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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 29/05/2023 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.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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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

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

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?

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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?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

7:53 AM

jordan: You can use The Wrekin, Brierley Hill, Bromsgrove or Lark Stoke for your Freeview signals.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

3:59 PM

Briantist: Re: jordan, Yes! as I see that the Post Code has seemingly settled down, jordan having caused me an element of confusion by changing his "named" location of Wombourne (in original 27th posting) over to Cannock with a WS1 post code in the later posting on the 28th, then on the 29th (@ 10.11pm) returning again to the first named location of Wombourne with an operational post code of WV5.

Quite a distance (and reception possibilities) being involved between the two locations! of course unless there are two jordan's? although somehow I doubt it!

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Stuart O.

10:59 PM

I posted this on Digital Spy tonight (2nd August) but looks like no-one could help me:

Did anyone watch the on-air mistake on BBC (West) Midlands Today tonight?


I was watching in Analogue on Sutton Coldfield and was wondering if all analogue, freeview, freesat and Sky viewers were affected with the same as what I saw:

A couple of times, the broadcast switched to a recording of Antiques Roadshow!
As no other channel was showing that at the time, it couldn't have been an engineering switching break or anything.

I'm guessing the production team at The Mailbox, Birmingham pressed the wrong button to switch out Midlands Today and start playing a VT of Fiona Bruce presenting Antiques Roadshow!

I'm just wondering if this was a mistake, whether the mistake went out on all platforms or just certain ones?

Hope some others who saw this can let me know and what platform (analogue, freeview, freesat and Sky) they were watching it on.

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Stuart O.'s 156 posts GB

11:28 PM

Stuart O.: I don't know if this is what you saw, only on one of the previous Antiques Roadshow's one of the experts showed Fiona Bruce some designs of jewellery that he was hoping one day to see on the Antiques Roadshow. A woman who was watching the programme realised that she had one of the designs and on a programme the was broadcast a few weeks ago, presented it to the expert. This brooch was sold at auction for £31,000 and was mentioned on the Midland News today.

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NottsUK's 345 posts GB

11:39 PM

This brooch can be seen at BBC News - Leicester

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Stuart O.

1:50 AM

I heard about that story, NottsUK.
But what I saw was in the middle of one news item, nothing to do with antiques, then it cut to Antiques Roadshow, then it cut back to that same news item before it cut.

And it did the same a little later on by Midlands Today being cut out to an unrelated VT then back to it.

I thought that Nick and Suzanne would know about the production mistake and apologise to their viewers but this was neither not realised nor mentioned.

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Stuart O.'s 156 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

4:38 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 14:52 on 01 Aug to 16:07 on 01 Aug [BBC] Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

4:38 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 14:52 on 01 Aug to 16:07 on 01 Aug [BBC] Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Stuart O.

10:44 AM

NottsUK: Something I forgot to say is that when the news items cut to show the Antiques Roadshow, the picture was quite a weaker reception during the AR broadcast periods, as though somebody had switched off the BBC1 signal at Sutton Coldfield and I was receiving a signal from another channel from another transmitter. But as I said, none of the other 4 channels was showing AR so don't know whaat happened really.

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