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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

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, 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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
 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?

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;
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.

Monday, 11 June 2012
bernard powell
11:12 AM

i had a previous answer to this one saying change to a w aerial for waltham but the following has happened
the original problem was itv3 bad reception using a c/d aerial via an amplifier and set top box
i have found that moving the coax lead out and relying on the hdmi cable has brought the signal via the box up to full quality.I am beginning to think the short piece of coax from the box to the tv is faulty although reinserting same has meant i can use the tv direct on an hd channel. 30miles from waltham.
i think the signals ok its the wiring that is suspect.
bernard powell

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Dave Lindsay

11:20 AM

benard powell: It could be that the signal in the HDMI cable is interfering with that in the aerial lead. The lower ITV3 signal may therefore be more susceptible.

Try removing the HDMI cable completely.

Perhaps keep the two apart and/or use more heavily screened aerial lead.

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Friday, 15 June 2012
Mark Fletcher

7:57 PM

KMJ,Derby.Sorry for not replying soon enough to your response in my earlier text,but your reply is very interesting.

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Saturday, 23 June 2012
9:48 PM
Melton Mowbray

Anyone unable to series record ITV on weekends? When i press the record button on ITV shows at weekends it just records, no option to series record. Help.

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Friday, 29 June 2012
Steve Walls
11:00 AM

After a storm yesterday (29 June) I now have no signal on all of my tv on dvb? I can't see any lightening strike damage. I have tried to re tune still no signal any ideas


Steve Walls.

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8:11 PM

Steve Walls: On the assumption that you are using a rooftop mounted aerial then during thundery weather high levels of static can develop in the aerial system which can on occasions damage a tuners input circuitry, although its much more common for this type of thing to happen in an aerial amplifier attached to the supporting pole, especially if they are of the older type mounted in red or black plastic casings.

Other than any of the two mentioned applying then the coax could be fractured where it enters the aerials connection cover box, especially if its been blowing about in the wind by it not having been clipped properly to the mounting pole.

You haven't given your location, but if its Waltham which you have posted under try connecting a piece of wire into the aerial socket of whatever is being used and carry a signal check on Ch61, this done by going into the "manual tuning" menu and entering Ch61 observing if anything shows on the signal bar as soon as the number is entered. (no need to actually scan for this test)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 July 2012
9:45 PM

What has happened to the green shading on the maps that indicates signal strength?

I am sure I have seen it on your site previously & it has proved very useful. You could click on a transmitter on the map & it would show the predicted coverage.

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Roger's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
8:42 PM

Over the past few weeks I have periodically had a problem with the picture breaking up and/or freezing on the BBC programmes. It can be very bad for a few hours and then suddenly okay. It happens on both televisions and whether I am viewing through the set top boxes or directly through the antenna. At the moment it is very bad and I am unable to watch any of the BBC channels. I have a booster in the attic which I have checked to make sure everything is plugged in okay. Could it be the weather or do you think I need to get an aerial company in to check everything? Many thanks for any help.

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Mark Fletcher

9:51 PM

Sue,Leicester.One possibility is to look up inversion effect as a probable cause.
The other could be the signal booster you stated in the attic which could be swamping your signals hence the difficulties you specified as such.Try bypassing yer signal booster and see whether this alleviates the problems you're currently encountering,if this does then too much signal was the cause.Or try a set-top aerial (if ya have one),a piece of wire or a wee screwdriver into the aerial sockets and test the signal whether the pixellations,breaking up into No Signal mode,etc,is suddenly cured.If so again too much signal was the cause.
Finally one other possibility here check yer aerial especially for water/rust marks in the aerial plug,plus the aerial sockets and its cabling too as BBCA from Waltham is on frequency 61 (at present) and being the highest frequency used for this transmitter could be more prone to decreasing signal quality and strength due to erroding aerial equipment.If this the cause then you will need to replace at least the aerial co-ax cable and co-ax plug,and possibly the aerial itself if it is old.

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Friday, 13 July 2012
10:47 PM

Thanks for replying Mark. I tried bypassing the booster but it still didn't work and the problem was just getting worse. Luckily I found the invoice from when I had the new aerial and cabling installed in the two bedrooms three years ago and it said it had a 7 year warranty, which I hadn't realised, so I rang the company. They came out the next morning and checked the booster, including swapping it, and the settings on the TV in case the signal booster on there was causing a problem, but everything seemed okay so they changed the aerial. Touch wood, everything now seems to be okay, so one faulty aerial replaced and it didn't cost me anything. The company is very good and I would recommend them to anyone in the Leicester area.

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