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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?

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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

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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),

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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

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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.

Friday, 7 June 2013
Ian from notts

8:34 AM

Martin- i cannot find a transmitter near you that is using frq/ch 55 for the bbc1 bbc2 services?
I've assumed you mentioned ch55 as a frequency? am i correct?

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Peter Ball
6:31 PM

I get poor reception in NG3 6FB in line of sight! I have no manual retune on my fv box. I have rescanned with no aerial connected, then rescanned with aerial. Then went into setup and deleted all channels except 29, 49, 54, 56, &57 (I dont have HD). I now cant find BBC1 or BBC2 (perhaps more are lost I've yet to check. I'll fully repeat , but if I've missed something please advise.

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Dave Lindsay

6:38 PM

Peter Ball: Refer to my posting to Paul Stone, here:

Waltham (Leicestershire, England) analogue radio transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

What you need to do is ascertain whether BBC One, ITV, ITV3, Pick TV and Film4 are tuned correctly. If they are not, find out what they are tuned to then you know what you're dealing with and what you're trying to avoid by doing the unplugging aerial trick. That is, what you are trying to avoid depends on when the aerial needs unplugging.

Digital UK suggests that Sutton Coldfield may also be possible at your location. It uses channels 43, 46, 42, 45, 39 and these are in order (i.e. PSB1, PSB2, COM4, COM5, COM6, respectively). See the link I've provided for more information and ideas.

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Dave Lindsay

6:44 PM

Peter Ball: The trick is to focus on the five services that are the first one on each multiplex:

COM5 Pick TV
COM6 Film4

If they are all present and correct then all other services on the same multiplexes would be expected to be.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

7:18 PM

Martin: C55 is used at Tacolneston for PSB1. There is moderate tropospheric ducting predicted currently for the East Midlands/East Anglia area, so it is quite likely that you are receiving signals which are travelling slightly further than normal.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
10:50 PM

Did another retune earlier and all was great.

About 20 minutes ago, BBC1 disappeared yet again.
Just came back again - but for how long?
I'm now wondering if there is any 4G at800 work going on - I think there was some mast work a couple of days ago locally direct in line to Waltham

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Saturday, 8 June 2013
Ian from notts

7:49 AM

Peter Ball- Are there any stations stored in the channel 800 numbers? If you have saved ch49 the BBC's should be there somewhere

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4:02 PM

With respect the above coverage map is c*rap especially between Leicester and Nuneaton where if it weren't for good old Sutton Coldfield we'd be in the ... mire ... it was very poor (from Waltham), indeed the signal was very poor in Leicester and needed a relay/booster, when we had analogue but now its vile or simply not there in a lump of South Leicstershire . Please tell BBC and ITV etc not to tell porkies. However you didn't print my last submission so you probably wont print this :-((

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10:30 PM

Rog: With existing masts at Emley Moor, Belmont, Sutton Coldfield, Sandy Heath and Tacolneston the original intention was to locate a transmitter to cover the parts left unserved or poorly served by these masts. Hence Waltham-on-the-Wolds was chosen as the site best suited for that purpose. Then along came the creation of the East Midlands region - unfortunately there were parts of Leicester, Northern parts of Derby and West Nottingham better served by Sutton Coldfield, whilst North Notts is served by Belmont. I recall the IBA pointing out that an area is considered to be "served" if it was covered by a reliable TV signal, irrespective of which regional sevice was carried by the transmitter. There have been a number of regional correction relays built however to serve parts of East Anglia, North Wales and North Derby!

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