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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?

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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, 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
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
Friday, 11 March 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:09 PM
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Tom Latham: your aerial probably points to Sutton Coldfield rather than Waltham. It looks like either will be a good choice for you after switchover. Right now, Sutton Coldfield should provide a slightly more reliable service.

I believe you would get a Birmingham news service on ITV1+1 from Waltham anyway. If you're talking about ITV1+1, check whether ITV1 and BBC One are providing the right service. ITV haven't yet provided a full regional service for ITV1+1, you get the nearest one that they *have* provided.

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Sunday, 13 March 2011
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ian, notts
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:49 AM

have itv1 downgraded their regional service to all central anyway? i thought they had amalgamated the news an left the weather as east ,west an south?

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ian, notts's 253 posts GB
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:55 AM

ian, notts: I thought so.

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Friday, 18 March 2011
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Alan Phillipd
4:43 PM

I have just joined BT Vision and have had three boxes as the signal can freeze and re start and pixilate. This was on an ariel over 20 years old. Had a new digital ariel fitted yesterday and it still happens. Is there some discreancy when receiving analogue signals on a digital ariel.

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timonthenet
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:23 PM

Hi.

The above switchover details are very confusing. Our TV now gives us a warning that we need to re-tune after 31st March (I guess this is because Nottingham will be switched over after this date). We, however, point at the Waltham transmitter (as Nottngham is too hard to receive in our area) and so I assume our output will not be affected. I have just read though, that two new Mux will appear (I think C29 is one of the channel) at this time. Is this also for Waltham, and in which case, what services will they carry. In fact, looking only at waltham, do we need to do anything before August 17th?

Thank you, Brian.

Regards,

Tim (Nottingham East).

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timonthenet's 38 posts GB
Saturday, 19 March 2011
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obsidian_eclipse
9:24 AM

Our tv is saying the same thing, we're on waltham transmiter in derbyshire. I can only assume its because of new muxes, its a bit of a pain lately as all the channel name changes we've had have meant a retune. Mind you, if its getting better then I dont mind, if its more selling channels, adult channels or 'bingo tv' then its going to be annoying indeed.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011
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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:58 PM

timonthenet: There are five occasions when viewers to the Waltham transmitter need to retune during 2011.These are (1)30th March when MuxA changes frequency to C29. (2)13th April when Mux2 changes frequency to C31. (3)17th August when Mux BBCA begins on C61 for switchover step1. (4) 31st August for switchover step2 (5)12th October when MuxA/SDN changes to 8k mode and power is increased to 25kW. A further retune is expected on a date to be announced when C61 is withdrawn for inclusion in the digital dividend and Mux BBCA is given a new frequency allocation.

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:32 PM

WALTHAM transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 17:42 today to 19:03 today [BBC]

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