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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 06/12/2021 Possible 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
73 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
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's 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;
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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.

Comments
Monday, 10 January 2011
J
jb38
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:45 PM
Newark

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 Wolfbane.com) 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
Newark

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!

Rich

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jb38
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

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
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

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
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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
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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
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

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 | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Thursday, 27 January 2011
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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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h jones's 2 posts GB
Friday, 28 January 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:44 AM

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

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Thursday, 3 February 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:39 AM

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

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