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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?

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, 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
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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, 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?

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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, 7 November 2012

9:52 PM

KR: Thanks for the update re your PVR, and which I have to say suggests to me that your signal is not "over the top" so to say, as I suspect that your problem is simply caused by the signal being received suffering from glitches which are possibly being caused by trees somewhere along the signal path.

Sony receiver circuitry is not on a par with Humax devices, the latter capable of displaying a reasonably trouble free picture when fed from a less than desirable signal where others devices (eg: Sony to name but one) would be struggling.

I do admit though, that in situations where a signal "is" on the high side the Humax can cope with this to a level that would block reception on other equipment, and so the test suggested of feeding the aerial directly into the problem TV's feed still applies, and although I very much doubt if this action will rectify the problem you refer to its still worth a try.

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Friday, 9 November 2012

10:15 PM

Having a problem with the EPG on my MEOS TV it sometimes shows "no information" on some stations, but at other times the EPG works OK.
There is no rime or reason as to when it dose this, dose anyone have any idea what is causing this???

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Sunday, 11 November 2012
1:54 PM

We have 2 set top boxes with older TV's and these have not been working properly since around 19.09.12, most of the time there is no signal other times v.bad pixellation, they had worked perfectly for the last year since swithover in our area, apparantly we receive from the Waltham transmitter. No amount of retuning etc solves the problems. A new TV works fine in each of these sockets, any idea why now the problems with the set top boxes?

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5:29 PM

Sam: With queries of a nature such as yours a person has to provide their location, this in the form of a post code or one from nearby, as its impossible to check the signal levels expected in your area without this knowledge.

However some older boxes cannot operate with the new transmission standards that came into being when stations switched to high powered operation, and so its possible that this is the reason for your problem if a new TV was found to work OK when connected into the aerial point that was previously used by the boxes.

Maybe you could indicated the model numbers of the boxes in question.

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6:26 PM

Thanks jb38 for your response. The 2 boxes are Bush BU10FVZS1 MMB89202813 only actually bought August 2012 from Argos and an Argos special DV3T Digital Set Top Box CDVB51N Home Retail Group Mk9 2NW bought August 2011. The latter one did work brilliantly since our switchover in ?August 2011 till Sept 12, the Bush has only worked on and off since purchase, more off than on. We have an outside aerial plus a booster box in the loft. My post code is ST14 8LJ. Hope you can help.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

7:51 AM

Sam: Thanks for the update on equipment used etc although I had also meant to enquire as to the model of TV you have purchased, because if as you say it appears to work fine when tested on the same aerial points that the Freeview boxes don't, then even allowing for the fact that your TV is very likely to be fitted with a somewhat more sensitive tuner hence the fact of it operating OK, but it also suggests that even although you have a booster box in the loft the gain of this device is not really good enough to keep the signal running at a sufficiently high enough level above the Freeview boxes reception cut off threshold.

I do have to say though that your "Argos special" really does come into the category of one getting what's paid for as far as performance is concerned, and so I would prefer not to comment on that device, what I would be interested to know is the level of signal that your TV is receiving, so maybe you could carry out a signal level test whilst on BBC (any programme), ITV1 and also ITV3 (different transmitters involved), or alternatively have a look at your booster box and let me have the model number of it.

The other point I would like you to check is the mux channel numbers seen associated with the these signal strength checks, because "if" indeed its Waltham (96 degrees @ 42 miles) you receive from then the mux numbers should be 61 (BBC) - 54 (ITV) - 29 (SDN) whereas if you receive from Sutton Coldfield (184 degrees @ 19 miles) the mux channels would be 43 - 46 - 42.

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10:56 PM

Lost Freeview HD channels on Sony Bravia, Nov 11th onwards, have tried a re-tune, but no luck. They were on channels 50+ , moved to 101, 102 and now have disappeared. Any suggestions please?

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Russ's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

7:23 AM

Russ: You should first of all try carrying out an auto tune with the aerial removed to blank out anything stored in the tuners memory, which when complete which should result in a "no channels found" warning, then after reconnecting the aerial again carry out another normal auto tune.

Its always really best policy to "factory reset" a TV or carry out a "first time installation" with this type of problem, but Sony's are somewhat limited in the facilities offered and its possible that your model does not allow this procedure.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012
3:54 PM

Hi jb38, Thanks again for the info, I have checked the mux channel nos & yes we are receiving from Waltham. Our booster box is SLX8 8 way aerial amplifier. The signal level for BBC 1 is around 52% at this moment 2.30pm I'm sure at other times it will be less as we are receiving a picture of sorts at this time whereas very often there is nothing, couldn't receive anything for ITV 1 and 48% for ITV 3. The Bush box will not let me do a manual retune but the Argos one will, but after that still no change, I followed all the instructions from BBC reception advice for that, unplugging etc. The newest TV is a Toshiba 22DV501B LCD TV DVD Combi. I know what you say about you get what you pay for with the Argos box but it has been working fantastically for the last year until Sept 12. Your help would be really appreciated.Thanks Regards Sam

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9:27 PM

Sam: Well with regards to my comments about the box, although I fully appreciate that the box in question may well have been working OK until September, however its when a signal received by the box is somewhat less than perfect that the circuitry deficiencies that nearly all of these lower price range devices suffer from will show up.

The booster / splitter you have is an OK brand, but though its not exactly unknown for these to fail and so you should test that its operating OK by selecting BBC1 (or ITV1) on one of your receiving devices, entering the signal strength check screen and noting the indication seen, then switch off the power supply to the SLX booster / splitter and if its working OK then you should notice a reduction in strength.

Should it be OK then the next thing you could try "if" you know which output from the booster goes where, because if you do then take the coax plug out of the booster port that's used to feed the signal to the device you are using as a signal strength monitor, then reconnect the plug again into the "full" port on the booster, re-checking the signal strength on the monitor TV to observe any changes.

The other point is concerning your location, "if" you are a resident of Church Lane then the majority of aerials seen there appear to be facing towards Sutton Coldfield? and with only a very few facing Waltham, this begging the question of, have you made any local enquiries about reception from households where the aerial is seen to face Waltham? the direction of Waltham if standing directly in front of, and looking at the Dog & Partridge Pub, being to the right and straight down Church Walk towards the East.

That said though, you have to keep in mind that work is still taking place at the Waltham transmitter and with warnings of weak signals etc, and so its not the best of times to be diagnosing potential problems in situations like this albeit the booster check that I mentioned is still valid.

By the way the aerials referred to were seen using Google earth, and its appreciated that this situation might have changed by now as Google E does not have bang up to date images.

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