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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 02/10/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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
Channel icons
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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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?

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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.

Thursday, 8 January 2015
Dave Lindsay

11:58 AM

Gordon Insley: Prior to switchover digital signals were limited in their coverage. This was due to lack of frequencies available. The pre-switchover signals essentially served as many as possible, but in no way matched the reach, even from the 80 transmitters which carried them.

The new HD channels (COM7 and COM8) are essentially in a "pre-switchover" state. They were introduced so as to encourage take-up of Freeview HD (DVB-T2) receivers. Channels 31 to 37, excluding 36, were left silent at switchover with the intention of them being given over to new multiplexes.

The objective of, what are now known as, COM7 and COM8 was to cover as much of the population as possible, and so at least possible cost. This, by definition, is likely to mean that not every viewer of transmitters which carry the channels can pick them up reliably, this being because some require the higher power in order to receive (for example, where there is an obstruction in the way). The higher the power the more likely it is to interfere with other transmitters which are co-channel. Therefore the effect is to render unusable signals from either transmitter.

The objective of the plan was to maximise the number of viewers. So reducing the power, so to speak, may increase the number of people who can successfully receive elsewhere. It stands to reason, therefore, that there must have been an analysis of population by area and that there was a trade-off made.

To keep costs down the multiplexes have a fairly short life-span of five years equipment (antennas) that was already in existence was used.

So, to recap, the objective is to encourage take-up of Freeview HD receivers and cost has been kept to a minimum.

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Saturday, 17 January 2015
Rod Wadsley
5:12 PM

I haves problem with the TV guide (picture and sound quality are fine)
When scrolling through the guide it comes up with no information available
I have checked the signal strength and signal quality which are reported as 70% and 100% respectively ( channel 49
Any comment or help appreciated or a pointer to some technical reading as to how org guide is encoded
Pe9 2xh

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Sunday, 18 January 2015
Gordon Insley
7:52 PM

Dave, many thanks for the explanation.
Now I understand the logic behind it all.

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Dave Lindsay

10:07 PM

Gordon Insley: It's good to help.

The only way is to consider whether you can receive COM7 from Sutton Coldfield. This will give you West Midlands programming though. You could have a Sutton Coldfield aerial as your main one and Waltham, fed into a set-top box, for regional programming.

Or, if you have a twin-tuner PVR, feed SC into it and Waltham into your TV.

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Monday, 19 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 6 February 2015
Langton Aerials

2:51 PM

a lot of problems from Waltham in the ng16 area, all freeview breaking up, at least 5 homes in 2 villiges close by since friday night

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Langton Aerials

2:54 PM

all multiplex's breaking up at multiple locations in the ng16 area of nottinghamshire since friday night

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Philip Wood
5:34 PM

NG14 6EY
Woodborough, Nottinghamshire

We used to receive the COM7 group of channels from Waltham until late last year. In particular we are missing BBC News HD and BBC Four HD.
Why have we lost them and when will we see them again? I have done a manual tune for channel 31 but the search finds 0 channels. Will the proposed channel 37 convey these channels?
Our aerial is on the roof.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015
Melvin Pearson
2:48 PM

I live in the NG18 4DB part of Mansfield, which is only 14 miles from the centre of Nottingham and our local TV studios, all of the aerials in our area point in the direction of the Emley Moor transmitter as historically this gives the strongest signal although, according to your map we should also be able to receive a good signal from Waltham.
The above means that we receive Look North which covers some of our immediate area but I would also like to receive East Midlands Today & Notts TV on channel 8.
I have a Samsung UE40F7000ST TV and a Panasonic DMR-BWT735 DVD Recorder and wonder if there is any way I could tune either the TV or recorder or both to receive

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