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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
Channel icons
 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
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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;
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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.

Thursday, 3 February 2011
Transmitter engineering

11:39 AM

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

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Friday, 4 February 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:46 AM

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

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Transmitter engineering

6:46 AM

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

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Peter Bradshaw
7:22 AM

Since around 1am this morning I have lost all television signals to my digi box, I live at Castle Donington and receive my signal from Waltham could you confirm if there is a problem with the transmitter....

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Peter Bradshaw's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 5 February 2011
10:01 PM

Can I ask a long dumb question please. I live in a bit of a reception shadow and analogue has never been brilliant on channel 4 or 5. Digital signal was useless until last autumn when the signal level was increased, after which some mux's were fine (beeb channels and itv) whilst others regularly lost either quality or strength - mostly strength. The worst mux is mainly that sharing with Channel 4. I've had a couple of quotes and have been told that I need a 15 ft tall mast, mast head amp and all the trimmings - cost over £400. I'm not inclined to do it as we intend moving within 2 years and am happy to put up with it. So the question is: Despite it being rubbish for the past couple of weeks, but normally mostly ok - when the signal is increased from Waltham (4 fold?)come switchover, will reception likely to be ok? You will have gathered I'm happy with ok, I'm not looking for perfection. Other info - I'm in LE3 3xx so sit right on the border of waltham and S. Coldfield. When I did a re-tune the other day on 2 Tv's and 1 DVR I got 45, 55 and 80 tv channels - which has prompted me to finally post after following the site for some time. I've also looked at a dish but we have many tall trees very close to the house which would be inpenetrable for astra. Thanks for your patience. Phil

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Phil's 7 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 February 2011

9:15 AM

Phil: What's you postcode?

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10:37 AM


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10:56 AM

phil: Right, thanks.

First, I have no idea why you say "until last autumn when the signal level was increased" because this simply has not happened. There will be no changes to the signal until Wednesday 17th August 2011.

You are predicted to get really good reception from Waltham on all multiplexes already, and the terrain map shows there are no hills between you and the transmitter.

Quite why anyone should say you need a "15 ft tall mast, mast head amp and all the trimmings" is beyond me. You should get a perfect signal with a bog-standard unamplified aerial.

I would suggest you find someone who will give you a quote to provide a standard aerial at a reasonable price.

Or, go for Freesat.

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Briantist's 38,905 posts GB flag
11:58 AM

Many thanks. We are in a small confined valley that is not obvious from os maps and everyone else who have changed have had tall masts installed. Cynic that I am, my suspician is that the first one was persuaded and this fact is used by installers as precedent to inflate the costs. I'm not sure if this vally is why the braunstone t analogue relay exists as this web site is the only reference to it I can find. As for the signal increase I don't know. I had tried to get a digital signal previously but with no success then late in 2009 (sorry - I put 2010 earlier) I tried another retune and it all burst into life. Ce'st la vie. Anyway, thanks for your time. I'll get a simple wide band and see what happens. Best regards.

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