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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 (578.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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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),

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 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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, 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 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_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+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, 27 December 2013
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Richard Borland
1:40 PM

Has there been an issue in the southeast (hove) since the 23rd dec. I realise we have had some extreme weather conditions but we don't tend to suffer as much as we have. No itv and channel 4 and when there is it's very poor.

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MikeP
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8:15 PM

Michael:
I stated that all *terrestrial* transmissions before switchover were analogue. Sky is not a terrestrial service and has been digital since 1998. There were NO digital terrestrial transmissions (other than brief test transmissions) before 2008. Wikipedia is again wrong or at best misleading. It is confusing the digital services from Sky with those from the terrestrial broadcasters and should not be relied upon.
After my 50 years in the industry before retiring I am well aware of what format the transmissions we using.

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MikeP
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8:17 PM

Mike Davison:
Would you please enlighten us as to which terrestrial services were being transmitted digitally before 2008?

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Briantist
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10:32 PM

MikeP: As I recall, Channel 4 was *distributed* as 10Mbps motion-JPEG to the terrestrial broadcast points before the launch of DVB-T in 2008. But it was, of course, converted to "625 line" PAL for broadcast.

And PAL did have two digital components: Teletext and NICAM (sound).

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Briantist
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10:36 PM

Mike Davison: To be technically accurate, Sky was part of the British Digital Broadcasting bid for what became ONdigital.

It was the regulator that required them to remove their membership.

Sky were keen to have a "finger in both pies" at the time.

See Popular misconceptions 3: looking back at DG Greg Dyke | About UK Free TV | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Michael
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11:56 PM

MikeP: I didn't mention Sky in my post. But if there were no digital terrestrial transmissions before DSO, then what was I was watching via my digital box and then IDTV via an aerial before 2008? Unless we're not talking about the same thing...?

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Saturday, 28 December 2013
MikeP
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9:41 PM

I am talking about the reception of TV services from terrestrial transmitters to be received by the general public. There were NO digital terrestrial transmission for general public reception prior to the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting from around 2008. There were no domestic TV sets capable of such terrestrial reception until much later.
The *only* digital broadcasts available until then were from Sky starting around 1997/8 or previously from British Satellite Broadcasting from around 1992/3 (using the squarial), they were bought out by Sky to gain access to the digital technology and contracts owned then by BSB. These digital services did not catch on well due to various technical problems and costs.
All terrestrial broadcasts of BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 prior to 2008 intended for general public reception were entirely analogue, any digital transmissions, as mentioned by Briantist, were the links between distribution centres and the transmitter sites (these were then always converted back to analogue format for transmission to the general public). There were, therefore, no digital terrestrial transmissions for reception by the general public - and it wasn't just Ch4. The microwave link system was gradually converted to a digital system in preparation for the full digital switchover from 2008.
Michael, I suspect you were watching analogue transmissions on a TV that was possibly capable of both analogue and digital reception - but with no digital signals being available to the general public you would have to have been watching analogue transmissions. Perhaps you can enlighten us with a model number of your 'digital box', the only ones I know of were for satellite reception and not terrestrial.
Several years ago ITT sold a 'digital' TV set, but it was entirely for analogue signal reception, it then converted the signals into digital format internally for processing before conversion back to analogue to drive the CRT and loudspeakers. It did not have any digital reception capability.

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MikeP
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9:47 PM

One other point. Integrated Digital Televisions (IDTVs) could be connected via a broadband connection and receive programmes via the internet. These would have been in digital format for distribution via the web. However, such receivers could also get analogue terrestrial signals via and aerial and display them. The design could well have 'blurred' the distinction between viewing via the internet and an aerial (of analogue signals). So it could diplay non-broadcast programmes from a digital source, but not received via the aerial.

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Dave Lindsay
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10:31 PM

MikeP: What was ONdigital, later to become ITV Digital then?

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Sunday, 29 December 2013
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KMJ,Derby
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12:27 AM

MikeP: Time flies! DTT was on air for 10 years prior to the start of DSO. Regarding satellite, the BSB squarial lasted from 1989 to 1991. as Sky merged with BSB in 1990.

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