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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 17/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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
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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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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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.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

9:44 PM

CC40: You are obviously well organised! but thanks for the update on these two points and especially on the issue of signal strength, because as you may already know the symptoms of a slightly over powerful signal is almost identical to that of one on the weak side thats hovering around the receivers lower cut off threshold.

As far as your ITV problem is concerned, I dont wish to appear as a prophet of doom but the work going on at Waltham should in no way be connected with this difficulty you are experiencing as there isn't really anything wrong with its signal apart from the fact of it suffering from unannounced reductions, although please note that Waltham "is" officially liable to suffer from spells of interruption to its service for the week starting this Monday.

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

8:28 AM

CC40: Just as a final on this, I was thinking again about your tuner problem and purely for elimination purposes I would appreciate if you could try one final test, that being to see what happens when you enter and attempt to tune in 737.6Mhz, insomuch that if you do manage to tune in and store the content of this mux channel then select ITV1 does the procedure of notching up a channel then down again still resolve a picture or not?

The reason for this request is by having further investigated other possible reasons for this problem it still comes back to the tuner having difficulty latching onto a previously stored channel that happens to have a negative offset on its mux frequency even although it initially managed to tune it in, as these two actions are not exactly the same by the fact that selecting the channel requires the tuner to switch at high speed whereas during tuning its a slower process.

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David Shaw
11:56 AM

Regarding the problems I referred to yesterday: I have just tried a Manual Scan on Channel 49 and now have a fine (non-pixelated) picture on all of the BBC channels - apart from BBC1 (!). I noticed this morning that we had completely lost the picture on some ITV channels but again a Manual Scan on the appropriate channel (54) brought the pictures back. So the advice provided by UK Digital to try a Manual Scan if the "Full Scan - Replace Existing Services" doesn't work is obviously something well worth trying!

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Dave Lindsay

11:58 AM

David Shaw: So bring up the signal strength screen and see which UHF channel it is tuned to. Perhaps it's BBC One West Midlands on C43 from Sutton Coldfield, and previously all your BBC services were on that channel which is why you had poor reception.

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Dominic Payer
1:38 PM

CC40: Note that WMC by default scans at intervals for new channels and you may be tuning inadvertently to PSB2 from Belmont on 506MHz. Check all your sources and disable any on 506MHz.

The background scan can be disabled:

Set the HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionMedia CenterServiceBackgroundScannerPeriodicScanEnabled key to 0.

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5:19 PM

Dominic Payer (CC40): With regards to that said being quite true, but as far as I understand it CC40 was experiencing the problem immediately after having manually tuned in Walthams PSB2 frequency and so waiting time wasnt really involved.

CC40: But though "if" you can receive Belmont at a reasonable strength then try scanning COM4 / Ch30 545.8Mhz or COM6 / Ch60 785.8Mhz as both of these channels have negative offsets on their frequencies.

Best deleting everything already stored before carrying out these tests.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 17 June 2013
6:16 PM


I have exactly the same problem. It started for me at the same time as PSB1 moved at the end of May.

I have restored my Media Center to a previous disc image and the problem is still there. This leads me to believe that the problem is not with the PC.

One thing that I have noticed (see if you haev this) is that I have a strange VIDEO option on my info menu (i on the remote). This gives me the option to select one of 4 'videos', whatever that means.

I am at a loss with this.

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6:27 PM

Oh, and I have 2 Blackgold BGT3620 DVB-T2 tuners, which have worked faultlessly until now.

Given that you, and others, have the same problem as I do; I now have to answer the question 'Why does the TV work and the PC not?'.

To that I have no real idea. As far as I now PSB2 hasn't changed and I cannto see why the PSB1 move should have triggered this, if indeed it did.

Having said that I might have to might just have to wait and see what happens.

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6:28 PM

...and I am a terrible typist ;-)

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Dominic Payer
6:22 AM

CC40: The PCTV 290e is a single tuner device. It offers both an SD and an HD tuner to WMC. Only the HD tuner should be enabled and configured in WMC.

DarrenG: Are only the DVB-T tuners selected and configured for your BG3620 cards?

I have 2 BG3620s in Keyworth and have no problems. My WMC is with Windows 8, but would not expect any difference with Windows 7.

There is a new beta driver for the 3620, issued 13 June 2013, on the Blackgold site.

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