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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?

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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
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
Channel icons
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 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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
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.

Monday, 11 May 2020
10:34 PM


Hi Chris thanks for getting back to us NG7 4AU, I have found out there is work going on at many transmitters (even though Waltham isn't listed directly) between the 11 and the 15th so they might be many changes going on and off, presumably for 5G and general maintenance.

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11:57 PM


You are quite correct that there is a lot of work going on at many main transmitters (and some relays) at present. At Waltham it won't have anything to do with 5G, the 700MHz clearance program for that was completed on the 4th March. This will be general maintenance as it will be for most transmitters.
Under normal circumstances you are predicted to get good reception of the SDN multiplex, in fact all multiplexes except COMs 7&8 which could be variable. You wouldn't do any better from the Nottingham relay except it doesn't have COMs 7&8, you should get excellent reception from Sutton Coldfield but that is West Midlands whereas Waltham is East Midlands so it depends which region you want.

As you mentioned, Waltham isn't on the list for this week, but I've been finding a number of cases recently where there's been reports similar to yours for other transmitters not on the current week's list, but where I recall the transmitter was on the previous week's list. I'm not at all convinced that the list is always accurate. I think I'll keep a copy of the previous week in future just for reference :o
Depending on what exactly they are doing at the transmitter (they never say) you may find things going off & on, or "weak signal" is the other possibility.

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

12:08 AM


To add some more precise information about reception from Waltham, it may change when remaining 700MHz Clearance changes take place at the other remaining transmitters (likely due to co-channel interference) which has now been postponed due to the covid-19 situation. It depends on exactly where you are within your postcode (don't post that here).
If you put your details into the boxes on Platform management | Freeview it will take you directly to the Detailed View where you can see for yourself what's predicted.

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
9:41 AM

Just this week seem to have lost all channels on ARQA, other channels/MUXes are all fine.

Signal strength is only 14% compared with 50%+ on other MUXes.

Waltham transmitter, wideband rooftop aerial feeding into a distribution amp feeding a freeview TV and PC DVB-T2 card. Both TV and card report no channels for ARQA only.

Removed distribution amp from path, no change.

Can't see any work planned on the normal websites and haven't connected anything new at home that would be blocking 602Mhz.


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Simon's 4 posts GB flag
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10:34 AM

Simon: CrazyScan2 will allow you to look at the spectrum:

CrazyScan download |

- if your card is supported:

CrazyScan / Wiki / Info

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js's 827 posts AT flag

12:18 PM


If you look at the three or four posts before yours, you'll note mention of Engineering work that appears to be going on at Waltham, whereas the transmitter is not on the published list. As I have already noted incidents elsewhere where similar things are happening, one can only conclude that the list is not accurate - TBH, I've had a suspicion for some time that's the case.

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 May 2020
10:28 PM

js: Thanks, haven't heard of that one. Unfortunately I'm running Linux with my tuner card and this seems to to be Windows only utility.

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Simon's 4 posts GB flag
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10:31 PM

Chris.SE: Yes, I was hoping maybe someone else running off the transmitter could see if they are affected in any way.

Some progress, I bought a new distribution amp/signal booster as my current one was very old and it has boosted the signal enough for my TV to scan the MUX now, although the quality is only around 15% it does show the programmes amazingly. Unfortunately my PC card still can't scan it, probably not as sensitive a tuner.

I can only think for some reason the transmit power for this MUX has been dropped down.

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Friday, 15 May 2020

1:23 AM

Simon: Yes indeed, Windows. It used to be called "mouse driver" by some MSDOS users! But I find Linux is pretty much back to DOS - and damned awkward as far as drivers. You could dual boot or run a portable bootable W8 off USB.

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js's 827 posts FR flag
Monday, 20 July 2020
Derek Hewitt
10:29 AM
Market Harborough

LE16 7SE
I have just replaced a panasonic tv with a smart sony kdl. On auto tune it does not show waltham as being available guiding me to yorkshire or cambridge. I have the correct aerial installed on the roof by a professional and all other tv's in my home get perfect reception as did the replaced set. I have tried manual digital tuning to no avail. Can you help in any way
Derek Hewitt

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