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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.

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
C41 (634.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

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
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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jb38
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5:21 PM

Dave Lindsay: Re: 10.48 posting, funny you should mention the procedure you were using as I did wonder, not being quite sure if you were injecting the analogue modulator into the system using a "Y" splitter in reverse as a combiner, its common leg going into the Sony and each of the other two legs being fed from the aerial and VCR respectively, although the method used by yourself certainly seemed to be quite effective by the fact of it backing up user i.d: brian's findings (20th @ 7.09pm) of singling out COM5 as being the cause of the problem.

As far as Sony taking measures to address the apparent vulnerability of these boxes to whatever data glitch had caused the problem, I have an open mind on this as to whether or not they would consider it necessary to do this, because the whole situation could simply have been caused accidentally at Arqiva's end by a glitch having occurred when COM5's EPG data was being entered, and not necessarily as a result of any purposeful act of someone having altered the data for any reason.

The other aspect being, that Sony had not carried out any software up dates immediately prior to the problem occurring nor were they involved in any way with the problem clearing up again, and so up to a point anyway it could be said that Sony was relatively blameless in this particular case as corrupted data was responsible.

I have another sneaking suspicion that this sort of thing may also have been the reason for the recent WMC fiasco that blocked the reception of Waltham's PSB2 but only when received via WMC's PC tuners, this problem like COM5's having magically cleared up in exactly the same "silent" way and with no admission of responsibility having been taken for the problem.

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brian
6:35 PM

Dave

I tuned com5 in late yesterday and the system is still ok. It seems that the Gremlin has gone away for the moment!

I contacted both Sony and Arquiva but have had no reply so far. I'm not holding my breath!

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js
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9:43 PM

brian:

New CRIDs for events on Pick TV, Challenge and Sky News were recently added to the DTT EIT.

Previously, all CRIDs in the DTT EIT had a data part that started with "/"; the new CRIDs did not.


The following definition has no requirement of a "/" at the start of the data part.

from ETSI TS 102 822-4 V1.7.1 (2012-12) Section 8:-

http://www.etsi.org/deliv….pdf

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The syntax of the CRID is:

CRID://<authority>/<data>

<authority> uses the TV-anytime authority naming rules given in clause 7 to assure uniqueness.

<data> is a free format string that is Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) compliant, and is meaningful to the authority given by the <authority> field.

The <data> portion of the CRID is case insensitive.

In its entirety, the CRID is URI compliant. (See RFC 3986 [1] for URI compliance specification). As per RFC 3986 [1], the CRID:// part of the syntax is case insensitive.


Example of a syntactically valid CRID:

CRID://company.com/foobar

CRID created by "company.com" authority, with a data part of "foobar".
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The following is an example of a typical event on Pick TV before and after the change:-

DTT EPG from 2013/07/08 08:42:45
**********************************************
<programme start="20130708100000 +0100" stop="20130708110000 +0100" channel="233a.5040.56c0">
<title>Stargate SG-1</title>
<desc>Gemini: A duplicate of Colonel Carter seeks help from Stargate Command in defeating the Replicator Fifth. She claims they've found a way to counter the Asgard's new weapon. [S]

crid = /G_SKYB905441, Type : 32 (series)

eventID = 203E, SID = 56C0, TSID = 5040, default_authority = www.sky.com, 698 MHz
</desc>
</programme>
**********************************************

DTT EPG from 2013/07/20 16:53:58
**********************************************
<programme start="20130722100000 +0100" stop="20130722110000 +0100" channel="233a.5040.56c0">
<title>Stargate SG-1</title>
<desc>Avalon (Part 1 of 2): Stargate leaps through the portal for its ninth series. New recruit Cameron Mitchell is stunned by an instant promotion, and soon finds himself led astray. [S]

crid = /G_SKYB905441, Type : 32 (series)
crid = S21823786, Type : 31 (item)

eventID = 221D, SID = 56C0, TSID = 5040, default_authority = www.sky.com, 698 MHz
</desc>
</programme>
**********************************************

On Freesat, the same slashless CRID data has been present ever since the three Sky services were added.

The same event on Freesat:
Freesat EPG from 2013/07/15 14:36:55
**********************************************
<programme start="20130722100000 +0100" stop="20130722110000 +0100" channel="PICK TV.17009">
<title>Stargate SG-1</title>
<desc>Avalon (Part 1 of 2): Stargate leaps through the portal for its ninth series. New recruit Cameron Mitchell is stunned by an instant promotion, and soon finds himself led astray. [S]

crid = /G_SKYB905441, Type = series
crid = S21823786, Type = item

eventID = 221D, SID = 1299, TSID = 07EA, fsatID = 17009, default_authority = Picktv.sky.com, 12207 V
</desc>
</programme>
**********************************************

Finally, after the fix:
DTT EPG from 2013/07/21 18:32:37
**********************************************
<programme start="20130722100000 +0100" stop="20130722110000 +0100" channel="233a.5040.56c0">
<title>Stargate SG-1</title>
<desc>Avalon (Part 1 of 2): Stargate leaps through the portal for its ninth series. New recruit Cameron Mitchell is stunned by an instant promotion, and soon finds himself led astray. [S]

crid = /G_SKYB905441, Type : 32 (series)
crid = /S21823786, Type : 31 (item)

eventID = 221D, SID = 56C0, TSID = 5040, default_authority = www.sky.com, 698 MHz
</desc>
</programme>
**********************************************


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Dave Lindsay
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10:50 PM

js: If the "crid" should, according to the specification, have a preceeding / then why was it omitted? Was it thought that it wouldn't matter? Might it have been a slip or was it just plain sloppy?

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js
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11:19 PM

Dave Lindsay:

Well that's the question. All I have to go by is the ETSI definition in my post and that doesn't require a "/" so I think it was valid.

The equivalent Freesat data is still missing the "/" and has not caused problems as far as I know.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:28 PM

js: So how come BSkyB implemented this change on a Friday evening? What was there before then?

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:47 PM

Dave Lindsay:

You mean sabotage? Possibly, but if the data was (and is) valid and only a few types of box affected, not very likely.

On the grounds of pure logic, what is the point of wasting bandwidth transmitting something that is always there?

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:07 PM

js: The question must be one of whether the slash is required under the specification for the language.

If the answer is "no" then the broadcaster was right to use it and it appears that these boxes have a bug in their firmware/software.

If the answer is "yes" then the broadcaster was wrong not to include them.

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Friday, 2 August 2013
Ian
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2:48 PM
Hinckley

Is something going on at Waltham? I have lost all chanels on COM4 29 and the channels on COM5 56 are breaking up all the time.

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Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Roger
9:16 PM
Derby

Here's an odd thing. On the sitting room TV the freeview EPG for BBC2 @ 19:00 showed "Dad's Army", whereas the one in the bedroom showed "Swimming World Championships" at exactly the same time. They're both tuned to Waltham.

Which mux does the epg come from?

Do the digiboxes store epg data and only very occasionally refresh?

As a matter of interest, the program that actually aired was "Dad's Army".

The digibox in the bedroom is an Icecrypt T5000 (which has always worked well), and the sitting room one is Goodmans GD11FVZS1 (which has always suffered from very illogical idiosyncrasies).


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