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The symbol shows the location of the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter which serves 770,000 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 Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Waltham 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

com7
 H -6.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -5.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)442mDTG-613,400W
Channel icons


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)

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

regional news image
BBC East Midlands Today 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Nottingham NG2 4UU, 28km northwest (305°)
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 83km west-southwest (244°)
to ITV Central (East) region - 17 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

BraunstoneTransposer5 km SW Leicester city centre170 homes

How will the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
C/D EEWWW TW TW T
C26LNGLNG
C29ASDNSDNSDNSDN
C312com7com7
C32BBCA
C33B
C34D3+4
C35C5wavesC5wavesBBCB
C37com8com8
C41_local
C42D
C45C
C49tv_off1 BBCABBCA
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqAcom8tv_off
C57tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
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 17 Aug 11 and 31 Aug 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 250kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 25kW
com8(-12.7dB) 13.4kW
com7(-13.9dB) 10.2kW
Mux 1*(-14dB) 10kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14.9dB) 8kW
Mux C*, Mux D*, LNG(-17dB) 5kW

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

Comments
Monday, 11 May 2020
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devo
10:34 PM
Nottingham

Chris.SE:

Hi Chris thanks for getting back to us NG7 4AU, I have found out there is work going on at many transmitters (even though Waltham isn't listed directly) between the 11 and the 15th so they might be many changes going on and off, presumably for 5G and general maintenance.

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Chris.SE
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11:57 PM

devo:

You are quite correct that there is a lot of work going on at many main transmitters (and some relays) at present. At Waltham it won't have anything to do with 5G, the 700MHz clearance program for that was completed on the 4th March. This will be general maintenance as it will be for most transmitters.
Under normal circumstances you are predicted to get good reception of the SDN multiplex, in fact all multiplexes except COMs 7&8 which could be variable. You wouldn't do any better from the Nottingham relay except it doesn't have COMs 7&8, you should get excellent reception from Sutton Coldfield but that is West Midlands whereas Waltham is East Midlands so it depends which region you want.

As you mentioned, Waltham isn't on the list for this week, but I've been finding a number of cases recently where there's been reports similar to yours for other transmitters not on the current week's list, but where I recall the transmitter was on the previous week's list. I'm not at all convinced that the list is always accurate. I think I'll keep a copy of the previous week in future just for reference :o
Depending on what exactly they are doing at the transmitter (they never say) you may find things going off & on, or "weak signal" is the other possibility.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020
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Chris.SE
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12:08 AM

devo:

To add some more precise information about reception from Waltham, it may change when remaining 700MHz Clearance changes take place at the other remaining transmitters (likely due to co-channel interference) which has now been postponed due to the covid-19 situation. It depends on exactly where you are within your postcode (don't post that here).
If you put your details into the boxes on Platform management | Freeview it will take you directly to the Detailed View where you can see for yourself what's predicted.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020
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Simon
9:41 AM
Derby

Just this week seem to have lost all channels on ARQA, other channels/MUXes are all fine.

Signal strength is only 14% compared with 50%+ on other MUXes.

Waltham transmitter, wideband rooftop aerial feeding into a distribution amp feeding a freeview TV and PC DVB-T2 card. Both TV and card report no channels for ARQA only.

Removed distribution amp from path, no change.

Can't see any work planned on the normal websites and haven't connected anything new at home that would be blocking 602Mhz.

Strange.

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js
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10:34 AM

Simon: CrazyScan2 will allow you to look at the spectrum:

CrazyScan download | SourceForge.net

- if your card is supported:

CrazyScan / Wiki / Info

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Chris.SE
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12:18 PM

Simon:

If you look at the three or four posts before yours, you'll note mention of Engineering work that appears to be going on at Waltham, whereas the transmitter is not on the published list. As I have already noted incidents elsewhere where similar things are happening, one can only conclude that the list is not accurate - TBH, I've had a suspicion for some time that's the case.

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Thursday, 14 May 2020
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Simon
10:28 PM
Derby

js: Thanks, haven't heard of that one. Unfortunately I'm running Linux with my tuner card and this seems to to be Windows only utility.

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Simon
10:31 PM
Derby

Chris.SE: Yes, I was hoping maybe someone else running off the transmitter could see if they are affected in any way.

Some progress, I bought a new distribution amp/signal booster as my current one was very old and it has boosted the signal enough for my TV to scan the MUX now, although the quality is only around 15% it does show the programmes amazingly. Unfortunately my PC card still can't scan it, probably not as sensitive a tuner.

I can only think for some reason the transmit power for this MUX has been dropped down.

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Friday, 15 May 2020
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js
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1:23 AM

Simon: Yes indeed, Windows. It used to be called "mouse driver" by some MSDOS users! But I find Linux is pretty much back to DOS - and damned awkward as far as drivers. You could dual boot or run a portable bootable W8 off USB.

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