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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-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
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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
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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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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_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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Dick Rudd
9:38 PM

Had to retune mother in laws t v today. she lives in the centre of kings lynn near the customs house. because of her location waltham has allways been strongest signal !!.she now, after return get 134 channels. can somebody tell me what BBC1 ch 807 & 808 are. Freeview in Kings Lynn Does me ed in !! Within a 2 mile radius mum in laws Waltham sisters Sandy heath & im Belmont !!!!! NEED A DRINK !!!

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Dick Rudd
9:47 PM

Oh! forgot to say her samsung tv indicates 70-75 pc signal from Waltham. DRINKS NICE !!!

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:14 PM

Dick Rudd:The extra BBC1 channels will be from Belmont and Sandy Heath. In fact if the channels were stored on autoscan Sandy Heath could now occupy the normal channel positions with Belmont and Waltham in the 800s. See what local news is shown on each to work out which is which if you don't have frequency info to hand. There should currently be 105 standard definition channels found over the six muxes from one transmitter.

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obsidian_eclipse
10:18 PM

Hello John. Something weird and wonderful has happened. I tested the signal again and all the PID information for C31 is there, I have now managed to retune all my equipment including the pc tuner. Nothing has changed in the setup from earlier, the signal levels and quality remain as they were but the 'network information' is now completed - how odd.

Is it really sad to be overjoyed at getting mux 2?

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KMJ,Derby
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11:24 PM

Jonamat: Thanks for the info. I have been fortunate to receive C29, C31 and C33 all at 55% signal and 100% quality, but I was rather surprised to see the quality on C31 drop to very poor when repositioning the aerial a few inches in either direction. C33 was not affected in this way. I expected C29 to behave like that as it is co-channel with analogue C4 from Little Eaton where I live and either signal can be received perfectly by choosing suitable aerial positions. The nearest analogue transmitters using C31 are Crosspool (Sheffield) and Fenton but it is unlikely that either would be causing problems in Leicestershire even if they could be a factor in more northerly parts of the Waltham service area.

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Ben Johnson
11:29 PM

obsidian: I am pleased for you...but no change here. I have no Channel 31 and have noticed now that I have no Channel 29 either. Could it be that I have no "wide band" aeriel???

Tomorrow, I plan to eliminate the white box (the purpose of which I have no idea) and test the two devices I have directly to the aeriel.

This is turning me to DRINK as well!

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Monday, 18 April 2011
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Jonathan
8:49 AM
Newark

@ KMJ: yes, quality is as Jonamat says: 0-10%, and mostly 0%.

Yet C29 (which supposedly has the same signal strength according to the Freeview reception tables) and is also out of group (according to the transmission frequencies at the top) has a quality of 100%.

And C48 (the equivalent frequency for Belmont) fluctuates between 0-100%, mostly somewhere in the middle, which makes it useless for viewing purposes, but it does get here sort of.

So this is a widespread problem with C31 specifically and has nothing to do with local analogue interference (we don't have any) or the lack of wideband aerials (otherwise we wouldn't get C29 either).

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Ben Johnson
10:11 AM

I have now tested the TV direct to the aerial and exactly the same problem occurs.

Back to the Aerial itself...i must have had a wideband aerial before 30/3/11 and 13/4/11 retunes because I was getting all the channels. Is that right?

So if it is not the aerial then what on earth is it?!?

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Jim
10:49 AM
Nottingham

Having swapped my Finlux TV which works fine in kitchen to the aerial point with the goodmans on, the channels break up on MUX2. I conclude that the signal to this room is weaker due to wiring issues. Its further from the aerial and there are additional sockets on route contributing additional signal loss

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obsidian_eclipse
11:55 AM

Whilst its nice to be enjoying mux 2 again I dont know what happened or why, or even why others still have difficulty when my problems seems to have cleared up. The signal does appear weaker than the other mux's though, only about 50% strength, the signal on c30 comes in as yorkshire so I assume its belmont and that is 52% strength now! Perhaps there is an invertion affect as I cant understand why that would be stronger than waltham.

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