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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 - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 1 Dec 16:55 until 1 Dec 17:06. . BBC

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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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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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.

Saturday, 16 April 2011
11:29 PM

Ok.. this C31 issue is just stupid. I've tried everything, disconnecting other equipment, changing cables and attenuators... Still nothing on C31. If something is causing interference then its not coming from this house and the neighbours are out so there must be a wood pigeon with a cell phone on the chimney. I suppose this means no ITV, C4 or C5 until August.

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Dave Hunter
7:21 AM

Daylight and its gone back to red screen. could it be that the signal strength is weakening at night from Nottingham and that Waltham then gets a look in?

Why doesn't any one at the Digital or the Beeb seem bothered?

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Dave Hunter's 9 posts GB flag
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9:13 AM

I live in NG2 have wideband aeriel on roof pointed at Waltham. I have 3 freeview tuners, BT vision, GoodmansGDB11XI, and finlux tv. Prior to 13 April i had no probs on MUX2 but mux 3 was variable. Post 13 re scan quality on Mux 2 and 3 went awful on all but the Finlux which was fine. Mux 2 came back today on BT Vision box but Mux 3 was still bad. I turned off RF output on the BT Vision and MUX 3 now looks good (Low strenght but 100% quality). I am having no joy at all with the Goodmans STB still cant get MUX 2. The only difference I can think is quality of hardware, the Goodmans was less that £20. Is this likely to be a factor

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Jim's 2 posts GB flag
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9:31 AM

Still nothing this morning either for me on c31.

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
Dave Hunter
10:39 AM

Just phone Beeb, Digital and they each blame each other and now they are saying that we must have local interference as its only happening in daylight hours. Nobody will do anything. Any Ideas? BTW they suggested OFCOM but what can they do?

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Dave Hunter's 9 posts GB flag
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12:06 PM

I echo Dave Hunter's comments. I've had problems from Wednesday 13th. Contacted Humax,, ITV and none of the suggested solutions work, including disconnecting nearby equipment such as PVR's and video recorders. Lost completely everything from channels 29 and 31. Why cannot someone put their hand up and explain what's wrong, what they're doing to fix it, and when it will be fixed?

Frustrated from Loughborough (52.7708,-1.2043) 

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Martyn's 3 posts GB flag
1:05 PM

Its not just daylight hours over here. Nothing at all day or night. I've tried different boxes, tv's and pc tuner. If there is interference then its pretty specific to c31.. Do any other transmiters use c31 anywhere for digital, or did they, did they have similar issues at some point. My only thought now is that perhaps all our receivers have some common problem, electrical noise generated from cooling fans or earth leakage - just grasping at straws really.

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
1:28 PM

I've been googling 554Mhz and c31, there are some comments on different forums about similar issues in other parts of the country. A few people have come to the conclusion that there is indeed something about that particular band which may suffer from interference generated internaly within the componants of reception equipment or tv's (i'm not refering to a modulated rf output). Some people have rectfied it by buying new equipment (yeah right... My equipments new and I cant fork out for newer stuff - again!) others by doing weird and wonderful things with tin foil around the back of the tv which is not recommended..

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
4:34 PM

Regards the c31 issue, I've been running further tests on the signal I'm getting and can say it isnt anything to do with local interference or the equipment I'm using.

I've been using a diagnostic program on my PC called ScanChannelsBDA_UK which allows me to examine the frequencies being recieved, it also provides me with the 'network information' (Lists the region, multiplex information, parent transmitter as well as relay transmitter frequencies. This then generates a table with the Channel, LCN, SID, Vid, Aud, PMT for each one.

Every frequency lists on there properly apart from.... C31; which gives signal strength and quality information (in line with the others) but insists that "no network information" is being broadcast. So on C31 the channel list, Vid and Aud program id (PIDs) are all missing. So, it appears there is a broadcast issue.

Also, the program discovered a weak digital signal on frequency 546Mhz (-166Khz) which would be Channel 30, perhaps the closeness of this is causing issues? I can only think that would be either Belmont or Fenton but they are a distance away..

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB flag
4:45 PM

> So, it appears there is a broadcast issue.

Thanks for that obsidian_eclipse. So I'll just wait until they get round to sorting it out and stop beating up my brain trying to fix it myself.

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Jonathan's 10 posts GB flag
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