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The Waltham TV transmitter ceased all analogue TV transmissions on August 31st 2011 - the official digital switchover date. A further digital retune was required on 29th May 2013 when one of the main Freeview multiplexes carrying BBC1 East Midlands and BBC2 moved from UHF Ch61 back to UHF Ch49.

Receiving the Wrong BBC or ITV Region?

We are aware that some viewers in the East Midlands continue to receive the wrong BBC or ITV region.

If your aerial points at the Waltham transmitter (near Melton Mowbray) and you don't get East Midlands Today on BBC1 and Central East Midlands ITV for your local news - instead receiving Anglia, Yorkshire or West Midlands programming - click here for retuning help to solve the problem.

Waltham Coverage Area

Waltham provides Freeview digital TV coverage to Leicester and the East Midlands including north Northamptonshire (with fringe coverage of Corby and Kettering) and parts of Nottingham plus south and east Nottinghamshire. UHF DTT multiplex channels and DVB-T power levels from the Waltham transmitter are given in the table below.

Refer to your equipment user manual or visit Digital UK's Retuning Guide for more information about how to retune your particular manufacturer, make and model of Freeview box or TV.

Digital Switchover of the Waltham TV transmitter was completed in two parts on 17th August 2011 and 31st August 2011. Further changes requiring retuning are detailed below:

  • 29th May 2013 - Retune required as a result of UHF channel 61 being vacated to make way for 4G data services. The BBC A multiplex has now moved to Ch49.

A high gain wideband TV aerial is required for good reception. Existing aerials pointed at the Waltham transmitter may be legacy Group CD types, which will not allow reception of Freeview channels on Mux A, Mux 2, Mux B and D.

To check whether you are in the Waltham DVB-T transmitter coverage area enter your postcode at the Freeview site by clicking here. For long distance (DX) Freeview coverage predictions for Waltham click here.

Waltham Digital Multiplexes - Channel Numbers - After 29th May 2013
BBCA D3+4 BBCB HD SDN ArqA ArqB
UHF Ch49 UHF Ch54- UHF Ch58 UHF Ch29 UHF Ch56 UHF Ch57

Previous Multiplex Changes in March and April 2011

  • On 30th March 2011 - Mux A from Waltham moved from UHF Ch26 to UHF Ch29. This change affected ITV3, QVC, Bid TV, ITV2+1, FIVER, FIVE USA, Quest and CITV as well as a few digital radio channels like Capital FM, Absolute Radio and Heart.
  • On 13 April 2011 - Mux 2 from the Waltham Transmitter moved from UHF Ch23 to UHF Ch31. This change is potentially affected ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV2, More 4, E4 and ITV1+1 amongst others.
  • The above multiplex changes mean that all DVB-T Freeview equipment receiving a signal from Waltham required retuning twice on the dates listed above to ensure continued reception of all multiplexes.

You'll need a high gain wideband TV aerial like the Triax Unix 52 for Freeview reception from the Waltham transmitter. This means that many homes served by this transmitter will need an aerial upgrade to get good Freeview reception as their existing aerials (if installed a few years ago) may not be wideband types as they're more likely to be Group C/D.

Waltham Freeview Reception Problems

Many of the existing TV aerials in service which will be of a Group C/D type previously installed for the analogue TV transmissions from Waltham. These aerials, if retained will give Freeview reception problems particularly of Mux 2, Mux A and Mux B since Group C/D aerials are optimised for UHF channels 52 - 68, well away from the UHF DTT channel numbers used by the Waltham transmitter (often referred to as digital multiplexes).

If some Waltham Freeview channels are missing from your digital TV channel line up, start by checking your aerial. If you are getting Freeview reception problems on the Waltham UHF channel 29 DTT multiplex and you're well inside the service area from the transmitter, it is likely that your existing TV aerial is unsuitable is an old Group C/D type installed many years ago prior to the launch of Freeview. In this case, you'll need to buy a high gain wideband aerial suitable for Waltham DTT reception and get it installed by a CAI registered aerial contractor. Alternatively, if you live in a good Freeview signal area, you could try installing a loft aerial yourself.

Some wideband aerials work less well on the low number UHF channels. A recent Freeview installation that I did in Bingham, Nottinghamshire showed lower signal quality readings on the UHF Channel 29 Freeview multiplex. The best way around this is to get a high gain wideband aerial like a Triax UNIX52 Aerial fitted which is better suited to fringe reception areas.

Wrong Regional Programming?

In some parts of Derbyshire, east Nottinghamshire, Freeview reception from the Belmont Transmitter (Yorkshire TV) and Sutton Coldfield transmitter is possible and some set top boxes or TV's may erroneously tune to the wrong transmitter. If you are in the East Midlands and receive the wrong regional programmes read our help guide to fix the problem.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this page is provided in good faith and is accurate to the best of our ability. No guarantees are offered concerning accuracy of information provided.

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