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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?

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
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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, 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
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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
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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.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Ivan marriott
11:43 PM

We used to receive East Midlands focussed news and regional programmes until recently. For the past few weeks we now receive Yorkshire and Humberside based programmes. We have not moved the aerial which is located in the loft.
Can you please offer any advice as to how we can restore the regional base to the East Midlands as before?
Many thanksIvan Marriott

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Ivan marriott's 1 post US flag
Thursday, 12 May 2016

7:49 AM

Ivan marriott: You must obviously reside in an area where the Belmont transmitter can be received as well as Waltham or one of its relay stations, your TV or box having stored channels from the former rather than the latter.

Try carrying out another retune "after" having first of all removed the aerial connector, this action blanking out everything stored in the tuner, reconnecting the aerial on completion followed by carrying out a second retune to load the programmes back into the tuner. A point to note being, if after having carried out the retune your TV / box offers region choice? (not all do) choose East Midlands and not Yorks & Lincs.

By the way, a post code is really required with queries of this nature, as your reception possibilities cannot be accurately assessed without same.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

9:25 AM

Ivan Marriott: To follow up JB38's excellent advice, this is an old problem. I also use Waltham, and when I used a cheap Goodmans digibox (which didn't manually tune), it would pick up Belmont first, since both transmitters are broadly in the same direction.

It sounds like your TV is doing the normal automatic rescan, but has accidently found Belmont.

You should certainly do as JB38 says, but if Belmont still comes up, then blank out the tuner again, and then leave the aerial lead unconnected for about the first 40% of the scan, and then put it back in. Hopefully it should then pick up just Waltham. It used to take me about 3 tries to catch it, so my advice is never retune if you can avoid it!

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Monday, 6 June 2016
Keith Burrell
1:21 AM

I had a long period of 'no signal' condition for Freeview Channels 20, 21 and others this evening, Sunday 5th June. My post Code is NN6 9SH and due to my house orientation and location I have my aerial pointing NNE.
I believe this means I receive the Waltham Transmitter as I get the ITV Central news, BBC East Midlands etc. I did not find any Waltham Txer Maintenance or Fault status, no indication if only some Freeview Channels off air.

I cannot find any information about who you notify about loss of service, whether it is the Engineering Company who looks after the Transmitter equipment (dedicated to the specific affected Channels) or the company providing the data link for the affected Channel programmes to the Transmitter.

The reliance upon a Statement 'these Channels / Transmitters are monitored' is a failure to understand how Systems Engineering and Monitoring is carried out. If no alarm indication is generated staff are unaware. If they are aware of an alarm they may not know its' impact unless they investigate. It is not a 'fault' until it is reported.

Whatever is the response to the alarm status it should include an immediate update of the status of the affected Channels / Transmitter. This is supposed to be a 7 day service with (I assume) 24hr coverage to provide immediate rectification / restoration of service.

Please can you enlighten me and others on the above points, especially the Contact details for reporting Channel loss.


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1:41 AM

Keith Burrell:
Hi Keith i too have lost several HD channels, they are all broadcast on the 554.00Mhz frequency CH31, i receive my signal from the Waltham transmitter as do you.
I thought it might be my tv aerial at first but i receive most other HD channels with a maximum signal strength, so i think it is a transmitter fault.
The signal started to break up & then went all together, it came back a few times but now nothing at all.
I can't find any links as to where to report the fault.
I have tried a re-scan several times, but it only picked the strong channels & lost all the channels on 554.00 Mhz CH 31.
During one of the times i managed to receive a signal of sorts i re-tuned & got back the channels, but i lost them again when the signal went.
I will leave it for now & try again later today.

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D.M.Rion.'s 2 posts GB flag
8:02 AM

I'm based in Nottingham (Sherwood Rise area) and I'm currently obtaining no signal at all from Ch56 (754MHz) or Ch58 (770MHz). Intermittent signals from Ch31 (554MHz). And low signal quality on Ch26 (514MHz).


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Allan lee
8:41 AM

Switched on TV sets this morning receiving no signal on analogue ? Sky appears normal , signal had appears to change over recent week, normally received signal from Waltham, but been receiving signal from lines. Is there a problem at Waltham ?

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Allan lee's 1 post GB flag
9:31 AM

Allan lee:
Same problem here in Northampton this morning Monday 6th June 2016. No HD channels and intermittent signals on BBC and ITV Ch's 1,2,3,4,5 from the Sandy Heath transmitter.

Now just before 09:30 signals have returned.

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Mark Elvidge
9:34 AM

Keith Burrell: intermittent complete loss of signal, here in Beverley, East Yorkshire. A quick glance at Facebook, and it seems everybody is experiencing simular problems - and yet the website, such as this one, continue to state that there have been 'no problems reported' - amazing, dissapointing, and obviously a failure of communications in more ways than one. Someone needs to be looking for a new job!

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