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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 27/11/2023 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

6:01 AM

Dave Lindsay:
The answer is "yes". The slash is required.

From ETSI TS 102 323 V1.5.1 (2012-01):

6.3.1 Abbreviated CRID rules

In certain situations described in the present document a CRID string may use the following abbreviated forms. These
reduce the overhead of a CRID string by leaving out information that can be inferred from the location of the CRID

Firstly, the characters "crid://" may be omitted from the start of the string so that the string starts with the first character
of the CRID authority. So the example CRID:


may be encoded as:

Additionally, within the scope of the definition of a default authority (see clause 6.3.2), the CRID authority part of the
string may also be omitted if the CRID's authority matches the current value of default authority. In this case the string
starts with the delimiter between CRID authority and data parts of the CRID (i.e. "/"). Therefore, the example CRID:


may be encoded as:


So there we have it.

The same erroneous data was emitted from Winter Hill last week, courtesy of "FIRE HIT TV":

<programme start="20130731060000 +0100" stop="20130731070000 +0100" channel="FIRE HIT TV.75C1">
<title>The Biggest Hits Soon</title>
<desc>Fire Hit TV launches soon on this freeview channel
crid = 8436, Type : 31 (item)
eventID = 5B4C, SID = 75C1, TSID = 7401, default_authority =, 762 MHz

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js's 824 posts GB flag

8:46 AM

Roger: The EPG and the programme guide numbers seen on, are made up from the data supplied from each of the multiplexes scanned, hence if a box is reset followed by manually tuning in one single multiplex the only guide numbers that will appear in the EPG are those associated with that particular multiplex, these being added to as the other muxes are scanned.

The EPG data is constantly refreshed to accommodate programme changes, but the rate at which these changes appear on the box can vary in time dependant on the boxes processing speed, this being why that some PVR's might be seen to activate well in advance of the programme starting time purely for the purpose of refreshing the guide in case any changes have been made.

I suspect that this might be the reason for your two boxes indicating differently, one being sluggish in responding in updating data.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 August 2013
Nicholas Willmott

6:47 PM

Looking at the predicted coverages for Notts TV on both Waltham and Nottingham transmitters, it doesn't appear as though the centre of Nottingham itself will get Notts TV from either. What a farce if that TV channel is really intended to serve Nottingham

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Nicholas Willmott's 80 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 August 2013

10:09 PM

Nicholas Willmott: Here's the combined coverage

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 August 2013

4:37 PM

Can someone explain why there are so many instanced of the wrong region being transmitted reported on this website? Many of the transmitter specific pages are reporting transmitter news about wrong region. Is it a fact that someone got is it wrong when making a distribution setting so many transmitters are giving incorrect regional services?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

5:11 PM

MikeP: I think most cases of "wrong region" being transmitted refer to occasions when the back-up service via satellite is in use. There is only one back-up service which serves all regions.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 August 2013

5:03 PM

KMJ, Derby

Does the satellite based back up service apply to terrestrial Freeview services? If so, I presume it is used when the normal terrestrial links are themselves undergoing maintenance?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 September 2013
7:02 PM

BBC1 and ITV1 from Waltham disappeared yesterday (22.9.13). ITV1 has reappeared, but breaks up. BBC1 has still not reappeared, despite 2 retunes.

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J.A.WESTON's 1 post GB flag
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Ian from notts

8:04 AM

J.A.WESTON- If you have lost BBC1 then BBC2, 3, 4 and NEWS should be missing? Do you have a BBC1 on CH801 as this sometimes happens when 2 transmitters are picked up on the TV's auto search

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Ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
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6:23 PM

Notts / Waltham transmitterI have lost all channels today - 72% signal strength.

Any known problems.

Had work on aerial last week but been fine over weekend and yesterday.

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