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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 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, 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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 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

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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 (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
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.

Saturday, 20 July 2013
8:49 AM

I'm so glad I persisted in searching the internet and found this site.

I am on Waltham transmitter and sometime yesterday early evening, I lost freeview through my Sony RDR-HXD870.

I am not sure a firmware upgrade will do anything as I am pretty sure I did mine a couple of years ago and the latest firmware is dated 2010.

Therefore, I cannot see how this could suddenly affect anything if it has been working fine for 2 years and, to be honest, I am not that keen on re-doing the firmware upgrade whilst I cannot get a picture.

Is it possible that 4G has been ramped up on Waltham or something as I have read 4G can cause problems?

"My HX995 seems to be without a signal, yet is on 83% strength, and flicks up a normal signal for perhaps a second."

Exactly the same issue as I have. It sometimes plays a second or so of image and picture and cuts out.

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RDubya's 5 posts GB
8:50 AM

The real shame about all this is if it continues, I ain't going to be able to record the 2nd Brit to win the Tour de France for posterity. Gutted!

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RDubya's 5 posts GB
9:06 AM

RDubya: I have a RDR-HXD870 and have lost freeview completely as well. does anyone know if this a fixable problem?

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Sorcha's 2 posts GB
11:03 AM

Sorcha. Only time will tell.

It is not an issue with the DVD recorder as far as I can tell but I am NO expert.

I have checked and mine is definitely on the current firmware version 1.70 and as been for a year or three.

It's probably best to just patiently wait for an expert on here to come up with suggestions.

As I say, I am no expert but I cannot see how tropospheric issues could affect a signal through a DVD recorder but not affect Freeview through a Digital TV.

And having read a fair bit online this morning, I am awaiting confirmation from anyone in the know as to what changes could solely affect Sony machines.

It makes no sense to me.

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RDubya's 5 posts GB
3:26 PM

I have found this information on this website:-


Not sure how to apply what it states.

Advice from the pros greatly appreciated to get us Sony HXD users up and running again!

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RDubya's 5 posts GB
7:09 PM


I'm a newcomer but I'm using Waltham and may have some useful information.

I got up this morning and went to check a recording on my Sony RDR-HXD870 and found that Freeview had stopped working. After a lot of "messing about", and a number of machine resets,using Stop and Power Off, and then retuning manually , I found that ch 56 is the culprit. I don't know what it is doing but as soon as I try to tune it in, either in isolation or with other channels, it trashes Freeview. It appears to be putting a different format EPG on-screen.

I've retuned the machine but have left ch 56 off and it appears to be doing fine(at the moment!). A cheap STB I have is working fine!

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brian's 9 posts GB
7:31 PM

brian: I have the same model recorder as you, but I can't even turned my machine on! although I know there is power as the screen is displaying UPDATE and I can hear the fan going. Has anyone had success with contacting Sony? because they have not replied to my email!!

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Jo's 4 posts GB

7:55 PM

brian: Very interesting! as that mux channel corresponds to COM5/ArqA, this making me curious as to the outcome if any other owners of these models (Dave Lindsay?) cared to delete everything stored followed by carrying out a manual tune on their particular stations COM5/ArqA mux as, I cant really see the significance of this commercial channel as software updating etc via a download uses the PSB1/BBCA mux.

That said, if everyone who had complained of experiencing this problem had indicated their location this would automatically have satisfied my curiosity "if" they were known to reside in an area where they were only served by a relay station, relays not transmitting COM channels.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

8:08 PM

Jo: This is the advice given by Dave Lindsay to another user of these devices earlier on this evening.

>>> Press and hold the Power/Standby button on the machine for about 5 seconds to get it out of the Update state (there is no need to power it off at the mains) <<<

By the way you will not receive any communications from Sony until Monday (at the earliest), as just like most other companies their office is closed at weekends.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
8:08 PM


Mine was like this.

I left mine all morning thinking the the Up Grade would finish but it didn't.

There is no guarantee the following will work, but it did for me.

Important - Don't use the remote for the following.

1 - Try pressing and holding down the Power button on the machine. You may have to do this more than once.

2 - Turn the power on

3 - Hold down the stop button anmd then press and hold the Power button (This resets the machine)

4 - Turn the Power on.

Use Hand Control from now on.

At this point you will have no Digital channel indication when you step through with the Input button.

Go to the set up menu and Initial Set Up.

Set Date and Time.
Set EPG to Digital
Set Software Updates to Manual.

Go to Digital Tuner
Go to Signal Check

Select ch 29 Waltham Channel and Select Add New Channels when the signal is present.

Repeat for the other Waltham Channels but leave out ch 56 for the moment.


I've just been to check my set up and ch 56 now loads correctly!

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