Sutton Coldfield TV transmitter was one of the first in this country when it began broadcasting the BBC on the old 405 line VHF system in 1949, UHF colour transmissions started in 1965. The original mast was demolished in 1985 and the replacement is a 225m high (see How High is High ? ) mast which was built in 1983. Apparently the older structure was insufficiently strong to take the weight of the increasing number of transmitting antennas required. To make things even more complicated a 225m temporary mast was erected in the spring of 2009 so that work could proceed in raising the height of the original mast by 31m (to a total height of 271m). As of summer 2013 this second mast is in being dismantled.
The site is not quite in Sutton Coldfield but being just North of its namesake it is visible from most areas North of Birmingham. The railway line to Lichfield runs near to the site, this particular section being opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1884.
Overall view of Sutton Coldfield`s (original) television transmitter.
Sutton Coldfield transmitter looking majestic against the spring sunshine.
View of Lichfield transmitter (originally the ITV transmitter, Sutton Coldfield being the BBC transmitter) from one of Sutton Coldfield`s outer most stay anchor points. There were a few tandem transmitter set ups when TV was VHF. Note the tensioning mechanisms for the stay ropes.
Sutton Coldfield`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the
The two masts at Sutton Coldfield (the original mast is on the left).
As part of the work required for DSO a 225m temporary mast was erected in the spring of 2009 so that work could proceed in raising the height of the original mast by 31m. Thus the mast will eventually be a total height of 271m. As of summer 2013 this second mast is in being dismantled.
Note, due to the new phenomenon of MUXICAL chairs you may experience problems with certain MUXES disappearing. First try rescanning your TV / set top box, do it manually if possible. If this fails to sort it check on transmitter work or call the reception advice phone numbers.
Also see basic digital fault finding.
Switchover occurred at Sutton Coldfield in Sept 2011.
We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.
Note the huge increase in power at digital switchover.
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This table below also includes the same information for some of the other transmitters
receivable in the area, Waltham, Sandy, Oxford, Lark Stoke, Ridge Hill, Bromsgrove,
Malvern, Brierley Hill, The Wrekin, Winter Hill, Emley Moor and Belmont. Note how
they “dovetail” together in an attempt to minimise co-
The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.
Note the gaps in the table below for channels 31 to 35, 37 and 61 to 68, they`re reserved for “other uses”.
Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :
Sutton Coldfield has the third highest population coverage (approx 5 million) of any transmitter in the UK and broadcasts to many major towns and cities including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Leicester, Derby and Stoke.
There is one interleaved spectrum channel allocated to Sutton Coldfield, CH51, which is within the B group and may be used for a local Birmingham TV station. In addition, there may be two more HD MUXES transmitted (in the CH 31 to 37 gap) on CHs 33 and 35. All of these possible channels can be picked up by decent B group aerials.
For Sutton Coldfield we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, the Yagi18B for outdoor installs in poor signal areas, the XB10B for loft installations in poor signal areas, and the XB16B for those with the most marginal signals. Unless you have a massive loft we`d normally recommend an XB10B for loft installs over an XB16 due to smaller size of the former aerial. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables.