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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast?

Sudbury transmitter - Sudbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 26/09/2022 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Sudbury 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.

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 (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 ITV +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 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
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
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Mark Fletcher
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1:44 PM
Lytham St. Annes

Correction to my above post,due to wee typing error.One of my sentences should have read."Most of us by then will no longer be here but most of us will be".Apologises all round.

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Julian Fasler
2:46 PM
Bury St. Edmunds

I retuned today and have regained Film 4 etc
but have now lost Sky News and Pick TV. All other channels are normal

Is ArqA really on full power now?


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thornberry
2:49 PM
Ipswich

Just completed the 27th June 2012 retune. I have lost ITV3,5*,5USA,Quest and some shopping channels. I have gained ITV4, Film4, Russia Today and some shopping channels. Is this par for the course?

IP4 2BT roof aerial.

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Mark Fletcher
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3:05 PM
Ipswich

Thornberry.Ipswich,IP4 2BT.If your aerial is polarised horizontally and directed at Sudbury itself,try firstly to perform a full reset of your appliance,then with the aerial unplugged perform an automatic scan the result no channels will be found.Now after this replug in your aerial and preferably do a manual scan of the multiplexes from Sudbury,it should do the trick.

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Hollzjw
5:25 PM
Sudbury

Julian Fasler and Thornberry, I had the same problem until i discovered pick tv, 5 USA, 5* and itv3 etc have moved to channel 58 and channel 60, just do a manual scan on these two channels and you should get a the missing channels.

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Tim CO14
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7:34 PM
Walton On The Naze

At last! It's been a struggle over the past months and years, but it looks like we now have a full service from Sudbury (at least I have here!). And good advice from Mark Fletcher: clear the tuner's memory of all channels, then re-scan.

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Mark Fletcher
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7:48 PM
Lytham St. Annes

Tim CO14.Im pleased everything ultimately worked out correctly for you and many other Sudbury transmitter viewers.
Happy viewing !

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Mark Fletcher
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8:04 PM
Lytham St. Annes

Julian Fasler.Bury St Edmunds.
Yes ArqA along with SDN and ArqB are now broadcasting on 100kw apiece.
As for the missing programmes you stated did you rescan your appliance.
Better still perform a full reset of your appliance then with the aerial unplugged do a automatic scan,it will pick up zero channels.Now after this plug the aerial back in only this time preferably manual scan the channels instead,it should work !

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Julian Fasler
8:34 PM
Bury St. Edmunds

Mark Fletcher.
I cleared all channels as you suggested but on a manual scan Channel 60 has virtually no signal strength or quality.I think the problem must lie with my (rather elderly) aerial.

Thanks for your advice.

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Mark Fletcher
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8:54 PM
Lytham St. Annes

Julian Fasler.No problem.Is it just the ArqA multiplex you are having a problem with.
If as you stated the problem lies with your elderly aerial is it coloured yellow at its tips,denoting a group B aerial.
If so you may have to replace your aerial with a group E semi-wideband type coloured brown at its tips,either a Yagi 18E or an X-Beam 16E antenna,and simultaneously replace both the aerial cable with superior copper-copper black coloured co-ax cable and co-ax aerial plug,preferably brass aerial plugs,not alloy or worse plastic plugs they're useless.


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