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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 - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 1 Dec 16:55 until 1 Dec 17:06. . BBC

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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.

 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
Channel icons
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
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

11:48 PM

Antony Portno: No, it rather suggests that you are able to receive BBC channels from more than one transmitter, possibly Waltham and Sutton Coldfield (and/or Belmont). It is not possible for individual channels within a particular multiplex to have differing signal strengths when they are from the same transmitter. Your receiver , having identified more than one variant of BBC1 must have put the strongest version in position "1" of the channel list, but initially ignored the stronger versions of the other BBC channels having stored identical, but weaker versions in the channel list. Either the weaker signal has now increased in strength to bring it over the threshold for reliable reception, or the tuner has now replaced the set of channels originally stored with the channels that accompany the prefered version of BBC1.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Ian from notts

7:48 AM

Antony Portno, KMJ,Derby- Antony did the device ask you to select region after re-tuning? if so check BBC2 and BBC1 have the same frequency?
KMJ,Derby i have noticed some freeview boxes after asking for a region then only alter BBC1 and ITV but store the others on the first come first stored basis, only the odd box tho?

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Ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
8:54 PM

hi there hope you can help,
we have 7 tv,s connected to one ariel
5 have built in freeview , 2 have seperate freeview boxes ,6 have retuned without problem.the 7th is a grundig seperate freeview box and allthough we have retuned several times it will not pick up any bbc channels, do we need to buy another freeview box or can something be done.
thank you m, sykes

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MICK SYKES's 1 post GB flag
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9:02 PM

MICK SYKES: On the assumption that you have all of these devices fed via an 8 way powered splitter then try the Grundig when connected into one of the other outputs, as the problem could simply be caused by the signal level not being quite high enough above that required by the Grundig to resolve a picture on the BBC mux.

What model is the Grundig in question?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 June 2013

12:30 AM

MICK SYKES: Meant also to say, that should as I expect you are using a powered splitter then for test purposes temporarily remove 3 or 4 of the other devices aerial connections as this might lift (slightly anyway) the signal level being received by the Grundig, which by the way should really be given a "first time installation" scan before each retuning attempt, box allowing!

Of course should the box have a "manual tuning" facility then go into this menu and enter mux Ch49 (Walthams BBC) into the box, but though hesitate before pressing search or scan as the signal level of the channel entered is usually displayed after having entered the mux channel number, if it is then make a note of the levels seen followed by pressing search / scan.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Ian from notts

7:30 AM

MICK SYKES- Are there any stations stored in the ch800 or above ?
Also have you done a factory reset, Then a retune without the aerial attached ?

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Ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
Thursday, 6 June 2013
12:14 PM

Since the work on the transmitter last weds evertytime I switch our TV on now I have to auto tune to receive BBC1 and 2. iWeb are also picking up BBC Midlands instead ofBBC East Midlands. Any help?

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John's 4 posts GB flag
10:43 PM

Sony PVR won't retain BBC1/2 since last week.

Lost all channels tonight on Panasonic TV also

What is happening here!

Leicester LE67

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Martin's 3 posts GB flag

11:10 PM

Martin: Sony tuners are generally less sensitive than Panasonics (I've got a Sony PVR as well), so I'm surprised the PVR is jumpy - mine retuned to Waltham with no problems at all.

There seems to be a number of people in the LE area with problems, so obviously check there is nothing wrong with the signal (you can check the terrain, etc with a postcode), and then check signal strength on both TV and PVR seperately (if you loop the TV through the PVR, just put the leads directly into each machine to check). Also check that the signal is not too high.

Are you getting signals from another transmitter? The tuners might be picking up another transmitter, so check the channels the tuners are using, and then possibly manually retune.

If none of this works, then perhaps one of the gurus here might be able to help!

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
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11:23 PM

MikeB: I'm now finding BBC1/2 on Channel 55 - not even listed for Waltham, so that must be coming from elsewhere.

Since last week, the 2 Panasonic TVs have retuned and kept everything ok, but even after I have manually retuned the PVR to Channel 49, it later loses the MUX.

Now, there are no watchable channels.

There must be others having problems

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