems network side.

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Bob Langley
2:20 PM

Dear UK Free TV Help,
I'm unable to receive Big Centre TV on Channel 8 in Lichfield (WS136NS) despite retuning (new installation following 'channel wipe') and having modern receivers a good aerial and generally excellent signal.
Any help appreciated.
Thanks in advance,

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Mark Wood
2:56 PM

Bob Langley: Bob you are out of range and in completely the wrong direction to receive Big Centre TV I'm afraid. Although it is transmitting from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter it is (like all of the local TV stations) broadcasting a directional signal - in this case towards Birmingham. It is also broadcast on a pretty low strength signal (10,000 watts whereas a lot of the other Multiplexs that carry the TV channels are at 200,000 watts).

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Mark Wood's 61 posts Bronze Bronze GB
9:40 PM

Bob Langley : Although you are located at an angle to the rear of the S/C transmitter, you are still indicated on the coverage chart as being able to receive the L-BRM signal. Therefore if your TV or box has a "manual" tuning facility, try entering C51 but "not" followed by pressing scan, as on most devices if any signal is being received, the strength and quality (the most important!) of the signal (no matter how low) will be indicated on the signal bars free of threshold level restrictions.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Bob Langley
12:43 PM

I'm not sure this will be appreciated but the following is what I have received from the Channel who were good enough to ask Comux about my problem.

"Hi Bob

I have just had this in from the network operator Comux - I asked them to look into it, and here is their reply.

Thanks Clare - I've plotted that postcode on the detailed coverage map and this is very marginal - it's right on the extreme fringes of where the signal should reach, and parts of Lichfield look like they have no coverage at all - the map isn't quite detailed enough to pinpoint the exact home, but it's possible it's in one of those areas.

The suggestion from about direction is wrong, looking at the coverage maps for Sutton Coldfield, but I am not sure what we can do about that site - it appears to be run by well-meaning enthusiasts who aren't armed with all the right information. I think Comux tried to make contact with them before. Sutton Coldfield is not as directional as a lot of other local TV masts.

There are some discrepancies between the postcode databases however -
WS13 postcodes do not appear in the Arqiva data, but they are appearing in the Freeview postcode checker - we think they get their postcode data from the BBC, and it is on our radar to address with DigitalUK"

Not very complementary to yourselves.

The key issue is that my postcode should not return "within coverage area" when queried on the Freeview website/telephone help.

Sincere thanks for your help, rather than 'shifting the blame' which others seek to do (not Big Centre TV, I might add)

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Mark Wood
2:43 PM

Bob Langley: Please accept my apologies Bob as it was I who provided you with the incorrect information. The information was provided in good faith, but I made a mistake for which I apologise.

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Mark Wood's 61 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Bob Langley
2:18 PM

No apology needed. You quickly saved me wasting any more time! I have no idea why Freeview Help operators are not made aware of the difference between Local TV channels. My conversation with them should have gone along the lines of " So all your Freeview channels apart from Channel 8 (51) are getting a strong signal. Oh, Channel 8 is Local TV and is much lower powered and you are unlikely to receive it... Sorted.
Thanks once again for your help.

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