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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 18/09/2023 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Sunday, 21 July 2013
1:41 PM

As I said Waltham ch56 (com5)loaded ok last night so I left it tuned in.

This morning the machine had locked up again.

After I did a reset I found a recording I'd done at 10 pm was ok so the problem occurred after that. I did a manual retune again and all of the Waltham channels except 56 tuned ok and had the usual EPG but as soon as I tuned to ch56 the system crashed and had a different, empty, EPG.

A couple of hours ago I did another retune leaving out ch56 and so far it is still working!

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Dave Lindsay

2:12 PM

brian: I think you can safely add it back now as I did the same. EPG working again with all channels (set to UK).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
2:22 PM

Dave: This is what I thought last night!

I'll leave com5 off for the moment as there are programmes I want to record on the other channels and I don't want to risk loosing them. Will you post tomorrow if your set up is still working ok?

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Dave Lindsay

2:29 PM

brian: Yes.

But mine always failed as soon as I added COM5 (by selecting the UHF channel on the signal strength screen).

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2:57 PM

Dave Lindsay: Re your 11.46am posting, yes! that's one of the pitfalls, although I suspect that the reason why no option is seen to disable channel updating (albeit it does for software) is possibly because that its tied in with keeping the programme guide information bang up to date in the same way as happens with all Vestel based PVR's, and why you are able to select a programme for recording well in advance of the present time and its there in the guide, unlike in the case of Humax PVR's of the 9200 / 9300 variety where if continually left in standby one is liable to be confronted with blank spaces until the guide catches up.

Pleasing to see that all would appear to be working OK again, and which I suspect is more likely to be connected with alterations having been made (or reversed) to COM 5's EPG data rather than anything connected with Sony.

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Dave Lindsay

3:09 PM

jb38: When I found it working a few hours ago it was after I'd found a use for an old VHS video recorder. I set the modulator to C53 and fed the aerial through it and then into the Sony. This successfully prevented it from tuning in COM5 on C52.

However, on noting that the colour scheme had changed back I wondered if the issue had been resolved and so turned off the video and tuned in C52 to find it working OK.

Re: The Humaxs: Does this mean that if the broadcast schedule changes that they might not become 'aware' until it's too late (where a programme is brought forward)?

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Dominic Payer
3:49 PM

Sony UK acknowledge a problem with HXD units updated to firmware 1.70 on Friday.

See BBC News - Freeview failure hits Sony recorder owners

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Mike Kearey
4:39 PM

Dominic Payer:
The "hidden software" update 1.70 only applies to certain models and was done by disc in 2010 for those that chose to do it and no later versions have been issued.
The "hidden software" update number for other models was different but the date and method was the same.
I think that people are posting and reading a version of chinese whispers and the BBC picked up on it without being able to have the full facts. The updated recorders have been running without problems until ~18:00 Friday 19th.
I have seen on the Sony information that Arqiva made some changes to the EPG at that time which is the reason for the problems.
Why the changes conflicted with the software is unknown but all is back to normal for the time being. I'm sure we will find out the reason and the action eventually.

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BEJ Smith
6:06 PM

I haven't read all the postings but my problem is with the epg of my SONY RDR-HXD895 failing on 19 July 2013. Is it a sony software problem, freeview or wha....?

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Dave Lindsay

6:18 PM

BEJ Smith: I don't believe so.

It is more likely that the issue was one of what was transmitted contained error(s). It just so happened that these devices were "choked" on being fed this bad information. The point is that they (and all other devices) shouldn't have been given it in the first place.

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