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Full Freeview on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter which serves 2,690,000 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 Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Winter Hill 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
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 H -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
50 Movies4Men +1, 75 Chart Show TV, 89 Clubland TV, 209 Pop +1, 210 Tiny Pop 1, plus 1 others

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
DTG-2 16QAM 2K 3/4 18.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWA K
700C49 ArqAArqA

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
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 4th November and 2nd December 2009.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-12.9dB) 25.7kW
com8(-13.4dB) 22.6kW
Analogue 5(-16dB) 12.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LL(-24dB) 2kW
GIM, LM, LPR(-27dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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.

Monday, 28 August 2017
10:46 AM


Signal radiation patterns are determined both by local measurements and computerised predictions based on those measurements and knowledge of the terrain. The operators do recheck from time to time by doing field measurements, especially if a new aerial is fitted to the mast. For example, a local multiplex is usually intended to have a limited coverage area and to avoid interference with other signals they check that the aerial it uses is aimed correctly to give the desired coverage.

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MikeP's 1,614 posts Gold Gold GB
Sunday, 1 October 2017
7:07 PM Wigan

Hi, I recently got a new TV (old one didn't have freeview hd) and now have HD but have noticed some HD channels are saying no signal. They all seem to be com 7 (and maybe com8) and show on the EPG. The aerial is high on the roof and seems to have two rods however all the neighbours have a single rod. The gent I bought the house from was 88 so it may not have been updated for sometime. Do you think the aerial may be the issue or that I am not in the right area (wn68ds) for com 7?
Cheers, Andy.

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Monday, 2 October 2017
3:14 PM


Having looked at the blue links below your posting, namely the 'digitaluk trade' (at Coverage Checker - Detailed View and the 'Freeview map' (at Freeview reception at WN68 DS) it should be perfect reception. However, is your aerial a Group C/D type or a wide band type? Com7 is on channel 31 and most Group C/D aerials are poor at that lower frequency, so will need to be replaced by a wide band type, preferably a log-periodic which will be suitable for several years. Com8 is on Channel 37 which should be being picked up by your aerial, though it may be weaker than you 'main' channels.

So you need to do a signal strength check on channels 31, 37 and 49 (the ArqA multiplex). For good HD reception you need signal strength between 60% and 85%, any less is too weak and any more is too strong for reliable reception of HD services.

One other possible source of problems are the 4 mobile masts quite close to your location. If they are a source of problems you shoudl contact At800 (see and discuss any issues with them.

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MikeP's 1,614 posts Gold Gold GB
10:45 PM

Andy: Give us a model and make of the TV to make sure it does have an HD tuner. But if you are getting 101, etc, but not other HD channels, then your either in an area which doesn't have those services (light transmitter?), or you have a problem with your system.

Check signal strength and then the signal path - if the TV is telling you there is no signal, the TV is OK and telling you its your system. Could be as basic as a rubbish aerial lead into the TV.

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MikeB's 2,258 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
10:09 AM Wigan

Hi Mike & Mike,
sorry for the delayed reply but didnt get a notification of your comments so just found it when re looking.

I think the tv should be fine as like you say I am getting other hd channels but its a panasonic TX-50CX700B. I'm not sure what aerial it is but I don't think its wide band.

Just done a signal check and 31 is 0 signal quality and flashes on and off between 0- 52% signal strength. 37 has 100% signal quality and 30% signal strength and 49 has 100% signal quality and 94% signal strength.


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10:56 AM

Andy: That TV CERTAINLY has an HD tuner, so its almost certainly your system, and sounds like a dodgy wire somewhere.

Look at your readings for strength - 94% on one mux, but zero for another, and 30% for another. This can happen with a loose connection or damaged aerial cable, where some muxes are fine, while others are messed up.

Since your just 14km from Winter Hill, it might be that 94% reading shows just how strong your signal is, even though something is seriously borked. Start with changing the aerial lead, it might be as simple as that.

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MikeB's 2,258 posts Platinum Platinum GB
2:06 PM Wigan

Hi Mike,
Well I changed the aerial lead and it worked!

I've got all the com7 channels now although the signal still isnt great - 50% signal quality and 9% signal strength.

But the picture is fine, no freezing or cutting out.

Thanks Mike!

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6:34 PM

Andy: Com 7 is on a quarter of the power of the other muxes, so I'm glad it helped, but 9% is still very low (do you get Com 8?), so I suspect the problem is ultimately further up the chain.

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MikeB's 2,258 posts Platinum Platinum GB
7:43 PM


Glad you got sokme things working. However, the low strength of the Com7 signal suggests your aerial may well be of the Group C/D type, which are poor for receiving channel 31 signals as they are outside of the designed response range. So a change of aerial to a log-periodic typre is likely to improve the signal strength and hence the reliability of those channels reception.

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