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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Waltham transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
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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;
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, 4 September 2011

12:06 PM


Apparently the boxs I bought Friday to get the HD channels, has a Firmware issue which causes the box to crash after a couple of minutes in HD.

An update exists, which hopefully I can now download and update.

Can I also take this opportunity to thank warmly the hard work put in by the 'experts' Mick Dimmick, and of course, Brian Butterworth. It is only through constant contact with this site, and their invaluable information which has given me such a smooth passage through switchover. Thank you so much to you both for all your tireless work - very, very greatly appreciated!!! (Smiley Face applicable here, if it were possible).

Kindest regards,


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timonthenet's 38 posts GB
Tim Collingwood
4:31 PM

Ever since BBC1 etc. has relocated to C61 on the Waltham transmitter, the reception has been terrible.
Signal Strenth and Quality goes up and down like a yo-yo.
However, all other Muxes on C29, C54, C56, C57 and C58 are perfect with high rock steady Strength and Quality.
I have done all the necessary resets, rescans etc.
Can anyone explain why this is so?

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Tim Collingwood's 2 posts GB
Monday, 5 September 2011

6:51 AM

John: Thank you for your Eeyore comments.

You have provided no evidence of a "disaster", the only thing you have pointed out is that some parts of the system at the Digital UK press office have rather misrepresented the changes to over 1,000 transmitters serving 62 million people in 25.6 million homes as a "switchover", whereas it is a colossal and complex engineering task.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

9:10 AM

timonthenet: Thank you for your kind comments, it is always good to know that I've helped someone.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
12:46 PM

Being a loud and proud "Geek" I've been looking forward to each retune to see what's new.
I returned home from 2 weeks holiday last Friday (2/9/2011) and could barely still my beating heart at the prospect of HD.
I'm not after HD for its picture quality (I think my - expensive when I bought it - CRT produces a better picture than a lot of flat screens), it's the 5.1 audio I want (having an equally expensive audio kit connected to my HDR Fox T2). Tears well in my eyes as, here in Derby (Chellaston), when I try to tune to CH58 I'm greeted with a blank.

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Wile's 5 posts EU
1:02 PM

Just a quick follow up; my "ITV no signal" issue was down to C31 getting retained after manually tuning to the new channels, everything seems ok now after following Briantist's instructions for clearing old channels. Looks like I'll always have to manually tune though to ensure I get East Mids BBC instead of South Yorks/Lincs for ch1 etc. Thanks for the help; reading other peoples issues helped me to resolve mine, I hope this helps others.

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Gary's 3 posts GB
1:14 PM

Although I've tried various reset methods and always use the channel numbers (29, 54, 56, 57, 58 & 61) to avoid extras it looks like Ill have to try the out, out, in, in method.
Ive been a bit short of time over the weekend (long story) and didnt want to risk not recording Doctors for The Management and living in silence for a few weeks (not to mention her telling anyone and everyone about it for the remainder of my natural).

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Wile's 5 posts EU
KB Aerials Sheffield

4:31 PM

Oh WILE - that did make me chuckle !

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KB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
9:55 AM

Hi I'm at NG12 1AJ and using a rooftop aerial tuned to the Waltham transmitter.

I'm missing the BBCB multiplex on C58 - both through a HD-ready TV and a HD-ready PVR. Any suggestions?

(Also, an editorial note, the Waltham page fails to show the channel for mux A.).

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Alan's 1 post GB
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