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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
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
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_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
Monday, 18 April 2011
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sheilan
12:40 PM
Mansfield

I am on the edge of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and I seem to be having the same problems. The signal strength is very weak and lost more tha half the channels. Yes it seems to be single frequency interference but it seems to be widespread with any neighbours who are on the Waltham transmitter throughout the village.
Looking at the maps of the 3 transmitters which could serve us in north Nottinghamshire, we seem to be out of reach of the full signal strength.
It appears that surrounding vollages are having the same problem so where on earth do we go from here?


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Briantist
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2:24 PM

sheilan: I would suggest that you point your aerial at the Belmont transmitter.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
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sheilan
3:16 AM
Mansfield

This is so frustrating. We have only just paid to have our new ariel pointed to Waltham because Belmont does not give any news or local topical programmes related to the area in which I live. (Nottinghamshire not Yorkshire)
The East Midlands signal was super prior to this switchover. Now the signal strength fluctuates but seems to have short maximum bursts of around 35%
As a pensioner I find the enforced expence worrying, especially as the switchover is not complete yet. Will we have to go through all this again in August?

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Briantist
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5:59 AM

sheilan: Waltham has not had a switchover yet. All that has happened is a pre-switchover change to the analogue services.

At switchover the Freeview power of Multiplex 2 (D3+4) increases from 8kW to 50kW, over six times stronger, so you certainly won't have problems then.

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Chris James
7:14 AM
Leicester

We live in Leicester, LE1 2HX with a roof ariel pointed to Waltham. For most of the past three years BBC4 has been intermittent but for the past couple of weeks channel 4 has degraded with intermittent picture blocking and jerky sound to an unwatchable degree. I hae re-tuned to no avail.

Occasionally both channels are fine but I haven't tested if the pattern of signal degradation is simultaneous. Is this likely to continue until August - and after that?

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Cass
8:24 AM
Newark

HI, can someone tell me what is going on? I returned the tv and bt vision box last wednesday as supposed to, and since then have had no itv1, ch4 or ch5. depoite returning every day. I am no expert but am getting fed up not getting thse channels as it wont record my progs n vision box cos no channels thereWe in Newark area and tuned in to Waltham Thanks


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Jonathan
8:34 AM

@ Jonamat: anything from the ITV technical manager?

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Briantist
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8:38 AM

Cass: As above, see Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice to see if you can fix it, otherwise you are going to have to wait until Wednesday 31st August 2011.

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Bren
11:09 AM

Hi

Experiencing the same issues at LE5 Leicester and have finally got to the bottom of it .... the engineers at Waltham have 'parked' a frequency that certain digital aerials need to achieve a good reception. If you have a wideband (W) digital aerial fitted you should be fine. They have 'parked' the frequency to prevent 'overlap' until the switchover date in August otherwise more households running analogue and digital signals would be effected. In other words there is nothing we can do until August!!! Unless you want to purchase other equipment e.g. new (W) digital aerial or free sat. Absolute joke!!!!

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