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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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-50,000W
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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-50,000W
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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-50,000W
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 14 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
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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C41 (634.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

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
Saturday, 16 April 2011
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Jonathan
11:32 AM
Newark

Jonamat: We're also in Farnsfield. Zero signal on C31 from Waltham. Poor signal (no good for viewing purposes) on C48 from Belmont.

Re single frequency interference: We do not have local analogue interference. We presumably do not need a new aerial either, since we can receive the other out of group frequencies (C29, C33, C42, C45, and analogue C35) just fine.

On Freeview reception: C31 signal strength is low, but it's the same as C29 and there's no problem with that. And they're both better than C48 Belmont (which receives some signal, if not a usable one).

So what's going on?

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Steve C
2:24 PM

Re My Previous Post above: Friday 15 April 2011 8:02PM

I have found a cure for my problem. I hope this might help others.

My Setup is Wide Band Aerial into a Video/Hard Drive Recorder then out to a distrubution amplifier that feed all the rooms in the house with the aerial signal.

The Video/Hard Drive Recorder has an RF output. I use this machine to record CCTV images and it also allows us to see the cameras on all the TV's in the house.

Now I remember from days gone by that Video Recorders in this area used Channel 31 via the RF lead to the TV to get a clean interferance free picture.

I turned this off and hay presto a retune has found the missing channels. Turn it back on and the TV picture has pixalation problems.

Why it did not effect my Panasonic TV's and it only effected some of my equipment I do not know?

This has cured my problems I have just retuned the modulator of the Video/Hard Drive Recorder to a free analoge channel.

So If your were having problem like me take the aerial coming into the building straight into the TV and try a Retune.

Good Luck

Steve C

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Roland
2:27 PM
Kettering

Okay so like others here I lost the main ITV channels during the week. Got the notice to retune as BBC red button had moved. So after midday today retuned (after deleting all channel information etc.). On first retune got a list of 'unknown' channels with no information. On second retune got channesl with information but only main ITV channels were viewable, BBC channels pixellated etc.. Third retune whilst got a whole set of channels in the 80n space. The 801 BBC1 & 802 BBC 2 channels work fine. So it looks as if the current re-jig of channels and power levels is causing problems - as I'm probably picking up some channels from Sandy Heath (I'm within a mile of being equi-distant between the two, but Sandy Heath is masked by the houses/hill behind me.

Equipment: Humax PVR-9150T

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Roland
3:12 PM
Kettering

I really dislike the form transmission information is being provide currently! Whilst it may look nice on the screen it doesn't easily print out or support cross checking with other transmitters.

What I want is the following information in tabular form for each transmitter, that can be easily printed on A4 (landscape or portrait): Mux. broadcast Channel and Frequency being used. For each mux. the stations in the mux. and their assigned number.

This makes it very easy (on the Humax PVR) to determine which channel/frequency my PVR has assigned to programme guide channel 1 BBC1 (for example) and hence permit me to look up the originating transmitter and determine if it is the one I'm expecting.

This shouldn't be too difficult as I have such a print-off from 2004 when I originally installed my freeview aerial etc.

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Dave Hunter
4:19 PM
Derby

Had lovely reception from 20:00 last night until about 9 this morning now it reverted to the day-glo red effect and when I look at the snooker the white ball seems to have gone the same colour as the table.

Also seem to be getting some sort of ghosting as well.

Any ideas?

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Dave Hunter
7:18 PM
Derby

Now it's back to good reception again. I am going to have this until Waltham changes over in August?

Who was the brainbox who decided to leave Waltham alone while changing two transmitters on either side?

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Dave Hunter
7:53 PM
Derby

I give up its gone back to the red screen again. Surely this is not what I am to expect from Digital TV?


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Roland
9:51 PM
Kettering

Once I got the channel details sorted the problem andhence the solution was obvious!
The problem was caused by substantially increasing the power output of the Sandy Heath transmitter (x8) at the same time as requiring users to retune on the neighbouring Waltham transmitter; which did not get an increase in power.

Hence doing an automatic retune which will typically scan from the lowest channel through to the highest will pick up channels on the Sandy Heath transmitter (yes my aerial did this even though it is ~90 degrees out of alignment for Sandy Heath!)

The solution was to manually scan each channel being used by Waltham, thereby bypassing/ignoring the channels used by Sandy Heath. Interestingly, if the transmitter planners had thought about things they could of delayed the (largely unnecessarily large) power increase of Sandy Heath by a couple of weeks and avoided the problems being encountered by users of Waltham and reported here.

For those living South East of Waltham a quick check to see if you are now getting the wrong signal is to look at the signal details of BBC1:

BBC1 (Mux 1/PSB1/BBCA) on Sandy Heath is on frequency C27 (522.0MHz) whereas on Waltham it is on C49 (698.0MHz).


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10:12 PM

Roland: C31 at Sandy Heath had to be switched off before it could be used at Waltham. When Waltham increases power at switchover you still need to do a manual tune for each mux as Waltham will use higher frequencies than Sandy Heath on five out of the six muxes.

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