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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 - MainPossible weak signal 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.

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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1 BBC One East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)442mDTG-350,000W
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3 ITV (Central (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)442mDTG-650,000W
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45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)442mDTG-825,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 H -3dB
C56 (754.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

 H -3dB
C57 (762.0MHz)449mDTG-825,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C26 (514.0MHz)442mDTG-125,000W
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from 27th May 2014: 8 Notts TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -6.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)442mDTG-610,200W
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63 Community Channel, 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 3 others

 H -15.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)442mDTG-61,400W
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starts sometime during 2014/5:

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Waltham transmitter?

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BBC East Midlands Today 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Nottingham NG2 4UU, 28km northwest
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
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ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 83km west-southwest
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?

aerial groupC/D EEWWWWK

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lilac background for power levels in watts
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700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 17th August and 31st August 2011.
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Saturday, 14 March 2015
Melvin Pearson
2:48 PM Mansfield

I live in the NG18 4DB part of Mansfield, which is only 14 miles from the centre of Nottingham and our local TV studios, all of the aerials in our area point in the direction of the Emley Moor transmitter as historically this gives the strongest signal although, according to your map we should also be able to receive a good signal from Waltham.
The above means that we receive Look North which covers some of our immediate area but I would also like to receive East Midlands Today & channel/NOTTSTV">Notts TV on channel 8.
I have a Samsung UE40F7000ST TV and a Panasonic DMR-BWT735 DVD Recorder and wonder if there is any way I could tune either the TV or recorder or both to receive

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Dave Lindsay
3:35 PM

Melvin Pearson: I think you'll be pushing your luck (going by the Digital UK Coverage Checker), although the path looks quite good were it not for the terrain up to just over 1 mile out.

The path to Emley Moor at 38 miles looks pretty clear, the main doubt being that the high ground at Bolsover and objects on the ground there could cause difficulty:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

The path to Waltham at 28 miles is clear were it not for the terrain up to and including Harlow Wood:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Perhaps this is why Digital UK doesn't "think" it's a good bet.

You're in a no man's land as far as regional news goes. Emley Moor with BBC Look North (Yorkshire) is the most likely to be the best signal, followed by Belmont with BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire) and then Waltham.

You're not likely to get Notts TV unfortunately. See "Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?" immediately above the "Comments" heading for the radiation pattern.

Also, in the good old days of four-channel analogue it was often possible to combine feeds from two aerials on different transmitters, owing to the way in which UHF channels were allocated. Even if you can pick up Waltham you won't be able to combine with Emley. That may not be a big issue as keeping them separate would just mean you would need a separate set-top box for watching East Midlands programming (or use the TV's tuner). That is, you would have two aerials and feed each one into a different tuner (box or TV).

Also be aware that the COM channels use a signal mode that may make them more difficult to pick up, plus from Waltham they are at half power with respect to the PSBs. The point here being: don't necessarily rely solely on Waltham -- probably use it only for regional programmes on the PSB channels.

Your other possibility is to get a cheap Freesat box, and install a dish if you don't have one, this giving you access to all regional opt-outs across the country.

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Dave Lindsay
4:10 PM

Melvin Pearson: You can "try" and see what you get from Waltham with your Emley Moor-facing aerial, Waltham being in almost exactly the opposite direction and the rear of the aerial being the most sensitive behind the sensitivity of the front.

Go to the manual tuning screen and enter the UHF channel number but don't press the button to scan/add services. Instead, wait and observe what the strength and quality is like and whether this is stable or not. It's also worth pointing out that while it might be stable at one time, at a different time of day, time of year or different weather it might not be so.

For Waltham channels are:

PSB1 - BBC One - C49 (698MHz)
PSB2 - ITV - C54 (737.8MHz or 738MHz)

I looked on Streetview -- photos taken in September -- and there are a few Waltham-facing aerials, and most of these houses also have an Emley Moor aerial, so that might be the route you'd like to go down.

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9:57 PM

Dave Lindsay

One possible alternative to get around the channel allocation similarities between Waltham and Emley is to use a coaxial switch with one aerial on Emley and the other on Waltham, the output being connected to the TV/box/etc. I successfully used one such for many years living in Swindon and getting both Oxford and Mendip signals. The advantage of a switch is that there are no significant losses and no common or adjacent channel problems. The down side is that you have to manually change the switch over to swap between sources, so you could not record programmes from both transmitters while the equipment is unattended (a common reason for recording) and you would need to remember to operate the switch at the right time if you were present. Having said that, two separate aerials feeding separate TV/PVR combinations os not such a problem - if you have the equipment and other household members do not mind the extra boxes and associated cabling!

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Monday, 23 March 2015
Transmitter engineering
10:31 AM

WALTHAM transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Saturday, 28 March 2015
7:44 PM

Living in Rainworth connected to Waltham Transmitter. Had all services working clearly up until Thursday when the BBCB Mux has ceased to work, all other channels have brilliant signal. Have tried a manual scan on Ch. 58 but still coming back with no channels :( the COM7 Mux is still working, which confirms to me its not an issue with the HD Engine on the TV. Any thoughts on fixes would be greatly appreciated? Many Thanks, Joe!

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9:52 PM

Joe: Engineering work has been taking place at the Waltham transmitter all of this past week, therefore your BBC B problem is most likely to have been as a result of this action. However, have you tried a manual scan this evening?, as a signal check carried out on Mux58 (I also use Waltham) indicates as normal.

I will say though, that Belmont is indicated as providing a somewhat superior signal in the Rainsworth area compared to that from Waltham, meaning that any slight reduction in TX power at the Waltham transmitter will have a more significant effect on reception.

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Monday, 13 April 2015
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