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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 - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels 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 (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 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 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/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 (200°)
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 (201°)
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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

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.

Comments
Saturday, 1 January 2011
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simon wood
6:52 PM

Hi,

for all the people in the tamworth area with reception problems i think we should all set a time and date visit the sutton mast and ask the tv news to come to and if we dont get the long over due answers and compensation for months of problems then we should cut all the signals to everyone so the understand hower frustration. let me know email me on simonfwood@gmail.com to arrange a visit.

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Sunday, 2 January 2011
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DS
3:49 PM

I have been using a portable digital aerial for over 5 years, as never bothered with a roof Ariel (the builder didn't put one in) except for some occasional interference I had no problems, however since October 2010 this year, I have had nothing but trouble with a constantly poor signals, this is now beyond a joke, all i get from the BBC et al, is "THERE IS NO PROBLEM". someone is telling lies !

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Monday, 3 January 2011
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Steve Bones
3:44 PM

I am experiencing the same problems as described above. Since October 2010 - ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 (digital channels) have been intermittent, at best, often No Signal at all, other times digital signal breaking up so badly as to make it unwatchable. Before this I have never had a problem.
I have just bought a new Freeview HD TV but cannot get any of the HD channels.
Can I get a refund of part of my TV licence? As this is a failure to deliver what I am paying for!

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Steve Blackwell
7:37 PM
Halesowen

Similar problems - invested in a HD Freeview telly (join xmas pressie for me and the wife). Initially everything working great, but the HD channels on now showing a very weak signal, breaking up and totally unwatchable.

I live in the B62 area, 20 miles from Sutton, but only 4 miles from Brierley Hill. Is it worth getting on the roof and pointing my aerial to Brierley Hill? Will I be able to get the HD channels there? TIA :)

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Steve
10:08 PM

Tamworth resident back again after signal strength on ITV freeview stations for the past month has been high after earlier problems they sort of acknowledged being there fault.

tonight Signal strength now reading low on all ITV channels and picture started pixelating about 2115 tonight.

Hope Arqiva get this sorted quickly its dragged on long enough

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Steve
10:10 PM

Tamworth resident back again after signal strength on ITV freeview stations for the past month has been high after earlier problems Arqiva sort of acknowledged being there fault.

Tonight Signal strength now reading low on all ITV channels (BBC Fine) and picture started pixelating on ITV about 2115 tonight.

Hope Arqiva get this sorted quickly its dragged on long enough

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011
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Richard
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:13 AM

Steve, mine has been intermittently poor for the past few months now. I don't think it's going to be 'fixed' until the digital switchover in all honesty. Everything has gone really quiet again.

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Richard
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:16 AM

Simon,

I don't think anyone is really giving much thought about it at all. I've tried the Tamworth Herald (and they did run a small piece but haven't followed it up). I've also tried the BBC, Arqiva, Tamworth Council. All to no avail.

We do need another way of making people realise there is a widespread problem. It's not just individuals affected and it's not the fault of the residents and it's definitely nothing to do with their aerials.

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Transmitter engineering
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12:10 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 11:43 today [BBC] Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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12:10 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 11:43 today [BBC] Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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