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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?

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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
 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?

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, 8 April 2019

6:23 PM

Gordon: There have been no recent changes of modulation from DVB-T to DVB-T2 on any multiplex. All that has changed (and all that has had an actual date announced) are changes to frequencies at many transmitters. No one needs to buy a new TV or set top box because of this, please don't post inaccurate advice like this, no one needs to buy a new Freeview HD box or TV because of a reception problem following any frequency change.

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Friday, 24 May 2019
Mr D Beresford
1:25 PM

The following muxes are listed for Waltham transmitter C32 C34 C35 C29 C37 C31 C26 C55 C56.
I am not receiving all of these.
I get C29 C31 C37 C49 C54 C56 C57 C58
Explain please. Thank you.

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Mr D Beresford's 1 post GB flag

9:17 PM

Mr D Beresford:

The channels used by the Watham transmitter are as per you final list, the earlier listing you give is incorrect. Use the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker to determine the correct current channels used.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 22 July 2019
2:05 PM

Your listing above shows BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD as C35 (586.0MHz)

All of my receiving devices (TVs, Manhattans etc) are receiving BBC1 HD and BBC 2 HD on C58 (770.0MHz) (If I try C35, there is no signal

Is your listing an old one or are there repeaters using different frequencies for Waltham that I may be on? I am just South of Leicester

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Mike's 1 post GB flag

8:10 PM


The listings here are awaiting updating as the site owner has many other responsibilities. Fort accurat listings look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
1:32 AM

Thanks for the reply. I'm not quite sure where this 'Digital UK Coverage Checker' can be found but it
doesn't matter as ......

The correct information can be found at this old listing stored in Wayback Machine .....
Which Freeview channels does the Waltham transmitter broadcast?

I just wonder why the 'site owner' changed the correct listing to non-existent channels

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Mike's 2 posts GB flag
1:54 AM

Ok, I think I have worked this out

Somebody is confusing the new channels for the 2020 release of frequencies to 5G with the existing ones.

After the frequency release, BBC1 HD, for example, will release 700MHz to 5G and be allocated C35 (586.0MHz)

Still a year away

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Mike's 2 posts GB flag

8:29 AM


The link to the Digitaluk checker was provided in MikeP's previous post but here it is again
Digital UK - Coverage checker

The site owner did not "change the correct listing to non-existent channels". On many of the transmitter pages rather than showing current usage, the listings are inadvertently showing the final channels after completion of the 700Mhz clearance and I'm afraid not all of those are accurate. This is due to some bugs in the scripts that collect the data and try to update pages and the site owner has not had the time to correct all the information, there are over a 1000 transmitters & relays around the UK.

That is why we always tell people to put their postcode into the Digitaluk checker to get the latest information about predicted reception at their location and any changes and retuning events. This information has been repeated many times on various transmitter pages on this site.

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Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Friday, 26 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

11:08 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:10 yesterday to 11:20 yesterday, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:56 yesterday to 12:47 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 146,549 posts xx flag
Saturday, 27 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:10 on 25 Jul to 11:20 on 25 Jul, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:56 on 25 Jul to 12:47 on 25 Jul. [BBC]

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