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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

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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
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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
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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?

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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.

Friday, 12 July 2013
2:33 PM

Thanks Waltham! I would like to know what you have done as all my channels have returned on Mux 2. Again Thanks.

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RogerA's 2 posts GB flag
4:29 PM

At last, someone's 'put a bob in'..

All PSB2 channels appear OK here - and I didn't touch a thing - honest ...

Thanks Waltham..

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john's 20 posts GB flag
Saturday, 13 July 2013
1:53 PM

All channels have reappeared after a rescan of the channels in WMC. Thank you Waltham what ever it is you have changed - My wife is very happy again.

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Stuart's 4 posts GB flag
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Monday, 15 July 2013
Dominic Payer
8:54 AM

Last Tuesday's Microsoft security updates included a security update to some Media Center components.
See Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-057 - Critical : Vulnerability in Windows Media Format Runtime Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2847883) and
Microsoft Support

This is causing problems for some. See Microsoft's MS13-057 Update Also Breaks Down YouTube Videos, Some Games .

We will never know whether Microsoft fixed the PSB2 problem (perhaps unintentionally) or Arqiva changed a setting at Waltham.

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John Pilkington
9:19 AM

The signal structure reverted to its original form, and your pictures returned, a few hours after my email with stream analyses was passed to the 'infrastructure team'. Maybe you think that's a coincidence. :-)

I'm glad that the people at Arquiva did what they did, and that you're viewing again.

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John Pilkington's 15 posts GB flag
John Pilkington
2:40 PM

When the service seemed to be back to normal I sent another email to say so and to thank my correspondent (at for his help. I've just had a reply, which says, in part

"Im very pleased to hear that you can now access all services once again.

As previously advised, there was no problem with the signal leaving our Transmission centre. However, as I hope youll understand, Im unable to discuss further details."

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John Pilkington's 15 posts GB flag

4:37 PM

John Pilkington:
Interesting. Worth noting the wayb they responded talks about the signal 'leaving our Transmission centre' - which is nothing to do with the Waltham transmitter, nor any other. The transmitters are not operated by ITV but a separate business and it is they who control how the transmitter works and is set up.
That all suggests there was a problem with how it was set, your email prompted ITV to contact their transmission contractor who probably corrected what had been set wrongly (at least I suspect so) and hence the problem is resolved. Not by ITV but I suggest you were instrumental in making it happen. Well done and I'm sure several viewers in the East Midlands are now a lot happier. (I used to live in the Vale of Belvoir [pronounced like beaver] and worked in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and parts of South Yourkshire fo some years.).

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 19 July 2013

9:57 PM

Is anyone having a problem with Sony PVR's/TV's on Waltham channel 49 tonight?

My HX995 seems to be without a signal, yet is on 83% strength, and flicks up a normal signal for perhaps a second. Its not the cable or the aerial, since the Goodmans digibox is running fine at around 65%, and they are split.

The only thing I can think of is the extreme sensitivity of the tuner, and its having a problem tonight, perhaps with a tempreture inversion. But why it hasn't done the same thing to the cheap digibox, goodness knows. - See how it is tomorrow.

If anyone is having a similar problem with a PVR, at least you'll know its not just you.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
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10:02 PM

MikeB: yes i have no pictures sound or epg midlands based my farther in law is in wales with the same model and his is exactly the same rdr hxd890

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john's 2 posts GB flag

11:19 PM

john: Since there are be loads of us with similar problems, its a Sony thing, and seems to be HXD models from 6 to 3 years ago. Someone mentioned software, which makes sense, but there is nothing on the Sony twitter feed, etc (did I expect anything!).

Hopefully, it will get back to normal soon, but when I'm in work sunday, I'll see what up generally. One of the other blokes has exactly the same machine, so I'll what happened to his.

I know Dave Lindsay has got a similar machine, but no news from him yet, so it might be regional?

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