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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 18/09/2023 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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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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, 18 August 2011
Sue Nicholas
7:47 PM

For the last fortnight we have had our HD channels dropping out with either a low signal message or disrupted pixellation which makes the TV impossible to watch. It happens most afternoons recovers slight around 6pm to 7pm and then goes again. The programme guide also displays no current information. We have a Sonia Bravia TV with inbuilt freeview and none of the advice above seems to match. Our aerial in on the roof of our communal apartments in E14 6NQ

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Friday, 19 August 2011
6:30 PM

Hi, We watch Waltham DTV from DE216DP and have always been able to receive all muxes. Since Wed 17/8/11 when mux1 (uhf49) was swapped for muxBBCA (uhf61) we have had great difficulty with that group of channels. Is the mux at full power, or is it less than before wednesday?

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Roger's 3 posts GB flag

10:25 PM

Roger: The transmitter power was increased from 10kW to 50kW, however on the down side the mode changed to 8k, 64QAM and the transmission now uses a higher frequency which in your location is harder to receive due to the hill that obstructs the signal path from Waltham. The digital UK postcode checker predicts reception to be changeable after switchover on all muxes with only PSB1 and PSB2 showing good reception by 2013. After 5th October 2011 the Digital UK postcode checker shows good reception on the Derby relay (for East Midlands signals) together with a full service from Sutton Coldfield, all with good reception when using an aerial pointing to Sutton Coldfield.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 August 2011
10:36 AM

During the last two weeks I have noticed that Freeview BBC channels have become weaker, with frequent picture freezing, and hissing and spitting on the sound. Previously BBC digital has been one of the better signals. This 'weaker' BBC has come about from a forced scan, and subsequent scans haven't improved it. I'm also getting West Midlands BBC local news instead of East Midlands. I'm tuned the the Waltham transmitter, have a 'Freeview' aerial with mast mounted booster. I'm in Long Eaton. My concern is that this weaker signal will persist after all analogue channels have been turned off.

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Mick's 1 post GB flag
11:02 AM

KMJ: Thanks for your comments. UHF61 has always been fine here with good analogue ITV. We have never got a useable signal from Derby. Sutton Coldfield gives wrong local news etc. One odd feature is that on cold switch on, BBCA (uhf61) registers as "no signal" then over the following half hour the signal level increases to "excellent". Whereas ITV3 for example on muxA at only 8KW (uhf29) starts and continues with a "good" signal report.

I have a wideband roof aerial and masthead amp.

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Mr P Watmough
12:11 PM

Dear Sirs, I note with total disgust no reply on email for my previous reports.
Your change over is now becoming an even bigger mess.
Several areas around Nottinghamshire there are now equal signals from Waltham and Belmont. Fitting attenuators is of no help.
Why should viewers have to pay to install expensive very directional aerials ?
It seems that your planning has failed and expect viewers to pay to rectify your "mess"

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Mr P Watmough's 6 posts GB flag
obsdian eclipse
2:21 PM

That's why the freeview signals are on different frequencies. Just remove the belmont channels from your freeview device when you scan, simples.

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obsdian eclipse's 6 posts GB flag
Sunday, 21 August 2011
lan from notts

9:58 AM

Mr P Watmough:
nobody on this site has anything to do with the ongoing works.
this is just a website to help people with tv and radio queery's.
it is very well run by briantist in his own time.
you are barking up the wrong tree !!

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

9:17 AM

Mr P Watmough: Your posts were deleted due to your excessive rudeness.

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