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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 25/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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, 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.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011
4:40 PM

I live in NG2 and get my signal from the Waltham transmitter. Since switchover I have struggled to get quality non-HD BBC channels on either my set top box ( an old Inverto ) or my new Panasonic HD TV. Looking at signal strength on both bits of hardware I see very variable signal quality for everything on CH61 but consistent good quality for all other channels. I have an old non high gain aerial and live on the edge of the transmission area.
AM at a loss after reading all hints on the site to work out what the issue might be . ANy suggestion greatfully received.

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brian's 2 posts GB flag
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ian from notts

9:21 PM

58 is hd from waltham and you need a freeview hd tuner for that.
61 is correct'
56 may be caused by a video or skybox with an rf modulator set to a close signal, this could also be the problem with 58 if you think you should recieve it ?

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ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
ian from notts

9:30 PM

did a rescan on 2 boxes a different adresses,
both on waltham !
and picked up 2 signals which came up london !?
about ch23 / ch26 , would this be crystal palace ?
in de55 and ng16 postcode areas

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ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 September 2011

11:06 PM

ian from notts: There isn't much left on C23 and C26 these days, so it could be analogue signals from Crystal Palace.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Saturday, 1 October 2011
MC Brown
10:52 AM

Since about Wednesday this week all the Waltham frequency channels I was receiving up until then have disappeared. This means I now get a rather intermittent signal from Belmont. Postcode is NG32 1BL

Did anything change this week to cause this blip in channels?

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MC Brown's 3 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 2 October 2011
3:13 PM

If my TV aerial points to Waltham to get all freeview Muxs, Why is it since switchover I,ve been getting all the Sutton Coldfield & Emley Moor Muxs as well when my aerial doesnt point to those, I thought TV aerials especially the toast rack desighns only pick up & recieve what they'yre pointing to.. I live in North Notts..

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Chris..'s 8 posts GB flag
Dominic Payer
4:40 PM


Transmission power has increased with switchover. The signals you are receiving are now stronger than they were.

You can leave things as they are or fit an attenuator to reduce the signal strength from Emley Moor and Sutton Coldfield.

If you want to fit an attenuator, leave it until after October 12th when the last mux at Waltham goes to full post-switchover power.

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Dominic Payer's 20 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
ian from notts

8:55 PM

the 2 signals i mentioned were digital ! but around the 23/26 frequency mark, not deffinate ! but both freeview boxes named them as london! in both cases ch29 (itv3) from waltham struggled to load ?. been analogue signals i may have blamed atmospherics as a cause ? not happened since tho !

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ian from notts's 253 posts GB flag
Friday, 7 October 2011
3:13 PM

Possible fix for reception of incorrect signal. Have seen one or two posts about incorrect transmitters being received. I am on Waltham but PVR picked up a low mpx from Nottingham (twenty something) and stored those channels (particularly ITV1). It didn't overwrite them with what would have been stronger signals from Waltham (or maybe it did but put them out of sight - I didn't go looking). Nottingham is just about 180 degs from Waltham where I am. Despite claims to the contrary, all aerials have some gain at 180 degs (opposite direction from where it's pointing). To fix, I cleared all channels from the PVR then did a manual scan on the five Waltham multiplexers. Problem solved.

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blackfish's 11 posts GB flag
Monday, 10 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:57 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: no analogue TV, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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