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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

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

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

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

com7
 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 78 Now 70s, 82 Clubland TV, 84 Now 90s, 98 Country Music Entertainment , 208 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 (139°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast (139°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

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

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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.

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Saturday, 17 October 2020
Transmitter engineering
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7:28 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Oct 21:35 until 14 Oct 21:37. . [BBC]

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Monday, 19 October 2020
Transmitter engineering
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10:28 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:07. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Oct 21:35 until 14 Oct 21:37. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:06. . [BBC]

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4:28 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:07 until 19 Oct 14:27. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Oct 21:35 until 14 Oct 21:37. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:06 until [BBC]

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10:28 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:07 until 19 Oct 14:27. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:06 until 19 Oct 14:22. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Transmitter engineering
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10:28 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 Oct 10:06. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:07 until 19 Oct 14:27. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 Oct 10:06. Slightly [BBC]

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4:27 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 Oct 10:06 until 20 Oct 14:14. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:07 until 19 Oct 14:27. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 O [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 October 2020
Transmitter engineering
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4:27 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 Oct 10:06 until 20 Oct 14:14. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 Oct 10:06 until 20 Oct 14:04. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 7 November 2020
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John Owen
7:51 PM

I live in Greasby, Wirral, Merseyside.

For quite a while now, (months), I have been unable to tune back Freeview on my TV to the Winter Hill transmitter.
What I do in order to get the normal list of programmes is the following: -

Turn TV on
Take out aeriel co-axial cable
Auto tune the channels ~(in order to clear the TV of all channels)
Plug aeriel back in
Auto tune the channels - the result is that I get Winter Hill with BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV3, Chanel 4 and Channel 5 in the normal sequence as I did until months ago.
This seem good enough. I turn the TV off when no longer required.
When I turn the TV back on, all channels are all over the place with many being Welsh channels.
Channel 1 is BBC 1, that OK. 2 & 3 are showing BBC2 and channel 4 and 5 are lost.

There is nothing wrong with my aerial position.

Please can you advise me what to do?

Many thanks,

John
07981-639-336

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StevensOnln1
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11:50 PM

John Owen: That sounds like your TV is retuning automatically and picking up a Welsh transmitter first (or with a stronger signal). Have a look in the menu and see if there is an option to disable automatic retunes. Also, posting your phone number on a public forum is never a good idea.

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Sunday, 8 November 2020
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Chris.SE
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1:40 AM

John Owen:

For the up-to-date list of UHF channels at Winter Hill see https://ukfree.tv/transmitters/tv/Winter_Hill/PGSTART2100/irt957392#b957392

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