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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Waltham (Leicestershire, England) mast?

Waltham transmitter - Waltham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Waltham transmitter broadcast?

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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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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
 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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LNG
 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 27th May 2014: 7 Notts TV,

com7
 H -6.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
Channel icons


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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1329 May 132013-174 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
Thursday, 19 January 2012
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KMJ,Derby
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10:35 PM

Chris Roads: The engineering work advertised for the Waltham transmitter is only supposed to affect the SDN and HD muxes. As you say you are receiving ITV3 (carried on SDN) with good reception I wonder whether or not your receiver is tuned to the correct frequencies for Waltham on the other muxes. The Waltham signal on C29 for SDN is the first transmission of that mux found when scanning for channels so it would duly be stored as required. However the other muxes are found at the end of the scan, with options from Nottingham/Kimberley, Sutton Coldfield, Belmont and possibly Emley Moor available at your location. When BBC1 is selected check the frequency/UHF channel that is being received. If it is Waltham it should show C61, if it shows C27 it has stored the signal from Kimberley instead of Waltham. The other options for BBC1 would also show a different local news region- Belmont (C22) or Sutton Coldfield (C43). If this is found to be the case manual tuning of the Waltham frequencies is recommended after first clearing the channel list by doing a factory reset or delete all channels.

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Thursday, 2 February 2012
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Mrs W Lovell
4:33 PM
Grantham

To jb38 - You may recall replying to my query on 14 Jan. re bad recordings on my Linsar digital recorder, by saying that it was the Vestal brand chassis that is the cause of the problem. Can you recommend any brand names that do NOT use this Vestal chassis, as the Belmont signal does not seem to work either, so I have decided to replace my recorder!!! Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
Wendy


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Mrs W Lovell's 3 posts GB
Friday, 3 February 2012
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:11 AM

Mrs W Lovell: Yes I do, as being located at only about 20 odd miles away (in Stamford area) I also use Waltham / Belmont as well as Sandy for Anglia news.

However as far as an alternative PVR is concerned although you will obviously see quite a few brands being advertised such as Bush and likes (modern Vestels) being perfectly OK by the fact of them being up to date software wise etc, but being an engineering person I personally favour Humax devices, as although every PVR can suffer problems now and again Humax is just that little better plus its a brand with a really good back up facilities, basically because by it being an enthusiasts brand there are web sites dedicated to it, or even phone contact Humax themselves.

I would therefore suggest that you have a look at standard models such the 9150T which is a twin tuner model with the same size of hard drive as your present PVR, or alternatively a more upmarket (and likewise higher priced) twin tuner HD capable model called a 9300T, this being available with a range of hard drives, the usual being 500Gb.

You local store(s) will probably have the 9150T in stock but its very unlikely they would the 9300T, although websites such as Amazon offer a better range of choices or even from Humax Directs own website, John Lewis another source with the addition of a two years guarantee, albeit under EU law everything electronic is although in most cases with a fight, as stores try to insist its 1 year.

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jb38
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9:28 AM

Mrs W Lovell: Also meant to add, that although Humax devices are technically superior to most other brands, and in particular their tuners, they're not near so user friendly as Vestel chassis based PVR's as far as their remote control operation is concerned, somewhat clumsy!


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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
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btb
10:35 AM
Loughborough

Which frequency is the NIT transmitted on at Waltham?

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btb's 10 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:23 PM

btb: The NIT is part of the service carried on all multiplexes.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
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Arthur Richards
7:47 AM

Where can I see a list of Freeview channel codes (ie, BBC1 = 61
This will enable me to make sure that I am picking up the best signal for the NG10 area
Thanks.

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Mike Dimmick
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8:09 AM

Arthur Richards: The services are no longer in a one-to-one relationship with UHF channels. With digital, a single UHF channel can carry many services - at present, between 7 and 11 digital TV services per UHF channel. The combination of channels is called a multiplex.

You can find a list of the UHF channels used for each multiplex, and the services carried within it, at the top of the page. BBC One is carried in the BBC A multiplex on C61.

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Briantist
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9:04 AM

Arthur Richards: In addition, the values are shown at the top of the page with the bright green highlight, with a capital C in front.

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btb
12:04 PM

Briantist: OK thank you, the reason I was asking is because some tuner cards can get all the tuning information from the NIT, so initially its only necessary to scan one frequency (containing the NIT), then the NIT will pass on the other frequencies that are used by that transmitter and need to be scanned.

In other countries its common for the NIT to be on one frequency only. Are you saying in the UK the NIT is on all frequencies?

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