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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
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?

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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
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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.

Friday, 13 July 2012
Mark Fletcher

11:09 PM

Sue,Leicester.No problem whatsoever.I'm glad to have been of assistance to you.Happy Viewing !

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Thursday, 26 July 2012
7:25 PM


Postcode LE2 9JQ

Have a specific problem with only one out of two Freeview TVs and "holding on" to the BBC East Midlands I can manually tune in to ch61 and find 21 stations including BBC East Midlands. As soon as I trurn the TV onto standby or off, the signal is lost and nothing appears for BBC at all.

If I reset TV and start afresh then I get Sutton transmissions and BBC Midland (Birmingham)

Had new ariel and thicker co-ax cable for affected TV a couple of years ago, no problems till January and now very variable.

Any suggestions?


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Dave Lindsay

7:42 PM

Helen: Run the automatic tuning scan and unplug the aerial when it gets to 30% and then plug it in again when it gets to 53%.

This will avoid scanning of Sutton Coldfield's channels/frequencies.

The problem you are experiencing is usually caused by the memory being full. Because it has stored Sutton Coldfield's channels, it would appear that there isn't enough room for all of Waltham's. BBC on C61 is obviously the last to be scanned, so that probably explains why it is it which gets "forgotten".

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Dominic Payer
8:27 PM

Helen: Check for, and apply if available, firmware updates for your TV on its manufacturer's UK site.
Also check whether it is possible to increase the internal memory, in case the problem is lack of space as Dave Lindsey suggests.

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Dave Lindsay

8:38 PM

Helen: I am suggesting that because it stored Sutton Coldfield's channels that the memory is full. Thus, if you prevent it from storing them, then this should alleviate the problem.

Presumably it stores the channels in the order it finds them, i.e. low frequency to high frequency (as that is how the scan works). BBC on C61 is the highest one.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
4:47 PM

Location LE5 1UG (Waltham Transmitter). Since 2 weeks ago, signal for some Freeview channels very weak so blocky or no picture. This happens to BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, BBC NEWS. Freeview HD no problem. Get a superb picture on ALL HD channels.

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Monday, 24 September 2012
6:49 PM

NG33 4LT myself and at least one neighbour are having a lot of interferencc a friend suggested I buy a booster it has had no effect.
Strangely on Sunday at 1700 it cleared for a couple of hours but today is hopeless have you any ideas

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David Hallam
7:22 PM

NG31 7AR having unwatchable tv for two weeks due to the low signal maintance, do we have a time when the works will be completed?

Just getting terrable brekup, Aerial is in lost but have masterhead amp and was working fine before the 10th of sept.


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Sunday, 30 September 2012
Chris Oyitch
1:12 PM

Can not scan for channel 29 (manual tune) says there's a strong signal but will not pick multiplexed channels on that one channel scan. Fitted booster and retried, still same. All other multiplexed channels average same and they work fine. Both on LG tv's. Was working ok. Is this due to engineering works? I can get emley moor SDN mux but that's unwatchable. Both tv's are striaght to own aerials (no recorders inbetween).

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4:29 PM

Chris Oyitch: If you were able to receive and store the SDN channels on C29 prior to 26th September 2012, the problem is that following DSO2 at Bilsdale the PSB2 mux from there also uses C29. It is likely that you are receiving a signal from Bilsdale which is strong enough to block reception of the required Waltham mux. The solution really is either to position the Waltham aerial (if possible) where it is screaned from Bilsdale. Alternatively an aerial pointed at Emley Moor is predicted to be able to give good reception of this mux, subject of course to there being no local obstructions in the signal path.

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