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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 27/05/2024 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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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 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
Channel icons
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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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.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Harry C
9:51 AM

Hi since this work started some weeks ago there has been an ever increasing problem with the Vodafone signal in the Sileby area (IE) LE12 7EF I'm wondering if this is a coincidence ?

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Dave Lindsay

10:17 AM

Harry C: Yes it's a coincidence!

The Waltham transmitter is 13 miles away which is much further than mobile phone signals work across.

According to 'Sitefinder' Mobile Phone Base Station Database there is a Vodafone base station on Manor Drive where there is a mobile phone tower shown on Streetview. Sitefinder may not be up-to-date.

Has a building gone up between that base station and the area you have difficulty getting a signal in?

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Dave Lindsay

10:28 AM

Harry C: At the same location, Sitefinder indicates there is an O2 3G base station. The O2 coverage checker indicates base stations and this one is shown, which may be an indication that it is still there.

The base station is at the front of Soar Valley Timber.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
12:12 PM

DominicP: If I understand your question, then yes. The cable tuners are not configured, just the DVB-T2 tuners. I tried disabling the tuners individually to see if one of them had a fault but they both worked fine on all the other multiplexes. Yes, I saw the new drivers and tried them - no effect unfortunately.

I find it odd that some people with different PC configurations have the same problem that I have but you are fine with the same tuners as me. Maybe there is a clue buried there somewhere...

It is very puzzling. If I did not get PSB2 at all (TV has 100% signal now) then I would have another thing to look into.

In my head I have kind of ruled out problems with reception as my TV is fine and so is your Media Center!

So, PC not changed.
Win7 MCE tunes all multiplexes.
Then PSB2 works intermittently.

My Media Center is a really quite 'vanilla' build. I only added iplayer and PowerDVD to play blurays.I have done a few minor tweaks but can't really see these being an issue but need to check. I don't really want to rebuild the PC but will probably now go for a 100% standard install, load the necessary drivers and try MCE/different PVR software.

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Harry C
1:12 PM

Thank you for your help. I have tried to contact Vodafone but trying to get info out of them is like pulling hens teeth
Harry C:

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Dominic Payer
9:50 AM

DarrenG: It is important to scan for channels when Waltham is on full power. Belmont, though further away, transmits with 150kW compared to Waltham's 50kW. WMC always scans all channels: there is no way to limit it to Waltham's frequencies. At present, Waltham is subject to effectively random power reductions so this can be difficult.

Check your detailed channel sources. PSB2 from Waltham is on 737.833, from Belmont on 506. For channels 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 28 and 33 you should have 4 sources only selected on 737.833 with quality 100%.

Sometimes, there are also issues with PSB1 - Waltham 698, Belmont 482 - and PSB3 - Waltham 770, Belmont 530. These are usually just duplicated channels with the second version tuned to Belmont's frequency.

Any problems are minimal if Waltham is on full power when the scan is performed.

I think the Video items you mentioned earlier indicate the tuner in use for the channel.

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David Shaw
10:53 AM

Dave Lindsay: Thankyou for your advice. You were absolutely correct, BBC1 on TV channel 1 is indeed tuned into Channel 43 which is operating on low power (unlike the other BBC channels which are all tuned into Channel 49 and are therefore OK since this channel is operating on a much higher power). I have also now found BBC1 on TV channel 800 which is tuned into channel 49 and is therefore, not surprisingly, OK.

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Dave Lindsay

11:32 AM

David Shaw: There are few possibilities:

You may be able to wipe what's already stored, for example by running the scan through with the aerial unplugged. Then manually tune the five SD muxes (and one HD mux, if applicable).

Or you may be able to have the aerial lead unplugged during scanning of Sutton Coldfield's channels. The scan runs channels 21 to 69, so if yours only gives a percentage progresss you can estimate the channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
6:32 PM

Same issues as many other
TV is fine however
With our windows 7 media centre channel 5 virtually always black screen with no sound ITV intermittently black screen
This is not a pc issue or TV card issue
However when retuning the media station it does say downloading the TV data for your region , before scanning so is it that Microsoft have not yet updated something ?

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stef's 5 posts GB flag
7:06 PM

Dominic P:
I have occasionally 'picked up' Belmont. I always check the frequencies MCE is using against what is on this webpage!

I also DO limit the MCE scan, or at least the frequencies used. At least it seems to work. The other day I scanned and it picked up some Belmont frequencues. I then immediately applied my registry update and only picked up Waltham frequencies. The channels were all at 100%.

Here is a link to the 'video' options:….jpg

This appears ONLY on PSB2.

It is not the tuner in use:
http://img189.imageshack.….jpg (LE125DN)

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