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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
Sunday, 17 April 2011
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hobbitt
4:56 PM

also in ng22 farnsfield notts no itv1 retuned must be 8 times but no update can anyone advise

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John
5:35 PM

This is ridiculous I have not had ITV, C4 etc since Weds morning in LE2. Have tried auto and manual retunes and first time instillations on numerous occasions to no avial. No problems at all prior to this and no idea who to contact etc.

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Jonamat
6:20 PM
Newark

Jonathan & Hobbitt.

Don't think we cab resolve this individually.
I know Briantist keeps telling us it is single channel interference but if is, it's not being generated in my house. The problem is so widespread, there must be a pretty powerful transmitter somewhere putting it out. I have given up for the time being as I am convinced all my kit (nearly new) is not at fault.
I have an Engineeering Technical manager at ITV ringing me back on monday. Don't know if he will come up with a reason...failing that I guess no MUX 2 until August. Keep smiling,J.

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:38 PM

Jonathan: What is the signal quality like on C31?

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John
6:44 PM
Leicester

Jonamat: If you could let the ITV tech manager know the problem is here in Leicester (LE2) too that would be great!
Can't be single freq interference here either as have no other equipment.

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Jonamat
7:15 PM
Newark

KMJ,DERBY.
Jonathan lives in the same village as me. NG22 My C31 varies - Quality 0-10% max.
Signal strength 0-10%.That's the highest it has been today and probably the highest since tuesday. Returns zero results on search.

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floramarg
7:39 PM

hi, i posted last week about the apparent change of frequency with waltham. i did buy a new freeview box and got most channels up but still missing ITV. ch4 and five..probably more but running out of patience with it after loads of retunes and getting nowhere!!!! HELP!!!!!

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John
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8:28 PM

obsidian_eclipse - Purely for information purposes, in the Stamford West area (notorious for bad reception) I can receive Ch31 via an amplified log periodic aerial on three separate devices, namely a Panasonic TX32G20B TV and two PVR's, a Humax 9200T and a Hitachi 162.

I will say that when the channel changed from 23 to 31 the signal level immediately dropped from a near 10/10 S&Q to an erratic 80% strength and a downwards varying 60% in quality with this occasionally diving to zero, these findings being similar in ratio across the three devices used, one of them (the Humax) being fed from a separate amplified log albeit still being directed towards Waltham.

As a matter of interest on a portable multi-standard LCD I use for external test purposes the data received on Ch31 shows the Video PID-0513, and the Audio PID-0651.


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John
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:35 PM

Re posting just made (@ 8.28PM) jb38 should really have been used to avoid confusion.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:25 PM

Re: John - Correction to PID's listed, they should have been Vid-0514 and Audio-0652 for ITV1 on Ch31 MUX.

(Merrydown and accuracy does not really go hand in hand!).

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