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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
Sunday, 3 April 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:12 PM
Reading

timonthenet: This is the 'phony war', not the real switchover yet.

At Waltham, the only change *so far* has been the move of Mux A from C26 to C29. Mux 2 remains on C23 for the next 10 days.

On the 13th, Mux 2 moves from C23 to C31. This is still low power and not the 'proper' switchover.

The 'proper' switchover starts on the 17th of August, when BBC Two analogue switches off, and Mux 1 moves to C61. ITV1 analogue will temporarily move to C64, meaning if you select channel 3 on an analogue TV you will get nothing, and if you select channel 2 you get ITV1.

Two weeks later, on 31 August, the remaining analogue channels turn off. Mux 2 moves to C54 (as D3&4). Mux B is turned off. Mux C moves to C56 and changes mode (as ArqA). Mux D moves to C57 and changes mode (as ArqB). HD services start on C58.

In October, Mux A changes mode (to become SDN), which will probably require a retune, although it will stay on the same channel.

I realise these early retunes are confusing, but they're happening to ensure that you don't lose services when The Wrekin goes high power - BBC on Wednesday, the other channels two weeks later on the 20th.

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:16 PM
Reading

Oh, and unless they sort out the frequency allocation before August, the BBC multiplex will have to move again some time in 2012 to free up C61 for 4G mobile phones.

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ian
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:23 PM
Ilkeston

Am i jinxed when it comes to Mux A! Its reading no signal from Waltham and from Nottingham aswell on UHF29 and UHF53! i was enjoying the delights of a football match on ESPN! Be so glad when they ramp the power up and this becomes almost a thing of the flaming past!

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ian's 23 posts GB
Monday, 4 April 2011
J
John
11:18 AM
Nottingham

I successfully returned my Phillips set top box on 30th March however, every day I get a message "an update has been received for this channel", when I press ok BBC channels disappear and I have to retune again. I have a loft aerial pointed at Waltham and the signal is strong enough to run two TV's using an amplifier. Can anyone help please?

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John's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
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blackfish
7:10 PM

Briantist, thank you for clarifying Waltham vs. Nottingham signal source. When Nottingham switches on 13-April, does the power ramp up on that day? Just wondering whether to try receiving DTV from there instead of Waltham. Nottingham's analogue signal is too weak for me hence I pointed aerial to Waltham (strong analogue and reasonable DTV).

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:40 PM
Reading

blackfish: The BBC A multiplex at Nottingham is already at full power. D3&4 and HD services will start up at full power next Wednesday. The commercial multiplexes stay on low power until 28 September.

If you couldn't get Nottingham's analogue signals with reasonable quality, digital is likely to be erratic. I'd stick with Waltham.

A full postcode would allow us to give more information.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
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East
1:12 PM
Grantham

@ John, I too have a Philips set top box with the same problem. BBC channels begin dissapearing one by one over a short period of time after retuning from factory settings. All other channels work fine.

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obsidian_eclipse
4:47 PM

Hmm. Just had a pop up message come on my tv about a retune on bbc news channel scheduled for today otherwise I will loose some of my services. This ones new to me.

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obsidian_eclipse's 15 posts GB
Thursday, 7 April 2011
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obsidian_eclipse
6:09 PM

Another pop up today on bbc mux. It says i'll have to retune on 13th due to technical changes. I understand changes to notts transmiter but i'm on waltham (live in derbyshire for one thing). Out of interest what technical changes are taking place?

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Friday, 8 April 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:57 PM
Reading

obsidian_eclipse: Waltham has a couple of pre-switchover retunes so that the high-power signals at The Wrekin don't cause problems.

On the 13th of April, Mux 2 (ITV1/C4) moves from C23 to C31 to avoid high-power D3&4 from The Wrekin.

On the 30th of March, Mux A at Waltham moved from C26 to C29 to avoid the high-power BBC A from The Wrekin. If you hadn't retuned already you might have been prompted.

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