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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?

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.

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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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 8 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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


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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 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
Friday, 5 October 2012
S
Symon
11:56 AM
Derby

DE1 3AY: The never ending BBC saga...

Is anyone else in the Derby area having bad pixellation problems with the BBC channels on C61 at the moment? Since they started doing some work on the Waltham transmitter a couple of weeks ago it has gone from slight pixellation to being now unwatchable.

C57 (which has never been very good unless it is raining cats and dogs) is also now completely unwatchable.

I get absolutely perfect reception on all the other channels except for these two. The BBCA and ARQB MUX's have a much lower signal strength than any of the other MUX's.

Aerial is on roof with a booster etc...



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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:03 PM

Symon: Get rid of the booster and see what happens.

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Monday, 29 October 2012
G
Geoff
8:20 PM

How weak is weak? I've lost all digital transmission and usually I have a great signal.

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Geoff's 2 posts GB
G
Geoff
8:29 PM

Ignore me: we'd moved furniture and knocked out the cable (lol!).

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Geoff's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
K
KR
9:54 AM

I have been using waltham without issue for several years, with regular retunes of course.

I moved our TV from downstairs to upstairs and all was fine. However, after a retune it isn't getting all channels.

On my TV downstairs, that is getting all channels, but is also now getting multiple channels from another transmitter, which I've not had before.

Is this transmitter still running on low power, or is it running as it should be? I'm wondering whether to repoint Nottingham transmitter instead, even though all neighbours and myself have used waltham.

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KR
1:06 PM

Should have said, aerial is a freeview one , in loft, with booster/distributor sending around the house.
Postcode is NG8 2??

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:16 PM

KR: Ensure that your booster isn't amplifying the signal too much as that could be a cause of poor reception.

The objective isn't to get the signal strength as near 100% as possible. There is a threshold above which it works. You just need to be sufficiently above this threshold that natural variations in signal strength (due to weather etc) doesn't drop it below the threshold.

Failing that, you could always try the Kimberley transmitter as it is a full-service one and broadcasts the same regional programming as Waltham.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:09 PM

KR: Just to add to that already said, you are located at approximately 2 miles away from the Nottingham transmitter and because it mostly uses lower channel numbers than Waltham its very likely that you are picking it up during an auto tune rather than Waltham, which by the way is on occasions problematic as far as reception is concerned because of work going on there, albeit engineering updates not as yet seen published.

Anyway, you would be best to manually tune in Waltham's channels rather than hope for the best during an auto tune, and so if your TV has the option of a "factory reset" or "first time installation" then carry this out first to blank the tuners memory out of everything already stored, beware though with a first time installation as on some equipment an auto tune will immediately start using that procedure, if it does cancel it before it picks anything up as you want to select "manual tune".

Once manual tune is selected enter the channel numbers one at a time, scanning and storing as required until all muxes are stored.

Waltham's channels being / 61 (BBC) - 54 (ITV) - 58 (HD if used) - 29 (SDN/ITV3 etc) - 56 (Pick TV) - 57 (Film 4)

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Saturday, 3 November 2012
P
Pete Eyre
3:52 PM
Ripley

Hi Can anyone give a clue. I'm postcode DE5 9RB on Waltham, using wideband aerial. Normaly picture has been OK over the last year. During the last 3 weeks on Wed, Thurs. and Sat. approx 1.0pm until 4.30pm I get Bad break up with pixel blocks and sound broken up. Ive checked which multiplexes give the problem they are the ones on channels 54 56 57 58 and 61 Channel 29 is clear no problems. Channel 61 is usually the worst, can anyone help. BBC1 ( Ch 61 multiplexer) has just gone clear at 3.45 today 3rd Nov. and I can now watch the football. Help....pete

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