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Full Freeview on the Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) transmitter

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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) transmitter.

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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-3400W
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1 BBC One East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

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C24 (498.0MHz)175mDTG-3400W
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3 ITV (Central (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

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C21+ (474.2MHz)175mDTG-6400W
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45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

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C51 (714.0MHz)175mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

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C52 (722.0MHz)175mDTG-8400W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)175mDTG-8400W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

 V -6dB
C50 (706.0MHz)175mDTG-12100W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Nottingham (Nottinghamshire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 72km southwest
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?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupA KA KWWWWA B C/D E K VHF

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 30th March and 13th April 2011.

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.

Monday, 27 November 2017
11:02 PM


If you are indeed tuned to the Nottingham transmitter then you will not get COM7 channels as it does not appear to transmit that nor COM8. I assume you get BBC1 HD, etc?

The Waltham transmitter does provide both COM7 and COM8 channels, so maybe you need to see if it is possible to receive signals from there. I expect you should being just off Vernon Road.

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MikeP's 1,753 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
7:21 AM

Hi, I am tuned to the Nottingham transmitter, but I don't know how to tune to the Waltham transmitter, as my TV can't see it, and I have no experience with this sort of stuff. If my aerial can't see the Waltham signals, how to solve?

Many thanks


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Freddy's 6 posts GB
9:47 AM

Freddy: Firstly, put your postcode into the site when you reply, etc - it will create a load of links to check signal, transmitter, etc.

Next, if the Nottingham transmitter is coming up first, you can do one of two things.

1) Manually tune the tv. Go into the setup menu, and you'll find an option for auto or manual tune. Most TV's just look on automatically, but sometimes they mess up (make and model of TV?), and grab the first signal in their scan. But you can manually tune the TV. You will need the frequencies that Waltham is on, hence the need to put your postcode into the site, and then you can see which channel' they are on (not like BBC1, etc), which might be something like Ch 42, etc.

The other is to take out the aerial lead until the TV goes part way through its auto scan, and then put the cable back in, so it misses out Nottingham entirely. Try the first method first, which should be in your TV's manual.

Your aerial is just that, an aerial. And its likely your TV can 'see' Waltham, its just picking up another one first. Its worth looking in the 800's channels - TV will store extra channels there, but best to just nail it on Waltham.

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MikeB's 2,377 posts Platinum Platinum GB
5:36 PM Nottingham


Hi, tried the tips, even with different cables, and the channels for the HD BBC channels, Ch 31 and 37 (the channels I'm trying to get) always show 0% signal, all other channels have 92-100%. The TV says it's connected to East Midlands (ID 3023). Absolutely baffled :P

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Freddy's 6 posts GB
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8:16 PM


First, check that you are tuned to the Waltham transmitter, see for the channel numbers/frequencies required.

Then check what the signal strengths are. If they are as you indicate, at 92 to 100% then you have far too much signal and need top fit an attenuator in series with your aerial cable. I suggest you get the, a 3dB one, a 6dB one and a 12dB one. Then try fitting the 6dB into your aerial feed and check the signal strengths again. If they are still too high 60% to 85% is the required range. then replace that with the 12dB one. If that is too strong then rplace it with a 6dB in series with a 3dB. One reason you may not be getting HD channels is that you have too much signal! Reduce it with the attenuators mentioned. They are quite cheap to buy.

Are you getting any of the HD services at all? Such as BBC1 HD on channel 101, BBC2 HD on 102, etc. If you are not, is your TV set a true Freeview HD set or is it just an HD Ready type? TRhe latter cannot get HD programmes and needs an external Freeview HD Set Top Box to get the HD services, but it can display HD from either the STB or a Blue Ray DVD, etc.

Noye thay East Midlands services are radiated from several transmitters, not just Nottingham and Waltham.

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MikeP's 1,753 posts Gold Gold GB
9:40 PM Nottingham


It is a Freeview HD TV, it can receive BBC 1 HD, BBC 2 HD, etc (channel 101-105) just fine.
I don't know which transmitter it is tuned to, the TV only tells me "East Midlands ID 3023" in the signal information. But I guessed it wasn't Waltham because of the lack of COM7 channels. Presuming I can't receive from the Waltham transmitter, could I move my aerial to do so? Or some other cause?

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Freddy's 6 posts GB
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
10:50 AM

Freddy: look at what the rest of your street have done with their aerials - which way are they pointing?

If you look at the link for Digital UK (thats why we wanted the postcode), you can see that the Waltham transmitter(which does sound like East Midlands) is in the opposite direction from Nottingham, but Sutton Coldfield is very close to Nottingham's direction. And your expected to get a slightly dodgy reception on those two muxes from that transmitter.

Whats the make/moder of your TV? If we know that, we can see if you can find out which transmitter your on.

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MikeB's 2,377 posts Platinum Platinum GB
4:56 PM Nottingham


Samsung MU6400, aerial seems consistent with others in street.

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Freddy's 6 posts GB
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5:56 PM


You can get signals from Waltham at your location just off Vernon Road. However, the Nottingham Transmitter uses a Group A aerial whereas Waltham uses a Group C/D aerial.

The reason you can't get Com7 is that Nottingham does not transmit it! Waltham does though, so consider investing in a new log-periodic aerial mounted as high as possible over your roof and aimed at Waltham. You have clear line of sight to Waltham despite the hill at Mapperley. Sutton Coldfield transmits West Midlands programmes so probably of little interest.

By the way, your TV set will tell you what channels/frequencies it is receiving, so check what it is currently tuned to, your TV User Manual will tell you how to show those using the Manual Tune option - but do not perform any retuning. Nottingham will be on channels 21, 24, 27, 48, 51 and 52. There is no Com7 nor Com8 from Nottingham. Waltham will be on channels 49, 54, 58, 29, 56, 51, 31 and 37. Note that 31 is Com7 and 37 is Com8.

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