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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 15/04/2024 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
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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 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
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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
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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?

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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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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.

Friday, 15 April 2011
Nigel Cory
2:24 PM

Hello. My location is in NG31 and I have line of sight to Waltham (13 miles). I have been having the same problems over the last couple of days with stations on Mux 2. I have two identical wideband antennae in the attic and the signal strength has always been excellent from both.

To regain the Mux 2 stations on the Panasonic TV, I had to delete and then do a full scan. This worked eventually. The second antenna feeds a Vivanco Pro DVB-T USB2 tuner running into a PC. The cable run on this is even shorter than the one to the TV (about 4 metres).

Using the provided software and selecting Waltham for scanning, the missing stations are indicated by name and frequency (490000) but no signal. When I again deleted all stored stations and scanned selecting 'All UK transmitters', the missing channels were restored albeit at a slightly lower signal strength (sorry, I have no dB readout) but still excellent quality. I assume that the Mux 2 channels are now being received on a sidelobe from Sandy Hill.

I am confused, as prior to the recent changes, all stations were received from Waltham on equal signal strengths. It appears that the Mux 2 is on a slightly lower power output (8KW) than some of the others but Muxes B, C, and D produce excellent results from Waltham although stated to be on only 5KW output.

I have never believed in the received view that matters 'technical' are a matter of logic. There must be gremlins in the area. Although I am of course open to persuasion that I am wrong.



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2:34 PM

@Briantist - Other people in our village have the same problem.

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Nigel Cory
3:40 PM

Reference my last. Please ignore the comment about 'sidelobe' as I assume the Sandy Hill transmitter is as near to omnidirectional as makes no difference.


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4:12 PM

Like many others, I lost Mux 2 on 13 April in NG8 postcode using Waltham. I have a rooftop aerial which serves a Humax 9300 upstairs and a Humax 9200 downstairs. The Humax 9300 retuned no problem and picked up Ch31. I have tried many times to retune the Humax 9200 downstairs and it is having none of it. I've read through numerous threads and cannot believe that all of these similar issues are coincidental.

Any bright ideas would be gratefully received..?

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Simon's 6 posts GB flag
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4:27 PM

Simon, have you tried switching your two boxes round? Would the 9300 still recieve mux2 downstairs, and would the 9200 tune it in upstairs?

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Steve's 20 posts GB flag
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4:39 PM

I recall an advertising slogan "it's good to talk"! It's amazing how such an obvious thing can be missed when you get so embedded and frustrated with it! However, this might just lead me to either having a problem with the reception downstairs or needing to acquire a new PVR?

I'll give it a try later - thanks Steve.

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5:10 PM

we are almost perfectly placed between the two transmitters, Belmont - 36.5km 22.7 miles
Waltham - 36.4km 22.6 miles. Have been using digital services for years no problem and had upgraded equipment to receive HD this year. All was great until the 13th. It now seems neither is delivering a strong enough signal for us to get ITV, yet both deliver strong enough signal for BBC Lincs Yorks or East Mids. We have no RF devices, I have done full factory reset on Akura TV Phillips TV and Samsung TV. Does anyone know if the strengh of the signal reduced with this change?

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5:27 PM

maxcranwell: No, the signal strength did not reduce.

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Lee Gillyon
7:22 PM

hi I am in NG5 and I have lost itv channel 4 etc as well. SOmebody must know what the problem is??

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Steve C
8:02 PM

Hi All
I like others who have posted here in the last couple of days am having the same problems with missing channels.

I phoned the digital TV help line today and I was told there have been many calls about lost channels after the Waltham retune the other day. I was also told that the problem should be fixed by 6pm this evening. It's now 7:45 and still no channels.

This reminds me of problems a couple of years ago when they did a retune and some of my older Digi Boxes would not work so I had to replace them.

Can anyone answer this for me. I have 2x Panasonic TV's Less that 9 months old that have retuned OK and I have signal strength on the ITV (Channel 3)of 10 and the quality of signal is 9.

I have a slightly older Samsung TV (2 Years) which will not find ITV and other channels. I have even taken the Samsung and plugged it into the aerial point of the working Panasonic.

I also have 3x other set top boxes and none of thes will find ITV and the missing channels.

Why are my Panasonic TV's Working and the others are not?

Does this mean we will have to go out and replace our equipment again?

Steve C

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