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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.

 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

 H max
C34- (577.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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3 ITV (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 ITV +1 (Central west),

 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 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

 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

 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

 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

 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?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Mike Dimmick

3:56 PM

Mrs Mary Thomson: Yes, that's expected.

BBC Two analogue is now off, permanently.

The high-power BBC digital service has started up, but it was allocated ITV1's analogue frequency, so ITV1 had to move to BBC Two's old location.

Therefore you will find ITV1 analogue on button 2 for the next two weeks.

On the 31st, the remaining analogue channels will be shut down, permanently. The high-power digital multiplexes will replace some of them - all services will move to a different frequency except for SDN, which moved in advance of switchover to get out of the way of transmissions from another site.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
4:07 PM
Melton Mowbray

Thanks for the suggestion regarding the postcode. I've looked in my instruction book but can only find details concerning language and country choices. Did you input a postcode to your Sony TV?

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Judith's 10 posts GB
Dominic Payer
4:31 PM


I input a postcode to my Sony TV. It is only 2 years old.

If your TV is older - from the time when any extra channels were thought a bonus - you may only have the option of a full scan and then have to edit the channels found.

From Melton Mowbray your aerial will be pointing towards both Waltham and Belmont.

After the 31st August you could try fitting attenuators to your aerial to reduce the signal from Belmont to below the level your TV can detect. Until Waltham goes up to its post-DSO power level on 31st August you would probably find there is little practical difference between the signal levels from Belmont and Waltham.

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Dominic Payer's 20 posts GB
4:42 PM
Melton Mowbray


Thanks for the advice. My Sony Bravia TV is about 4 years old. Unfortunately my TV aerial is on top of a converted Water Tower belonging to my neighbour.

I think I will have to put up with the inconvenience of manually retuning.

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Judith's 10 posts GB
phillip wigley
5:41 PM

hi all has anyone else had to swing their aerial to make it pick up 1, 2, 80, 301 bbc channels? Only I'd like to know if it might cure my problem before I pay someone to go on my roof.I have a large digital aerial and its already been pin pointed at waltham twice in the past. Is the problem now that the new signal is too strong? and swinging it off station attenuates it a bit?I get channels 3,4,5,6,bla bla 81parliament,82 sky news etc all perfect.If I swing the arial will Ilose the other channels, Because even 1 degree to the right equates to several miles from waltham what's going on,or not in my case. regards Phill ps just scaned again no bbc's

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phillip wigley's 16 posts GB

6:10 PM

phillip wigley: People often find that their systems are overloaded by the new high power transmissions. If you have an amplifier or booster in your system, you will have to remove it. If you don't, you may have to fit an attenuator to lower the signal level.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Mrs Mary Thomson
6:12 PM

To: Mike Dimmick

Thank you for the information - that explains it. Thank goodness I found this web site and thank you once again. Roll on the 31st August and then maybe all will be satisfactory!

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Mrs Mary Thomson's 5 posts GB
Mr Singh
6:21 PM


I'm from Derby and still have analogue BBC and channels 4 an 5 but no freeview BBC.

I have tried multiple retunes without any luck.

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Mr Singh's 8 posts GB
phillip wigley
6:21 PM

Thanks Briantist, I thought That might be It. Do you happen to know how big the attenuator needs to be? I hav'nt got any at the moment and Maplins is the only place still open if they have any, and they are 10 miles away.Can I put a resister in the signal wire only. If so what value do you surgest 1k, 10k,or is it experimaent time? I was An Arial rigger 20 years ago so I do Have some experience, and in electronics, but as you know things move on. kind regards Phill

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phillip wigley's 16 posts GB
Mr Singh
6:27 PM

Just checked again and analogue ITV is now on what was BBC2!

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Mr Singh's 8 posts GB
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