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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?

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
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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
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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
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Dale
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9:04 PM
Ipswich

Nick : on my Sky Box (non-HD) the RGB setting is under System Settings:Picture Settings:Video Output. You can set it to PAL or RGB.
The Second Location Picture Format is for watching on a 2nd set using the 2nd RF out, not if you're connected via SCART. I have a long wire running upstairs to my bedroom portable and it uses that setting to have a 4:3 picture instead of 16:9, via a Magic Eye.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
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Nick
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9:34 AM

Found it! Thanks Dale. It does not make any difference either way now that I am back on the crt. I must set to rgb when I have to get a flat screen I suppose. Incidentally, I thought we used PAL, or does that only apply to analogue? Your help is much appreciated.
Nick

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Dale
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:11 PM
Ipswich

Nick : We DO use PAL rather than NTSC which is used in USA. An RGB signal keeps the three colours separate and gives a better quality picture, rather than the 3 colour signals all being rolled together: other people on here will give you a MUCH better explanation as to the difference, though!
If your CRT accepts RGB signals (depends on how old it is) it is still worth changing the Sky setting : you should notice an improvement. "Suck it and see" is generally my motto!

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Nick
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11:19 PM

Thanks Dale. My crt actually gives a clearer picture using the aerial connections and putting the tv on a vacant channel. I think that is because however you change the picture settings on the tv and Sky, the picture is a bit smaller than via scart, don't know why. Do you have any comments on that? Best wishes.
crt is widescreen, via aerial sockets, picture still fills screen

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Thursday, 16 June 2011
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Nick
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1:10 PM

Dear Brian,
Is Sudbury broadcasting any hd channel? Can't see it in the list at the top of this page, nor does anything come up when I tune in my box, even when I receive some channels from every mux.
Kind regards,
Nick

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simon ambrose
3:09 PM
Maldon

i am using windows 7 media center and have been able to tune into Freeview for many many years alebit some channels of a weaker strength. i recently bought a Freeview HD tuner for PC but i am still unable to see the HD channels. i accept that my area is not offically Freeview enabled but i'm surprised that the Freeview SD channels are readily available but Freeview HD is not.
any ideas?

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Mike Dimmick
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3:10 PM

Nick: HD services start at switchover, apart from the few transmitters providing an early, temporary, HD service. These are large population centres where the HD signal could be crammed in, usually at lower power than the other multiplexes. The temporary service is replaced by the permanent service at switchover.

Early HD services are available from:

Lichfield, for Birmingham
Crystal Palace, for London
Black Hill, for Central Scotland
Pontop Pike, for Newcastle
Emley Moor, for Leeds

Winter Hill (for Manchester and the north-west) gained HD services at switchover, as have all transmitters which switched over from March 2010 onwards. Those that switched over before this were gradually upgraded between March and November last year.

No more early HD services are planned. HD services from Sudbury, and its relays, will start on 20 July, a little over a month away.

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Nick
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3:55 PM

Thanks again Mike

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Lisa
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4:04 PM

Are there any maps available showing what the predicted coverage will be from the Sudbury transmitter after DSO?

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KMJ,Derby
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6:22 PM

Lisa: The map at the top of the page is the coverage area for the Sudbury transmitter. Note that until mid 2012 the COM muxes will radiate at reduced power, so coverage will be less than that shown until full power is available. If you pop your postcode into the Digital UK postcode checker, (tick the trade box) you can see how reception on each mux will vary over the next year.

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