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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
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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, 27 January 2022
Dave D
9:34 AM

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

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10:50 AM

Dave: Take a look in the 800 number range, your TV or box may have dumped it there if it couldn't work out what to do with it while retuning. Have you lost any other channels such as Dave Ja Vue, Yesterday or DMAX which are also on the COM6 multiplex?

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag

11:33 PM

Dave D:

As StevensOnln1 has suggested, you may find other COM6 channels in the 800s, that seems to be what happened on my set too.

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Chris.SE's 4,243 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 February 2022
ron langdon
3:58 PM

we use waltham transmitter.having auto re-tuned after recent channel changes,we find that BBC and Itv chang from E Mids to Lincolnshire and E yorks.Retuning seems to fix problem but after a few days it reverts.Have just done a manual retune using frequencies as per Waltham list.Would not recognise uhf 26,though the other 6 uhf chans tuned Ok.However have found channels 50-55 are missing though on auto tuning it picks them up Ok.therre may be other channels missing that I aam not aware of.My postcode is ng121as and have a roof aerial

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5:27 PM

ron langdon:

Unfortunately the lists at the top of the page haven't been fully updated. There are over 1100 transmitters in the UK and the site owner has not had time to update everything correctly since the 700MHz Clearance. The Local mux is on C41 not C26, COM7 is on C55 and COM8 closed in June 2020.

Check that your aerial is still pointing correctly - compass bearing 136 degrees - virtually SE, (rods horizontal). Although you are considerable closer to Waltham (23km), it looks as though you are picking up signals from Belmont (72km, compass bearing 52 degrees, that's fractionally S of NE). Whilst it could be within the beamwidth of your aerial, and as you are predicted to get quite good signals for the PSB multiplexes from Belmont, any recent automatic retune may have picked them up as their UHF channels are lower than Waltham and will be seen first.
Additionally this won't have been helped by some of the weather conditions a short while ago AND Waltham has been listed for Planned Engineering (this last week & again next week) with "Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels" which can mean reduced power (and so a weaker signal).

You mention "Retuning seems to fix problem but after a few days it reverts" is this because you are repeating an automatic retune, or you set is doing one automatically because it saw no signal at some point - if the latter, turn such a function OFF if possible, it's far more trouble that it's worth.

Your best bet (on the rare occasion a retune is needed) is to do a manual tune.

From one of my previous posts here -
In the order PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, COM7, Local -
the UHF channels for Waltham are C32, C34, C35, C29, C37, C31, C55, C41.
You may/may not get reliable reception of the Local multiplex as that is lower power and beamed towards the main urban areas of Nottingham and Peterborough/Spalding. You are predicted to get poor reception of the Local mux but that can vary depending on where you are within your postcode and your aerial installation.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview
for which LCNs (channels in your EPG) are carried on which multiplex.
(3 channels in the range 50-55 are NI region only).

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Monday, 12 September 2022
John Thompson
12:19 PM

Why is channel 56 5Select not available in Stapleford (NG9 7GF)?

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1:39 PM

John Thompson: 5Select is carried on the PSB3 multiplex alongside BBC One HD, which is available from every transmitter, although it is only available on TVs with a DVB-T2 tuner which is required to receive HD channels (many have either the Freeview HD or Freeview Play logo).

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag

2:38 PM

John Thompson:

It is available anywhere that you can receive Freeview as it's carried on the BBCB HD/PSB3 multiplex.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

Does your TV have a T2/HD Tuner and you get HD channels in the LCN range 101-106? If not the you aren't receiving/able to receive the HD multiplex.

As you've posted on the Waltham page, I assume your aerial is pointed at compass bearing 112 degrees with it's rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal and you get Central East Local news. Although you are closer to Waltham than Sutton Coldfield (Central West) you are predicted to get strong signals from there, so it would be wise to ensure you are correctly tuned to Waltham - see the post before yours except ignore COM7 (C55) as this temporary HD multiplex has now closed.

(Addendum, I see StevensOnln1 has posted whilst I was preparing this post with interruptions).

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Thursday, 17 November 2022
Mike Turner
5:30 PM

Problem 1: Sony Bravia unable to tune Waltham, get Belmont. Manual tune unsuccessful.
Problem 2: Humax tunes correctly to Waltham but now experiencing no reception on channels 236 & 237 due to weak signal.
Post code: NG123EA.

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10:05 PM

Mike Turner:

See my post to ron langdon further up the page Waltham (Leicestershire, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy but note the temporary multiplex COM7 on C55 has now closed.
In your case, your aerial should be pointing at compass bearing 120 degrees (30 degrees S of due E) with rods horizontal. Do check it looks intact, is still pointing correctly and the downlead isn't flapping in the wind.
There are no reported faults at Waltham that I can find, and it's not listed for Planned Engineering.

You are predicted to have excellent reception of all 6 main multiplexes and the Local multiplex as you and you are only 15km from Waltham. You are also predicted to get good reception from Belmont even though it's 75 km away, but it is at compass bearing 45 degrees (NE) way off beam from where your aerial should be pointing.

How old is the aerial installation?
Have you changed anything in your installation?
Do you have an amp/splitter, if so does it have variable gain? If so try turning it down, you may have too much signal! You need 100% Quality (or minimum Bit Errors/BER) but you don't need 100% signal.

EPG channels 236 & 237 are on different multiplexes - ArqB/COM6 and SDN/COM4
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.
Make sure that you don't have any HDMI leads close to your aerial or flyleads. HDMI Has been know to cause interference, and check all your connections behind your TV.

Try another retune by first unplugging the aerial and doing a full automatic retune which will hopefully clear the existing tuning as no channels should be found. Plug the aerial back in and do a manual tune for each of Waltham's UHF channels.

Post back with more information if you are still having problems.

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