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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 02/10/2023 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
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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?

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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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.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

3:22 PM

Simon Rudbach:

From your description it appears you have a fault in your aerial system. The Waltham transmitter has been working normally and no other viewers have reported any problems like yours.

So check all the connections between the TVs and the aerial, remembering to check that any powered device such as a splitter is working correctly (showing a power light does not mean it is working properly!).

Please provide a full post code so that we contributors can check what the expected reception conditions are like at your location.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 6 August 2018
John Atherton
6:16 PM

I think I have mentioned this before... I am frequently losing access to some Freeview channels. I am linked through a communal aerial. My postcode is DE1 3HJ These channels are +1 hour later channels or sometimes PBS... It is just hot weather; doesn't seem to be any atmospheric conditions. Could it be due to building (high rise) around Derby? Thank you, John

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

4:58 PM

John Atherton: Since your slightly closer to Waltham than I am, and my signal is fine, I would follow Mikes advice above - check connections, etc. but since your on a communial aerial, ask around - if other people are having the same problem as you, then its the aerial system, and someone will have to get a professional out to look at it.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

5:05 PM

Simon Rudbach: Start with the common factor - where the aerial feeds meet. Is there a fault? Since its happening on both, that would seem likely. You can check signal stregnth, but it sounds like both are pretty low. If you can get to the aerial, or booster, etc - have a look at it and check its power supply, connections, etc. If the mast is on the roof, you might have to call out a professional.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 August 2018
David Young
10:08 AM
Market Harborough

Is there a problem with the Waltham Transmitter? All channels are pixelating . I live in Caldecott LE16 8RN

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10:19 AM

David Young:

There is no known problem at the Waltham transmitter and no one else has reported any similar problems.

Please check all the aerial cables and especially the connections. Remove any plugs from the sockets and then refit them. Corrosion/oxidation is a common cause of problems such as you report.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Colin Sharp
1:10 PM

I have an aerial receiving from Waltham transmitter, connecting to Panasonic PVR which loops through to a Samsung TV. No problems have been experienced with HD programs and Drama channel (20) until very recently.
Having had problems with lost channels, blocking, all aerial leads and socket connections have been checked and replaced, if thought suspect.
Drama channel is consistently fine being viewed when Samsung TV selected directly. However, when wanting to record and viewing on Panasonic PVR via HDMI connection to the TV, on channel 20, 'no signal' is reported or blocking occurs. Auto, followed by Manual tuning does not improve the situation. Surely this indicates the aerial reception is perfectly fine and transmission changes are having an effect on some Freeview tuners and not others. I am not alone in this area in suddenly experiencing loss of some channels recently.

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Picture Perfect TV
10:31 PM

Colin Sharp:
If the signal from the Panasonic loop-thro to the TV works OK then the Panasonic PVR might need a retune.
Try retuning the Panasonic PVR?

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Picture Perfect TV's 7 posts US flag
Monday, 15 October 2018

10:40 AM

Colin Sharp:

It is likely that the source is the HDMI lead, others have experienced such problems until the move that lead away from the signal cables.

You do NOT need to do a retune of either equipments as all that will do is potentially lose you some channels that are already correctly tuned. Retuning never cures channel loss or interference unless it is shown to be tuned to the wrong transmitter.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

11:09 PM

Colin Sharp: Mike P has a good suggestion about checking the transmitter. Essentially, you have two devices, with seperate (and possibly differently sensitive) tuners, which share the same aerial feed.

So check they are both tuned to the same transmitter, and what their signal strength is on Drama, etc. I know that Drama works fine on Waltham, because thats what I use.

NO Signal can mean too high a signal as well as too low, so you need to check which one it most likely is. Samsungs have senstive tuners, but Panasonics tend to be slightly more sensitive than even those, and a PVR oddly often seems to have a slightly stronger gain than a TV, so it could be that everything together is just pushing the tuner over the edge, hence the breakup on the PVR, whilest not the TV.

While you could have a problem with HDMI's (it happens), its easy to check, simply by swapping it out. But HDMI's dont say 'no signal' if they are a bit iffy usually - more likely breaking up or just video but no sound, or sparkles, etc. It sounds like the PVR has the problem in some form, and what you are seeing is essentially the problem manifesting itself when you are effectively using the PVR as a settop box receiver.

Start with the transmitter and the signal strength. If your not sure about looping through, you can split the signal at the wall (using a decent splitter) and running two cables off it, like a Y. I used to do that because my PVR didnt always like the looping through.

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