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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 29/11/2021 Possible 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
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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.

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Monday, 4 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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10:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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12:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 1 May 2016
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Mike Davison
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9:38 PM

My sister lives in NG18 and her not too new Philips digital TV appeared to have lost Ch4, Ch5 and other programmes from PSB2 whilst still receiving ITV1 at locn.3 perfectly. As it happened I had a Bush STB with me so checked out reception with that. It looks like both Belmont and Waltham can be received successfully but initially the Bush box used different PSB2's for ITV1 and Ch4 so I manually scanned the PSB2 that ITV1 registered and got Ch4 from that PSB2 as well. There is clearly no antenna/downlead problems. Re-checking the Philips reception after a further channel search I found all the 'missing' channels were on obscure locations, mostly in the 200's. My STB always put the channels where they are normally found but the Philips TV is behaving very strangely. Any ideas anyone?

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Mike Davison
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9:45 PM

Further to my post about my sister's Philips TV. Even some of PSB1's channels were out of location notably CBBC, Radios2 and 4ex but BBC1, 2 and 4 were correctly located. Very odd.

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Monday, 2 May 2016
MikeP
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11:23 AM
Trowbridge

Mike Davison:

As the Belmont signals appear first during the automatic tuning process, many TVs set those as the 'default' services but when it find similar ones from a different transmitter they usually get entered into the Channel Guide on different Logical Channel Numbers (LCNs).

The way round this is to look up the actual transmission channels for the wanted multiplexes, see the top of this page for those relating to Waltham, and then manually tune those. Check your TV manual for how to perform a manual tune, it varies between sets.


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Transmitter engineering
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2:32 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:47 today. [BBC]

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Mike Davison
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7:26 PM

Mike P: It's a pain of a TV to setup. It only refers to frequencies and not channel numbers if you try and check
the channel performance, so picking the ITV1 channel which is correctly located in '3', I scanned it and channels
were found but they weren't in their correct locations, Channel 4 did not appear at '4'. My sister is a technophobe so just told me to give up and she wouldn't let me leave the Bush STB which behaved perfectly. I'm going to see if I can talk her through the antenna disconnect, auto scan, antenna re-connect and scan again to see if that resets it to something sensible.

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Transmitter engineering
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8:32 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:47 today to 17:00 today. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:47 yesterday to 17:00 yesterday. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:47 on 02 May to 17:00 on 02 May. [BBC]

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