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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). This second mast was dismantled from Summer 2013.

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.

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Overall view of Sutton Coldfield`s (original) television transmitter.

Sutton Coldfield transmitter looking majestic against the spring sunshine.

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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.

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Lichfield transmitter from Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the

aerials we recommend for it.   DM Log    Log36    Yagi18B    XB10B    XB16B


Also see other relevant B group curves, and inconsistent gain curves of some Contract aerials.


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Sutton Codlfield transmitter, against the sun

When Sutton Coldfield had two masts (the original mast is on the left).

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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. This second mast was dismantled from Summer 2013.

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Sutton Coldfield transmitter, when there`s two of them.....

Sutton Coldfield Transmitter


OS Grid Ref SK 113 003



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.

Sutton Coldfield transmits all six MUXES at 200kW, making it the (joint) most powerful transmitter in the UK.  Note the huge increase in power at digital switchover.


Sutton Coldfield is a B group and aerials on it should be horizontally polarised.


The transmitter has thirty eight smaller repeaters (including Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke)  to help improve its coverage in hilly areas.

External Links


Sutton Coldfield transmitter page at MB21

Sutton Coldfield transmitter page at The Big Tower

Sutton Coldfield transmitter page on Wikipedia


Digital UK Sutton Coldfield transmitter

Digital UK details of Central transmitters


Lichfield transmitter page at MB21

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please help us increase the number of people reading it.


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Sutton Coldfield`s Channel Allocations


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-channel interference. The channel allocation guides can be very useful in the diagnosis of co-channel interference problems and can also be invaluable if you are trying to find a spare channel for a modulated output (e.g. for a Sky box or CCTV system) to be added to your TV setup/distribution system without suffering from co-channel.


Also check Sutton Coldfield`s thirty eight smaller repeaters.


The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.

Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :


History and general info of Sutton Coldfield Transmitter


Sutton Coldfield transmitter coverage (area & population)


Digital power output, aerial group and polarisation of Sutton Coldfield transmitter


Possible extra (future) channels from Sutton Coldfield


Our TV aerial recommendations for Sutton Coldfield


Sutton Coldfield external links


Pictures of Sutton Coldfield transmitter


Sutton Coldfield`s graph (its transmissions v our aerial recommendations)


Sutton Coldfield`s channels/frequencies (including alternative transmitters)

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 are two planned low power 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.

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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.

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Sutton Coldfield transmitter, when there was only one.....

The dotted lines are the 2 planned lower power HD MUXES