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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
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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, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 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 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 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
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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
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56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
75 The Vault, 89 Clubland TV, 209 Pop +1, 210 Tiny Pop 1,

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, 6 August 2018
11:58 PM

tony morrissey:

Sometimes, after a set has been retuned several times, its memory map is a bit "disjointed". It's often best to do a factory reset/do a retune with the aerial unplugged to clear the memory of all channels and then do a new tune with the aerial plugged back in. However if you are now getting satisfactory reception on all muxes, I would leave well alone until/if further issues arise ;)

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Chris.SE's 89 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
12:12 PM

Update - Errors in the current Freeview EIT:

There are 954 events containing invalid character codes in the EIT off BBCA.

There are 43 events containing invalid character codes in the EIT off BBCB.

There are 954 - 43 = 911 events containing grammatical errors the EIT off BBCB, caused by the omission of the intended character codes.

An example event:

Freesat - this is what the event should look like:

BBC Radio 1, Thu 23 Aug 04:00 - 06:33: Adele Roberts
Adele's got you, Early Morning Crew! Guess the lyric for a shout out in 'Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway?'

Here, Freesat is correctly using 0x2018 and 0x2019 for left and right single quotes respectively.

This site probably won't represent those characters, so here is what it should look like using just the ASCII apostrophe:

BBC Radio 1, Thu 23 Aug 04:00 - 06:33: Adele Roberts
Adele's got you, Early Morning Crew! Guess the lyric for a shout out in 'Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway?'

The Freesat EIT text is Huffman coded and the decoded output is in utf8, so, for example, the left single quote is 3 bytes [11100010 10000000 10011000] which translates to Unicode 2018.


The invalid character codes on Freeview are the least significant bytes of the correct codes.

It's interesting that the missing top byte is always 0x20 - the code for a space. Are Freeview running something that strips extraneous spaces from the input data?

EIT off BBCA - invalid character codes 0x18, represented by {L'} and 0x19, represented by {R'}, for the left and right single quotes respectively:

700 BBC Radio 1, Thu 23 Aug 04:00 - 06:33: Adele Roberts
Adele{R'}s got you, Early Morning Crew! Guess the lyric for a shout out in {L'}Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway?{R'}

EIT off BBCB - missing apostrophe and quotes - therefore grammatical errors:

700 BBC Radio 1, Thu 23 Aug 04:00 - 06:33: Adele Roberts
Adeles got you, Early Morning Crew! Guess the lyric for a shout out in Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway?

An example from the 43 events common to BBCA and BBCB EITs, which contain invalid character codes:

094 PBS America, Sat 25 Aug 18:10 - 19:10: Plane Resurrection - Series 2
B25 Mitchell: The plane of choice for the {L'}Doolittle Raid{R'} needs a major winter overhaul to be ready for the air show season, but this little lady proves to be something of a diva. (S2 Ep5)

Note: All 43 events are on DVB-T2 multiplexes.

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 23 August 2018
7:47 AM

The example event above was replaced by this:

700 BBC Radio 1, Thu 23 Aug 04:00 - 06:33: Adele Roberts
Adele{R'}s got you with a Summer Mix, Early Morning Crew! She hits play on a Drake versus Kanye mix

No matter, nearly all Adele Roberts event descriptions start with "Adele{R'}s got you", so demonstrate a bad code.

Here's a new one - with a duff code in the title:

105 Channel 5 HD, Thu 30 Aug 04:00 - 04:45: Now That{R'}s Funny

105 Channel 5 HD, Thu 30 Aug 04:00 - 04:45: Now That's Funny

As always, Freesat get it right with code 2019 = single right quote, and Freeview get it wrong with code 19 = garbage.

Because Channel 5 HD is on a DVB-T2 multiplex, and all EIT text for services on DVB-T2 multiplexes is Huffman coded, this error is present regardless of which multiplex the EIT came from.

Another thing that needs reporting is the appearance of the FTA content management descriptor on DVB-T.

Most events on these radio channels have FTACMDs:

BBC 6 Music
BBC Asian Net.
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3

This set is also the set that have duff codes.

The FTACMD for those events has a value of F6 which according to ETSI EN 300 468 means:

Scrambling shall be applied where applicable for content protection.
Redistribution over the Internet is not allowed with the following exception: Redistribution over the Internet within a managed domain is enabled after a specified long (possibly indefinite) period of time.
The content revocation process shall be applied.

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
12:10 AM

js: Have you been in touch with Arqiva as I previously suggsted? I'd be interested in their response.

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Chris.SE's 89 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Oliver Gunnell
1:24 AM

Just wondered what peoples signal level of Com 7 was like compared to Com 8?, I am in a fringe area of Glossop, and currently cant get any signal on Com 7 at all but can get Com 8 fine, and according to this site Com 7 is meant to be higher power, strange.

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Oliver Gunnell's 3 posts GB
11:08 AM

Oliver Gunnell:

Please provide your full post code so that we can look at the expected coverage and likely reception at your precise location.

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MikeP's 2,250 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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