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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) mast?

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal Digital tick


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3,

COM4
SDN
 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, 55 Channel 5 +24, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 122 CITV, plus 22 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 63 Community Channel, 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 84 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

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

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool, plus 1 others

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

com7
 H -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
 Buz Muzik, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 71 CBS Drama, 78 5USA +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 86 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, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Fire Hit TV, 50 Movies4Men +1, 74 True Movies 1, 75 Chart Show TV, 80 ShowBiz TV, 128 Pop +1, 129 Pop MAX,



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?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-182019-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWK
C9ITV
C12BBCtv
C22SDN
C25ArqA
C28ArqB
600C31com7
C37com8
C39BBCB
C42D3+4
C45BBCA
C48C5C5
700C49 ArqAArqA
C50 BBCABBCA
C54-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55BBC1BBC1BBC1ArqBArqBArqB
C56+1_local_local_local
C57GIMGIMGIM
C58SDNSDNSDN
C59ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60+C
800C61ArqA
C62BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCA
C63+D
C65C4C4C4
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
S
StevensOnln1
2:10 PM

Chris: No one from this website can investigate a transmitter problem as we have no connection with any broadcaster or transmission company. If the problem is causing you to loose channels on that multiplex and you are able to confirm that multiple homes are affected, I would suggest reporting the problem to the broadcaster who will be able investigate.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
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anthony
8:32 PM

There seems to be a hang up on this site about weak signals from Winter Hill. Every time I read this I check and all 10 multiplexes are OK. Any periods of reduced power will be extremely brief and occur during the day time. Winter Hill serves over 7 million people, it is second only to Crystal Palace, if there was a problem web sites like this would be inundated with complaints as would the national press. Reception problems have been dealt with on this together with the Digital Spy website hundreds of times, Google your problem and follow the advice given. You have a problem, it could be anything, if you can't find it you will need the services of a competent aerial rigger.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016
MikeP
10:31 AM

anthony:

Sorry, I had to have a titter when I read your post and then saw the entry below yours!



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anthony
5:32 PM

Heaven knows why they keep posting this, I have never seen any instances of it so they must be rare and brief. The problem is that people with faulty aerial systems seem to keep latching on to it instead of investigating their systems.

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anthony's 6 posts GB
Friday, 23 September 2016
J
js
12:09 AM

anthony: "Possible weak signal [DUK]" is next to useless as date/time, duration, reduction in power and affected multiplexes are not given.

In the last few months I have been recording items off (Winter Hill) com7 during the daytime and have become all too aware of periods of reduced power, which have resulted in failed recordings.

On every such occasion both com7 and com8 were down by 6dB, other multiplexes being unaffected.

Here are my reports for two such events, in a week wherein they happened daily. (Given previous experience, I started logging at 9am, continuing until power was reduced and again from 4pm until power was returned to normal levels):

Winter Hill Reduced Power:
com7, -6dB, 24 August 2016 09:05 to 24 August 2016 16:50
com8, -6dB, 24 August 2016 09:07 to 24 August 2016 16:52

Winter Hill Reduced Power:
com7, -6dB, 25 August 2016 09:57 to 25 August 2016 17:40
com8, -6dB, 25 August 2016 09:59 to 25 August 2016 16:58

The most recent examples of this kind of reduced power occurred Monday 19 September and Tuesday 20 September.

My loft-mounted C/D aerial is not optimal, but all ten multiplexes are normally receivable without error. A 6dB drop in power-output for com7 puts it at or beyond the cliff edge.

Winter Hill Reduced Power scans:
http://i.imgur.com/bvsWDfE.png



Winter Hill Reduced Power - Album on Imgur



Tools used:
http://i.imgur.com/lhbcVu4.png




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Saturday, 24 September 2016
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anthony
9:06 AM

A loft mounted group C/D aerial is not suitable for reception of channels 31 and 37, which are used for comms 7&8, as the response at those frequencies together with the fact that they are transmitted at lower power means you are operating at the edge of the digital cliff unless you are in a very strong signal area. A log periodic together with a head amplifier might work but the only sensible solution is to have a roof mounted aerial installed by a competent rigger. What is your approximate location?

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Friday, 30 September 2016
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