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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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.

Friday, 7 December 2012
11:40 AM

I am aware that 43 is being transmitted from SC, although my aerial is currently pointed towards Waltham. I had someone out to move it to point at SC a few weeks ago but that made no difference to the signal being transmitted on C43 or 61.

I currently get a higher signal strength (approx 30% from 43) as opposed to Waltham (no more than 10%) but both have high error rates on the signal and both are unwatchable.

C61 was up until all this "engineering work" started a few months ago providing perfect picture (even off a 25% signal strength with maybe 1-2% error).

I assume as Calgacas pointed out, this is all down to 4g/LTE as C57 (also high 700s Mhz)is also non existent.

I kid you not the amount of money I've spent on engineers trying to sort out reception is a joke.

Why they don't move that particular MUX to a lower frequency that isn't affected is beyond me (they should stick all the Bid TV/porn/shopping channels and other crap up in that frequency).

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Symon's 3 posts GB flag
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12:10 PM

Symon: As the goverment has not auctioned them off, there are not yet any 4G services in the "800MHz band".

The EE 4G services, which have not started in your area yet are in the 1800MHz band.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:17 PM

Symon: The Derby relay at the Fire HQ broadcasts BBC on C48. This will give you East Midlands programming (assuming that its signal from Waltham isn't affected by the engineering works!).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
5:37 PM

Briantist - the engineering work IS to move mux away from the 800Mhz band assigned to 4G/LTE for deployment in early 2013.

That is the reason for the ongoing reduced power levels.

Anyway, last post here for me as I'm on Freesat now. I note that currently in LE3 the following MUX are unavailable regardless of what aerial/set top box/amplifier you have :

PSB1; PSB3; COM5 and COM6.

Not a lot left after that and frankly since its all commercial TV I see zero reason why anyone in LE3 on DVB-T should pay the BBC tax when they can't receive ANY BBC channels for 4 days out of 7 (if they're lucky).

Anyway best of luck to you all, if you use Waltham you will most certainly need it.

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Calgacas's 3 posts GB flag

6:00 PM

Calgacas: The changes at Waltham are going to happen in May 2013 ( see 2012/13 Freeview changes to clear C61 and C62 for 4G mobile | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice ).

Looking at the listed engineering work, the BBC signal has been weak for SIXTEEN minutes in the last few days

"Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:33 yesterday to 11:49"

It seems quite likley your signal problems are local to you, and perhaps stop extrapolating to others.

See Single frequency interference | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag
Saturday, 8 December 2012
10:55 AM

I'm very impressed with all the effort Briantist must put in to supply all this information(which has been helpful more than once)and I should like to express my appreciation.

Looking forward to retuning next May!

I have to tune manually to Waltham transmitter otherwise I get problems with Syutton Coldfield competing.


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CLIVE JOHNSON's 18 posts GB flag
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12:50 PM

Briantist - my problems are local to the extent that all the local antenna installers know there's an issue with Waltham for NW Leicester/Leics and has been since the last week of October. I know this as I asked them ;-)

The BBC also know about the problem - they've had enough complaints from people in this area. They were in fact the people who said "point the aerial at Sutton Coldfield" as Waltham has ongoing work.

I had zero problems until the engineering works. ZERO. The last 7 weeks have been appalling.

16 minutes? Heh pull the other one, power meter connected directly to aerial tells a different story entirely.

Anyway keep up the good work, this is a useful site for people with problems.

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Calgacas's 3 posts GB flag
Sunday, 9 December 2012

11:57 AM

Calgacas: Generally speaking the "Possible weak signal" description in engineering information means that there will be people working on the mast at some point.

It is necessary to turn the power levels down because of "air work". However, this is a very strange time of year for such work to be done.

Such work can only be undertaken during daylight and favourable weather conditions. For this reason the power levels are reduced only for the time it takes such work to be done.

At all other times the signal levels are at their contractual level.

It is very likely that your difficulties have a different source and unconnected to the engineering work. Given that the changes to the transmitter are generally speaking programmable it not likely that works that would reduce the signal for you on a long-term basis are being done.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag

12:00 PM

CLIVE JOHNSON: Thank you. It is always appreciated to hear such kind words.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag
8:57 PM

Hi jb38, Thanks for your comments and suggestions. We have purchased the Konig booster and fitted it and all TV's are now working after a lot of fine tuning, which the other booster didn't allow. Thanks for the link, it was a really good price and they were very helpful. We are experiencing a little interferance occaisionally still, but have not lost the pictures completely, so I presume it's because of the ongoing work at Waltham, but once again Thank you so much for your help, it has certainly saved us the expense of a aerial engineer. Regards Sam

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