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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
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
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-174 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
Sunday, 9 December 2012
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:24 PM

Sam: Many thanks for your update on the situation as I always appreciate being informed regarding the outcome of anything suggested, likewise I am pleased to learn that you have achieved a reasonable level of success using the Konig booster, and especially so when taking into account the fact that the engineering work being carried out at the Waltham transmitting station remains with a status of on-going, and something which is unfortunately responsible for the problems experienced by quite a number of disgruntled viewers within the stations service area.

Pleased to have been of assistance and thank you again for the update.

Kind Regards / JB

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Monday, 10 December 2012
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Chattes
4:35 PM

Well, I live 12 miles away from the Waltham mast, we can see it on the skyline, whilst TVs are OK (fingers crossed!) the HDD Blu-Ray player has lost all channels due to 'Weak or No signal' and no amount of retuning will bring them back. Am loath to take player in for repair (only 10 months old) as I'm sure they will tell me there's no problem. Reading everyone elses posts has given me some small comfort, so thanks for that, a very useful site and I'll be passing it onto my friends and neighbours suffering similar problems.

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jb38
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8:50 PM

Chattes: Although Freeview reception from Waltham has been, and still is, a bit iffy at times over the past few weeks what you have reported could suggest that some other factor is coming into the equation, this making me wonder what method you are using to feed the signal from the aerial into your Blue-Ray player as well as your TV's? as a low boost powered splitter should really be used.

Maybe you could give an update as far this is concerned.



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Tuesday, 11 December 2012
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Giles Williams
11:40 AM
Bourne

I am reading these posts with interest. My neighbours and I have all lost signal from Waltham over the last few weeks and it is frankly beyond a joke. I live in PE10.

There are so many people complaining about it that it can't be localised issues. Come on tranmitter people. Sort it out.

Any ideas when the engineering work is going to be complete?

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Giles Williams
11:45 AM
Bourne

Incidentally, I used the BBC's online complaints form and received an e-mail back telling that Waltham was working normally. Beggars belief really.

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TykeEL
9:24 PM
Leicester

Hi

I have little (no clue regarding aerials or signals but live in the LE7 area and for the past 7 days have experienced problems with reception. Going on my TV's diagnositcs it is receiving from East Yorks!!!! - but then other channels are receiving from East Mids. Our aerial has not been moved - I have also tried the re-tuning without the aerial and then manually tuning the appropriate channels but to little or no avail - Help.

But please can you explain in straight forward terms - or is it as I fear - something wrong with Waltham Transmitter????

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:06 PM

TykeEL: On going engineering work has been taking place at the Waltham transmitting station for quite some time now and with random periods of weak signals being experienced by many, and so I would suggest that you once again blank out the channels already stored in the tuners memory then once completed proceed to manually tune in each of Waltham's muxes one at a time, and if all are successfully stored then do not under any circumstances be tempted to try another retune at any time as absolutely nothing is gained by doing this, because any channel that results in a blank screen is not actually lost but just sitting under the reception threshold of your TV or boxes tuner, a signal check whilst on the blank screen proving this point.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012
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ian from notts
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

6:29 AM
Nottingham

TykeEL
ive had a few people ring me with this and to get round the problem on some tv's ive had to go thro the menu to find "over the air updates" or "new signal message" and turn this OFF as it seems to rescan in standby mode and the tv returns to wrong channels stored.
this means any proper updates will not be auto updated and a manuel tune every time there is a change !
this seems to be a problem for people on waltham in an area where belmont is strong ?

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Thursday, 13 December 2012
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Chattes
7:26 AM
Nottingham

jb38 - thanks for your comment; I'm a complete layman at this so apologies for any incorrect names/terms used! The roof aerial connects into an SLx4B 4way aerial amplifier integrated bypass device. 4 co-axial cables feed the signal to various areas of the property, not all of which have TVs connected. If those co-axial cables were to be disconnected, would this help to boost the signal to the 'faulty' TV/Blu-Ray ? Thanks for your time in helping me sort this out, much appreciated.

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Charlie
7:42 PM

I live in pe 9 on the edge of Stamford and have a clear view of Waltham with no obstructions in between.We get max signal strength and quality from Waltham and Belmont . Have a Panasonic tv and Panasonic dvd/hdd recorder. Over the last few days we are unable to view/record via the dvd' s epg except on hd channels. The tv is fine ! Very frustrating but I think it's reception issue rather than equipment. Any observations/ suggestions gratefully received ! Thank you.

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