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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 22/04/2024 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?

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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, 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?

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.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

9:07 PM

Charlie: Without having knowledge of the model involved the standard procedure for dealing with problems such as yours is to carry out a complete reset (or default setting) on the recorder, this then followed by carrying out a manual tune on each of Walthams muxes, "manual" being used to avoid storing Belmont's lower channel numbers during an auto tune, "unless" that is the model you have has a "region selection" choice box pop up after an auto tune.

The reason I suggest this procedure is because I reside not that terribly far away from your location (suspected one anyway) and have one of my PVR's (Humax 9300) permanently tuned to Waltham for purposes of making daily recordings from both BBC and ITV channels, and on checking today's recordings a few minutes ago I cant say that I found anything abnormal in operation.

Just a small additional point, although its not likely to apply in your case anyway, but if you do use any type of booster system on your aerial system then for test purposes it should be by-passed.

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10:36 PM

Thanks for your response jb 38. I have done a default setting reset and have a region setting option which I set accordingly. No difference ! Frustrating thing is that I can set view/ record on hd channels but on all the others the epg disappears as soon as I try to set something.
Interestingly, on routine channel updates the tv invariably default tunes to Waltham but the dvd recorder to Belmont.
It's a Panasonic xw 380 by the way and I don't have any boosters. Dvd has worked fine for 18 months since new and the tv about 5 years.
I have no problems whatsoever using the tv's epg.
Must just add that the roof aerial is 20 plus years old but we get excellent signal strength/quality readings. Thank you !

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11:54 PM

Charlie: Well, judging by what you have mentioned plus my own findings when using a PVR on the same station could point to a problem having developed in your recorder, and although I appreciate that this might be a bit of an inconvenience to try, but once again scrub everything stored in the recorders tuner memory and then carry out another auto-tune, however this time when the region choice box comes on after the auto-scan choose Yorks and Lincs (Belmont) as your area.

Once all is completed try pre-setting a recording on Belmonts EPG and see what happens, although if the problem shows up again then I am afraid that the Panasonic recorder is defective.

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Friday, 14 December 2012

12:29 AM

Chattes: Sorry for the delay in replying, but I just noticed your reply to my query whilst running down the list.

But with regards to your Blue-Ray player, could you please give an update on the model being referred to? but apart from that what I would like to know is what your signal level is indicated as being when checked on a TV fed from the SLX booster / splitter, then whilst the TV is still sitting on the signal check screen swap over the aerial feeds used by the Blue-Ray player and the TV, e.g: Blue-ray over to TV and the TV's aerial feed over to the Blue-Ray device, as this eliminates any possibility of one of the SLX's outputs being defective.

By the way, leaving any of the outputs on the booster unconnected does not really make that much of a difference to the signal level, albeit that its written in various technical articles that any output not used should always be loaded up using a series of 75 ohm dummy loads, but once again the difference in real life terms is only fractional and as such can be disregarded.

Another test to try is by using an old set top aerial coupled into the Blue-ray device, this test for purposes of getting an idea of the signal strength you are genuinely receiving (exc TV's indication) as the problem with digital reception is that the symptoms experienced for an excessively high level of signal is "exactly" the same as for a weak one.

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3:35 PM

Charlie: I had also meant to add to the latter part of my reply "unless the device requires a firmware update", as according to info seen it should be version 1.45 from an over air download made on 19.04.2011, this download for purposes of stabilising the EPG.

Although your user manual gives info on firmware updates on page 87 the link below gives a bit more detailed info.

DMR-XW380EB Firmware Download (UK) | DVD/PVR | Digital AV | Consumer Products | Support | Panasonic Global

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
8:15 PM

Well jb38 you've solved my problem! I am very proud of my self, not being a 'techie' at all, but I've just completed a firmware update (was quite a few versions out of date) and everything is fine again. Thank you so much.
Just one more question, just out of interest really, why does my TV always default tune to Waltham after a new channel update, but the dvd recorder to Belmont ? Doesn't really matter but has always baffled me!!
Thank you again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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11:39 PM

Charlie: Thanks for your update and really pleased to hear your good news, insomuch that you have successfully managed to update the firmware and which has effected a cure for your problem, as your XW380 is quite a hi-tech sophisticated device but one which would most likely attract a somewhat "embroidered" repair charge for any repair carried out should that have proved as being necessary, dependant of course on the service depot chosen.

As far as the default query is concerned, although both of your devices are Panasonic brands and as such fitted with top notch tuners, differences do exist between not only the tuners themselves but their associated circuitry and this shows up in sensitivity differences between the two devices, sensitivity referring to both the RF pick up side and also the decoding circuitry that determines whether a signal being scanned should be locked onto and stored, although in the normal run of things a channel scan starts at Ch21 and moves upwards, and so any signal on a low channel number that is received at a level sufficiently above the devices cut off threshold point will be automatically stored.

I will say though that even although a device might appear to default to a particular transmitter its not necessarily the case that all programmes stored on the EPG list are, that is excluding the BBC / ITV1 and the HD service, and the only way of finding out if they are or not is by carrying out a signal check on programmes known to use the three different commercial only multiplexes such as (10) ITV3 / (11) Pick TV / (12) Film 4, because if the mux channel number associated with the signal strength indication seen is noted then it can be cross checked against the channels used by the transmitters that cover the area.

For reference purposes, the channels used by the two stations that cover your area are /

Waltham: Ch61 (BBC) - Ch54 (ITV) - Ch58 (HD service) - Ch29 (ITV3 etc) - Ch56 (Pick TV etc) - Ch57 (Film 4 etc)

Belmont: Ch22 (BBC) - Ch25 (ITV) - Ch28 (HD service) - Ch30 (ITV3 etc) - Ch53 (Pick TV etc) - Ch60 (Film 4 etc)

By the way, although I do not envisage any further updates being made for your XW380 this is the link for the DTG website where you can view the "over air" weekly download list.

DTG :: DTT Receiver Downloads

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Monday, 17 December 2012
ian from notts

7:29 AM

film4 is on (15), i'd guess this is just an oversight on your part mate and you used to check your signals using channel yesterday on (12) before the recent updates to the channel lists ?

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7:50 AM

Thanks for your advice, (your post dated 14/12), the model of BluRay is a Samsung 3D BDE8500M, the model of TV is a Samsung UE46ES70001J.
Swapping over aerial feeds gives following results:
TV feed:
Frequency = 794000khz
Service ID=106F
Multiplex = TSID 1046,ONID 233a
Bit Error Level = 0
Signal Strength = 100
DVD feed:
Frequency level = 738000khz
Service ID = 20c0
Multiplex = TSID 2008, ONID 233a
Bit Error Level = 0
Signal Strength = 100
Unfortunately I don't have an old set top aerial, cleared everything out once the new TV was set up and running.
As ever, your help and advice, especially at this busy time of year, very much appreciated,

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9:41 AM

ian from notts: Yes! you are quite correct on both counts, and thanks for drawing my attention to that error as I was that used to typing in 10 / 11 & 12 to cover the three muxes whereas now it will be 10 / 11 & 15.

Cheers - JB.

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