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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 27/11/2023 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, plus 17 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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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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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, 15 October 2011

12:18 PM

Mark Fletcher: The "rules" say C61 and C62 get moved to C48-C53, with the displaced service in C48-C53 getting moved to C39 and C40.

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Briantist's 38,902 posts GB flag
Mark Fletcher

6:31 PM

Briantist.Thanks for reassuring in relation to the issues surrounding the future relocation of certain mux's on fr's 61 & 62 from certain affected transmitters/relays after DSO UK wide is completed after October 2012,in preparation for the future 4G mobile phone networks.Looking through the link you provided via my previous text,barring any future musical chairs,i can safely assume in the case of Belmont,the ArqA mux on fr 53 and the ArqB mux on fr 60 will remain as they are,fingers crossed !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
7:30 PM

My mum lives in Littleover, Derby, very close to the Derby relay transmitter and a the top of a slope. To the north and at the bottom of her garden are three small-leaved birch trees, about as tall as a house. Beyond these and going north down the slope are two bungalows. Since switchover, the occupants of these two bungalows say they have worse freeview reception than they had before, and are blaming my mother's trees for interference, to such an extent that she's contacted a tree surgeon to thin the trees.

But I'm not sure the trees are the cause at all. Surely if they had good freeview before switchover they should have it now, with much higher power? My mum did say at least one of the bungalows uses a signal amplifier, which again rang alarm bells with what I've read on these pages. But she also said the same bungalow had had an aerial engineer in to look at their set up, so surely he would have tried taking out the amplifier... wouldn't he?

I realise the properties being bungalows and down a north facing slope will have inherent problems getting good signals from both the Waltham amd Sutton Coldfield transmitters to the south (I don't know to which their aerials are directed) but could the trees actually be the cause of the problem?

Many thanks,

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David's 13 posts GB flag
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
12:43 PM

My postcodeis NG2 7df 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 ( sometimes its 10/10 and others its appalling ) 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.I am at a loss after reading all hints on the site to work out what the issue might be.ANy sensible explanation gratefully received
I've rung a local installer who suggests using Nottingham instead but the signal strengths look much lower, will that work ?

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brian's 2 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 22 October 2011
1:01 PM

Brian: I live in your area and found that when I did the last retune I was getting my BBC signal on channel 43 (I don't know which transmitter this is but the ID says West Midlands). The stronger BBC signal for our area is Waltham (channel 61) and my tuner shoved those stations into the 800s. The result was that I got poor reception because I was now on some other transmitter.

Are you certain you're on 61? My TV tunes to 61 but my PVR to 43.

BTW just as you go up Musters Hill many houses are high enough up to get Nottingham (they have vertical aerials) but it shouldn't be necessary because the signal here on Waltham 61 is fine and I'm only a few blocks away from you.

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Sammisdat's 1 post GB flag
Mark Fletcher

7:45 PM

Sammisdat.The BBCA mux on ch 43 yer referring to,West Midlands is the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.Difficult to say without a full postcode.If you only want Waltham transmissions first step delete all your channels.Unplug either freeview box or IDTV from the mains,unplug your aerial either from freeview box or IDTV,wait roughly 30 seconds,plug either freeview box or IDTV back in,keep your aerial plugged out for now and perform a complete automatic scan (if you have this function) from ch's 21 to 68 (or 69).It will completely fail,in other words your channel line up will be empty,but in doing so it clears the memory so after this replug your aerial back in to your freeview box or IDTV and rescan again.If you have a manual scanning function,scan SDN ch29,D3+4 ch54,ArqA ch56,ArqB ch57,BBCB ch58 (if your freeview box is HD,or your IDTV is (full) HD) BBCA ch61,these are Waltham transmitter mux's.However if you do not have a manual scanning option,then you will have to do an automatic scan but in this instance,keep your aerial plugged out until ch 27 is reached,plug aerial in,once SDN ch29 is stored unplug your aerial again after ch31,because between ch39 to ch46 are Sutton Coldfield's 6 multiplexes,replug your aerial back in when it reaches ch52 for the other Waltham multiplexes i described earlier above will store between ch54 and ch61,and to be on the safe side unplug your aerial after ch63 until the automatic scanning procedure is completed when it should hopefully go onto programme no1 BBC1,but with no signal,now replug your aerial back in and you will get your TV signals back hopefully with just the Waltham transmissions that you require,and no Sutton Coldfield transmissions whatsoever.

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Ian Grice

10:47 PM

In the last 2 hours or so I have been getting quite bad glitching on Dave (channel 56) Any one else ???

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Ian Grice's 497 posts GB flag
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Monday, 24 October 2011
12:06 PM

As of this morning my freeview HD channels have Funny lines on them.

Anybody know why? All has been fine previously.

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