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The symbol shows the location of the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 440,000 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 Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sudbury 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
C44 (658.0MHz)229mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)229mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sudbury transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 77km north-northeast (24°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 78km north-northeast (24°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

Felixstowe WestTransposer1000 homes +1000 or more homes due to expansion of affected area?
WithamTransposer14 km NE Chelmsford.118 homes

How will the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Aug 2018
B E TB E TB E TE TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C35C5wavesC5waves
C37ArqB
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C44BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCB
C51tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C56tv_offArqB
C58tv_offSDN
C60tv_off-ArqA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 250kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100kW
Analogue 5(-7dB) 50kW
Mux 2*(-14.9dB) 8.1kW
Mux B*(-15.2dB) 7.5kW
Mux 1*(-15.5dB) 7kW
Mux A*(-17dB) 5kW
Mux C*(-22.2dB) 1.5kW
Mux D*(-23.6dB) 1.1kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Sudbury 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.

Comments
Thursday, 21 June 2018
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Chris.SE
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12:53 AM

McMahon:

I do not think you will get the BBC mux from Sudbury on an indoor aerial as suggested by Hardy.
As you are probably aware, multiplex channel changes have been taking place as part of the 700Mhz band clearance, Sudbury had some changes back in March and whilst you initially may not have had (many) problems, further changes have been taking place more recently at adjacent and other transmitters and this is resulting in reception from Sudbury becoming more "difficult" for your location.

If you look at DigitalUK's prediction for your location at Coverage Checker - Detailed View you will see that for Sudbury this is not going to improve significantly as further retunes take place and will be worse for some muxes.
Also if you have a group E aerial this will not be helping as COM muxes move to lower channels.

However, there is a Relay transmitter at Clacton-on-Sea and whilst this is currently a "Freeview Light" transmitter (no COM muxes), that is changing on 1st August 2018 when COMs 4,5 & 6 will be added according to DigitalUK. You will see that on the link mentioned above.
You may get satisfactory reception from your existing aerial, but it may require re-aligning (or replacing with a group K).

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Chris.SE
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1:02 AM

McMahon:

Please IGNORE my previous post above, I'm afraid I mistakenly looked at the wrong postcode.
You should get satisfactory reception of all muxes according to DigitalUK, see Coverage Checker - Detailed View

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Chris.SE
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3:30 AM

McMahon:

Further to my last, there are 3 mobile phone masts close to you and almost line of sight between you and the transmitter. If any of them have recently started transmitting in the 800Mhz band they could be causing you interference, especially if you happen to have a distribution amplifier in your system.
Have you recently received a Freeview Interference card from AT800 by any chance? Even so, if you think it could be interference - apart from your reception problem, any blocky or frozen pictures on other channels, contact AT800 on 0808-1313800.

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Sunday, 24 June 2018
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Hardy
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11:05 PM

re Mcmahon. the changes at Sudbury should not affect signal strength because all MUXs are still at 100KW. Only a group CD aerial would have trouble getting the channels . Any other group aerial B K or E should be ok for the time being . (until UHF channel 29 comes into use) I suspect the problem could be a bad joint in the aerial connection or interference as Chris suggests.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018
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nick horrex
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10:11 AM

please would someone tell me where to find an up to date list of the channels used by Sudbury, Dover and Tacolneston?

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Hardy
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11:21 AM

putting youre post code into this coverage checker gives the channels info (select detailed view) . If you want channels outside your area use a post code nearer the wanted transmitter (theatre ,post office etc )

Coverage Checker - Detailed View

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018
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nick horrex
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5:06 PM

thanks, Hardy, I tried that but was unable to find which CHANNELS were used muxes

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Thursday, 12 July 2018
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Hardy
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11:45 AM

THe channels are mostly still on the same multiplexes . (with a few exceptions) Usually only the transmission frequencies changed .So you can just look at the relevant freeview transmitter pages. If there are specific channels you are interested in I might be able to find out .

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Hardy
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11:55 AM

Nick . It seems that a given multiplex carries the same channels for all three transmitters but only Tacolneston carries com7 and 8.

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Hardy
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11:58 AM

I found the multiplexes seem to be standard on virtually all transmitters . Listed here https://ukfree.tv/transmi…exes

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