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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

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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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 Mar 2020
C49tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Friday, 2 December 2011
10:31 PM

Have brought a Booster and Fly Lead to try and resolve low volume or none issue - still did not fix it ? Please can you help by telling me what has gone wrong?

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Saturday, 3 December 2011

6:03 AM

Robert: A booster will have no effect whatsoever on low volume and I feel that you are looking in the wrong direction for the cause of your problem, because knowing these areas I can say that Waltham comes in with a very good signal on your side of Spalding, as indeed does Belmont and to a lesser degree Sandy.

It would be easier to offer advice if you gave some info on your set up, such as what you are using to receive Freeview as well as where your aerial is located.

I will point out though that unless a TV has an area selector facility to store only channels appropriate to the viewers location then you will nearly always have to manually tune in Waltham, as Belmont or Sandy will take up the low EPG numbers pushing Waltham's main channels into the 800 ranges.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

9:22 AM

Robert: Just to clarify, latter comments made are with reference to your original posting.

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Monday, 12 December 2011
Alec Bell
10:32 PM

hi im still periodically loosing sound on channel 56 from the Waltham transmitter it only seems to happen at night after about 9 pm and it only happens occasionally! this i might add is afetr i have moved house! my new post code is PE113XZ any bright ideas on how to solve it as its becoming really annoying!

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Mrs W Lovell
5:49 PM

I have a Linsar LPVR160 Digital TV recorder connected to Samsung digital TV. Ever since the changeover in August the Linsar does not record very well on ITV1, channel 4, channel 5 (BBC1 & 2 are perfect). The pictures jump and miss out small sections, but I can't understand why! It worked perfectly before the switchover in August. I have logged in all the channels manually (not automatically) as I understand the reception is better from the Waltham transmitter by doing it this way! I notice under frequency C54 that there is a 'minus' sign immediately after the number (ie C54-) and I was told this means that there are works taking place on this transmitter. Is this true and could this be why the recordings are so bad?

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8:10 PM

Mrs W Lovell: That indication simply means that there is a negative off set on the channel frequency and not that there is any work going on, and the problem you have is quite common on devices such as yours that's based on Vestel brand chassis, and which are used by about a couple of dozen other brand names, like Hitachi, Sharp, Philips, Digihome etc to name but a few.

This negative offset being used on certain channels in various stations has been the cause of numerous complaints regarding odd problems occurring, like a channel not coming on when selected, or when it does it glitches for no apparent reason, or recordings jumping or freezing when being played.

Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about it, as although Vestel published over air software downloads in an attempt to cure the problem they were in many cases of somewhat limited success, and although the updates can still be obtained via a web site, its very complex to arrange as a laptop has to be connected into the PVR etc.

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8:30 PM

Mrs W Lovell: Just a little addition, I see you are located in Grantham and in many parts of it Belmont is received with a very good signal, and so you could try manually tuning in Belmonts ITV1 Mux on Ch25 as it doesn't have a negative offset.

Of course your aerial will not be pointing in that direction, but many have reported they can still receive it because of its high signal level received, the only downside of this action being that you would not get Central news.

By the way you could not use Belmont to replace Waltham, as Belmont's SDN (ITV3 etc) has a negative offset on it, the only way of getting around that being to use Waltham's SDN.

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Monday, 16 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

9:28 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - tham Transmitter works 17 January 2012: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 00:01hrs and 06:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - n/a Digital services - PSB2 will be subject to periods of shutdown [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

9:28 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - tham Transmitter works 17 January 2012: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 00:01hrs and 06:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - n/a Digital services - PSB2 will be subject to periods of shutdown [DUK]

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