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Full Freeview on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter

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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. Click to recheck [+] 

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

Other mapstxdabSutton Coldfield DABtxradioSutton Coldfield AM/FMtxregionSutton Coldfield TV regiontx1BBC West Midlands
tx3Central (West micro region)txdabxxDAB in BirminghamtxradioxxAM/FM in Birmingham

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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?

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.

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, 70 CBBC, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 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
73 CBBC HD, 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, 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, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 20 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, 82 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), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , 90 CBS Action, plus 20 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, 75 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 horizontal -14.9dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
6,400W
Channel icons
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -13.8dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
8,300W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



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 moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz 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.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
com8(-20.8dB) 8.3kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW
com7(-21.9dB) 6.4kW

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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Ryan
Friday 14 January 2011 10:16PM

KMJ, Derby: As much as i'm not happy with the Freeview quality, I realise that technically, I shouldn't even be receiving Freeview due to it not being in my area as yet.

I'm just left bemused that back in the summer, the signal was really good. Nearly every channel was watchable and, at worst, i'd suffer minor break-ups in the picture.

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Rob
Saturday 15 January 2011 11:41AM Burton-on-trent

Hi Briantist,

Thanks for the link but I'd already read and checked for possible sources of induction interference. I also read the article on frequecy specific interference. I also find it strange that it's only affecting channel 41, all other channels are good and strong. I really don't think it's induction or mobile interference.

Any other ideas

Cheers

Rob

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Ian
Saturday 15 January 2011 2:26PM Burton-on-trent

Hi Briantist,
Can you tell me if and when the sutton transmitter is transmitting HD I have a Humax HD recorder and cannot receive HD Channels. I live in Branston.
Thanks

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AlvinF
Sunday 16 January 2011 11:25AM Birmingham

Ian
Sutton Coldfield wont be transmitting HD untill Sept this year when the switch over takes place, at the moment the HD signals are coming from the Lichfield transmitter and will do so untill Sept when they will move to Sutton.

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Brett Nagata
Sunday 16 January 2011 3:47PM Stafford

HI. I bought a new television that has freeview HD built in. I receive the freeview stations with a strong signal in my area (ST17 9BZ) but no freeview HD channels. Freeview HD website says I should get the freeview HD channels since Mar 2010, other websites say Sept 2011. Any ideas why I don't get the HD channels. Thanks in advance.

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r barker
Sunday 16 January 2011 6:45PM

i have bought a humax hd box its showing 55% signal strength is this sutton coldfield transmitter or do i need a ariel uppgrade

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Steve
Sunday 16 January 2011 9:35PM

55% strength would be a dream here in Tamworth, Back to having to watch on fuzzy analogue to watch ITV, CH4 or CH5 its getting beyond a joke somebody at Arqiva needs a kick up the jacksie and get this sorted

Briantist
Monday 17 January 2011 7:04AM

Brett Nagata: Please check the things on the <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="www.ukfree.tv link icon" link iconSingle frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice - you should have no problems with the HD service.




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