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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 22/04/2024 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 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?

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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.

Sunday, 24 December 2017
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:26 on 22 Dec to 01:31 on 22 Dec. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,839 posts xx flag
Friday, 2 February 2018

11:10 PM

I note there a change of ariel type in march 31st to AK from W
What is happening? In particular regard to the power levels of the
signal already in the AK range which are low powered compared to the rest.
I am surprised there are no posts on this.

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Bren's 50 posts GB flag

11:33 PM


Some programmes are due to be moved, though I'm not sure when it will happen at Waltham nor which channels are being moved. The best solution is to have a log-periodic aerial fitted as that will cover all the future changes envisaged.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 3 February 2018

11:23 AM

Bren: The frequency changes taking place at Waltham can be seen on the Digital UK checker by clicking the transmitter's postcode at the top of this page. If you already get good reception of COM4/SDN on UHF channel 29 then your existing aerial should be fine after the frequency changes have taken place as this appears to be the lowest UHF channel that Waltham will use.

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StevensOnln1's 3,625 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 February 2018

7:30 PM

Well I am not fine, I expect I would lose Sky News and I have. It was moved. I cant get it any
more, there was poor info about it. Yes I have lost com5 I am not sure why I got confuse about
the whole thing.

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Bren's 50 posts GB flag

7:43 PM

OK panic over!! I got com5 back and SKY news. I watch Sky news 90% of the time so it would be a
big loss for me! I adjusted the aerial a bit. It is a good picture but it has a higher bit error level on it, it
was 0 before but the picture looks fine.
There are more changes coming those which I mention in an earlier post which may give problems,
I guess I will fined out when it happens. OK for now though.

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Bren's 50 posts GB flag

7:49 PM

Bren: Have you tried a manual tune on UHF channel 37 (the new frequency which COM5 has moved to on Waltham)? Official information can be found at the link below, along with details of the Freeview Advice Line, who can arrange a free visit from an accredited installer if you need a new aerial following the frequency changes (provided you don't have satellite/cable on any TV in your house).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,625 posts GB flag

10:09 PM

StevensOnln1, I retuned the whole lot. I have just watched to SKY News which is show about as on
c56 but my TV shows it as on c37 freq 602mHz which is COM8, or rather was! com5 moved to
where com8 was. It is no wonder I get confused with all this!
The info on the freeview site is poor, it does not show what mux the channels are on etc..
This site needs updating too, Sky News is not longer on COM5
I seem to be OK now maybe I can tweak the aerial a bit to optimise signal levels, it is loft aerial.

Also I cant get 55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, which are supposed to be on
com 8 going by the info above, I can get sky news which is on com8 but shown as on com5 above.
So all very confusing!!

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Bren's 50 posts GB flag

11:00 PM

Bren: Why do you care what mux things are on - just do a straight retune. Thats exactly what I did, and since I'm on Waltham, I know that it works, including stuff like Forces TV.

Checking your signal strength might be a good idea - if you are missing a mux, that sounds like you've got a problem with your system.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

11:46 PM

Well I get a good notts TV on just 5kW on LNG channel 26 right at the bottom of the scale.

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