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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.

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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
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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, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT 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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
C/D EEEWW TW TW T
C26LNGLNG
C29SDNSDNSDNSDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35C5wavesC5wavesBBCB
C37com8com8
C41_local
C49tv_off 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
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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
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Rod Wadsley
5:12 PM
Stamford

Hi
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
Thanks
Rod
Pe9 2xh

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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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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
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 19 January 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 6 February 2015
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Langton Aerials
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

2:51 PM
Mansfield

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
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

2:54 PM
Mansfield

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
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Philip Wood
5:34 PM
Nottingham

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
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Melvin Pearson
2:48 PM
Mansfield

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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