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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


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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
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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;
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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
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Transmitter engineering
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8:32 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 today to 19:03 today [BBC]

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timonthenet
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8:57 PM

Hi KMJ.

Thank you very much KMJ. I really have become very confused over the past few months to work out exactly what is happening and when. This is the first time that I have seen a direct listing of all the crucial changes to effect us - it's a shame that when the letters were posted out to us all, telling us of DSO, that they didn't give us all a timetable then. We must have had 5 or 6 letters asking us if we wanted new aerials etc, but not a word as to when we would need the change.

Very grateful - KMJ.

Regards,

Tim.

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Monday, 21 March 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 yesterday to 19:03 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 yesterday to 19:03 yesterday [BBC]

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Briantist
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6:33 AM

Alan Phillipd: There is no such thing as a "digital aerial." I would see Freeview intermittent interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
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Chris
9:45 AM

I live in Fleckney LE8.No signal on channels 3,4,5. Have installed £270 worth of new ariel, TWO independant aerial fitters say we are right on the edge and the signal on those channels is weak. I'm no expert but what about some increased signal on those channels?

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Mike Dimmick
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7:01 PM
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Chris: Multiplex 2 will move to a new frequency on the 13th of April, which may improve matters. It will increase in power, and move to another frequency, on 31 August.

Wideband aerials tend to have poor performance at the lowest frequencies - Mux 2 is at lower power than Mux 1 (most BBC channels), requires more signal than it to work properly, and is at a much lower frequency. However, lower frequency signals travel better.

The dates cannot be put forward any more. Every transmitter depends on the ones before it switching over. The retunes on 30 March and 13 April are to allow The Wrekin to use those frequencies, and they are taking channels that the Nottingham transmitter currently uses (and will stop using on those dates).

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Friday, 25 March 2011
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paul
9:18 PM

hi im from leicester so im using the waltham transmitter ive installed a vision 48 digital aerial on a 10 ft mast ch 23 is 50s ch26 is 50s ch33 is 50s ch42 is 48db ch45 is 46 db ch 49 is 50s so ive put a 0-10 4 way wolsey m/h amp on this turned up to 10db which is giving me 60s but channel 42 and 45 is around 48db still. its the same at all points, 12 meter runs to a pub sn is 29 29 28 27 26 28 im recieving breakup at night around 6ish on onwards on freeview viva music channel off and on cable used was rg6 tv is a lg muxs on diagnostics say 70% signal but the breakup 1 42 is 50% so put a 6db setback on there put all power up abit so channel 42 is now 70% others 90% but still recieving breakup now should i put a bigger amp maby 15db on to put the signal up but this will put the other channels on overload so can i ask if theres any one who know the solution to my problem to stop breakup thanks paul.

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Monday, 28 March 2011
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obsidian_eclipse
10:54 PM

Paul, anywhere about 45db should be fine for digital tv reception. It might be worth checking what the analogue signal is coming in at, if its above 80db then it could be interfering with the digital signals - so even though the strength is fine the quality of the signal maybe very poor.

I use a signal booster but have it set just above minimum. It only gives a slight improvement in signal strength but anything more wipes it out. I also use attenuating splitters to distribute the aerial output which helps filter some of the 'noise' generated by nearby traffic, microwaves or even light switches.

The 6pm+ time is quite well known for signal breakup, usually caused by the 'inversion effect'. In short the atmosphere behaves like a mirror causing interference from distant/neighboring transmitters, it should improve when all the analogue stations shut down and channel frequencies rejigged. For now we just have to live with it.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
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timonthenet
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12:31 AM

Hi.

All but BBC ONE, TWO etc, gone from Freeview. There was due to be a retune for Waltham today, is this part of the retune? If not, when do we have to retune? I note that there are 'engeneering works' causing possible disruption to the digital signal from Waltham this week anyway.

Can anyone verify that it's not just me thats lost all signal!

Regards,

Tim.

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