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Full Freeview on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)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 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
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,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C56 (754.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C57 (762.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

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

com7
 H -6.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

com8
 H -5.7dB
C37 (602.0MHz)442mDTG-613,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 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
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
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 EEWWWWA K
C26LNG
C29ASDNSDNSDNBBCA
600C312com7D3+4
C32BBCB
C33B
C34SDN
C35C5C5ArqA
C37com8ArqB
C42D
C45C
700C491 BBCABBCA
C54C4C4C4-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C56ArqAArqAArqA
C57ArqBArqBArqB
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
800C61ITVITVITVBBCA
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2

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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 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.

Comments
Monday, 25 June 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:03 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 13:43 yesterday to 13:50 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:03 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 13:43 on 24 Jun to 13:50 on 24 Jun. [BBC]

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Gordon Insley
6:53 PM

StevensOnln1...........

Thank you for the info and the link for Freeview Mux / Channel info

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Gordon Insley's 4 posts GB
Saturday, 30 June 2018
A
Adrian Brown
7:30 PM Belper

Anyone else having problems with reception of the channels on ArqA? On one TV, we can't get them at all at the moment, but usually have no issue at all. A second TV that uses a different aerial can get them, but the signal is very intermittent and blocky. All other channels seem OK at the moment, and I've eliminated the possibility of local analogue interference - which couldn't explain the issue anyway as there's nothing that's connected to both TVs.

We've also had similar issues with the HD channels, with one TV not able to get them at all, while the second (newer) one could. But that issue seems to be OK now (at the moment!)

Both aerials are roof-mounted wideband, and have always provided a very good signal strength from Waltham in the past. Location is DE56 1ET.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018
MikeP
4:52 PM

Adrian Brown:

It is highly likely that the problem is due the hot weather. Such disruptions are occuring in various parts of the UK and there is nothing you nor anyone else can do about it. This has been happening most years during summer hot weather for more than 50 years, so is not new.

DO NOT RETUNE.



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Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Transmitter engineering
9:03 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:12 today to 05:14 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 5 July 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:25 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:12 yesterday to 05:14 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 6 July 2018
Transmitter engineering
12:26 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:12 on 04 Jul to 05:14 on 04 Jul. [BBC]

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Thursday, 19 July 2018
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Roland
1:52 AM

Been getting problems, especially in the evenings, getting a signal for any channel on the ArqA mux.

PVR's signal monitor indicates the Feb-2018 re-allocation didn't happen.
Channel, Mux, Signal Strong, Quality
C49 BBCA 70 100
C54 D3+4 71 100
C58 BBCB 70 0
C29 SDN 67 100
C56 ArqA 65 0
C57 ArqB 68 100
Attempted retune of ArqA on C56 and C25 resulted in no stations being found.

Interestingly, getting HD channels (BBCB) mux okay, despite the above signal quality reading...

Aside:
The coverage checker http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/nn141gn/6/0/NA
is incorrect with respect to Sandy Heath signal quality being better than Waltham; we are the wrong side of the hill...

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