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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

com7
 H -6.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 72 Quest Red +1, 74 Shopping Quarter , 86 More4 +1, 92 Pick +1, 94 Paramount Network +1, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -5.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)442mDTG-613,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR +1, 64 FreeSports HD, 69 CBS Justice +1, 83 NOW 80s, 89 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (305°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Feb 2018
C/D EEWWW TW TW T
C26LNGLNG
C29ASDNSDNSDNSDN
C312com7com7
C32BBCA
C33B
C34D3+4
C35C5wavesC5wavesBBCB
C37com8com8
C42D
C45C
C49tv_off1 BBCABBCA
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqAcom8tv_off
C57tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

Comments
Sunday, 29 December 2013
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Michael
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1:17 AM

MikeP: I've never had a satellite system, and have been watching digital channels from well before 2008 from the Craigkelly transmitter.

The TV was a Bush 26" CRT and was clearly digital - how else do you think that people managed to watch Setanta Sports and all of the other non-analogue channels before 2008?

Even if you don't trust Wikipedia - trust this very website which details the UHF channels for the 6 muxes 1,2,A,B,C,D from 1998 to DSO on each full freeview transmitter page!

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SeeMoreDigital
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11:47 AM

I've always been interested in receiving television transmissions. Over the years I've installed motorised VHF/UHF aerials and satellite dishes on various houses I've lived in. Much to the amusement of my neighbours.

So yes I bought into the very short lived BSB D-MAC platform, which I purchased a few months before its official launch in March 1990. Which I adapted to D2-MAC to extend its life.

And yes of-course I bought into this countries first Digital Video Broadcast platforms when they were launched by SkyDigital (DVB-S) in Oct 1998 and ONdigital (DVB-T) in Nov 1998.

Indeed, up until a few months ago I still had all my old set-top boxes including receipts in my loft... I can't believe how much I've spent over the years.

So yes DVB-T has been available in this country since November 1998...

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MikeP
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7:34 PM

NONE of the main transmitters nor the over 1000 relays ever broadcast a digital signal prior to the start of switch over from analogue to digital.
BSB didn't start until 1991, Astra started in 1989 and broadcast the Sky services amongst others. I worked at a senior technical training manager for Radio Rentals at that time and developed all the training materials used for several years for the installation and servicing of satellite systems, both Astra and BSB, soI have considerable experience in this field and I know what I am talking about.
If anybody thinks there were digital transmissions available to the general public from terrestrial transmitters before the official switchover starting in late 2007 but continuing until at least 2011they are sadly misinformed.
Setanta Sports was NOT available in the UK on any terrestrial transmitter prior to switchover. It was available via satellite but not terrestrial.

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mazbar
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8:22 PM

MikeP: just looked on Wikipedia it states that on digital started in 1998 so that's sadly misinformed is it ?

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Dave Lindsay
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8:30 PM

MikeP: Of course they were available but on a quasi-national basis where only main transmitters and larger relays carried them on lower power. This is rather like the new HD muxes, although their coverage is even sparser.

If you're referring to the first transmitter where the analogue was switched off and where the digital was (in real terms) at the same power as the former analogue then this was before 2007.

The Ferryside transmitter was the first to be converted to digital in March 2005, albeit that BBC 2W analogue remained until 2009. So unless residents only wished to view BBC 2W they had to use a digital receiver.

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Mike Davison
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9:37 PM
Wetherby

Mike P: really you should get your facts straight. I had a Hitachi IDTV in 2001 receiving the low power DIGITAL signals from Emley Moor before they were doubled in power and some were reduced to 16QAM from 64QAM to make the signal more robust. This IDTV did NOT have an internet connection. I don't think many did in 2001. The digital reception on that set was vastly superior to the analogue reception at my location by the way.
Briantist: thanks for the clarification on Sky's involvement with DTT.

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Monday, 30 December 2013
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SeeMoreDigital
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:08 PM

Changing the subject...

Although the 'MHEG' logo appears within my LG TV's GUI, I am unable to select the red button services on BBC 1 HD and BBC 2 HD?


Cheers

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
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Mike Davison
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12:40 AM
Wetherby

SeeMoreDigital: It appears that Red Button services do not exist on the HD channels on Freeview(not sure about Freesat). If there isn't room for that service, surely ordinary 'World Sytem' teletext would fit. All the German HD channels on Astra 19.2 have standard teletext. What's wrong with the old adage 'If it's not broken, don't fix it.' At least there would be some information service. We seem to be going backwards sometimes.

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SeeMoreDigital
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10:28 AM

Thanks Mike,

When I checked BBC 3 HD/CBBC HD, there was no MHEG icon displayed (within my TV's GUI), which is more logical if the red button services don't exist on the HD channels.

I was in London over Christmas and didn't think to check if they were active via Crystal Palace.

I checked Freesat this morning and can confirm that the red button services are active on all the BBC HD channels except the kids ones.

I also checked Virgin Media HD yesterday and can confirm that the red button services are active on all the BBC HD channels including the kids ones. But of-course their platform integrates these services differently.

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Mike Davison
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11:50 AM
Wetherby

SeeMoreDigital: Everyone thinks that old style teletext has gone but it hasn't. The subtitles can be brought up on my non-freesat Pace HD satellite box by selecting 'text' and the normal 100 page header comes up, then keying '888' and lo and behold subtitles appear on all BBC channels. Bloomberg is another satellite channel that brings up a '100' header line but I can't find any subtitles or further pages. Just in case you think it's a property of the Pace box, it's not, if there's no teletext, it tells me.


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