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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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 (305°)
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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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Friday, 2 September 2011

7:18 AM

Ivan Dilks According to the specifications I have seen that model does not have a DVB-T2 tuner and as such is only an HD ready set, in other words can display HD via an external HD box.

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kB Aerials Sheffield

7:32 AM

Chris onion

try attenuating the signal while the bt box tunes in an attenuator can be purchased from any aerial installers shop or Maplin electronics

Problem with doing this though is that you could attenuate sutton coldfield too much that it wont pick the correct transmitter up and its a fruitless experience

I can understand your frustration as you can't (in my experience of bt vision) manually tune the boxes you have to let it do a full channel scan - SO BLOODY FRUSTRATING - i had a similar problem where a customers was picking up Billsdale as well as emley moor and it refused to rule out billsdale as a weaker transmitter - the aerial in this situation was pointing at emley moor but Billsdale was on virtually the same angle - at least by sounds of it you have 90 degrees of separation

I tried attenuating the signal there but by the time I had put a big enough attenuator to rule out Billlsdale it destroyed emley moors signal too - so unfortunately that process failed

I solved this customers problem by taking the box home tuning it in on my aerial then taking it back

do you have a friend or relative that receives sutton coldfield with no interference from Waltham

nip over - tune it in then bring it back home

this may solve your problem - its a long shot but sounds like your willing to try anything


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Dominic Payer
7:38 AM

Ivan Dilks

Channel 58 from Waltham will remain on low power until 12th October.Channel 58 is not an HD channel.

HD transmissions are on channel 61. Look for station numbers 50-54.

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kB Aerials Sheffield

7:39 AM

Ivan Dilks and JB38

if you google the model number 46xf355d it comes up with a TOSHIBA tv that IS full HD

The confusion is that you state its an Hitachi so part of your info seems to be incorrect

So im confused with that

ANY how - Ivan - read my post I have put on several times about too strong a signal (click to the right where it says how many posts ive added - )


Keith KB Aerials Sheffield 07946481125

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kB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB

7:42 AM

Annabel Cowley: You didn't provide a postcode, but the advise is the same as for everyone else here - the signal is too strong and you need to remove any amplifiers or boosters you have in your system.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

8:08 AM

Dominic Payer: I suspect that you are mixing up EPG numbers with actual multiplex transmitter ones, as there is only one MUX (not an EPG number) channel on low power on Waltham and thats Mux Ch29 (ITV3/QVC etc) MUX Ch58 is the HD channel as I receive it on one of my sets.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

8:15 AM

kB Aerials Sheffield: Yes I noticed that Ivan had referred to that number as being a Hitachi device, but according to my info there isnt one, so what I mentioned regarding the tuner (not DVB-T2) was referring to Toshiba.

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10:04 AM
Melton Mowbray

A slight problem with ITV1. I'm receiving this channel from Waltham (manually tuned). During daytime hours I get a very good picture. In the evening when switching to ITV1 it takes several minutes for the signal to come through. Will ITV1 improve as days go by?

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Darren SR
11:33 AM

I'm trying to retune 3 separate TVs to the Waltham digital signal and two have retuned perfectly - no problems at all.

For some reason, the third has retuned OK, except for BBC1 and BBC2, which are just unwatchable. All 3 TVs are fed from the same aerial (with a 3 way splitter/booster) so I'm a bit puzzled as to why 2 TVs are OK and the third isn't picking up the Beeb channels, despite my trying an "install from new" on the third telly.

I see there was some transmitter work going on Waltham, but the alert seems to say it was finsihed on 31st August and it's 2nd Sept today...

Post code LN5 9BX.

Any ideas??
Many thanks!

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Mike Dimmick

11:35 AM

Jim J: The following variants of ITV1 HD currently exist on Freeview:

Meridian South (Meridian & Anglia)
Granada (Granada, Yorkshire & Border)
Central West (Central)
London (London, Tyne Tees, Wales, West and Westcountry)

London and Tyne Tees are from the early HD services at Crystal Palace and Pontop Pike respectively.

These are also the only services on satellite; the mapping from postcode to services is different; Meridian South and Central West are encrypted, so only available to Sky viewers, not Freesat. Oddly, they are both now on the UK footprint Astra 2D satellite, so I'm not sure why they remain encrypted.

Scotland gets STV HD Central West (i.e. Glasgow).

Information collected by Ray Cathode on DigitalSpy's forums, chart at http://www.bsa.talktalk.n….pdf , accessed via Freeview Technical Information .

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