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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 17/06/2024 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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?

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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;
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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, 31 December 2013

1:38 PM

You're right...

I've just checked on my LG TV and the old 'teletext' style subtitles are still available via DVB-S, along with the standard DVB subtitle system.

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SeeMoreDigital's 40 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:23 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,481 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
10:48 AM

Over the recent months I've had problems with the programme series link missing in the EPG from BBC1 Waltham (East Mids) transmitter. I can also receive the Sutton transmitter(West Mids) and the link is present there.Sometimes the Waltham link is present when I set the recording but is missing later and sometimes it changes part way through a series.

I can't use the Sutton one to record from as the signal isn't reliable.

I contacted the BBC for advice but they weren't interested.

Has anyone else come across this and does anyone know of a solution the problem?

I use a Sony RDR-HXD870 HD/DVD recorder and don't have any other tuner/recorder to try and see if they respond they same.

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Brian's 9 posts GB flag
Thursday, 16 January 2014
ian from notts

11:23 AM

Brian, Can you manuel tune your TV? it may be that Sutton is overidding Waltham thus the series link is settling with the wrong transmitter ? if you autotune without the aerial connected (to wipe all stations from memory) then manual tune the Waltham transmitter frequency's one at a time
29, 49, 54, 56, 57, hd 58
This should solve the problem

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ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
Friday, 17 January 2014
4:54 PM


Thanks for your suggestion. Unfortunately this doesn't cure the problem - the series link is missing when I only have Waltham tuned in. I've tried retuning again just to make sure but the problem is still there. I checked a program for next week - Father Brown - which shows a link in Sutton's EPG but not one in Waltham's EPG, even after I retuned and removed Sutton from the guide.

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Brian's 9 posts GB flag

8:51 PM

Brian: I've only just spotted your question, but I've got a 895, and I get a problem a bit like that - sometimes you can series link, and sometimes you can't. It tends to be on BBC1 & 2 only, and comes and goes.

I honestly have no answer, but at least I'm not the only one!

My biggest problem is not recording on BBC1 becuase it keeps picking up the 800's channels instead, and then not recording. I thought an attenuator would solve it, but it didn't. My wife is not happy when her programmes dont record, so Thank goodness for the X-Box, which has Iplayer.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 18 January 2014
12:19 PM

Mike B:

I had the same trouble, programmes not being recorded: it turned out to be because of a conflict between Sutton Coldfield and Waltham. I cured it by clearing the channels and then doing a manual retune of just the channels I wanted.

Re my recent problem, sudden bad reception from Waltham on my indoor aerial: my LG TV seems to have cured this for me: I did an autotune and found that, despite the aerial being aligned on Waltham, it had picked up all the channels from Sutton Cold field, in almost the opposite direction, except that it gave me the option of choosing Sutton or Waltham for BBC1 - I opted for Waltham so that I could get the East Midland news etc. Against all the odds, I'm now getting good reception on all desired channels including HD. Hope it lasts! Many thanks to those who have made suggestions.

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CLIVE JOHNSON's 18 posts GB flag
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2:00 PM

Has anyone got any "signal quality" on channel 26 (the new local tv mix)? I have been seeing 96% signal strength for a few weeks, but zero signal quality. (52.9912,-1.2157) 

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AdamAnalogue's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 25 January 2014

9:42 AM

I'm in the Sherwood Rise area of Nottingham and I'm now receiving 100% for both signal strength and quality on channel 26

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SeeMoreDigital's 40 posts GB flag
ian from notts

8:51 PM

Briann, what are you using for series link ? a harddrive (make)? youview? TV usb? freesat?

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