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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter.

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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, 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
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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), 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

9:26 PM


I posted a short while back enquiring about the changes to the BBC's Red-Button Video output, which resided on the BBC FOUR,CBeebies Mux B, and it's planned move to Mux 1. It transpires that, although there no longer exists an EPG entry for the 301(eng) channel on Mux B, there still remains a brodcast from this PID (eg, video loops of Formula One, CITV Extra etc). There is a PID on Mux 1 along with BBC One and Two for the Red Button, but no output from the channel.

Has the planned changes actually taken effect yet, or are they just in the process of moving the video output? Can anyone tell me what is happening with the BBC Interactive services.

Also, Steve C., I had an idea that C31 was to be an 8K mode service, ready for switch-over in August. This would mean that some boxes/TV's indeed will have to be scrapped. If your TVs/Boxes are Full-HD, as opposed to just HD-Ready, I guess there won't be a problem. I don't have a problem because most DVB-T defvices for PCs are software dependant for decoding, ie the hardware can already cope with any transmission modes for DVB-T. The one TV in our house (Mother's) which is Freeview, is Full-HD, but only purchased at Christmas.

I really wish Offcom had made a better job of DSO altogether. Besides brief re-tune messages on TV, and forums like this, there has been no public information whatsoever as to equipment requirements/change-over timetables, or any such details. Just letters (very numerous) telling us that DSO will happen (sometime), and we can get a free box if we wish. All very, very poorly done!


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timonthenet's 38 posts GB flag
Dave Hunter
10:36 PM

Well after 3 days of over red screen and after I ordered a new box the thing started working ok.

Any explanations.

Using an Asda STB-09 cheap box that only started playing up when the changeover started. Been on Waltham for 20 plus years.

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Dave Hunter's 9 posts GB flag
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10:58 PM

NG22 (Farnsfield Notts) Zero signal on C31 from Waltham. No problem related to Sandy Heath (C24). Have factory reset and cleared lists and tried to retune several times but signal is so weak 3,4 5 & 6 are now completely missing as available selection. All other muxes are OK, even having to use an attenuator on the feed. This is totally outside the users control. How long can the transmission set-up allow this to go on ?

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Jonamat's 10 posts GB flag
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10:59 PM

timonthenet: The Mux2 service from Waltham now on C31 is still 2k mode.This will remain so until switchover step2 on 31st August 2011. The only reason for the frequency change on Mux2 (and MuxA on 30th March) was to avoid reception problems in overlap areas with The Wrekin which is assigned C23 and C26 for high power use post switchover. It is only very old boxes and IDTVs that do not support the 8k mode that will require replacing by the August switchover. It will not affect more modern HD ready or Full HD receivers all of which support the 8k mode on standard definition transmisions. HD ready tvs will however require a STB that supports DVB-T2 in order to display Freeview HD pictures.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Ben Johnson
12:12 AM

KMJ,Derby: thank you for your thoughts on the problem. I have discovered that my other TV is also playing up in the same way. I have tried full installation reset on that TV and still missing channels...there are no other "copies" in the Channel List. I have not got near the PVR tonight ...too many kids watching DVDs! But will try that in the morning.

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Ben Johnson's 6 posts GB flag
Maurice M.
12:23 AM

It's a new aerial on the roof. I cannot get ch. 3-4 or5 digital, but can get them on analouge.

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6:46 AM

Maurice M.: Yes, much as expected. You will not get them until switchover.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

6:48 AM

Dave Hunter: Switchover has not yet started on this transmitter, this is a pre-switchover move of multiplex 2. Please see Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice for help.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
8:11 AM

so why could we get them on digital before they changed channels?

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Jonathan's 10 posts GB flag
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