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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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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.

Friday, 2 September 2011
kB Aerials Sheffield

8:11 PM


I know this is dragging you away from terrestrial reception ---- BUT

if you want to change something consider a HUMAX freeSAT recorder (yes satellite ) they are HD and absolutely FAB

trouble is they're not cheap (about £250 ) and you need a sat dish installing if you haven't already got one


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kB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB

8:32 PM

Ivan Dilks: Unless you specifically want the facility of being able to play Blue-Ray DVD's then you would be better off with a Freeview HD twin tuner PVR, as I am sure that your wife would find this far easier to use than a DVD recorder, as there is a limit as to how much their menu system's can be simplified compared to that of the average PVR.

Of course me mentioning this is not intended as any derogatory reflection on your wifes operational skills!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

8:37 PM

kB Aerials Sheffield: Nor was my comment intended to take away from your own Keith, as I dont reply using the actual box provided but on another screen, then just paste whats typed back into the box, sometimes not noticing that it has been updated.

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K Reeves
10:34 PM

Before switchover i was on the Waltham transmitter.Now when i retune i keep getting South Yorks.The picture jumps and loud clicks are heard, How can i make sure the tv retunes to the Waltham Transmitter.This has been going on for days My post code is DE217PH.Aerial is on the roof.

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kb Aerials Sheffield

11:27 PM

K reeves

If you can - manually retune your equipment entering the frequency numbers for each multiplex

Sorry off top of my head not sure what they are but someone will jump in with those

Sounds like your receiver is picking either Chesterfield or Sheffield transmitter up!

Keith kb aerials 07946481125

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kb Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
Saturday, 3 September 2011
11:51 AM

The difference in power between the Analogue and Digital signals is interesting - I am on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent, and this is the only transmitter most of the people in my village can see.

I have always had to use a TV amplifier (rated at 18dB gain) to get any signal !

Since the retune on 31st August, my one TV downstairs now sometimes stutters, but the one upstairs (connected to the 18dB gain) is useless - picture freezes / stutters / breaks up on every single channel (yet before the switch over and retune, I could at least watch the channels on PSB1 MUX.

Any suggestions?

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kb Aerials Sheffield

12:11 PM

im going to paste in a reply that has been posted quite a few times to similar questions

read through it bearing in mind its an answer to someone else's question but the info u need is in there

have you read my post about too much signal ?

copy and paste it for you
Sounds like you may have now got to much signal hitting your equipment

Have you got an amplifier connected on the system - possibly you don't need it now - but before you go ripping it out is it a set back one or one that distributes to several sets

If its a set back one (do not remove a box that states POWER SUPPLY that may (or may not) sit behind your tv as you will lose everything) then try bypassing it and connecting the aerial direct to your tv

if its an amplifier in the loft or outdoors then thats going to be tougher to do

if you cant get to your amp try using whats called an ATTENUATOR these reduce the signal strength - ideally placing one before your amplifier is the best route but if you cant then plug it direct into the back of the tv theyre about £6 from maplin electronics - try a 12db attenuator - possibly an 18db? (buy both ask if you can return the unused one)

If you have no amplifier - still try the attenuator as the signal has increased phenomenally place the attenuator on the first piece of equipment it connects too ie if you have a pvr the aerial usually goes in there and is looped round to your tv

Keith KB Aerials

Sheffield 07946481125

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kb Aerials Sheffield

12:17 PM


an amplifier of 18db is HUGE for a domestic situation but ive used loads through the years sometimes going up higher maybe 24db of amplification

it was always in a desperate attempt to get something to work and generally they were coupled up on huge 20' (yes as tall as a streetlamp) masts bolted to the side of houses as the signal was near impossible to get

im now finding that stood on the ground at these locations I can receive a useable signal with a little dinky aerial

So now -- we don't need 20' masts and we certainly don't need 18db amplifiers in the majority of situations (im not ruling out every location)

so hope the last post of mine throws light on your problems


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kb Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
1:15 PM


Many thanks for the emails - I do have an adjustable gain on this amplifier, but if I turn it back even a small amount - ITV3 freezes on the downstairs TV so I turned it up very slightly until ITV3 was usable again - no noticeable difference on the upstairs TV.

It does seem odd that the situation is worse now that the analogue signal has been switched off (I was hoping it would improve).

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Rich's 3 posts GB
Ivan Dilks
3:01 PM

JB 38 and KB aerials Keith, Humax HDR-FOX T2 purchased and fitted, now have 4 HD channels and an extra recorder. I have to keep the Pioneer connected via the other HDMI socket, (many recordings of Night Garden)parents and grand parents with youngsters will know what I mean. Many thanks for your help.

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