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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 22/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Nottingham 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.

 V max
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
Channel icons
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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&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 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +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 U&W, 27 U&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

 V -6dB
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;
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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 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.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014
john cliff
6:54 PM

notts tv is now on air ch. 8 freeview with a static caption prior to its launch this week

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john cliff's 1 post GB flag

8:57 PM

Jenny and Claire
It is possible that the weather is having an effect on the signals. Long Eaton is some way from Gedling (I used to live and work in Nottingham) but both could be affected the atmospheric events while we have warm sunny weather.
I advise against retuninbg as you may loose more programmes.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 May 2014

3:18 AM

I have been have some problems recently on Sky News channel and another channel (the COM4 and COM5 channels basically).
Cant get either at the moment, although I had Sky News yesterday, I think weather related, there has been thunder in in the UK.

Those are the high frequency channels which 'don't travel as well as the lower frequency ones, hence I think the power could be turned up!! :O)

Re-tuning is a bad idea a you will lose the lot even when the signal improves (unless you retuned again then).

My aerial is in the loft with a booster. I always find things are worse in summer. So why not turn the power up in the summer?

I m in Lenton. Might have a fiddle around in the loft :).

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bren's 50 posts GB flag

3:31 AM

Fiddling about did show it improved a bit, got a badly blocked picture briefly.

If you are losing all channels sounds like it could be local electrical interference.

Oh just as I was typing Sky news briefly flashed on for a few seconds - gone again.

I am gonna buy a higher gain aerial and see if that helps otherwise might have to pay to have one put up outside.

You can watch a lot of channels on-line it you have the bandwidth allowance available. Im not too bad I can always watch BBC news, I get BB1 BB2 and ITV OK pretty much all the time.

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9:17 PM

Lenton should have reasonable signals fromthe Waltham transmitter providing you are no behind any of the large buildings or a hill. There could be a chance that the signal may be too strong and not too weak. Using the User Manual for your TV, check what the signal strength for Sky News is showing. If it is over 80% it may well be too strong and a boost will make it worse and not better. If, however, the strength is less than 50%, then a booster may help and could be worth trying.
Come back here with the readings, please?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 May 2014

2:09 AM

MikeP, My aerial points to the Nottingham transmitter, the aerial is in the loft so that make the signal harder to pick up, I don't think I can get all of the Waltham transmitter from the loft.
The Nottingham transmitter is strongest for me according to Wolfbane.
UK digital TV reception predictor
60 dBµV/m v 51 dBµV/m

Furthermore some of the the Waltham signals are on even higher frequencies than the Nottingham ones and the higher frequencies signals do not travel so well and so are harder to pick up.

However I have just noticed that Waltham transmits those signals at a higher power level (to compensate presumably). The Nottingham transmitter should so this too but they don't they are all transmitter at the same level which is stupid!

I did have Sky news back earlier today but it has gone again, well it back again slightly at 80 but very blocky (unwatchable), earlier it said signal strength of 0!!! (says service not available). Now it is back again, it is on the cusp, sometimes there sometimes gone.

It think there may be thunder somewhere affecting it. So it is definitely not too strong!!!

I could try pointing it at Waltham, I tried there before but I was not using a booster then (I am now).
Only other options are to put the booster close to the aerial ( it's ~2 metres of coax away).

If that does not work I think I will have to try a better aerial, it currently has cheapish aerial, not one of those high gains ones you can get now.
The signal strength is 100% on other channels, but 79-80% on sky news, needs to be 83+ really for a watch-able picture.

I suppose I should try and get a new aerial ASAP before so I can test it on the bad signal. Trouble is I don't fancy forking out the money only to find it makes no difference!

I also tried on my DVB-T USB stick and I onl;y get 3 bars for Sky, I get 4 for BBC whcih works OK.

As I said I have a booster, but not a mast head amp just a signal booster, same though in a way but it's not designed to used as a mast head amp.

I will try and get this aerial tomorrow if they have it

52 Element Digital Wide band TV Aerial

52 Element Digital Wide band TV Aerial | Maplin

It is only £22.44, a bit easier to swallow than the ones nearly £40.

There are no reviews for it unfortunately or even values for the gain, which is a bit disconcerting.

Last time I went they only had log periodic ones I think, which might work better in the loft but they are lower gain so I won't know until I try so probably safer to go for the high gain Yagi? type

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bren's 50 posts GB flag

2:40 AM

I just tried a scan on a new monitior/TV I got recently and it completely missed the SKY mux, pretty much as I expected. I can get that mux 95% of the time which is why I have never bothered sorting it out before, but I think it is time I did, especially as I can get a cheap high gain aerial now, or so it seems.
Also it is pretty difficult getting into and working in my tiny loft!!

I am not in a great location either there are three story buildings in the line of sight which does not help much, plus some more building were built behind them (Nottingham Trent Uni campus, they built a huge red metal decorative tower right in the path!! And more trees too!!).

I might have a try pointing at Waltham first before I spend money, I know on my fathers TV he was picking Waltham through the back of his aerial whilst pointing at Nottingham!! I had to tune it with it lying on the ground to get rid of that signal.

He bought a high gain aerial even though he is only about a mile from the Nottingham transmitter!!

I could take that aerial and put back on his old aerial which is more than adequate but he would not understand. He has no idea what he is doing, He often has his aerial mounted in the wrong polarity, but it does not really matter as the signal is so strong where he is he could get it with a coat hanger!!!

So having said that he never gets a problem with the signal being too strong. It is 69
dBV/m and he is 2 miles away.

Oh and by the way Sky new is back with a perfect picture at strength 83, now it has gone again lol.
Gonna have a quick fiddle with the aerial!!

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bren's 50 posts GB flag

3:47 AM

Update, just had a fiddle, I used a compass to get the bearing better.
It seems to have improved, I have sky back and a retuned on my monitor/TV pulled in all the muxes.
However that could just be a change in the weather, it is raining now, which I think helps.
This is the problem for me as soon as I decided to upgrade the aerial the picture improves so I don't bother.

Having said that a small improvement should be enough to rid me of problem for good so I shoudl change it anyway!

Currently have a signal strength of 90ish but it just dropped to 83 and then back to 90, so again a small improvement in cabling might do the trick but I think it's best to get that aerial and have done with it!! (hopefully!!). Yep I'm getting the aerial it's not good enough, to unreliable.

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bren's 50 posts GB flag

11:28 PM

Well it turns out Maplin do not stock the aerial and it is home delivery only so I left empty handed.

However I do have an identical aerial which I connected on a shorter cable and layed it on the loft insulation with interesting results.

It seems I could get better Sky but worse BBC ( which was normally perfect) I think the problem with lofts is they are prone to giving reflections which can affect some signals but not others depending on the wavelength.
So I will do some further fiddling around in the loft. I could perhaps knock a few more metre off the cable in there which might help however it means it is harder to work on the connection as it is further from the access point.

At the moment I can switch to the aerial which gets Sky better if I want to watch it, but that means a lot effort in switching channels, ie up stairs and loft ladder. I suppose I could watch in the loft perhaps if I take my monitor up there!!

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bren's 50 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 May 2014

12:43 AM

Even weirder, I can get a very watch able Sky News on my PC monitor/TV, yet when I unplug the aerial from it and plug it into my main TV I get NO SIGNAL!!!!!!!!!!!

So there may be some issue with my TV perhaps maybe it is generating internal noise. I have noticed some other difficult to receive channel have got better. I have a lot to investigate!

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