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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
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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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 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
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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
Monday, 19 November 2012
K
KR
11:24 AM

Bit of progress, but not entirely sure how.
I ordered a cheap variable attenuator off ebay and fitted it to the upstairs TV. This took the signal down to about 50% and I was able to adjust and watch the signal bar go up and down.
Retuned and all was OK, got my missign channels, but one of the other multiplexes was breaking up even on the lowest attenuation.
So I took off the attenuator, back where I was, but rather than the signal going up to 100% again it remained around two thirds.
Now all channels working.
I have no idea what I did, although I did do a full reset as part of the process.

Also retuned downstairs TV and PVR manually and now dont have any duplicate channels, and again pic is fine.

I suspect the engineering works have been to blame for this, but still not entirely sure how or why.

Anyway, thanks all for your assistance, hopefully it will be stable going forward.

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KR's 9 posts DE
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
D
dave
1:08 PM

was waltham off the air last night ?

i got home to find no reception at all on either my freeview box OR tv.

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Ian
sentiment_satisfiedGold

3:49 PM
Hinckley

Was working for me ok

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Ian's 497 posts GB
Thursday, 22 November 2012
S
steveo
3:46 PM

I have no reception whatsoever on my freeview tv, or virgin box .It went off last night 21st about 5.15 and its still dead. Is it the floods?

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Ian
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:47 PM
Hinckley

Where abouts are you? If the Virgin box is off it cant be anything to do with the transmitter. If both are off I would say its something at your end.

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Ian's 497 posts GB
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
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Robert Fairbrother
7:53 PM

28th November 2012 19:50
Cannot get any BBC channels from Waltham. This is about the fourth time in the last month. What is going on? The information on this site really ought to be more specific about what time the transmitter is going to be offline.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:05 PM

Robert Fairbrother: Indeed. Even better, the issue "really ought" not to happen in the first place.

This is the nature of engineering work of any nature; it is usually impractical to give a timetable of the prospective turning of every screw. One assumes that the periods of low power and outages are kept to a minimum.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 29 November 2012
J
jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:07 AM

Robert Fairbrother: You have to look at it from the other point of view, insomuch that the transmitter concerned is not always necessarily actually off line as such, but has only been reduced in power to the extent that the signal received by your TV or box has dropped to just under the reception threshold for the equipment you are using.

Its really quite impossible for engineers to forecast exactly when a situation such as described will occur, as dependant on what task is being carried out it might involve temporarily working close to either a high voltage or radiation source whereby a reduction in power for a few minutes might prove to be necessary in the interests of safety.

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Friday, 30 November 2012
J
John Sands
10:46 PM

Here in Carlton, Nottingham, the stations on PSB1 have been unwatchable for several extended periods this week (Wednesday evening and tonight) - these are all normally coming through at 100%, but have been reduced to around 80-85% with continual break up. This surely indicates more than "a reduction in power for a few minutes [...] in the interests of safety" and also represents pretty poor service.

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John Sands's 6 posts GB
Saturday, 1 December 2012
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John Sands
1:05 PM

Precisely what is the nature of the current engineering works and when exactly will they be completed? The information "Over the next week Waltham main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption" doesn't have a date attached to it so it is impossible to know how many forthcoming days it refers to! After just re-tuning to see if that improved the situation, I now have 30 stations (including radio) as opposed to the usual plethora. This would not be a bad thing in itself, but the BBC stations are still unwatchable and have gone down to arounbd 75-80% quality with 71% strength. All I know is that everything worked perfectly well on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of this week and that on Wednesday and since yesterday it has gone belly-up. Grrr ...

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