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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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 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
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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
Monday, 2 November 2015
H
H E Smith
2:45 PM
Ashbourne

DE6 4NN, Kirk Langley.

Can you tell me please what the problem has been with the programmes from Waltham recently ?
For some time signals have been significantly weak, but over the past weekend BBC 1&2 have, for
long periods been unwatchable. During these spells programmes from ITV etc, via Waltham have
appeared as normal.

My aerial, feeder & TV check out as OK

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:21 PM
Macclesfield

H E Smith: There are no reported problems with Waltham. Having said that, I've suddenly got 'no signal' (or a highly fluctuating rubbish signal) on POP, so it might the transmitter. On the other hand, ITV HD seems fine, so it could just be my HD box is more sensitive than the TV, so its flipping out when the TV isn't.

Check your signal levels on BBC1 - too high or too low? Both cause problems. And check the other muxes - if there is a problem, it might be that the others are just above the threshold, but BBC1 has dipped below it.
And the old trick of swapping out the existing aerial lead might cure it - they get damaged, and certain muxes dont get picked up. Its a cheap and easy check, if nothing else.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:24 PM

MikeB: The present difficulties related to atmospheric conditions is causing all sorts of odd reception problems, as when I returned home this evening reception of PSB3 transmissions from both Waltham and Belmont was a no go, as although the strength of the signals from both were still around normal at 80% , the quality was zero, the situation remaining the same when tested a few minutes ago.

The strange thing being that Walthams COM7 HD (C31) was perfectly OK.

By the way, I use a pair of Logs for reception, one feeding each of the two TV's


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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:34 PM
Macclesfield

jb38: Thats the strange thing - apart from that one (POP TV) mux, all the others are fine - in fact I'm reading pretty high (higher than normal)signal strength on one or two. I notice that we've seen lots of people complaining about total loss of signal tuned into Sandy Heath, but mostly in the Anglia area. Waltham /Belmont has been hit a bit, but not nearly as much. Perhaps Talcneston will be next?

The difficulty of course with diagnosing such a problem is that there are so many variables, but hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
C
CLIVE JOHNSON
6:47 PM
Leicester

I, too have had problems with Waltham, BBC 1, after a long period when everything was fine. Sunday I had a come-and-go signal and Monday morning, 2nd. November, it was intermittent, with most of the time "no signal" shown. Could this be due to the fog?

Today, Tuesday, everything seems to be back to normal.
Leicester LE5 5NU

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CLIVE JOHNSON's 18 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
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MikeP
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

12:46 PM
Trowbridge

Clive:

Very unlikely to be due to the fog itself, but rather the probability of a temperature inversion due to the current weather patterns being experienced mainly in the southern parts of the UK. Because such payyerns are variable it is likely to give rise to the reception variations you report. Do NOT try retunin g when this is occuring.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB
Thursday, 5 November 2015
C
CLIVE JOHNSON
12:12 PM

Thanks, Mike. I've had no further problems to date.

Clive

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CLIVE JOHNSON's 18 posts GB
Monday, 30 November 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:36 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 11 December 2015
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Ian from Pinxton
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

5:32 PM

Lots of problems in areas of Swanwick, near Alfreton, Derbyshire. Is it atmospherics? As no problems on Transmitter and to many calls from a condensed area?


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Ian from Pinxton's 253 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:34 PM

Ian from Pinxton: Looking at Request Rejected it is doubtful if the problems are caused by the atmosphere. What do you mean by "Lots of problems" specifically?

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