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Full Freeview on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter

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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.

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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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1 BBC One East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Central (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C56 (754.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C57 (762.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

com7
 H -6.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

com8
 H -5.7dB
C37 (602.0MHz)442mDTG-613,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 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
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
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?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-1329/5/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupC/D EEWWWWA K
C26LNG
C29ASDNSDNSDNBBCA
600C312com7D3+4
C32BBCB
C33B
C34SDN
C35C5C5ArqA
C37com8ArqB
C42D
C45C
700C491 BBCABBCA
C54C4C4C4-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C56ArqAArqAArqA
C57ArqBArqBArqB
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
800C61ITVITVITVBBCA
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 17th August and 31st August 2011.

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
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Transmitter engineering
6:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 10:22 yesterday to 10:46 yesterday. [BBC]

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Sunday, 15 October 2017
Transmitter engineering
6:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 10:22 on 13 Oct to 10:46 on 13 Oct. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 91,985 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 16 October 2017
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Jan
3:53 PM

Used to get BBC East Midlands, presumably from Waltham transmitter. Been busy not watched much tv for a long while, turn it on one day and retune as tv asks and I get BBC West Midlands. Try all the retune even manually retuning after deleting channels and reading both instructions off Digital TV sites and my tv. Still, I get BBC West Midlands and that area news/weather. Even got aerial checked. On checking transmitter coverage maps it seems we no longer get coverage or signal for our area from Waltham, but from Sutton Coldfield and no alternative transmitter. Has the area surrounding Coalville suddenly moved to the West Midlands? Really annoying I cannot any longer rely on local news being on tv , now I have more time to relax .

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Jan's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
MikeP
11:44 AM

Jan:

Please see my answer on the Sutton Coldfield page in response to your same question.



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MikeP's 1,662 posts Gold Gold GB
MikeP
11:50 AM

Jan:

Coalville *is* still covered by the Waltham transmitter as it has been for years (I used to be a senior Engineer for a TV rental company in Loughborough and we serviced Coalville and sorrounding areas for years).

If you look at https://ukfree.tv/transmi…ham, you will see that you are served from Waltham.

The channel numbers you need to tune to are: 49 (for PSB1-BBCA), 54 (for PSB2-D3&4), 58 (for PSB3-BBCB), 29 (for SDN-COM4), 56 (for ArqA-COM5), 57 (for ArqB-COM6), 26 (for LNG), 31 (for COM7) and 37 (for COM8). As some of those channels are lower than a Group C/D aerial can receive, you will need either a Group K or a Log-Periodic aerial to get all the available channels.

Hope that helps?

(Copied from the Sutton Coldfield page to assist)




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MikeP's 1,662 posts Gold Gold GB
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
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Lee Strange
1:05 PM

two separate aerials two separate tv's, cannot receive any of the HD channels presently (1300 1/11), are you aware of any problems please.

Regards

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StevensOnln1
2:20 PM

Lee Strange: This is very likely caused by the high atmospheric pressure affecting various parts of the country, causing lift conditions which allow signals from distant transmitters which cannot normally be received to interfere with the signals from the transmitter you normally use. Do not attempt to retune as this will delete all of your channels which are already correctly tuned. As this is an entirely natural phenomenon, all you can do is wait for the atmospheric conditions to return to normal.

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StevensOnln1's 1,007 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 4 November 2017
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Bren
1:03 AM

Hi I have there lost com5 Arq A, the Sky News and Dave mux, I had been getting interference on it the last few
day but now tonight, it has gone completely, I guess it is the weather and will be back soon? I hope so!

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Bren's 34 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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MikeB
10:34 AM

Bren: I'm on Waltham and its fine. People might have been hit by that high pressure system elsewhere, but now its raining, so if your losing a mux, its almost certainly your system.

'Interference' sounds like the signal degrading - check your cables and connections, starting with the fly lead. After that, follow the signal path back.

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MikeB's 2,299 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Sunday, 5 November 2017
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Bren
1:44 AM

Hi Mike, that mux has always been the weakest one for me and I occasionally get some interference on it, at the moment I have variable levels of blocking but I have sound, sometime broken, earlier today I had no signal it varies a bit. One every year of so it is a bit problematic for about a week or so. All the other muxes are fine really.
Interesting I just tried it via a DVB USB stick connected to my PC and it is fine, good picture and sound.
The signal level is about 2 bars, it is 6-7 on the BBC mux though.
Oddly perhaps if I put the cable that was in the USB stick and connect it my TV (via PVR thing) I get no signal.
So it seems that older TV is not good at picking up the signal....
....actually right now I have a good picture back, not too sure why, maybe the signal improved a bit or there is less electrical noise at 1.35am. I just checked the signal level via my DVB stick and it was 3 bars, so that is up a bar.
So seems OK at the moment maybe the weather conditions improved a bit more and I am past the worst.
I will see how it is tomorrow during the day when there is likely to be more electric noise from traffic or whatever, but fine at the moment, touch wood!! That mux has always been just good enough, hope it stays that way as I watch Sky News on it 80% of the time!

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