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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

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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 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
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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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C49tv_off BBCABBCA

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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.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011
3:00 PM

Can you confirm what date the Waltham Mux's4,5,6 be on same 50KW power as PSB mux's.

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gordon's 3 posts GB flag
3:07 PM

Thanks for the replies so far guys,after Dave metioned Little Eaton i pointed in that direction as it's roughly same as Waltham and managed to get all muxes on Waltham using this aerial:

Labgear 27879LAB Megaboost Aerial with 4-Way Amplifier & Fixing Kit |

Some channels were quite good reception but others like itv 3 were realy poor, breaking up and high bit errors.
I'm assuming these were on the lower powered multiplexes.
I exchanged the aerial for this one:

Labgear TV Aerial High-Gain Digital |

Believe it or not this was worse, so i got a refund.
Not sure which to try next,maybe this one woth a masthead amp ??

Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element |

I am in the loft doing these tests as i don't like heights although if it came to the worst i could go to gutter height and fix a stand off bracket and long pole. (DE564FE)

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Jim's 5 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

3:15 PM

gordon: No further power increases are planned. The COM multiplexes are intended to be half the power of the PSBs - they are not required to equal the PSB coverage.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
4:53 PM

Thanks for that. So why does S/Coldfield have all mux's at 200KW full power yet Waltham stays as is with 3 at 50KW and 3 at 25KW.

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Gordon's 3 posts GB flag

5:15 PM

Jim: I can tell you through experience that if that first Labgear 27879 aerial you mentioned didn't give the results you expected then nothing is likely to if tried on the same day, this said because conditions can change over 24 hours and so trying another aerial on a different day isn't really an accurate test.

As you obviously realise you are not predicted as being able to receive Waltham, and in cases like that its aerial position that can in many cases bring results, this "not" by any means always meaning as high as possible but by its horizontal positioning, (each end of the loft or a facia) and once the best position is found in this plane "then" try raising and lowering it, this being where your original amplified log really scores by its sheer manoeuvrability.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

5:21 PM

Jim: If you're looking at DIYing, or even if you just want to know more, I recommend taking a look at the highly-informative website.

Personally I would steer clear of the DIY stuff.

The commercial muxes are at lower power than the PSBs, so they are the ones that you're going to have to work harder to get (from Waltham).

If you can't get them (commercial muxes) from Waltham, then another possibility is that you might be able to diplex the Waltham aerial with the one you already have on SC (assuming that it picks them up). You will need to look around for a suitable diplexer that combines the required UHF channel numbers.

The PSBs from Waltham are 54, 58 and 61. The Coms from SC are 39, 42 and 45.

C61 from Waltham is likely to change in the future in order to release the spectrum for 4G mobile services. I *think* that it is to be moved to C49 (can the pros shed more light on this?), but don't quote me on that.

So you *might* be looking to combine channels up to and including 45 with those 49 and above.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

5:54 PM

I said I would steer clear of DIY stuff and I must say that I have come to that conclusion having read the ATV website. I should add that I'm an interested anorak and not a pro.

The exception to this would be where a product is recommended by professionals.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 10 November 2011

3:39 PM


If you fitted the first aerial outside (waterproof all cable joints)you will probably get a good signal from all stations.

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Ian's 497 posts GB flag
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Friday, 11 November 2011
mike bourne
8:12 PM

I am at pe12 9fr and my best signal is from Waltham. I receive 87per cent strong signal and top quality picture.

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8:42 PM

mike bourne: Considering you are 39 miles away from Waltham and located quite a bit to East of Spalding that's excellent for your area.

Its a wonder though that Belmont isn't just that bit superior, as its only 1 mile further away from you than Waltham but operates at 150Kw compared to Waltham's 50Kw. Albeit of course your aerial for Waltham would be facing 271 degrees whereas for Belmont it should be 341.

PS: Powers referred to being main Muxes.

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