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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 02/10/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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;
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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, 10 January 2011

4:45 PM

Rich (Martindale) - Thanks for the signal strength / quality check on the various channels I mentioned as this has proved to be very helpful by making it easier to assess the cause of your complaint by somewhat confirming what I expected, being that although obvious deficiencies do exist with your present reception they are of a nature that doesn't suggest they are in any way caused by problems within your installation but originate totally out with your control, as with the variable signal strength / intermittent quality dive problem only really being evident (in severity anyway) on 570Mhz is just one of these inconveniences that will rectify itself at switchover and is a problem commonly experienced with distant reception from a low powered source, as the low powered signal is vulnerable to all forms of possible interference along the route, coupled of course to possible atmospheric condition problems making matters worse.

I find your report on 570Mhz interesting though! as I experienced this channel increasing in strength to 100/100% last year near to about the same time scale you said your own reception of it went downhill, of course on the negative side (for myself) my 514Mhz took a dive at a similar time whereas you seem to be OK with reception of this frequency, my Ch26 reception jumping on and off the so called "digital cliff" effect.

Although I don't profess to knowing reception conditions out with Newark as far as your neck of the woods is concerned, as aforementioned I do know Waltham to be very iffy in many places hence the reason Belmont is used by quite a number of people, albeit of course that the local news doesn't really favour the area, so although I honestly do feel that come switchover the problem that you presently experience will be no longer in evidence Belmont should not be discounted, this being irrespective of the fact that you have noticed that all aerials in your area point towards Waltham, as to frank about it aerial installers in very many cases just "go with the flow" to save time as the DTG post code predictor (unlike gives Belmont as first choice for coverage with Waltham being second, this with a NG22 8EF post code being entered. (Local Co-op)

Just to finalise as I realise I am going on, I wouldn't touch anything until after switchover as to me all seems OK with your system, fine trimming aerials can sometimes give slight improvements but as well as these being fractional its usually at the expense of some other channel.

Hope the info may have been of some assistance. Regards JB38.

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Rich Martindale
4:58 PM

jb38 - your input is greatly appreciated and you have provided lots of assistance. Many, many thanks.

I am going to leave it until after switchover before looking in to this any further. Here's hoping that the issue is sorted but if not, I will get an engineer involved at that point.

Having walked around the village over the weekend, several aerials are actually pointed towards Belmont so that gives me confidence that one way or another this will be resolvable!

Finally, I'm sorry to hear about your issues on 514MHz. I hope it is sorted for you ASAP.

Many thanks, all the best and speak again in September!


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9:23 PM

(Rich Martindale) Thanks Rich! and come later on in the year will look forward to hearing an update from you. Regards - John (JB38)

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Friday, 14 January 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:40 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

6:40 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Sunday, 23 January 2011
Jane Grylls
4:01 PM

For the past fortnight or so our freeview boxes have been unable to pick up BBC 1 or 2 from Waltham, but all other digital channels appear OK. This is becoming very annoying, more so as it seems to be restricted only to these two channels. Re-tuning the freeview boxes does not help (done at least 6 times). Is the signal strength low?

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Monday, 24 January 2011

8:02 AM

Jane Grylls: Yes, that what "TV (digital) Liable to interruption" in the engineering is about.

However, this should not effect your evening viewing, so please also see Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Thursday, 27 January 2011
h jones
10:16 PM

I live 5 mins drive from the waltham transmitter and can see it from my window !
All freeview is off this week at our house(no amount of re-tuning helps)as it was at the beginning of December.
But an indoor ariel works great !!

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Friday, 28 January 2011

7:44 AM

h jones: That does rather suggest your aerial is broken, but also see Freeview reception has changed? | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Thursday, 3 February 2011
Transmitter engineering

11:39 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:25 today to 10:28 today [BBC]

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