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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 17/06/2024 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, plus 17 others

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C41 (634.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
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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.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019
4:54 PM

The channels/multiplexes you have directly listed above (see example image) are: 26, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 55 and 56, which is incorrect.


As mentioned previously post, [b]currently[/b] the correct channels/multiplexes are: 26, 29, 31, 37, 49, 54, 56, 57 and 58.

This is my transmitter. I scan the multiplexes manually so I know exactly what they are!

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SeeMoreDigital's 5 posts GB flag

8:42 PM


Yes, that list at the top of the page is "incorrect" as pointed out by MikeP in a post immediately prior to yours on the 7th October which you'd appeared to have read by your response! In that prior post and since, in reply to your post, MikeP has referred to the DigitalUK site which has accurate and correct listings (as per your list) as DigitalUK are the responsible authority for publishing the information on behalf of OFCOM and Arqiva. I guess you didn't look at it, eg. see About us | Freeview where you will also see details of some upcoming reception changes and retune events.

For a more accurate prediction of reception and changes at your location, you need to put your postcode into About us | Freeview

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
8:42 AM

So, in order to avoid confusion will the above list be corrected or not?

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SeeMoreDigital's 5 posts GB flag

10:12 AM


If you re-read that MikeP's post prior to your 7th Oct. quote "This independent website is maintained occasionally by the owner, Briantist. "

So your guess is as good as anyone else's! And for the record, this isn't the only page with errors or changes that haven't yet happened.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag

10:14 AM


The owner of this website, Briantist, is the only person who can update the information. While there are so many changes being made at the over 1100 TV transmitters and the large number of DAB transmitters it is virtually impossible for one person to keep up with the updates.

We regular contributors have been saying for quite some time that people should use the information given on the Digital UK websites, managed by the operators of the transmitters, instead of that given here.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

10:54 PM


A reminder that there is a major retune event for the Waltham Transmitter on the 4th March. The transmitter will likely go off-air shortly after midnight and the multiplexes PSBs1-3, COMs 6 & 7, and a Local mux move to new UHF channels. The transmitter may be off-air for several hours, but they are usually back by 6.00am.
The new channels are as follows, in the order PSBs1-3; COMs 4-8; Local -
C32, C34, C35; C29, C37, C31; C55, C56; C41. COM7 power changes to 11.8kW, and Local power changes to 2kW.
People will need to retune and a Group T/Wideband aerial may be needed for satisfactory reception of all multiplexes from Waltham.

Anyone having problems receiving the PSB & COMs4-6 multiplexes may need a new aerial. Providing they don't have Cable or Satellite, they can get help for a free replacement aerial from Freeview by ringing 0808-100-0288 (a free call, but there might be long wait times on the phone!).

There are also a number of the Waltham relays also changing to new UHF channels.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 March 2020
Brian Astell
6:30 PM

I can't get channel 50 Sony movies classic. I live at Grantham reasonably close to the transmitter,so what is the problem? Will it become available in time?

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Brian Astell's 1 post GB flag

11:19 PM

Brian Astell:

Sony decided that channel is broadcast on the Local multiplex and a local multiplex is broadcast from Waltham. You should have a local station at LCN7 in your EPG, Notts TV? but without a full postcode to check the predicted reception at your location we can't say.
If you are getting the Local station you should get LCN50 along with a few other programmes. See Channel listings | Freeview

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 May 2020
3:25 PM

Hi , Seemed to have all channels from the frequency 29 all disappear today. Tried a full rescan, then a manual channel rescan and when I look at the antenna information in my freeview box, it show 2% signal quality whilst other frequencies are still showing 98

So currently channel like quest, 5star etc are not being recieved in Nottingham from the waltham transmitter.


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devo's 2 posts GB flag

7:08 PM


We really need a full postcode to look at predicted reception at your location. I can't find any faults currently listed for Waltham, but in current circumstances it may take some time for such things to get updated.
Hopefully by now you will find the signals restored satisfactorily.

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