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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 10/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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?

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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.

Friday, 25 November 2016

11:15 PM

Phil: Check your system - transmitters dont have a weak signal for months on end.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Edward J Hruszka
9:53 AM

Hello We also are having problems for the last 2/3 days in Wymeswold Leicestershire no signal picture breaking up have had everything checked. Also updating channels the quality of signal use to go to 10 now it has gone down to 5and 1!!

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Edward J Hruszka's 1 post GB flag

11:00 AM

Edward J Hruszka: I'm on Waltham, and the transmitters fine. Check your signal strength - is it very high or very low? If its very high, look at 'too much of a good thing' on this site, and if its very low, then you have a problem with your system, perhaps a loose wire, etc.

Too high a signal will lead to breakups, quality of signal being very low, etc - if you've got a booster, etc, then that might be causing the problem. But 'no signal' with a low strength means just that - the signal is too weak, and thats down to your system.

We really need a postcode and which channels the breakup is happening on.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Ed J Hruszka
11:24 AM

MikeB: Hi mike our postcode is LE12 6TY. All the equipment was checked thoroughly and all is ok.

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9:19 PM

Edward J Hruszka: I suspect that the problem you refer to as well as same experienced by others, is most likely related to conditions associated with the current spell of high pressure sweeping in a somewhat irregular pattern across the country, as seen on Wm Hepburn's Tropospheric ducting charts, early Friday evening having apparently been particularly bad for reception in my own household in the Stamford area, members of reporting severe levels of pixelation on virtually all channels from Waltham and with zero HD reception from Belmont on C28, (more than one aerial in use) a test made later on by myself indicating similar difficulties from the Sandy (Anglia) transmitter, the situation having cleared to a certain extent much later in the evening.

Unfortunately the forecast on said charts for the coming week does not look too promising, as although the high pressure is seen to ease up for a time on Monday it returns a few hours later, Thursday forecast as being the worst in this respect.

By the way, it should be pointed out that problems related to atmospheric pressure can wipe out reception in one area, whilst others residing only around 15 miles away (or less in some cases) are relatively unaffected.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Ed J Hruszka
6:36 PM

Thanks MikeB and Jb38 for you help and answers. Much appreciated.

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Ed J Hruszka's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 December 2016
11:53 AM

Hello. I am having problems with my reception - I get an error message which says that there is no signal or the signal is too weak. I am using a Humax digibox, but also get breakups and intermittent 'no signal' messages when using the Freeview tuner in the TV. I am in Nottingham, postcode NG11 6JL. From the posts above it sounds like there has been some weather-based interference on the Waltham transmitter lately, so perhaps that is the source of my troubles too? I've never had any problems with signal before. I've checked all cables etc and everything seems fine. Any advice/thoughts?

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Andrew's 4 posts GB flag
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1:48 PM

Andrew: I'm on Waltham and have had no problems at all. Your also half the distance away from the transmitter that I am, so its likely to be your system.

Check actual signal strength on both Humax and TV - if they are both very low, then its your system - follow the pathway back up to the aerial. If they are very high, that can cause what looks like similar problems - see 'too much of a good thing' on this site for more details.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
10:07 PM

Hi Mike,

Many thanks for your reply. Good in some ways to hear that it's probably nothing to do with the transmitter. Have checked the signal and the strength is 76%, quality 100%. The Humax has three tuners, though, and that only applies to tuner 1 - tuners 2 and 3 have 0% for both quality and strength! I'll try taking the system apart and putting it back together to see if that has any effect.

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Andrew's 4 posts GB flag

11:30 PM

Andrew: You've got a newish Humax with triple tuners, so logically, all 3 tuners should have the same signal level if they are on the same mux! If they dont, that might point to a fault with the box.

Certainly have a look at your system, but its an idea to try out someone else's system as well - if your having the same problem, thats more likely to be the box, although its odd to have two duff tuners.

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