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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 04/12/2023 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.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
10:11 AM

We have both satellite on our main tv and terrestrial as back up and for visitors.Our son has been convalescing with us at the moment and pointed out that all channels on Com5Arqa are breaking up.I checked signal strength and was getting bit error level 2000 ,signal strength 0,signal quality 0.The other channels are perfect.this same phenomena was evident at our old address,but i put this down to our location LE38GX,however we are now at LE167YF,at the top of Clack Hill,Market Harborough.When we moved the local installer told us that the signal was so good a loft aerial would suffice.When i installed the new tv,a Samsung Smart tv everything was fine,so am not sure when this problem started as we do not use this tv very often.Can you please advise.
Many thanks.......John Webster

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JOHN WEBSTER's 3 posts GB flag
10:22 AM

Carrying on from my previous post,when i do asignal check i get this info.that means nothing to me
Multiplex tsid5040,onid233a
Network East Midlands id 3023
service id 56c0
Hope this helps
Regards...........John Webster

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JOHN WEBSTER's 3 posts GB flag

1:01 PM

JOHN WEBSTER: The best start would be a postcode.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
1:19 PM

Thanks for speedy reply,i don't know if you have noticed but i have posted twice at 10:11 & 10:22,as i missed out vital info on my first post,the post code is in the first post.but FYI my post code is LE167YF

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JOHN WEBSTER's 3 posts GB flag

8:00 PM

JOHN WEBSTER: The easiest thing to do is to enter your postcode when you post using the sites prompt - which will bring up all the links with your data - such as SeeMoreDigital's post above. Ok - looking at your position, your 37km from Waltham, on a bearing of 9 degrees. Your TV says its on the East Midlands network, which is Waltham, so thats fine.

Since your closer than I am to Waltham, and on top of a hill (and bearing in mind what your aerial bloke said), I'd normally bet that your signal is abit too strong. However, 0% for the whole of that multiplex is a bit strange. Hopefully JB38 or Dave Lindsay can answer such a problem!

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

11:19 PM

John Webster: Wait, you had the same problem with the same setup at a previous address? As in, sky box + cabling + TV? If so I'd be looking at interference in that setup - remove the Sky everything else bar the TV+aerial connection and see what happens.

Could also be solved by moving the aerial with the signal information menu up on the screen, to see if that makes any difference - it did for me with my loft aerial on the ArqB mux, it's always been lower strength than others but moving the aerial got it up to a good enough level.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Dominic Payer
7:37 AM

John Webster

Have you checked for a firmware update to your TV? Some are not delivered OTA and must be installed manually.

Look on its manufacturer's UK support site.

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Dominic Payer's 20 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 May 2014
10:00 PM

Hi I live in north London . I keep getting a very good signal from east Midlands . This has been going on for 2 days now . Off and on . I've looked at pressure charts and there is low pressure in UK right now so why's this happing . I've also yesterday got TV from Yorkshire .

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Daniel's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

7:36 PM

Interesting Daniel, I have been having interference problems recently which is one of the reasons I tried Waltham (i was on Nottingham as i live there)

The problems have clear up the last few days, but I wonder if that is just due to the weather and if the will return when it goes back to bad reception weather, which is presumable high pressure?

One other thing a new local channel for Nottingham went live today but I can't get it on waltham but I did get its test broadcasts when I was on Nottingham, however I am not too fussed about it, I might try reconnecting the aerial which points to notttngham to pick it up from there when I have some time to waste.

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bren's 50 posts GB flag
Monday, 2 June 2014
John Pilkington
3:06 PM

Just for info... I posted here on 27 March about transmissions from Waltham on the qpsk mux at 514 MHz/ old Channel 26. My computer sees them but although my 2012-model Panasonic TV sees the signal it cannot tune to the programmes The TV sofware is up-to-date. At that time I thought that perhaps these channels were marked as 'hidden', but now that Notts TV has launched this seems unlikely..

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