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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 25/09/2023 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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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C49tv_off BBCABBCA

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.

Monday, 19 February 2018

1:56 PM

Paul: Are you tuned to the correct transmitter? I'm on Waltham, and they seem fine. And no, there has been no change in power.

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Rod Smith
8:40 PM

Have lost BBC 4 HD since the retune in NG7 6HX, on both my Sony TV and Humax FVP4000T. I realise it's changed its Com, but won't come back on 106. (Waltham)
I've done an add channel retune and full retune on both.
Will I have to do a manual add, if so what are the settings (channel, frequency etc)

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11:25 PM

Rod Smith: BBC Four HD is now on COM8, which can be found on UHF channel 56 from Waltham.

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StevensOnln1's 3,550 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Brian G
3:46 PM

Freeview Puzzle

I use a Humax HDR-2000T STB set for Waltham and I found that Sky News and a few other channels had dissapeared and just showed a message that no signal was available. When I checked the tuning I found that Waltham ch 56 had changed from SD to HD. I did a complete manual retune and found that ch 37 had also changed - from HD to SD.

What has happened?

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Brian G's 9 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Ian Allcock
5:26 PM

Isn't "PickTV" now on 37 rather than 56 ? Does the information need updating or have I missed something ?

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Saturday, 24 February 2018
11:51 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone Re: the Waltham transmitter retune on Feb 7th.
Both my tv and HDR show that there are tuned to 754MHz when I select digital channels that don't work.
(so that's COM8, on UHF channel 56 (754MHz) on Waltham).
So My TV indicates a signal strength changing between 7 and 30 % with a signal quality between 62 to 78 %.
and the picture is ether bloke or blanc or ok foe say 4 seconds Just not watchable.
I have an active Arial splitter which I have swopped for an other with no change to the picture problem.
All other multiplex channels are ok with a singe strength around 98% and quality 100%.
(except the multiplex charring nots TV that has signal strength around 60% and quality 0% that blank all the time). So could it be that my equipment is attenuating 754MHz.
I'm at DE11 7QU. Mu brother is in Tucbrey thither away from the transmitter with no problems.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018
5:03 PM

Do you know if COM8 from Waltham is now only temporarily on channel 56. Or maybe I mean "is the multiplex that carries BBC Four HD going to stay outside the A group ?".
A friend in a fringe area is about to have an aerial installed for Waltham, I had advised that group A would be preferred going forward as I had believed that Waltham DTT transmissions were all "shrinking" back into group A with the 700MHz clearance changes. Have I told them wrong ?

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7:39 PM

Andy: COM8 will remain on UHF channel 56 until it closes (some time between mid 2020 and 2022). A wideband type aerial such as a log periodic would be recommended for most viewers (unless they are in a poor signal area).

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StevensOnln1's 3,550 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
11:49 PM

Noticed we have lost a few channels. Most noticeable are the loss of BBC 1 HD and BBC 2 HD. The numbers 101, 102 etc were still in the channel list but we have "no signal".
I have retuned and turned off and now it doesn't find 101, 102 etc any more when retuning.

Searching the site I concluded we are on the Waltham transmitter.
c29, c31, c37, c49 & c54 are being received.
But c56, c57, c58 have no signals.

Also the channels we pickup on c37 are completely different to the ones listed on the site?
The site states:
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others
But our c37 picks up:
29 E4+1, 723 TalkSport, 12 Dave, 233 Skynews etc.

Has something happened? Why were we fine one day and channels have gone the next?

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Al's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 22 March 2018

11:11 AM

Al: Retuning was a bad idea as you've now deleted some of your channels which were already correctly tuned. The COM5 and COM8 multiplexes swapped frequency a few weeks ago at Waltham so COM5 is now on UHF channel 37 and COM8 is on 56 (this website doesn't seem to have been updated with any of the recent frequency changes yet) however there has been no change to PSB3 on UHF channel 58 or COM6 on 57 (there are further frequency changes due in early 2020). As there are no transmitter faults showing, start by checking for any loose or damaged cable or connections behind your TV and then follow along the cable as far back as you can safely access towards the aerial.

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