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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 06/12/2021 Possible 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
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

com7
 H -6.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (305°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1329 May 132013-174 Mar 2020
C/D EEEWW TW TW T
C26LNGLNG
C29SDNSDNSDNSDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35C5wavesC5wavesBBCB
C37com8com8
C41_local
C49tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqACOM8tv_off
C57tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

Comments
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:10 yesterday to 11:12 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 6 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:10 on 04 Sep to 11:12 on 04 Sep. [BBC]

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Sunday, 15 September 2019
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Lloyd Jenkins
8:21 PM

For the last two weeks or so I have not been able to receive Freeview HD channels 101-105. Previously have not had any problems. I have checked manual tuning on Ch 58 and 35 and am getting no signal. Freeview HD channels 106-114 are all fine.

Has something changed?

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MikeP
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8:49 PM

Lloyd Jenkins:

The services on COM7 and COM8 are on channels 55 and 56. Try tuning to those and uyou should get the HD services and others,
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StevensOnln1
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10:13 PM

Lloyd Jenkins: I think MikeP was looking at the wrong listing. According to Digital UK, HD services from Waltham are currently: PSB3 on UHF channel 58 (moving to 35 early next year), COM7 on UHF 31 (moving to 55 early next year) and COM8 on UHF 56. Freeview channels 101-105 are all broadcast on PSB3 so UHF channel 58 is the one to check for signal strength and quality. There are engineering notices showing from earlier this month, but as no one else is reporting a problem it's unlikely that anything is wrong at the transmitter.

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StevensOnln1's 3,355 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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Pete
7:57 AM

Please note that the frequencies listed on the main part of this page are mostly incorrect, and have been for quite a few months now.

For example, BBC1 East Midlands is C49 (698.0MHz), NOT C32 (562.0 MHz) as shown on this page

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MikeP
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9:16 PM

Pete:

We regular contributors usually suggest using the Digital UK Coverage Checker with your post code. That website is maintained by the operators of the transmitters, or on their behalf, so is the most accurate source. This independent website is maintained occasionally by the owner, Briantist.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Monday, 7 October 2019
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SeeMoreDigital
6:16 PM

Hi MikeP,

Regardless of where the information comes from I can confirm that it's not correct for the Waltham transmitter. We are still using: 26, 29, 31, 37, 49, 54, 56, 57 and 58. The "700Mhz clearance" has not happened for us yet and the proposed new multiplexes are not active.

Regards

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:41 PM

SeemoreDigital:

Look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker for the true current channels being used at Waltham. That website is operated by the organisation that operates the transmitters so they know for certain what channels are being used currently and planned for future use. They have always been correct and reliable.

According to them, Waltham currently uses 49, 54, 58, 29, 37, 57, 31 and 56.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:17 AM

SeeMoreDigital:

Having checked the information provided directly with the transmitter operators (Arqiva) and with Digital UK. there is no difference between the information you are giving and that which I quoted fro Digital UK's website. Both our lists give exactly the same channel numbers - just in a different order. So Digital UK's information is exactly correct as is mine and yours.

We should both include channel 26 as that is the local multiplex.



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