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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.

 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

 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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
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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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
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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

 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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 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

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.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

4:32 PM

Nick: Most boxes and sets have ultra-low-power stand-by modes, but you usually leave them on to allow overnight EPG and firmware upgrades.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 21 April 2011

9:35 AM

Brian, you are being very good answering all these questions. I hope your answers are useful to others.
I assume you cannot recommend a box, but I have seen nothing other than cheap lately.
Sorry to be dense, but say you switch off the box overnight or even a couple of weeks when on holiday, would it not 'catch up' with the info it requires? After all, when they are in the box at the shop, they are not 'learning' anything.
Kind regards,

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Mike Dimmick

3:14 PM

Can't speak for Brian's box, but my Humax PVR-9200T has to be put in standby for it to get firmware updates. We've already seen numerous reports of people running very old firmware on this box because it was never put in standby, and experiencing problems that were fixed a long time ago.

The EPG data is transmitted at a pretty slow rate by the broadcasters - it takes a few minutes to trickle in. They broadcast about 8 days' worth at any time - if they happen to be broadcasting day 2 when you switch the box on, it takes a little while for it to get back round to today. It's like reading a long article on Ceefax.

Newer TVs and boxes, particularly PVRs, save the EPG data to persistent memory so that it's instantly available when you switch back on. (After the most recent update to my Humax, it now saves the EPG data to the hard disk when you put it in standby.) 

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chris stevens
8:06 PM

Post code IP13 9EL, Pointing at Tachleston, and keep losing ITV1 etc (mux 2) (on channel 60) have to re-tune to get them back. Why is this suddenly happening, as i have been using freeview for about 3 or 4 years now, with no previous issues?

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chris stevens's 1 post GB
Friday, 22 April 2011

5:39 AM

chris stevens: You are not predicted to get a multiplex 2 signal from Tacolneston until 23rd November 2011.

To be honest, at your location, you are probably better using Freesat.

You are probably being effected by the recent changes to the digital in France and the Netherlands.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 April 2011

10:38 AM

Dear Brian,
I am still trying to work out what best to do when Sudbury goes digital in July in a coastal area which might suffer interference from Holland. I have a 'free' Sky box.
If I go for a freeview tv and suffer interference, I can watch on Sky, but for recording, in order to avoid interference, is there any reason I should not be able to record on a freesat box and watch the recordings on a freeview tv which has no freesat tuner? I do not want to have yet another box, ie freesat.
Can the freesat recorder use my Sky dish as well as Sky using it, or is connection difficult? Many thanks, Nick.

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Nick's 377 posts GB

12:59 PM

Nick: As you are not predicted to get Freeview reception of reasonable quality, I would suggest you get a Freesat+HD box.

You can use a Freesat+HD box with any sort of TV you like.

Yes, you can attach Freesat equipment to your existing LNB package.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

8:34 AM

Many thanks yet again Brian. I did not realise we were not even predicted to get decent freeview here. Clearly the Sudbury digital service will not cover fully the area currently served by its analogue service. Those in charge should not be permitted to switch off analogue till they find a way to replace it properly.
I have made enquiries about a freesat recorder, seems like I would need a multiple lnb and 2 more holes in the wall and cables.
I am getting fed up with digital even before it starts!

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Nick's 377 posts GB

8:39 AM

Nick: According to the "system", your analogue transmitter is the one at Aldeburgh, not Sudbury.

At some point Aldeburgh will give you a good service, but this will move to "marginal" in the future.

The analogue, and therefore digital services cover 98.5% of the population.

You are in the 1.5% that won't get a decent terrestrial service, and for you Freesat has been provided.

Freesat boxes start at £30 - Buy Bush BFSAT02SD Freesat SD Digital Box - Black at - Your Online Shop for Freesat digital set top boxes.
- and you can get a dish fitted from £89 - Buy Single Freesat Installation at - Your Online Shop for Freesat accessories.

Freesat HD will provide ALL the channels you will ever get terrestrially, and you can have them today if you want.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

8:56 AM

Dear Brian,
You are remarkably helpful, thank you.
Please would you explain what you mean by Aldeburgh will move to 'marginal' after a good start. Here at IP12, Aldebugh analogue indeed provides a signal equal to Sudbury but I am reluctant to use it as the digital channels will be few, cannot even be sure ITV3 will be included. Nevertheless, when push comes to shove, will its digital be ok here?
Freesat, have the Sky dish already, seems to require more cables and lnb changes. Why we cannot hook up all these gadgets to one coax from the dish is beyond me.

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