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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter.

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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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
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, 8 October 2013

8:02 PM

KMJ,Derby: I have a similar version of this box, and can personally vouch for the PITA that is the lack of manual tuning, as well as the hit and miss nature of region choice in the setup.

I'm also on Waltham, and retuning when they were having engineering work was a nightmare - Belmont kept coming up first in the scan, since its channel 22, and Waltham 49 - unplugging the aerial part through the scan is the best way, but its hit and miss.

As for why it worked before and now has problems, there having been engineering work on Waltham, so possibly thats what has lead to the change.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

8:38 PM

Bill : On the subject of losing channels in standby, just purely out of curiosity I was wondering if you are meaning that although still listed in the EPG guide selecting them from same results in a blank screen? or are you meaning that they have also disappeared from the guide?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
12:05 AM

So I turn off to stanby (red light) and turn back on (green) some channels have gone like sky news but bbc news on 80 has gone but now it is in the 800s and not issted at 80 in the epg but it is there in the 800s on the epg.The bbc news has gone/moved but bbc1 and 2 ect are all ok And I then get 9 channels ajesera this time all at the same number up in the 800s another retune and I may get 6 channels all the same up in the 800s. I feel all my problems are from the transmitter duplication east/west -- sutton stupid coalfield.Has this just had an output boost or somthing

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Bill's 5 posts GB flag
2:58 PM

Thank you all for your help
I have now swaped it for a polaroid box and so far so good, its manaual does not say it has region selecting, but it has. And it seems to work. Mike B your description of the goodmans being hit and miss on the region issue is a good one, I just think that the goodmans one is not very good in our situ

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Bill's 5 posts GB flag

7:44 PM

Bill: Changing the box for another brand model was indeed the best policy, as the symptoms described in your reply to my particular query are, as far as I am aware anyway, not a known issue with this model and neither can they be caused by an incorrect setting having been made in the set up menu, then this only leaves a defective tuner as being the most likely reason for the boxes erratic performance.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Ben Whittle
7:58 PM

I'm not able to get any signal for BBC B from the Waltham transmitter. I believe this should be on channel 58 but my set is finding nothing on it at the frequency 770mhz and bandwidth 8mhz. I am able to receive good signals from channels 29, 49, 54, 56 and 57 but nothing from 58. I understand BBC B is a HD broadcast that requires a DVB-T2 tuner and I believe I do have this. Please can you advise what the problem may be?

My setup is;
Location: NG10 3TE
Transmitter: Waltham
Tuner: Samsung 46F6300 TV
Aerial: Wide band loft installation

Thanks for any advice you can give.

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9:27 PM

Ben Whittle: Any F Samsung (2013) has a Freeview HD tuner. Waltham is certainly fine, since thats what I'm using (albeit in SD). Could be your aerial isn't picking up the higher frequency? Perhaps one of the reception/aerial gurus can help.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Ben Whittle
11:48 PM

Cheers mikeb. I too can get the SD programmes from Waltham. What I find strange is that I get zero HD (channel 58) reception, not even a poor a poor quality signal. Is this an aerial issue or am I making some other mistake?

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Sunday, 27 October 2013
Andrew Clinton
1:20 PM

Are there problems at Waltham Transmitter? It says "Service is not running" on Mux - COM5 (ArqA) and COM6 (ArqB).

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Andrew Clinton's 5 posts GB flag
Sunday, 10 November 2013
9:44 PM

I'm in the NG13 area. Echoing some of the earlier comments my HD reception broke up one evening late September and has been unavailable since. Re-tuned several times, keep getting Yorks & Lincs as BBC1/ITV. Re-positioned aerial, boosted signal as recommended, signal strength genrally OK. Can get E Midlands/Central on channels 800/801, but daly seems to change between 800/801 and 804/805. What's going on?? Has pwer on Waktham been reduced? Is it new 4G transmissions? Interstingly, older equipment not built for HD and not r-tuned seems to cope better than newer HD model TV. Is it going to get better in Jan 2014 as indicated by charts?

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