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The symbol shows the location of the Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) transmitter which serves 74,000 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 Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) mast?

Nottingham transmitter - Nottingham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 17/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Nottingham 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.

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C27 (522.0MHz)175mDTG-400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C24 (498.0MHz)175mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (East 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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C21+ (474.2MHz)175mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East Midlands, 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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C33 (570.0MHz)175mDTG-8400W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)175mDTG-8400W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)175mDTG-8400W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)175mDTG-12100W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts 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)

The Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Nottingham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC East Midlands Today 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Nottingham NG2 4UU, 9km east-southeast (117°)
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 72km southwest (218°)
to ITV Central (East) region - 17 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (West)

How will the Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 30 Mar 11 and 13 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-5 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
LNG(-13dB) 100W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 40W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Nottingham 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. Nottingham 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.

Thursday, 5 April 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
1:09 AM

Oh where to start.. i live in Nottingham and our antenna (along with 99% of all the visible antenna around) was pointing at the south yorks & lincs transmitter, which has worked fine for several months, however recently we have been loosing channels and getting poor reception, so after surfing the net and finding this website i discovered that there is another transmitter nearby ( east midlands, in Kimberly) so i adjust the antenna (remembering to change from horizontal to vertical) and do a full retune, nearly all channels have vastly improved signal strenght, however i am very confused if bbc1, bbc2, bbc3 share the same MUX how is it that bbc1 & bbc2 have a good strong signal, whilst bbc3 does not it is so bad that it's not watchable, all other channels appear fine.

Thanks Andy

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9:23 AM

andy: This is usually because the channels are being received from two different transmitters, the corresponding BBC1 (and possibly BBC2) to the errant BBC3 could be stored in the 800's of the channel list. Did you do a factory reset to clear the channel list of all data before scanning for channels? I am wondering if BBC3 was off air when you rescanned, so the box did not treat it like the other channels that were broadcasting at the time, leaving the old reference from Belmont in place.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
andrew rea
7:44 PM

KMJ: I think you were right, apologies for not doing the 'full reset' correctly the first time, but having done it with the antenna disconnected and then connected again has cured the problem. Thanks for the help.

Regards Andy

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Friday, 22 June 2012
6:57 PM

My aerial is on the roof.

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Dave Lindsay

7:35 PM

MRS J: The fact that you are receiving different regional programming to which (I assume) your aerial faces and which you normally receive means that you are receiving signals from another transmitter. This is likely to be Sutton Coldfield. If you bring up the signal strength screen when on BBC One it will probably give you the UHF channel number (equivalent to frequency). For Sutton Coldfield BBC One is on C43. Likewise for ITV1, it is on C46.

There may be a workaround by unplugging the aerial during part of the scan so as to miss out scanning the unwanted channels and whilst scanning the wanted ones. Which channels you want depends on which transmitter your aerial faces. You've said that you aerial is on the roof, which is always a good place for it to be, but have alluded to its direction!

You've posted on the page for the Nottingham transmitter, but when I looked on Streetview, all aerials I could see were on Waltham. The Nottingham transmitter is situated at Kimberley and is intended to serve those who are unable to receive from Waltham, due to the topography.

Assuming that your aerial is directed to Waltham, then run the automatic tuning scan and unplug the aerial when it gets to 30%. Then plug it in again when it gets to 55%.

Once you have finished, (looking on the signal strength screen) BBC One should be tuned to C61, ITV1 to C54, BBC One HD (if applicable) to C58, ITV3 to C29, Pick TV to C56 and Yesterday to C57. (These channel numbers are those used by Waltham.)

If any of these are incorrect, then post back telling us what they are and I will see if I can suggest something else to try.

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7:48 PM

MRS J: Look in the 800s of the channel list for alternative BBC1 and ITV1 regions. If there are any, is one of them for the East Midlands? Your aerial might be pointing at Sutton Coldfield, which would give the strongest signal on West Midland services, or it could point at Waltham which should give a stronger signal on the East Midland channels, but due to the West Midlands being found first when scanning for channels, it often results in these channels being stored in the "normal" positions in the channel list with the different (East Mids) versions being stored in the 800s.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012
Christine Ratcliffe
11:42 AM

I lose BBC + freeview channels when the weather is bad this is getting to be a very big issue as we ofton miss programs that we
wnat to watch. We have had the whole system checked out from the aerial down to the telivision input
and no problem has been found, our signal is very strong. The aerial is sited on the gable end of the house.
C Ratcliffe

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Dave Lindsay

2:34 PM

Christine Ratcliffe: You would appear to be receiving from Waltham rather than Nottingham. Waltham is undergoing engineering works which may affect signals. You may or may not have been suffering poor reception for a longer period.

Winter Hill also broadcasts high power on UHF channel 61, although I'm not so sure that it might be the cause of your woes.

The terrain plot shows that the path between the transmitter and you is close to the ground for the final few miles which could be a source of issue:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

I see that other houses in the area have tall masts and large aerials which are probably a sign.

I'm not an installer, so the professionals may be able to add to what I'm saying.

Refer to the plot and imagine that the signal line is a light. With the path being close to the ground, objects such as trees and buildings could potentially be in the way. You know what happens when it gets near the end of daylight and the sun is low in the sky which causes long shadows.

Intermittent problematic reception caused by such reception can affect only one or two frequencies. Moving the aerial may be the only way - it is a try it and see thing I believe.

The only other thing I can wonder (as I say, I'm not a professional) is whether because your aerial is looking over your roof-top with the chimney not being immediately in front, but perhaps at 30 or 40 degrees to the direction the aerial is facing is whether when these get wet that they cause reflections such that it degrades the BBC frequency.

I note on Streetview that your roof tiles were replaced in 2009. I don't know whether that might have any bearing, e.g. whether newer tiles are more likely to be reflective, perhaps helped by them being wet.

"If" any of these (roof tiles or something else on your roof) is the cause of the issue, then perhaps mounting the aerial on the gable end that faces the transmitter. I say "if" because it could be some effect (reflection or refraction) that occurs further away from you such as if vegetation is in the way, and for that the solution is much more difficult.

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Christine Ratcliffe
4:33 PM

I can not receive BBC & Freeview channels when the weather is bad this is now geting be yond a joke and is quite maddening when you want to watch a surtain program, we have had the system checked from the ariel right down to the input in the telivision and can not find a problem there, we have a good strong signal so no problem there.
I asked the same question on the net and was told to get intouch with with our tranmiter so can you please sort some thing out.
We pay a full telivison licence but cannot watch half the channels.

PS no telivison tonight as the weather is bad so will not be able to watch my favourite channel.
C Ratcliffe Mrs

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