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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

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.

 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
Channel icons
 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?

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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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
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, 25 June 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:03 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 13:43 yesterday to 13:50 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:03 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 13:43 on 24 Jun to 13:50 on 24 Jun. [BBC]

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Gordon Insley
6:53 PM


Thank you for the info and the link for Freeview Mux / Channel info

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Saturday, 30 June 2018
Adrian Brown
7:30 PM

Anyone else having problems with reception of the channels on ArqA? On one TV, we can't get them at all at the moment, but usually have no issue at all. A second TV that uses a different aerial can get them, but the signal is very intermittent and blocky. All other channels seem OK at the moment, and I've eliminated the possibility of local analogue interference - which couldn't explain the issue anyway as there's nothing that's connected to both TVs.

We've also had similar issues with the HD channels, with one TV not able to get them at all, while the second (newer) one could. But that issue seems to be OK now (at the moment!)

Both aerials are roof-mounted wideband, and have always provided a very good signal strength from Waltham in the past. Location is DE56 1ET.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

4:52 PM

Adrian Brown:

It is highly likely that the problem is due the hot weather. Such disruptions are occuring in various parts of the UK and there is nothing you nor anyone else can do about it. This has been happening most years during summer hot weather for more than 50 years, so is not new.


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Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Transmitter engineering

9:03 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:12 today to 05:14 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 5 July 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:25 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:12 yesterday to 05:14 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 6 July 2018
Transmitter engineering

12:26 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:12 on 04 Jul to 05:14 on 04 Jul. [BBC]

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Thursday, 19 July 2018
1:52 AM

Been getting problems, especially in the evenings, getting a signal for any channel on the ArqA mux.

PVR's signal monitor indicates the Feb-2018 re-allocation didn't happen.
Channel, Mux, Signal Strong, Quality
C49 BBCA 70 100
C54 D3+4 71 100
C58 BBCB 70 0
C29 SDN 67 100
C56 ArqA 65 0
C57 ArqB 68 100
Attempted retune of ArqA on C56 and C25 resulted in no stations being found.

Interestingly, getting HD channels (BBCB) mux okay, despite the above signal quality reading...

The coverage checker Coverage Checker - Detailed View
is incorrect with respect to Sandy Heath signal quality being better than Waltham; we are the wrong side of the hill...

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Saturday, 4 August 2018
Simon Rudbach
7:57 PM

We have two TV's with built in Freeview, one in the living room, one in the bedroom. We lost signal on both TV's on Sat 28th July, we have tried daily to retune , the one in the bed room was tuned to full on the wed am but when the TV was turned on at night the signal had gone. Whilst retuneing the bedroom one we can only at best get 13 channels. the TV in the living room has only retuned once fully but whilst watching the set lost signal. Currently we are having to watch TV on cable which we do not like much. Can you give us an idea as to what the problem is.

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