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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) transmitter.

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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, 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
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 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
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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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
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.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
12:00 PM
Melton Mowbray

KMJD, Derby

Thank you for your reply. I suppose I shouldn't grumble as I get a perfect picture from both transmitters - it is just I do like to get local news from BBC East Midlands not Look North.

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MC Brown
12:56 PM

I went round and started retuning all of my various receivers today. I now receive no channels at all. I'm in Barrowby, just outside Grantham, and Waltham is less than 10 miles away.

Before the initial switchover on the 17th I could receive every single digital channel without a problem on all of my devices. I now have no TV at all on any device. No channel is clear enough to watch in any form.

The aerial (less than 3 years old) is pointing to Waltham. I've tried new scans (not updates) with 5 different devices, manual scans, and attenuators in case the signal is too strong, all without success.

Given that nothing else has changed, beyond the transmitter changes, why am I now unable to receive any TV at all?

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2:30 PM

We live in South Wigston, just south of Leicester and many aerials here are tuned into Waltham by the looks of it.

Pictures have always been good.
Since last night we DO NOT RECEIVE ANY signal at all. Even retuning repeatedly does not pick up a signal.

Any ideas on this?

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Mary Thomson
2:47 PM


We are within the proper range for the Waltham Transmitter, i.e. the East Midlands, and the transmitter has now completed its changeover to digital. Unfortunately, we are now not getting the proper local news programmes, i.e. Calendar for ITV and Belmont for BBC. We only want to receive the East Midlands News programmes. On going into Ditigal UK., they intimate that we should have Belmont, but this is totally wrong as we need to get the local East Midlands News programmes and have always been told that our local Transmitter is Waltham. Can you tell me how I can get our local news stations back?

Thank you, very frustrated, but hope somebody can explain what to do.

Thank you.

Mary Thomson

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Mike Dimmick

3:52 PM

Mary Thomson: Older equipment stores the first version of the channels that it finds, rather than the best quality version, or asking which region to store. See Digital Region Overlap for ideas on how to get it to store the version you want.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

3:55 PM

Mary Thomson: If you look in the 800s of the channel list you should find the East Midlands channels. Most receivers store channels in the normal places from the first transmitter that is found during the scan, in your case Belmont on C22(BBC) and C25(YTV). Any alternatives found subsequently are then placed in the 800s. To get the East Midlands in positions 1 to 3 clear the channel list by doing a factory reset, then if possible do a manual tune on C61, C54-, C29, C56, and C57. If a manual tune is not possible start the scan with the aerial unplugged, wait till C26 is reached so the first two Belmont frequencies have been missed out, then plug the aerial back in before the tuner scans C29, the first of the Waltham frequencies to be found.

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Ian Grice

6:08 PM

I have nothing on channel 58 from Waltham (BBCB)????

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Ian Grice

6:09 PM

Ignore me, trying to get it on a none HD set. It's been a long day.

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W.M. Wild
6:21 PM

Today, since the Waltham trasmission has been turned off we also have no channel 5 on one of our tv's. We suspect that the power has been reduced and wondered when it will be increased.

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obsidian eclipse
6:43 PM

I've heard a rumour that sdn mux is still at low power and 16QAM (2k) and won't increase until october, it got me thinking because all the other muxes have increased to 80-90 percent signal strength (on my pc signal meter) but sdn stays around 30-40 percent. Can. Anyone confirm?

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