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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Waltham 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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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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 12 others

 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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 E4, 3 ITV (Central (East micro region)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
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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,

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

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

 H -6.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons
67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -5.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)442mDTG-613,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-1329/5/13-2013-177th Feb 2018
aerial groupC/D EEWWWWW

orange background for multiplexes names more
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 17th August and 31st August 2011.

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.

Friday, 23 November 2018
Transmitter engineering
5:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:36 yesterday to 08:42 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 113,096 posts Owner Owner xx
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Transmitter engineering
5:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:36 on 22 Nov to 08:42 on 22 Nov. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 113,096 posts Owner Owner xx
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
9:03 PM

Have been having problems since 23rd of December, can't get BBC channels at all have done resets of the TV with no avail, its disappointing and disgusting that I can't get these channels, and it a makes me angry that I can't view them what's the point in paying for a tv license if I can't view the programmes tht I enjoy watching, this is a constant problem and needs sorting out, I'm sure tht im not the only one tht is constantly making complaints????

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Laing's 1 post GB
9:19 PM

Laing :

Please provide a full post code so that we can check the expected reception at your particular location. There is no reported problem with the Waltham transmitter at this time. If there were, then thousand of complaints would have been posted.

Meanwhile, please carefully chaclk all your aerial cables and the connections. Unplug the coaxial plugs/sockets and refit them. Then check the signal strengths shown on your TV. DO NOT RETUNE. In fact, retuning as you have was the worst thing you could have done.

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MikeP's 2,568 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 27 December 2018
10:54 PM

hello could you kindly tell me if waltham transmits dab radio plus channels.
if not yet could you tell me when ?
i have just purchased a roberts bluetune 200 dab radio with dab plus.

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11:43 PM

DAVID WEBSTER: Depending on your exact location you may be able to receive the SDL National DAB multiplex which contains several DAB+ stations (e.g. Fun Kids, Jazz FM, Union Jack and a few others). Your radio should find these by auto tuning if you are within the coverage area, or you can manually tune to VHF block 11A if your radio has a manual tuning function.

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StevensOnln1's 2,220 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 10 January 2019
3:33 AM

You have little or no chance of receiving a stable Freeview signal from the Waltham transmitter at your location on Broadway / Penny Long Lane as the location is too low down in a dip relative to the location of the Waltham transmitter 38km to the east, roughly Darley Park direction). Conversely the direction of the Sutton Coldfield transmitter (roughly in the direction of the A38 South) is flatter territory and more open and will provide you with a better more stable signal.
Who ever installed your new aerial should have been well aware of the best direction to align it.
I would suggest you get them back to adjust the direction of the aerial to target the Sutton Coldfield transmitter, which incidentally pumps out four times the transmit power (eight times for some of the lower powered 25KW Multiplex's) compared to Waltham.
Good luck with your aerial adjustment.

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Gordon's 6 posts GB
Friday, 11 January 2019
9:23 AM

I have often used this page for manual retunes and tweaks for the
Waltham transmitter. Many thanks for providing the information as it has been a great help.
Today I came to do the same but I have noticed that the mix channel numbers do not match those on my devices.
In particular: M32, M34, M5 & M55. My devices detect no signal on these mux's but do detect a signals
(and channel data) on the originals.
Please check and confirm that the published info' is not in error.
Thanks again.

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MFP's 2 posts US
11:09 AM


For accurate and up-to-date information go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at, put in your full post code, select detailed View and press Go. Scroll down and you will see listings of the available transmitters at your location together with the current channels being used. It will also show the planned future channel usage.

That's a service that we contributors often use.

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MikeP's 2,568 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Saturday, 12 January 2019
12:00 PM


Thanks, Mike. I checked as you suggested and confirmed that the mux numbers given above, on the date of the date of these messages is, in fact, incorrect. I will use your recommended source in future.



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