menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps52.801,-0.801 or 52°48'4"N 0°48'5"Wsa_postcodeLE14 4AJ


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 26/02/2024 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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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, 107 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! 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
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.

Sunday, 20 March 2011
Transmitter engineering

8:32 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 today to 19:03 today [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 148,822 posts xx flag

8:57 PM


Thank you very much KMJ. I really have become very confused over the past few months to work out exactly what is happening and when. This is the first time that I have seen a direct listing of all the crucial changes to effect us - it's a shame that when the letters were posted out to us all, telling us of DSO, that they didn't give us all a timetable then. We must have had 5 or 6 letters asking us if we wanted new aerials etc, but not a word as to when we would need the change.

Very grateful - KMJ.



link to this comment
timonthenet's 38 posts GB flag
Monday, 21 March 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 yesterday to 19:03 yesterday [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 148,822 posts xx flag
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 yesterday to 19:03 yesterday [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 148,822 posts xx flag

6:33 AM

Alan Phillipd: There is no such thing as a "digital aerial." I would see Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

link to this comment
Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
9:45 AM

I live in Fleckney LE8.No signal on channels 3,4,5. Have installed £270 worth of new ariel, TWO independant aerial fitters say we are right on the edge and the signal on those channels is weak. I'm no expert but what about some increased signal on those channels?

link to this comment
Chris's 1 post GB flag
Mike Dimmick

7:01 PM

Chris: Multiplex 2 will move to a new frequency on the 13th of April, which may improve matters. It will increase in power, and move to another frequency, on 31 August.

Wideband aerials tend to have poor performance at the lowest frequencies - Mux 2 is at lower power than Mux 1 (most BBC channels), requires more signal than it to work properly, and is at a much lower frequency. However, lower frequency signals travel better.

The dates cannot be put forward any more. Every transmitter depends on the ones before it switching over. The retunes on 30 March and 13 April are to allow The Wrekin to use those frequencies, and they are taking channels that the Nottingham transmitter currently uses (and will stop using on those dates).

link to this comment
Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Mike's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Friday, 25 March 2011
9:18 PM

hi im from leicester so im using the waltham transmitter ive installed a vision 48 digital aerial on a 10 ft mast ch 23 is 50s ch26 is 50s ch33 is 50s ch42 is 48db ch45 is 46 db ch 49 is 50s so ive put a 0-10 4 way wolsey m/h amp on this turned up to 10db which is giving me 60s but channel 42 and 45 is around 48db still. its the same at all points, 12 meter runs to a pub sn is 29 29 28 27 26 28 im recieving breakup at night around 6ish on onwards on freeview viva music channel off and on cable used was rg6 tv is a lg muxs on diagnostics say 70% signal but the breakup 1 42 is 50% so put a 6db setback on there put all power up abit so channel 42 is now 70% others 90% but still recieving breakup now should i put a bigger amp maby 15db on to put the signal up but this will put the other channels on overload so can i ask if theres any one who know the solution to my problem to stop breakup thanks paul.

link to this comment
paul's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 28 March 2011
10:54 PM

Paul, anywhere about 45db should be fine for digital tv reception. It might be worth checking what the analogue signal is coming in at, if its above 80db then it could be interfering with the digital signals - so even though the strength is fine the quality of the signal maybe very poor.

I use a signal booster but have it set just above minimum. It only gives a slight improvement in signal strength but anything more wipes it out. I also use attenuating splitters to distribute the aerial output which helps filter some of the 'noise' generated by nearby traffic, microwaves or even light switches.

The 6pm+ time is quite well known for signal breakup, usually caused by the 'inversion effect'. In short the atmosphere behaves like a mirror causing interference from distant/neighboring transmitters, it should improve when all the analogue stations shut down and channel frequencies rejigged. For now we just have to live with it.

link to this comment
obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 March 2011

12:31 AM


All but BBC ONE, TWO etc, gone from Freeview. There was due to be a retune for Waltham today, is this part of the retune? If not, when do we have to retune? I note that there are 'engeneering works' causing possible disruption to the digital signal from Waltham this week anyway.

Can anyone verify that it's not just me thats lost all signal!



link to this comment
timonthenet's 38 posts GB flag
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.