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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
Channel icons
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.

Monday, 11 March 2013

5:55 PM

At the moment My signal is 100% on all channels and has been for years. There isn't much point in tuning in to Sutton coalfield as that has coverage for the west Midlands and I live in the east Midlands.

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9:09 PM

Ian: Well, there are always pockets of good reception within any area that's generally considered as bad, albeit with yourself being fortunate enough to be in one of choice areas contrary to what's indicated, as the terrain indicator shows a couple of natural obstructions to the signal path from the Waltham transmitter starting from roughly just under four miles away from your location, this being the most likely reason why a number of different tests codes made around the Hinckley area when fed into DUK's predictor indicates reception from Waltham as being from variable to poor, and in one case no reception of the commercial muxes being possible.

This being the case, although I do appreciate that you prefer to view the East Midlands news services rather than the West the fact remains that "transmission wise" you are in Sutton Coldfield's coverage area, Sutton Coldfield being @ 18.6 miles whereas Waltham is 31 miles.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

7:18 PM

The majority of aerials in East Hinckley point to Waltham, in West Hinckley its about 50/50. The predictor on this site shows Hinckley as strong reception from Waltham. I have had many an argument with the so called professionals trying to tell me that I cant get Waltham, 1 even told me I wasn't receiving Waltham even though I was. As I said there is no point in anyone watching TV from the wrong transmitter even if it is the nearest if they want a news program that covers there area. Another reason satellite is a better option, you can choose any region you want.

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11:47 PM

Ian: Sorry, but I beg to differ regarding good reception being indicated as that's not what I see on the map which I assume that you are referring to, because if the post code you have entered is actually where you are located (Langdale Road ?) and not one from somewhere nearby, then even when using the map on this site you are sitting right on the doorstep of a dead spot (to the East) for reception as far as Waltham is concerned, albeit though not where Sutton Coldfield is involved as you have to remember that the map opens showing the coverage of the latter mentioned station likewise all of the aerials seen in your road are facing in the direction of SC, you having to click on Walthams icon to view its predicted coverage area.

I do appreciate that the images used to view the aforementioned aerials are not bang up to date, and with the possibility existing that some of the aerials seen might well have been swung around to Waltham since they had first appeared, but as far as anyone in the past having maybe tried to maintain that you weren't receiving from Waltham I am most certainly not doing, because judging by what you have said you obviously are, but in my opinion only because that you are lucky enough to be in a relatively good spot for reception from that station.

You should have a check using DUK's predictor on the right hand side of your posting, as although any predictions that are given can only be that (predictions) and as such errors will always exist, but even when allowing for these possible errors the predictions made on DUKs site cannot be totally disregarded by them being so universally negative as far as reception from Waltham is concerned.

Of course you do not really have to use the post code map, because if you blow up the picture at the top of this page you can see the dead spot that I am referring to albeit without your exact location being indicated.

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

6:05 PM

Never blown the map up before, very interesting because some of the streets in the dead spot have aerials pointing at Waltham.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

6:36 PM

Ian: Re; the direction that the aerials are seen to be facing, I dare say that they could well be facing Waltham as it has to be appreciate that its well nigh impossible for anyone to plot out an exact map of where an RF signal can be received and where not, that is unless an engineer travels around a particular area with a field strength meter, something that in the official sense is not really done nowadays hence these maps cannot really be used in the same way as would be a street map.

Another point being, that reception within these type of areas can be of the nature whereby a person can be receiving a good signal on one side of the street whereas another situated directly across the road from them struggles, and why even moving an aerial a few feet to the left or right of its present mounting position can in many (but not all) cases result in success, however occasionally this success is short lived due to the seasonal changes affecting the reflective properties of the terrain, something which always comes into the equation with reception in this type of situation albeit this in many cases being relatively unnoticed with DTT whereas with analogue a viewer might notice the picture having become slightly more grainy.

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10:10 PM

This is very true, I remember my mother telling me once that they had to have an outside aerial whilst the neighbour only needed an indoor.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013
A D Thornton
2:22 PM

I can get itv as usual but my bbc shows "missing or weak signal" on all channels. How do I get them back?
My aerial which has not been moved is on the chimney of my bungalow
and my post code is NG23 5EZ

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Gordon R. Harrison
2:52 PM

Why weren't we told that WALTHAM channel 61 was being changed to Channel 49? I have just spent nearly three hours trying to retune today 29/05/2013.The problem being that if I use Automatic tune I get East Midlands from Waltham and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire from where ever, this causes broken pictures as they conflict each other.The only way I can over come this problem is to do a Manual retune for which I need the channel numbers. If you could make them available when ever a channel change is carried out it would be a great help.
Thank you (I live in Mountsorrel Leicestershire.)

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