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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter.

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

com7
 H -6.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (305°)
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
C/D EEEWW TW TW T
C26LNGLNG
C29SDNSDNSDNSDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35C5wavesC5wavesBBCB
C37com8com8
C41_local
C49tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqACOM8tv_off
C57tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

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Thursday, 17 June 2021
Transmitter engineering
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4:08 PM

Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 14/06/2021 Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 14/06/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 21/06/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 21/06/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 28/06/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 05/07/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 5 July 2021
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Michael Brown
2:36 PM

Chris.SE : Thanks for the prompt response to the problem I sent on 6 of June. I have carried out all the connection checks which you mentioned with the exception of the aerial, which I shall require an aerial technician to do. Up until two weeks ago I was still having the same pixilation/no signal problem on Mux PSB2 only, after about 9.00 in the morning until about 10.00 or 11.00 at night. No other Muxes were affected. Two weeks ago your site said that the Waltham transmitter had engineering works, the same last week and again this week. I expected greater problems as a result, but not so. For both weeks Mux PSB2 gave almost perfect reception along with all the others, so I have concluded that the problem must have been due to interference, but from what source; presumably something operating at or near the frequency of Mux PSB2. I can't see how poor connections would only operate between certain hours of the day and on one Mux only. Do you have any further thoughts on the problem please? Many thanks

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Chris.SE
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9:25 PM

Michael Brown:

I think in view of the additional detail you've given, it's highly unlikely to be a bad connection at your aerial. But just to be clear, bad connections can affect a single multiplex because you can end up with standing waves in the cable which have the effect of "cancelling out" signals at a given frequency, this depends on such things like cable length and the location of the poor connection, but as I've just said I think this unlikely, as you've said it happened at pretty much regular times of day.

As I suggested in my initial reply, it is more likely to be related to engineering work. The fact that the transmitter has now been listed for 3 weeks tends to suggest this is the case, perhaps a (temporary) fix was initiated which is why you reception problem was resolved, but more work has been needed to make the fix permanent.

If however, it was some sort of interference, this must have come from something that was being switched on at a regular time each day and been on all day, and no longer being switched on. If it doesn't reoccur it's almost impossible to say what the cause was. Just as a precautionary check, have any of your neighbours been away since your reception has been ok? If so, and the problems return after neighbours come back, it's possible they may have some sort of faulty equipment. Only time will tell.

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Friday, 16 July 2021
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Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 12/07/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Sunday, 18 July 2021
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Michael
5:47 AM
Leicester

I live in the LE7 7EU area my normal freeview is fine but my freeview HD channels come and go and pixelate last night they were all a perfect picture ! Is this due to the Waltham transmitter ?

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