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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, 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C41 (634.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
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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, 1 November 2011

7:11 PM

Bob: Yes, your set is not suitable for "Freeview HD" without an external tuner. It is "HD Ready", but does not support the new transmission system DVB-T2. Use a Freeview HD box and an HDMI cable.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 November 2011
11:10 PM

No Fault reported with Waltham Mast but issues with poor picture & Sound today it has happened before , and retune does not help get on ITV Yorshire TV in Spalding ? when before Central - please any ideas.

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Robert's 2 posts EU flag
Sunday, 6 November 2011

9:04 AM

Robert: If you have Yorkshire TV on button 3 your receiver has stored channels from Belmont at the beginning of the scan, in which case you should find Central East lower down in the channel list, usually in the 800s.Clear the channel list by doing a factory reset, then do a manual tune for the Waltham frequencies to restore the correct channel listing. If manual tuning is not possible start the scan with the aerial unplugged, wait until it has gone beyond C25 then plug the aerial back in - before C29 is reached, as this is the first of the Waltham frequencies.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
3:28 PM

Hi,Anybody here from the Belper area receiving Waltham or anybody else know if it's possible. I'm currently getting Midlands Today from Sutton Coldfield, I'd prefer East Midlands Today if possible as it's more relevant to where i live.

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Jim's 5 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

5:26 PM

Jim: Digital UK's Tradeview predictor suggests that the signal from the Little Eaton transmitter (which is a relay of Waltham) is "variable" at your location.

Follow the link to the right of your posting to see this.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
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7:17 PM

Hi Dave,
Thanks for reply,would it be possible to tune to Waltham directly ? The checker doesn't give prediction for it,wonder if i'm out of range ??

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Jim's 5 posts GB flag
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9:45 PM

Since DSO I get pixellation/breakup EVERY night on ch54 stations (ITV, Ch4/5 etc) from the Waltham transmitter. The problem starts gradually from approx 8:00pm (time varies) and gets rapidly worse over 5/10mins or so to become unwatchable. I haven't fully verified this but I think the reception normalises late evening and never happens during the day as far as I can tell - signal strength is about 45-60% but appears to be quite volatile (but doesn't drop below 45%). I have an analogue era aerial installed in the loft. I didn't experience any particular freeview reception problems prior to DSO. I can't find anyone else with a simillar issue locally but most have external w/band aerials. I've tried clearing all the stored channels and manually scanning Ch54 but it makes no difference. My box is a Philips DTR100 which has it's foibles but seems better behaved otherwise since DSO(!) - besides which since it's OK during the day I assume it's some kind of bizarre atmospherics issue.

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Pete's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

9:45 PM

Jim: I'm not an aerial pro; just technically -minded.

I would expect that the reason that Waltham isn't shown on the predictor is because it thinks that you don't have a hope of receiving from it.

Probably the best guide as to what you might be able to pick up is to look around your neighbours and streets around where you live and see what their aerials are pointing at. I think that others will have been along the same road as you (tried to get local news), and thus if it isn't possible, expect Sutton Coldfield to have to be used. Of course satellite will give the right local news, so some people might use it for that and not be concerned that terrestrial television is not their preferred region.

I had a look down your street on Google StreetView and all the aerials seem to be on Sutton Coldfield.

Looking at the map, you're close to the Derwent, so I guess you're quite low down, which would probably explain why choice is limited. Belper itself is served by a relay. There are houses on Station Approach that appear to have aerials pointing at the Belper relay (they have masthead amps), likewise a couple on Castle Hill and Park Road. Interestingly, put DE56 4EA (postcode for Castle Hill) into the Digital UK website and it suggests Belper as being very likely. Same goes for Westminster Medical Centre which is but a stone's throw away from you. But your post code doesn't show Belper at all so it can't be far off.

One thing I would say is that there are quite a few trees in that direction...

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Dave Lindsay

9:56 PM

Pete: I had an issue with picture freezing, particularly bad on one mux and it is a loft aerial. It was fine pre-switchover on all muxes, then after they all froze occasionally.

I adjusted the pole so that the aerial was further away from the roof. I have come to the conclusion that it was the roof felt/tiles being in close proximity. I should point out that my Sony shows higher signal strength than you have on yours. Mine is around 80 or 90% (not sure whether that is relevant).

Before I moved it the end of the boom was about 15 or 20cm from the roof and now it's around 40cm.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Picture Perfect
2:11 PM

Depending on which part and which side of Castle Hill you are dictates what transmitter will work for you. If you are one of the first 2-3 houses up from the A6 then you have problems and you will likely need to use the Belper relay (or Freesat). If you are 8 or above then either S/coldfield or Waltham is possible. Waltham being roughly in the direction of Little Eaton/ Breadsall and S/C in the direction of Cumberhills / Kedleston.

The bottom part of Castle Hill is very steep so its really a house by house thing .... some can, some can't.
I know number 8 works OK on Waltham as I put the aerial up also St Alkmonds Cl works with either S/C or Waltham.

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