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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 27/05/2024 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?

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 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
Channel icons
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
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?

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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, 5 October 2012
11:56 AM

DE1 3AY: The never ending BBC saga...

Is anyone else in the Derby area having bad pixellation problems with the BBC channels on C61 at the moment? Since they started doing some work on the Waltham transmitter a couple of weeks ago it has gone from slight pixellation to being now unwatchable.

C57 (which has never been very good unless it is raining cats and dogs) is also now completely unwatchable.

I get absolutely perfect reception on all the other channels except for these two. The BBCA and ARQB MUX's have a much lower signal strength than any of the other MUX's.

Aerial is on roof with a booster etc...

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Symon's 3 posts GB flag
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12:03 PM

Symon: Get rid of the booster and see what happens.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 October 2012
8:20 PM

How weak is weak? I've lost all digital transmission and usually I have a great signal.

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Geoff's 2 posts GB flag
8:29 PM

Ignore me: we'd moved furniture and knocked out the cable (lol!).

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Geoff's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
9:54 AM

I have been using waltham without issue for several years, with regular retunes of course.

I moved our TV from downstairs to upstairs and all was fine. However, after a retune it isn't getting all channels.

On my TV downstairs, that is getting all channels, but is also now getting multiple channels from another transmitter, which I've not had before.

Is this transmitter still running on low power, or is it running as it should be? I'm wondering whether to repoint Nottingham transmitter instead, even though all neighbours and myself have used waltham.

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KR's 9 posts DE flag
1:06 PM

Should have said, aerial is a freeview one , in loft, with booster/distributor sending around the house.
Postcode is NG8 2??

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KR's 9 posts DE flag
Dave Lindsay

1:16 PM

KR: Ensure that your booster isn't amplifying the signal too much as that could be a cause of poor reception.

The objective isn't to get the signal strength as near 100% as possible. There is a threshold above which it works. You just need to be sufficiently above this threshold that natural variations in signal strength (due to weather etc) doesn't drop it below the threshold.

Failing that, you could always try the Kimberley transmitter as it is a full-service one and broadcasts the same regional programming as Waltham.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

6:09 PM

KR: Just to add to that already said, you are located at approximately 2 miles away from the Nottingham transmitter and because it mostly uses lower channel numbers than Waltham its very likely that you are picking it up during an auto tune rather than Waltham, which by the way is on occasions problematic as far as reception is concerned because of work going on there, albeit engineering updates not as yet seen published.

Anyway, you would be best to manually tune in Waltham's channels rather than hope for the best during an auto tune, and so if your TV has the option of a "factory reset" or "first time installation" then carry this out first to blank the tuners memory out of everything already stored, beware though with a first time installation as on some equipment an auto tune will immediately start using that procedure, if it does cancel it before it picks anything up as you want to select "manual tune".

Once manual tune is selected enter the channel numbers one at a time, scanning and storing as required until all muxes are stored.

Waltham's channels being / 61 (BBC) - 54 (ITV) - 58 (HD if used) - 29 (SDN/ITV3 etc) - 56 (Pick TV) - 57 (Film 4)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Pete Eyre
3:52 PM

Hi Can anyone give a clue. I'm postcode DE5 9RB on Waltham, using wideband aerial. Normaly picture has been OK over the last year. During the last 3 weeks on Wed, Thurs. and Sat. approx 1.0pm until 4.30pm I get Bad break up with pixel blocks and sound broken up. Ive checked which multiplexes give the problem they are the ones on channels 54 56 57 58 and 61 Channel 29 is clear no problems. Channel 61 is usually the worst, can anyone help. BBC1 ( Ch 61 multiplexer) has just gone clear at 3.45 today 3rd Nov. and I can now watch the football. Help....pete

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