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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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
Channel icons
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 Player, 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 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
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Briantist
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5:18 PM

sheilan: Yes, you will have to wait until 31 Aug 11 when the multiplex moves to C54- at switchover.

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Briantist
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5:21 PM

billy: You will have to wait for the full power Freeview signals at switchover, as you are not in a full-service area until then.

You must pay your TV Licence if you have a TV set, that is the law.

You could move your aerial to point at the Belmont transmitter, you will receive all service from there today.

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Briantist
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5:52 PM

karen: Can you not attach your working Freeview box to your new TV set?

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jb38
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6:01 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Billy (1.50pm posting): As far as your Aunt is concerned, if its the area I think that you may be referring to there is a great possibility that Freesat might well be her only option as RF dead areas do exist and Uppingham does contain some difficult terrain as far as reception is concerned, however as far as your own reception is concerned do you know if the aerial installer actually tested for a signal from Sandy (Anglia) rather than concentrating on Waltham?

The reason I enquire is, I am located in a difficult area West of Stamford and prior to Sandy's "main" transmitters switching to high power operation I could barely receive any signal whatsoever from there, whereas after switchover I immediately started to receive quite a viewable signal on my Panasonic TV with indications of approx 65% strength and 85% quality, however after having made some alterations to my aerial set up I now get a consistent 100% on both strength and quality (inc perfect HD channel reception!), these results now enabling me to use Sandy as my main station and keep Waltham as the second choice via a differently positioned aerial.

It should be said though that in difficult non line of sight areas involving valleys etc the usual rule adopted by many (although not all!) aerial installers of "one type fits all" (usually some form of Yagi and mounted as high as possible) can actually result in an inferior signal, as in these type of situations experimentation is always necessary for satisfactory results, with in my particular case me finding that the aerial directed towards Sandy gave a far superior signal / quality reading when mounted at a particular gutter level position to when being tried out on the chimney.

That said though, I would hold off doing anything until after Waltham has switched to high power operation in August, as I feel that a high percentage of problems presently experienced by many who use this transmitter could well be rectified after this event, that is allowing for the fact that digital terrestrial reception can never really be as glitch free as what's obtained from satellite reception.



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jb38
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6:05 PM

jb38: Location indicated on previous does not obviously apply!

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KMJ,Derby
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6:26 PM

karen: Waltham is at 221 degrees, roughly SW from your location. Aerials on Belmont point in a NNE/NE direction at 31 degrees.The Digital UK postcode checker predicts a full service from Waltham but only four muxes from Belmont, no prediction being offered for MuxC or MuxD. Have you checked the 800s of the channel list for duplicate BBC channels? It is possible that weak Belmont channels were found and stored before the stronger Waltham signal was found.Regarding MuxA from Waltham it is just possible that analogue Channel 4 on C29 from Bilsdale is strong enough to cause interference. After Bilsdale switchover Mux SDN is shown as variable reception for you from Waltham. Did you try doing a factory reset before scanning in case any channel information was already stored which was confusing the tuner?

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timonthenet
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4:21 AM

Lost all signal for Challenge etc Mux (Mux 2). Is this due back shortly?

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Transmitter engineering
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4:37 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:07 today BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:40 yesterday to 05:47 yesterday BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 23:59 on 10 May to 05:39 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:39 yesterday to 05:46 yest [BBC] Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:07 today BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:40 yesterday to 05:47 yesterday BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 23:59 on 10 May to 05:39 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:39 yesterday to 05:46 yest [BBC] Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Patricia
6:15 AM

i have found i have to restore set to factory defaults before doing complete fresh rescan everytime they do work on the aerial.

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