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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 27/11/2023 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, 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
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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?

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.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

8:11 PM

Ian: If Mux New8 ever comes into being it would be very low power and aimed at Birmingham, so would not cause undue problems to Waltham viewers. The rather odd choice of C29 for the SDN mux at Waltham is the direct result of the shortage of available frequencies
in some areas created by the Digital Dividend. The COM muxes at Belmont and Waltham had to be found frequencies not in use at high power in overlapping areas. This gave C53, C56, C57 and C60, with C30 for Belmont and C29 for Waltham as a compromise. Even this arrangement leaves C29 at Chesterfield and C57 at Bolehill overlapping with areas served by Waltham, albeit with signals using vertical polarisation.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

8:37 PM

Ben: The relative powers shown in the signal bars above do not refer to a fault or change to the transmitter. Mux2 and MuxA (both 64QAM and 8kW) carry more services at the expense of coverage, although this is normally only noticed towards the edge of the coverage area. The comparison for all the muxes is shown against the coverage of the mux with the best coverage, in this case Mux1 (16QAM and 10kW). If you have suddenly lost Mux2 it is most likely to be either single frequency interference on C31, wet leaves or reflections off wet roofs in the signal path causing deterioration of signal quality or ingress of rainwater in the cable.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

10:02 PM

So will channel 59 on waltham (new8) be the same? if so why didn't they use this for mux sdn and 29 for new8 on waltham, at least then 1000s wouldn't have needed to change to a wide band aerial, or do ofcom have shares in areal company's???

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Ian's 497 posts GB flag
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Mike Dimmick

11:39 PM

Ian: The coverage areas for the 'interleaved' multiplexes are extremely limited, while it is intended that the three COM muxes should have equal coverage.

You can see the proposed map for NEW7 at Interleaved Frequencies maps | - independent free digital TV advice though note that this is based on the template and not on a practical aerial, so the covered area is likely to be even smaller.

As for wideband aerials, you had to have one for digital from Waltham before switchover, so there is in fact no change. The planners have only been required to make the PSB channels available within the old analogue aerial group - the commercial muxes are seen as an add-on service which is why they are *not* required to be made available from the relays.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 June 2011
2:53 PM

i live in wombourne and i think i am picking up bbc one on channel 58 because i did a manual tune and got that so how many miles is it from wombourne

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jordan's 10 posts GB flag
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Amy Stephen
4:04 PM

I am in LE2 and lost all mux2 channels during the re-tune on 13th April. I still have poor-no signal and am getting steadily more frustrated as no amount of re-tuning or checking wires has helped.
I live in a block of flats with a shared aerial and none of my neighbours have reported problems. My tv has inbuilt freeview and is less than 10 months old.

The oddest thing I have discovered is that (contrary to "normal" tvs) I regain signal when it is raining. I just checked, it started raining 5 minutes ago. 5 minutes ago I had no access to mux2, now I have good signal and all ITV, channel 4 etc services.

Has anyone else heard of this happening or have experience with this? I really don't know what to do about it.

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

2:14 PM

jordan: Please provide a full (not partial) postcode.

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag

2:24 PM

Amy Stephen: Do you perhaps use a booster? If you do, please disconnect it from your system.

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag
10:15 PM

hi can anyone help i bought a new digital areial somtime back so as to be ready for the switchover when fitted i got all the channals from the waltham transmitter and it runs through a SLX 8 boster to all my tv's and as i live in derby but the other day i came to watch tv but no signal so i retuned and still nothing i have 3 other digital tvs so tried them as well but they are the same no signal i have tried everything even turned the areial to sutton coldfiled and its still the same now is it the ariel or what plz help i have pulled all my hair out in despair thanks

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10:26 PM

shaun: Has the fuse blown in the power supply to the booster?

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