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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

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-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

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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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),

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-50,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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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

 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 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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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

 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
C49tv_off BBCABBCA

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.

Monday, 17 December 2012

4:53 PM

Chattes: Thanks for the updated info, and with the content of indicating that all is perfectly OK as far as the feeds from the distribution amplifier is concerned, but though which now unfortunately points to the problem being with the 8500.

The fact of you stating that the 8500 gives weak or no signal indication can suggest that the tuner is actively trying to receive a signal, and so to verify (partially anyway) if the tuners aerial input socket link is OK (or not) I would like you to try a test by leaving the aerial connected into the 8500's aerial input socket but connect a coax jumper cable from its "ANT OUT" socket on the rear (next to input) into the TV's aerial input socket to make sure that the TV still works on Freeview.

In other words the TV will be receiving its signal from the aerial connection used on the 8500's tuner link, as should by any chance a bad solder connection exist on the internally located rear of this socket it will show up on the TV's picture.

However, should that prove as being OK then without changing anything that was altered for the test go over your 8500's original configuration settings that you made in the "settings" menu (page 26 of your manual) where you selected "channel" and then "channel source" to make sure that the correct aerial input has been selected for the tuner, then follow this by carrying out another auto tune and giving an update on the results, because if still nothing is received I would like you to to try a manual tune on the 8500 but on the lower powered mux Ch29 / 538.000Mhz.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
11:49 AM

Hi, have completed coax jumper test and TV still receives Freeview and picture quality is excellent.

Checked channel source and correct aerial input has been selected, carried out another auto-tune but this failed to locate any channels.
Have tried manual tuning but this too, has failed, returning a message that no channels were stored.

Looks like the tuner is cream-crackered!!

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Chattes's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 3 January 2013
6:00 PM

Just after christmas i lost channels 1-10 and cannot get them back despite reseting my equipment, nothing else has changed on my side. Has something changed in the le3 area?

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anthony's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Adrian Bird
10:46 AM

bsb 3 and com5 lost

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Adrian Bird's 5 posts GB
Adrian Bird
7:37 PM

BSB 3 and COM 5 keep going off is this due to the Weather?

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Adrian Bird's 5 posts GB
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Marie Martin
8:18 PM

Hi guys I have lost Film 4 on channel 57 , am on waltham transmitter. Anyone had the same problem?

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Marie Martin's 1 post GB

8:40 PM

Marie Martin: Film4 is loud and clear in Derby. It might be worth checking that you still are tuned to C57 rather than a possible C39 from Sutton Coldfield if your receiver has been re-tuned recently. Otherwise check for single frequency interference from the RF modulator of a Sky box or VCR. Also try repositioning aerial and HDMI leads relative to the receiver in case there is any interaction with the tuner.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Friday, 1 February 2013

11:59 PM

Something is defiantly going on at Waltham, over the past week or so a client of mine has had problems with some channels constantly breaking up while I have not not noticed anything, then yesterday they were all working perfectly for him, there have been lots of reports lately describing the same thing. What's going on???

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Ian's 497 posts GB
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Nigel Cory
6:14 PM

Ian. You have probably answered your own question. If 'your client' has had reception problems but you haven't, it seems quite likely that there is a problem either with his equipment or local interference.

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Nigel Cory's 7 posts GB

9:32 PM

Ian: Another point being, that if your client happens to reside anywhere in the LE10 area then reception from Waltham is only predicted as being poor anyway due to en-route signal path obstructions, and although many people contrary to the predictors indications might well manage to achieve reasonable reception but what they do manage to receive is not by any means guaranteed as lasting, as in many cases the level that the signals are being received at is not at what could be considered as being a robust level by being not that terribly much above the reception cut off level of their equipment, this meaning that any relatively "minor" variations in transmitter output that would not even be noticed by most would however have more serious consequences to equipment whose reception was near to the aforementioned level.

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