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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 02/10/2023 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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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.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

7:15 PM

Bob you say you checked for the power, in Cov, some 43 miles away, using the log perodic and 25 db gain mast head amp, I get the ch 61 at strength 95 and quality at 100%, I did a 6db attenuation, still the same, had to boost to full to get the ch 57, luckily has the sky sports 1 on.


Had I been in charge, I'd have had ch 61 at 30,000 max.

It makes no sense, cause over the last decade most on this and other transmitters, struggling to get them, got what, better aerial and cable and amps and box, oops, now signals boosted, too darn strong.

For me, YAY, no worries, wish 57 was 50,000 kws, for you, arghhhh, no, turn them down, too much.

What an absolute mess as usual, no wonder last 8 years and still, I enjoy satellite, simply the best, glitch what glitch, VERY rare, but on-digital, disaster, ITV, much the same, no Freeview also messes it up.

Maybe if enough complain to Arqiva or whoever it is in charge they may drop them.

BBC mux 1 far far too powerful, crazy, no need for it, unless, unless one knocks the others up, but I suspect that they can not cause of co channel interference, which again from what i'm reading on here and else where, is also causing trouble for many.

A complete mess it seems.


Ken, might be a box problem, are they not the weaker ones, on 29, hold on I'll check.
Hmm, strange, who knows, despite both BBCA and D3+4 pushing the 50,000 I struggled to get it, weird eh.

It does seems, sadly a lot of people are having issues with boxes, not getting what they used to get, my advice make sure box first is what, compliant, meaning able to get the newer 8K signals.

Next annoying as it is, factory reset it.

Then using here, note the channel numbers, then manually, refer to manual if necessary, and put them in that way, checking signal strength if your box has one etc.

I hope that may help.

If, if getting all but say one, being BBC lots on ch 61, and others are strong and fine, try an attenuator, decrease the signal, can get one from maplins no doubt, a 6db reduction one.

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Billy's 50 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 September 2011
4:43 PM

Briantist, thank you so much. I have done a first time installation and it worked! I now have all the channels and they don't disappear when I switch the set off. I keep turning it on and off to make sure it's true! Again, thanks, thanks thanks.

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Ken's 2 posts GB flag

7:11 PM

Ken: I'm pleased to hear that worked for you.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
7:20 PM

Hi Briantist
Ref your last reply to me below:

Sunday 6 February 2011 12:23PM
phil: I've run up Google Earth and can see the valley now, and it probably explains some of the aerials pointing towards the analogue BRAUNSTONE transposer relay.

Please let me know how you get on.
How I got on was I decided to do nothing and await switchover. Everything is fine. No breakup and even HD channels work well - despite my 30+ year old aerial and downlead. So, saved myself the £400 that aerial installers wanted for a full mast install. Haven't worked out if I have everything but guess I either have or will have when tx power is stepped up on the remaining channels. Thanks for the advice on the website - it's been really useful.

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phil's 7 posts GB flag
kB Aerials Sheffield

8:11 PM

YEP most people assume the higher the aerial the more power you get just goes to show height isn't ALWAYS important

In a lot of situations (pre switchover ) it certainly was though

it's also amazing walking across a flat roof with an aerial and an analyser - walking 20' can make an amazing difference between good and bad signal - I remember one on a bungalow with a relatively small chimney - one side of the chimney poor reception - the other was superb ! that was a move of about 2 foot!

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kB Aerials Sheffield's 274 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 September 2011

4:49 PM

phil: Thanks for that, very handy to know you have save £400. The remaining multiplex (A->SDN) goes to full power on 12th October 2011, so just a month to wait.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Anthony Duncalf
10:21 PM

When are the rest of the multiplexes going onto full power?

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Anthony Duncalf's 4 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 September 2011

7:58 AM

Anthony Duncalf: SDN goes to full power 12th October 2011. SDN, ARQA and ARQB are at "full power" at 25kW.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
1:13 PM

Hi I went through the set up routine at this last changeover, & like many have hardley
any freeview channels worth watching,some are so poor with the picture breaking up or no signal, etc etc.
I live in Waltham,& untill I just read your website didnt know there was a mast in the area,I have virginmedia & there's no problem with it being cable.
my post code is DN37 0LB

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Eddie's 1 post GB flag
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