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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 27/11/2023 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

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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

7:17 PM

Well I went back to losing channel again, I had blocking from one I did find I could pick up ITV with
vertical polarity which I though odd however turns out I was picking it up from Nottingham's vertical
transmitter, I manually retuned it.
I am back to the aerial propped up against the water tank pointing up at about 25 to 30 degrees.
That seem the only was I can get some muxes and the best place overall. I have pretty much
everything but com8 is poor but not much on that and I am gonna leave it for a while you will be glad
to know, if I start messing I end up screwing the lot up usually and it is hard to find that "sweet spot".

Why angled up works best I am not sure, I read short aerial are better for lofts? Maybe the angle effectively
shortens the aerial? Maybe the roof acts like a transmitter?

Anyhow I will try and leave fairly well alone for a while, provided I don't get load of problems tomorrow

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7:31 PM

MikeP I have never tried Sutton transmitter, it is group B apparently so bit of a prob, plus will be tricky
as I am pointing more toward the wall at the end of loft.

One thing I could so is connect two aerial together one pointing at Nottingham and one at Waltham,
I have actually done that before and use the best from both, I may try that again perhaps but it is tricky
connecting them. I would have to take com7 and 8 from Waltham as they are not on Nottingham.
Mind you they are also the hardest ones to pick up from Waltham so if I have got them I almost
certainly have all the rest anyway!

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7:32 PM

I took a photo of my aerial so I know just were it was, maybe I will post a picture!

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10:28 PM


You cannot simply join two different aerials together in parallel - that ruins the impedance matching which *must* be maintained at 75 Ohms. An impedance mismatch reduces the available signal very considerably and is to be avoided at all costs. One possibility is to use a diplexer but they are very 'lossy' as they reduce the signal levels for each input or output by 67%! The better alternative is to have each aerial with its own separate feed into the room where you view the TV and fit a coaxial switch so that you can select one of the aerials at a time.

However, the digitaluk trade link below you posts show that reception from the Nottingham transmitter, located near Nuthall, is variable to very poor. It's just too far away from West Bridgford and there are hills in the way. It is also a lower power transmitter and only provides 6 multiplexes, so potentially fewer channels.

If you can arrange that your aerial does not try to look through brickwork you're likely to get better results, tiles and roof cladding absorb less signal than solid bricks. As you appear to be on Radcliffe Road, I'm surprised you have reception problems as you should have a clear view towards the Waltham transmitter, with only the bulk of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground to avoid, but most of Radcliffe Road is well away from that. I also know for certain that reception in Lady Bay is excellent.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 February 2018
John Higham
4:31 AM

I receive my freeview signal via a local relay. Quality has always been very patchy especially for those multiplexes that are transmitted at half strength or less. Whenever there is a transmitter/relay fault with a multiplex at the weekend it is rarely fixed before Monday.
Why are some multiplexes half strength or less? Patchy coverage taints the Freeview product, creates bad word-of-mouth and alienates viewers. It also lets down all those businesses who believe their television adverts are reaching more people than they actually are. Wouldn't it make more sense to increase all the multiplexes to full strength, enhancing the Freeview product in terms of quality, word-of-mouth and advertiser confidence?
And easier fault reporting (e.g. by text or facebook) together with rapid transmitter/relay repairs ought to be at the core of the Freeview business instead of being treated as an afterthought, especially at weekends.

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11:12 AM

John Higham: Which relay transmitter are you talking about? There are many relays that use Waltham as their parent transmitter.

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 February 2018
1:13 PM

Hey, since the move of COM5 we have now lost it in the city centre of Nottingham? We no longer have Sky News. Anyone else seeing this issue???

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Steve's 1 post GB flag

3:11 PM

Steve: I'm on Waltham, and I've still got Sky News.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 February 2018
11:42 AM

Hello I'm on the Waltham transmitter. PBS America, freesport and forces TV where ok until the latest retune now there unwatchable ( with broken up resection) Uk Free Tv as then transmitting on 607.0 MHz my TV shows then to be on 754.004 MHz. As then been a channel and power change.

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Paul's 3 posts GB flag

12:26 PM

Paul: Those channels are all on COM8, which moved to UHF channel 56 (754MHz) at Waltham on 7th February, although I can't see anything to suggest there has been a change in power level. If you provide a full postcode, we'll be able to see your predicted coverage/signal strength and offer further advice.

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