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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
Thursday, 13 October 2011
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Steve
11:01 PM

Perhaps someone might be able to enlighten me with regards to the freeview reception. I am able to receive with Excellent reception Channel 59, I can receive channel 61, 54 & 29 equally good, strong & stable. BUT and this puzzles me no end, I cannot receive Channels 56 or 57. What could be causing this problem and would there any possible solutions? I have tried adjusting the amplification of the masthead amp with no improvement.
PS Inlaw's system is working great now

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Friday, 14 October 2011
Ian Grice
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12:03 AM
Hinckley

Well I was kicked off Sky at about 10pm tonight and so far Freeview has been fine. So what ever the problem was its gone now.

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Ian Grice
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12:04 AM
Hinckley

By the way I think this page needs updating regarding the output from Walthan on channel 29 Brian.

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Briantist
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1:27 PM

Ian Grice: Done.

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Mike Dimmick
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3:21 PM
Matlock

Steve: You previously said you were at DE4 3ET, is that still the case?

Digital UK don't offer any prediction from Waltham at that address. A look at the terrain shows some very big hills blocking line-of-sight. While signals do refract over terrain, they will always be weaker than if you did have a direct path available.

The Bolehill relay also transmits on C57 and could be generating enough interference to stop the weak signal from Waltham getting through. The problem on C56 is less clear, although it could be down to being adjacent to the HD multiplex from Stanton Moor on C55, and the C57 service from Bolehill.

The broadcasters use antenna diversity - more than one antenna used in an array, or at different heights on the mast - to handle such problems. You *can* do this yourself, but it can be expensive. It's usually a lot easier to go with a satellite service. You can compare the channels available on Freesat, versus Freeview, at Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

It *is* possible that you have too much signal, which often causes problems for adjacent channels on a transmitter. You did try turning the amplification *down*, not up?

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Mike
7:55 PM
Derby

I live in Derby, and I believe my antenna is pointed towards Waltham. The past few weeks we've been getting terrible interference on the BBC channels (BBC1-4, Ceebies, BBC News, etc.). We were using the 800 numbers since they were giving better reception, but now they either no longer come in at all, or have very bad reception. The 'regular' BBC channels have improved slightly, but still freeze up and lose signal constantly. It's also much more pronounced in the evening.

The antenna is mounted on the chimney, and was bought (and professionally installed) only a few years ago when we went from analog to Freeview (now using a Humax PVR).

I don't understand most of the technical lingo on this site, so all this talk about 'C57' and 'Mux', etc. is over my head. Can someone just tell me what's going on with the BBC channels, and will it improve? Is there anything I can do?

Thanks for any help that can be provided.

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Mark Fletcher
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8:12 PM
Halifax

The BBCA mux on fr 61 on the main Waltham transmitter will possibly around 2013 be relocated to another frequency due to fr's 61-68 being cleared for the 4G mobile phones network.The big question come that time is where will BBCA mux be relocated to,49 possibly as 50 is out of the question due to a clash with Tacolneston ArqB on fr 50 after DSO2,also fr's 53 ArqA & 60 ArqB at Belmont (after Wed 23 Nov 2011) are used !

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Saturday, 15 October 2011
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