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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 22/04/2024 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
Channel icons
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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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C49tv_off BBCABBCA

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, 14 April 2011
7:36 PM

i've also had probs since yesterday. spoke to digital uk and they tell me that the frequency has been changed on the waltham transmitter to a stronger one..unfortunately my freeview box (ferguson) is 'splitnit' and therefore unable to cope with the new stronger frequency. This is very frustrating as the 'switchover' should have happened until August in my area. now i have to buy a new freeview box (when I can afford to) so i can wtch my tv again!!!!!!!

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floramarg's 2 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

7:41 PM

KMJ,Derby: Thanks. My only other theory apart from the usual too much/too little signal was that Sandy Heath SDN has been put on C31 prematurely. It's meant to still be on C43+ until August.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

7:52 PM

floramarg: The 'Split NIT' issue first surfaced in the major retune in 2009. It's possible you didn't experience a problem if you haven't retuned the box since before then.

If you didn't, you would have lost C5 when it moved from Mux A to Mux 2, with ITV3 moving in the other direction.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
robert pitt
9:18 PM

Switched on my tv last night did not have itv 1 C4 or C5 RETUNED MY TV still did not have them now after bbc 2 now is BBC 3 instead of itv 1 could anyone help with this problem.

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robert pitt's 2 posts GB flag
9:37 PM

hmmm. Still cant get mux 2 on C31. When I run the tv tuner on the pc it states a good signal strength, 100% quality and that it has 'locked' onto C31 but there are no program IDs or transport streams, all the others working as normal.

Have they done anything weird or wonderful on mux 2 since the move to C31? (Changed the modulation?) Its completely flummoxed me.

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
Ben Johnson
9:37 PM

I am not a technical guy but am having the same ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4 etc. My Bush BTU160DTR has the digital tick so I assume should work. I have retuned a number of times but still nothing. I did note that the software I have is not what TUTV say should be the current I do not know if that might affetct.

What is the advice...I would like to avoid a total wipe and reset as that will lose my recordings. HELP!

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Ben Johnson's 6 posts GB flag

10:21 PM


I am in Nottingham, overlooking the Trent Valley, in direct line with Waltham. This is in the wrong direction to be effected by any Sandy Heath signals. I performed the re-tune on my DVB-T tuners in my PC just before 6:00am on the morning of the 13th. This worked fine. Today, I also re-tuned my Mothers TV, which also uses the same aerial, and again no problems.

However, in the past, I have had difficulties with too much signal, since there is a great deal of difference in the sensativity of PC tuner cards/USB Devices. I have to use an amplifier (even though there is nothing in line with Waltham mast!!!), but this proved too strong for an AverMedia USB Stick I was using (very high sensativity). I got around the problem by using an Attenuator (bought from Maplins) for around £5. This reduced the strength sufficiently to the more sensative devices, thus making the signal stable again.

I still lose all signals, however, in very good weather, when the 'temperature inversion' problem strikes.

As for multiple signals, I don't know about specific Digi-Box designs, but on a number of PCs, I have been using the very good DVBViewer program (around 15 euros still, I think). The pro version allows for any number of tuners (so if you have six, in theory you can record absolutely anything from Freeview all at the same time!) to co-exist in the same machine, and will differentiate between more than one signal. For some frequencies, the stronger Waltham signal is chosen by the software, but a much weaker Nottingham version still is indicated in the provider listings, but can be egnored.

Sorry for the long post. I will say, though, that even though re-tuning worked for me, it did cause the software to crash once(never done before), and the quality, as mentioned in someone's previous post, has seemingly dimminished slightly. Oh for HD! Roll on August.



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timonthenet's 38 posts GB flag
Tim (not timonthenet)
10:27 PM

I am in NG25 and just checked Ch 31 554Mhz from Waltham (ITV1,2,Ch4 etc). All seems fine.

I have had co-channel problems with Emley Moor on Ch49 - signal strength was good but picture problems.

Do you get a strong (ish) secondary stations on presets 800-810. Are these also Ch31?

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Tim (not timonthenet)'s 3 posts GB flag

11:03 PM

Ben Johnson If you still have Mux2 channels in the channel list under the old frequency your tuner will ignore the identical set of channels on C31 if scanning to add channels. If you don't want to do a factory reset you will have to delete any Mux2 channels from the channel list then do a manual tune for C31.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 April 2011
12:13 AM

I don't think it's cross channel with Sandy Heath as I'm on Sandy at home. Got all mux at home with no problems and none are on 31.

In the shop ( about 1/2 a mile from the customer) we are also on Waltham and have no problem with mux2. It's got me stumped.

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