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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.

 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, 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), 63 Community 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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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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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
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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Thursday, 8 January 2015
Gordon Insley
12:54 AM

I have not yet got a grasp on your explanation.
Would you like to explain why these predominately primary HD channels are the poor relations.
Given that HD is the way forward then several important channels may not make it to those screens that are on the fringe of a given transmitters service coverage.
Is the intention to 'up' the signal power at some point of is this it for the foreseeable future.

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Dave Lindsay
11:58 AM

Gordon Insley: Prior to switchover digital signals were limited in their coverage. This was due to lack of frequencies available. The pre-switchover signals essentially served as many as possible, but in no way matched the reach, even from the 80 transmitters which carried them.

The new HD channels (COM7 and COM8) are essentially in a "pre-switchover" state. They were introduced so as to encourage take-up of Freeview HD (DVB-T2) receivers. Channels 31 to 37, excluding 36, were left silent at switchover with the intention of them being given over to new multiplexes.

The objective of, what are now known as, COM7 and COM8 was to cover as much of the population as possible, and so at least possible cost. This, by definition, is likely to mean that not every viewer of transmitters which carry the channels can pick them up reliably, this being because some require the higher power in order to receive (for example, where there is an obstruction in the way). The higher the power the more likely it is to interfere with other transmitters which are co-channel. Therefore the effect is to render unusable signals from either transmitter.

The objective of the plan was to maximise the number of viewers. So reducing the power, so to speak, may increase the number of people who can successfully receive elsewhere. It stands to reason, therefore, that there must have been an analysis of population by area and that there was a trade-off made.

To keep costs down -- the multiplexes have a fairly short life-span of five years -- equipment (antennas) that was already in existence was used.

So, to recap, the objective is to encourage take-up of Freeview HD receivers and cost has been kept to a minimum.

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Saturday, 17 January 2015
Rod Wadsley
5:12 PM

I haves problem with the TV guide (picture and sound quality are fine)
When scrolling through the guide it comes up with no information available
I have checked the signal strength and signal quality which are reported as 70% and 100% respectively ( channel 49
Any comment or help appreciated or a pointer to some technical reading as to how org guide is encoded
Pe9 2xh

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Sunday, 18 January 2015
Gordon Insley
7:52 PM

Dave, many thanks for the explanation.
Now I understand the logic behind it all.

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Dave Lindsay
10:07 PM

Gordon Insley: It's good to help.

The only way is to consider whether you can receive COM7 from Sutton Coldfield. This will give you West Midlands programming though. You could have a Sutton Coldfield aerial as your main one and Waltham, fed into a set-top box, for regional programming.

Or, if you have a twin-tuner PVR, feed SC into it and Waltham into your TV.

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Monday, 19 January 2015
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Friday, 6 February 2015
Langton Aerials
2:51 PM Mansfield

a lot of problems from Waltham in the ng16 area, all freeview breaking up, at least 5 homes in 2 villiges close by since friday night

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Langton Aerials
2:54 PM Mansfield

all multiplex's breaking up at multiple locations in the ng16 area of nottinghamshire since friday night

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Philip Wood
5:34 PM Nottingham

NG14 6EY
Woodborough, Nottinghamshire

We used to receive the COM7 group of channels from Waltham until late last year. In particular we are missing BBC News HD and BBC Four HD.
Why have we lost them and when will we see them again? I have done a manual tune for channel 31 but the search finds 0 channels. Will the proposed channel 37 convey these channels?
Our aerial is on the roof.

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