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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

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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, 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
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 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
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 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
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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?

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.

Thursday, 5 December 2013
Dave Lindsay

9:55 PM

Trevor: Speak to at800 and see if your issues coincide with the introduction of a 4G base station operating in the 800MHz band.

Perhaps your signal strength is excessive, which is what was causing the quality to be below 100%.

Remove any amplifier (booster) that may be in-circuit.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

10:13 PM

Simon: Did you not receive an at800 postcard or filter recently?

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 December 2013

12:28 PM

Tues 10 Dec 2013 saw the official launch of BBC's new HD channels.

Sadly the above transmitter information suggests that Waltham is only kicking out 1,400 watts for C31 (554.0MHz), which is way too low for us people living in the Nottingham central area to receive a viable signal.

Does anybody know when Waltham's power is going to be increased?

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Dave Lindsay

12:47 PM

SeeMoreDigital: Some time next year, no date is given by Digital UK.

This is because it's not on air yet, so is currently radiating at 0W.

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Dave Lindsay

1:30 PM

SeeMoreDigital: According to Digital UK Coverage Checker, Waltham's COM7 will be at 8.7kW. The figures quoted on this site appear to be former expected ERPs, and this is the case with most transmitters chosen to carry the new mux. The site owner is waiting for Ofcom to publish the latest figures.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

8:30 PM

Thanks for information Dave.

I guess the BBC's decision to bring forward their new HD launch has caught everyone on the hop!

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SeeMoreDigital's 40 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 December 2013
1:23 AM

hi all my freeview channels are working except the hd ones. ive done a master reset on my tv and also scanned for sofware updates for the tv. all checks out ok. whenever i go onto a hd channel, i get a little white box that says 'service not running' . im in lincoln lincolnshire and use the belmont mast. any info or help please

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eric's 1 post GB flag

9:13 AM

You're posing in the Waltham transmitter section. Discussions regarding the Belmont transmitter can be found here: Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) Full Freeview transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice


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Thursday, 19 December 2013
john tebbs
8:28 AM

SeeMoreDigital: I live in a poor reception area for waltham ng228be but want bbc east mids. Before switchover traffic passing the house caused signal break up and pixellatio. After switchover things improved but now the problem hasreturned. Is this due to 4g and lower power. Can anything be done to filter out traffic interference

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5:59 PM

john tebbs: Reception from Waltham has historically always been iffy in the Newark area and with the signal from same becoming somewhat worse in locations stretching out to the West past Southwell, and with in your particular location a terrain check revealing that the signal from Waltham is obstructed from approximately three miles prior to reaching Edingley meaning that the reception you do have from Waltham is via diffraction (signal bending), this generally resulting in it being liable to suffer from the variables associated with the so called "summer and winter" effect caused by the changes to the reflective surface of the terrain, something I feel very much applies to your situation of residing in a country
location where the reflective effect referred to can be experienced to a greater extent.

I do realise that East Midlands news is more appropriate to your area over that from Belmont albeit that this station is indicated as being superior for reception, however what you have mentioned with regards to the problem experienced with interference from passing traffic makes me curious as to your aerial arrangement, insomuch where is the aerial installed and do you use a booster?

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