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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) mast?

Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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-50,000W
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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

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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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),

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C41 (634.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
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)

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 (306°)
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?

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C49tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

3:02 PM

Gordon R. Harrison: On screen messages were broadcast in the week leading up to the retune event.

If you actually look below the map on this page you get a list of each mux and their UHF channel number. Digital UK's detailed view also gives you that information.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag

3:04 PM

Gordon R. Harrison: There have been warnings put out about this for many weeks.….pdf is the official publication

"On-screen notifications MHEGs

MHEG pop-ups (linked to use of the blue and yellow buttons) are to run on the BBC A and D3&4 muxes and be shown on BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 services as below:

D3&4 MHEGs will operate 7 days prior to the event and 2 days after. They will be seen by viewers of the OXFORD and WALTHAM primary transmitters and all of their respective relays. BBC A MHEGs will operate 3 days before the OXFORD and WALTHAM events.
NCNDs At -14 days, network change notifier descriptor (NCND) broadcasts will commence at the OXFORD and WALTHAM primary transmitters plus all of their respective relays. This will prepare compatible receivers to show on-screen messages on the 29 May 2013, or the first later date when the receiver is switched on from standby. The NCND signalling will run up to a month after the event."

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M a hogan
3:43 PM

Can you just explain why o a p are being messed about shouly the t v should alter its self if and when you mess about with your end we should not have to keep paying for some one to keep coming and putting it right

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M a hogan's 1 post GB flag

4:57 PM

M A Hogan
This website is for technical assistance and has no connection with the broadcasters, so it has no way of altering what is broadcast nor how it is done nor how changes affect viewers.
Ofcom are the regulator responsible and they don't seem, in my experienced view, to have considered the effect on viewers.
No TV set has ever been automatically adjustable to any changes. The older analogue system was planned a long time ago and was not changed at all, except in a few places when Channel 5 was added for some viewers. Freeview (digital TV) is using a different way of broadcasting and the 'authorities' are making changes to allow for more smartphones to access the internet faster, but it is seriously affecting many TV viewers.
If you feel that these changes are affecting you adversely I recommend you contact Ofcom at Ofcom, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HA.

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James Paterson
7:48 PM
Melton Mowbray

Hi All.
From Somerby,LE14 2QH
Can not get any BBC channels, since retune.
Number of channels before retune, 116, Since retune 94
Done manual retune of required channels.
Ch 49 which carries all BBC, is carrying Zero Channels. with Strength of 88.
Just wondering. has somebody forgotten to turn that channel back on?
Everything worked fine before today.
Thanks for you time.
James Paterson

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8:43 PM

James Paterson: Yeah they just turn off the BBC channels for a laugh every so often...

Need some more details - make/model of equipment, details of aerial, etc. Have you cleared all of the channels from your equipment before manually retuning?

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag

8:49 PM

James Paterson: I carried out a check on Walthams BBC mux Ch49 a few minutes ago and its perfectly OK in the Stamford area, and so although a complete retune should not really have been necessary as a manual tune on Ch49 should have been suffice try a complete auto-tune, of course making sure that you select east Midlands as the area if this request springs up after having carried out the auto tune.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
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9:57 PM

James - I'm also getting signals from Waltham, and my BBC reception has been fine. I just did an automatic retune this morning, with no problem on the PVR. My cheapo digibox seems to like Yorkshire, rather than Midlands (no manual tuning), but Waltham seems to be fine on all muxs.

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Antony Portno
10:55 PM

Poor BBC 2 & no BBC 3 or BBC 4 since retune. Reception on all channels was fine before retune. Based 5 miles north of Derby on a hill.

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Antony Portno
11:15 PM

Goodness, the three channels have suddenly appeared 2 hours after I did the retune. Is the transmitter resetting perhaps still incomplete?

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