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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

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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, 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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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, 21 April 2011
Andrew Clinton
1:09 PM

Lost ITV1 and other channels from Waltham Transmitter!

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Andrew Clinton's 5 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

2:03 PM

Nick Miles: There isn't much on C29 in the vicinity. The Ridge Hill (West) service started up yesterday morning, but this is at low power until after Waltham switchover and is much lower on the mast anyway. It's reserved for high-power digital transmissions from Waltham after switchover, so there are no switched transmitters nearby to clash with on this frequency. I'm really mystified as to why you would be having problems.

My best guess is that the removal of interference and move to higher channels has resulted in too much signal. Higher channels propogate less well, but most aerials have more gain the higher up the band you go, particularly Group C/D aerials which aren't intended to work down at the low channels. If you have an amplifier or booster, remove it, and if that doesn't help, try adding an attenuator.

My calculations are based on the postcode LE3 5GG, which is 70 Woodgate, Leicester.

You have to pay your TV licence if the TV is capable of receiving the signals. The broadcasters take care of broadcasting, you're in charge of reception.

The TV licence funds the BBC, and from what you say, you're getting their channels. ITV, C4 and C5 don't get a single penny from it, their business is selling viewers' eyeballs to advertisers, so you'd think they'd be interested in not selling yours.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
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11:12 PM

Ever since the update the signal here has gone through the floor. Digital on Channel 49 is still watchable but 29 & 31 when scanning show signal going from 73% to 0% and then back to 73%. Can't watch any of the channels found though :( Perhaps in Aug it will work? Or in 2012? Or when hell freezes over? It is 'disappointing' to pay the TV licence for a Digital experience that 'might' arrive this year knowing that Oxford has had digital since, what, 1998?

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Steve's 9 posts GB flag
11:29 PM

Mike Dimmick, Thanks for your comments. I have nearly new DTV's and have tried , as advised, clearing C31 manually and retuning. This has consistently failed, however took the step of returning the sets to factory condition and auto retuning. This has resulted in receiving the 4 good MUX transmissions from Waltham and Mux 2 on C24.
As you confirm I believe this to be Sandy Heath. All signals are strong and good quality. Maybe this might easily change for the worse if atmospheric conditions change, particularly with rain, but it is wait and see. For the time being all is up and running. What does a " Parking channel " mean ? Thanks J.

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Friday, 22 April 2011
Mike Dimmick

2:13 AM

Jonamat: 'Parking channel' seems to simply mean any change that happens before the official DSO. It's 'parked' out of the way of an impending collision with some other transmission. Their predictions showed that the high-power signals at The Wrekin would seriously affect reception in some parts of Waltham's coverage area.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

5:06 AM

Steve: Sounds like you have too much signal. If you have any boosters or amplifiers, remove them from your system. If you don't, you may have to fit an amplifier.

The TV Licence pays for the BBC services, not for a "digital experience".

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Saturday, 23 April 2011
4:24 AM

Hi Brianist: I have a mast mounted amp which I can turn down (& which shows a greatly reduced signal when I do) down from 73% to below 20% to 0 if I turn if fully down. I understand what you are saying about the BBC offer services & not an experience. However.... if the 'services' they offer can only be received digitally one might logically expect that someone unwillingly taxed into paying for them should be able to receive them. Something akin to a power company producing electricity, forcing you to pay a bill but not having you connected to the grid (as it were). But I digress. I have a Wideband high gain aerial that was getting a decent signal last month before the 'upgrades' occurred and I would like to be able to use it again. This whole switchover saga seems to be going on forever.

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Steve's 9 posts GB flag

7:22 AM

Steve: Sorry, but no, that's not what the law says. If you have a TV, you have to pay the TV Licence.

I would have a look at Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
8:00 PM

Been back to my customer today armed with attenuators and amps to see if I can solve the problem. Both products tuned the mux on c31 in manually without any messing about. No idea what has changed, just glad it's up and running. I hope she doesn't lose them again until the next scheduled retune.

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