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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 - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 15 May 23:16 until 15 May 23:31. . BBC

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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.

 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

 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
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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
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.

Thursday, 16 December 2021

12:06 AM

Prof M.:

As StevensOnln1 has mentioned COM7 has not yet been switched off, it remains on 25 of the main transmitters.
The Nov.2020 date further up the page is sonewhat misleading but if you followed the " more" link it takes you to a thread with more detail, however you do need to go back a couple of pages to get the correct overview.
See this post…2572 to start.
The only thing that can be added to that is that EE bought those centre frequencies and could give 3 months notice to use them but that is on the assumption they have the SDL transmitter equipment available to install and operate (and of course suitable user handsets have to be available to use SDL on 700MHz).

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Prof. M.
6:01 PM

Do we know when or if BBC News HD and BBC4 HD will return and on which mux? They are shown as being on the now retired mux 55 on this site's main page for Waltham as it has not yet been up-dated.

Many thanks.

Prof. M.

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Prof. M.'s 3 posts US flag

7:01 PM

Prof. M.: COM7 has not yet closed, both BBC Four HD and BBC News HD are still broadcasting. Please see mine and Chris's answers to your previous comment above!

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StevensOnln1's 3,638 posts GB flag
10:45 PM

Just setting up my new HD Humax.
Not seeing any signal on:
C37 (COM5/Arqa)
C55. (COM7)
I didn't get any signal on my previous Humax.
Be interested to know if I need to be doing something different, as Freeview say for my address I should be receiving these mux's from Waltham.

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Roland's 6 posts GB flag

11:51 PM


Hi. Waltham is on Planned Engineering this week (again!) which may well have a bearing on this, but if you provide a full postcode we can look at that predicted reception and may be able to offer further advice.

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Chris.SE's 4,184 posts GB flag
Monday, 17 January 2022
John Pykett
1:06 PM

anybody else having intermittant signal loss on com7 from this transmitter?

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John Pykett's 7 posts GB flag

1:48 PM

John Pykett:

Your intermittent loss is most likely due to current weather conditions. Unfortunately temperature inversion/tropospheric ducting is accompanying the high pressure weather system causing signals from distant transmitters in Europe or the UK to affect reception of wanted signals. COM7 can be more vulnerable than some multiplexes due to operating as an SFN and at lower power than most of the other multiplexes, but it is very much depends on location. Freeview and the BBC have current warning about potential intermittent disruption to reception. Do NOT retune.
There are no faults or Planned Engineering currently listed for Waltham.

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Michael Brown
4:55 PM

Does Waltham transmitter have engineering works being undertaken this week as all Muxes are liable to pixilation and or loss of signal? I am aware that engineering works were undertaken last week, but reception was fine at the weekend.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

2:23 AM

Michael Brown:

As mentioned in the post before yours, there are no faults or Planned Engineering currently listed for Waltham and IIRC the last time any were listed it was 2 weeks before Christmas.
Unfortunately reception is very variable across your postcode and it's not one of the best places for Freeview reception according to the predictors.

The post before your also details the current problem.

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Chris.SE's 4,184 posts GB flag
Thursday, 27 January 2022
Dave D
9:31 AM

Channel 82 has disappeared on retune from waltham (talking pictures )

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