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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- (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),

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 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
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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

COM5
ArqA
 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

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_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+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
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:18 PM

Mark Fletcher: The "rules" say C61 and C62 get moved to C48-C53, with the displaced service in C48-C53 getting moved to C39 and C40.

See Digital
Dividend - changes to the 800MHz band | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice
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Mark Fletcher
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6:31 PM

Briantist.Thanks for reassuring in relation to the issues surrounding the future relocation of certain mux's on fr's 61 & 62 from certain affected transmitters/relays after DSO UK wide is completed after October 2012,in preparation for the future 4G mobile phone networks.Looking through the link you provided via my previous text,barring any future musical chairs,i can safely assume in the case of Belmont,the ArqA mux on fr 53 and the ArqB mux on fr 60 will remain as they are,fingers crossed !

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David
7:30 PM

My mum lives in Littleover, Derby, very close to the Derby relay transmitter and a the top of a slope. To the north and at the bottom of her garden are three small-leaved birch trees, about as tall as a house. Beyond these and going north down the slope are two bungalows. Since switchover, the occupants of these two bungalows say they have worse freeview reception than they had before, and are blaming my mother's trees for interference, to such an extent that she's contacted a tree surgeon to thin the trees.

But I'm not sure the trees are the cause at all. Surely if they had good freeview before switchover they should have it now, with much higher power? My mum did say at least one of the bungalows uses a signal amplifier, which again rang alarm bells with what I've read on these pages. But she also said the same bungalow had had an aerial engineer in to look at their set up, so surely he would have tried taking out the amplifier... wouldn't he?

I realise the properties being bungalows and down a north facing slope will have inherent problems getting good signals from both the Waltham amd Sutton Coldfield transmitters to the south (I don't know to which their aerials are directed) but could the trees actually be the cause of the problem?

Many thanks,
David

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Sunday, 16 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
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brian
12:43 PM
Nottingham

My postcodeis NG2 7df and get my signal from the Waltham transmitter. Since switchover I have struggled to get quality non-HD BBC channels on either my set top box ( an old Inverto ) or my new Panasonic HD TV. Looking at signal strength on both bits of hardware I see very variable signal quality for everything on CH61 ( sometimes its 10/10 and others its appalling ) but consistent good quality for all other channels. I have an old non high gain aerial and live on the edge of the transmission area.I am at a loss after reading all hints on the site to work out what the issue might be.ANy sensible explanation gratefully received
I've rung a local installer who suggests using Nottingham instead but the signal strengths look much lower, will that work ?

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Saturday, 22 October 2011
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Sammisdat
1:01 PM

Brian: I live in your area and found that when I did the last retune I was getting my BBC signal on channel 43 (I don't know which transmitter this is but the ID says West Midlands). The stronger BBC signal for our area is Waltham (channel 61) and my tuner shoved those stations into the 800s. The result was that I got poor reception because I was now on some other transmitter.

Are you certain you're on 61? My TV tunes to 61 but my PVR to 43.

BTW just as you go up Musters Hill many houses are high enough up to get Nottingham (they have vertical aerials) but it shouldn't be necessary because the signal here on Waltham 61 is fine and I'm only a few blocks away from you.


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Mark Fletcher
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7:45 PM
Halifax

Sammisdat.The BBCA mux on ch 43 yer referring to,West Midlands is the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.Difficult to say without a full postcode.If you only want Waltham transmissions first step delete all your channels.Unplug either freeview box or IDTV from the mains,unplug your aerial either from freeview box or IDTV,wait roughly 30 seconds,plug either freeview box or IDTV back in,keep your aerial plugged out for now and perform a complete automatic scan (if you have this function) from ch's 21 to 68 (or 69).It will completely fail,in other words your channel line up will be empty,but in doing so it clears the memory so after this replug your aerial back in to your freeview box or IDTV and rescan again.If you have a manual scanning function,scan SDN ch29,D3+4 ch54,ArqA ch56,ArqB ch57,BBCB ch58 (if your freeview box is HD,or your IDTV is (full) HD) BBCA ch61,these are Waltham transmitter mux's.However if you do not have a manual scanning option,then you will have to do an automatic scan but in this instance,keep your aerial plugged out until ch 27 is reached,plug aerial in,once SDN ch29 is stored unplug your aerial again after ch31,because between ch39 to ch46 are Sutton Coldfield's 6 multiplexes,replug your aerial back in when it reaches ch52 for the other Waltham multiplexes i described earlier above will store between ch54 and ch61,and to be on the safe side unplug your aerial after ch63 until the automatic scanning procedure is completed when it should hopefully go onto programme no1 BBC1,but with no signal,now replug your aerial back in and you will get your TV signals back hopefully with just the Waltham transmissions that you require,and no Sutton Coldfield transmissions whatsoever.

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Ian Grice
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10:47 PM
Hinckley

In the last 2 hours or so I have been getting quite bad glitching on Dave (channel 56) Any one else ???

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Monday, 24 October 2011
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Michael
12:06 PM

As of this morning my freeview HD channels have Funny lines on them.

Anybody know why? All has been fine previously.

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