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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 15/04/2024 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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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C49tv_off BBCABBCA

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.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Neil Killip
8:08 PM
Market Harborough

Over the past few weeks quality on ch 20 drama has deteriorated and today ITV 3 and Drama has disappeared. From Waltham that is. Ch 29
Any clues please?
I have retuned TV, PVR, and STB to no avail

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8:38 PM

Neil Killip: Just checked C29 in the Stamford area and its being at received at full strength with zero bit error rate problems, this suggesting that your difficulty in receiving this channel is being caused by some form of localised interference, have you as yet checked with a neighbour or someone else nearby to find out if the problem is widespread or alternatively specific to your installation? although it could also be associated with the current wave of high pressure that is responsible for distant stations being received, and which if they are operating on the same mux channel as the local transmitter will corrupt its data hence killing reception.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 September 2013
Neil Killip
9:07 PM
Market Harborough

Thanks jb38. There are 2 possibilities. One is your helpful suggestion re high pressure. Ch 29 is out of group as far as we are concerned and high pRessure is a is a possibility. The other is the lelandii trees in next doors garden which lie between us and Waltham although Com4 is the only mux affected, so I suspect you are right as it is only over the past weeks of summer weather that the deterioration has taken place leading to in effect a shutdown. I was wondering if the footprint of mux com 4 has been changed as often happens without telling the public. Your site in Stanford is about 15 miles away but in different direction relative to to Waltham.

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Sunday, 29 September 2013
Laura Harrison
11:31 AM

I do not believe the current problems are down to high pressure!! We have had plenty of that over the past years. Apparently there are "no reported problems" at the Sandy Heath transmitter... So just how do we report these problems?

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Laura Harrison's 2 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

9:50 AM

It is a well known phenomenon that during certain weather conditions, as we have had for the last few weeks, that RF transmissions travel greater distances than normal due to temperature inversions, sporadic-e, etc. In analogue TV days, it showed up as flickering interference on screen and odd noises. With digital, the interfering signals conflict with the wanted signal and prevent decoding - hence the No Signal message. Digital TV is LESS tolerant of such problems than analogue.
Saying you don't believe it doesn't change the fact that it is true and very well documented.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
3:17 PM

OK All aerials pointing to Waltham I am in Leicester LE3 and can also pick up Sutton coalfield
Can anyone help with this. I had to change a once working matsui set top box in the kitchen on an aerial in the attic. I've now got a Goodman's gd11fvzs1 had it for 2 weeks all ok, but now when turn off to standby I loose bbc news and sky news (pos others too ) if I retune I get them back, only to loose when off to standby. So to test the unit I plugged into a different attic aerial and retuned I did notice that I did not get a east mids/west mids transmitter choice like I get from the kitchen aerial.And on that aerial all channels are still there when I turn on and off.
I then leave those tuned ones there and plug everything back into the other kitchen aerial and tv, and all channels still there even on turn on and off, so I do a retune (first time installation) and all channels are there until I turn off to standby and then l loose channels again. The kitchen aerial is a newer high gain one and the other aerial is an old rusty bent crappy one, could it be that my better aerial is too good and all to easily picks up the unwanted Sutton coalfield which somehow upsets the box even though it asks which one I want to use. Can I somehow mask off the unwanted Sutton transmitter which is almost directly opposite the Waltham its like it is coming in from the back with (tin foil or something).

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Bill's 5 posts GB flag

4:18 PM

Bill: When scanning for channels unplug the aerial between C38 and C47. That way you miss out the Sutton Coldfield frequencies. Make sure aerial is plugged in again at C47 for the remaining Waltham frequencies. The problem of lost channels when switching to standby is usually down to the memory capacity of the tuner being exceeded. If you have a channel delete facility removal from the channel list of non-viewable channels (pay TV) also provides a solution to this problem.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
5:55 PM

KMJ,Derby: Thank you for that info. I have left the box unplugged up till half way then plugged the aerial and that worked except I have missed off all on channel 29.
It is a new box so memory should be ok
I don't have any way of seeing what channel is being found next when I tune as I only get a progress bar.
I have no manual tune option to add the missed ones
And the stupid box automatically adds channels without me asking as it randomly says "new channels added" so I assume it will add the extra ones from the missed transmitter.

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bill's 5 posts GB flag

6:29 PM

bill: I would guess that when scanning with the aerial plugged in it would pause when C29 was found, then when it moves on try unplugging aerial till half way again. It looks like it is down to trial and error! Odd that it gives you a choice when multiple regions are found (a feature found on more recent models) yet omits to offer a manual tuning option. It remains to be seen too whether Sutton Coldfield BBC1 and ITV are found later as "new" channels.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
6:46 PM

Thank you again
It is a new model and I have seen that others that run the same softwere do indeed offer a man tune option but not this.
I found it works the other way around --start with it unplugged and then plug back in between 1/4 and half way progress bar and this time I have caught all on C29 and everything is now still there on turn on and off.
I will have to see if it adds the extras again without me telling it. But why was it all ok for the first 2 weeks and now ive got all this. It is a new box brought last month

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