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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 - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:26 on 12 Jan to 15:12 on 12 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 on 12 Jan to 12:40 on 12 Jan. BBC


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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 North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (Granada), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 73 Sewing Quarter,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 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,

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
67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
69 Tru TV 1, 75 True Christmas 1, 89 Now 90s, 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 (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?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-177th Mar 2018
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWW
C9ITV
C12BBCtv
C29SDN
600C31com7com8
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8ArqB
C48C5C5
700C49 ArqAArqAArqA
C50 BBCABBCA
C54-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55BBC1BBC1BBC1ArqBArqBArqBcom7
C56+1_local_local_local_local
C57GIMGIMGIMGIM
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
Monday, 7 January 2019
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Nev Jack
7:51 AM

Nev Jack: the high pressure new year week certainly caused some havoc with my TV retuning itself nearly every day to either the Wrekin or moel y parc for BBC and ITV where it could as some channels just too weak...the winter hill "rejects" ended up in the 800s section on my tv. luckily the HD channels stayed ensitu...seems to have settled down now, although there is a new high pressure predicted for this weds....
NJ,Crewe

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Saturday, 12 January 2019
Transmitter engineering
2:09 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 today to 12:40 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
5:09 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:26 today to 15:12 today, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 today to 12:40 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 13 January 2019
Transmitter engineering
5:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:26 yesterday to 15:12 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 yesterday to 12:40 yesterday. [BBC]

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John Heywood
11:21 AM Oldham

I have freeview and my bbc channels are pixelating. My other itv channels etc are ok. What is the problem?
My postcode is ol2 8ln

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MikeP
8:40 PM

John Heywood:

Please check all your aerial cables and connections. Unplug all coaxial plugs/sockets and refit. Then check the reception but DO NOT RETUNE.

It could be a poor connection or it might just be the current atmospherics.



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Monday, 14 January 2019
Transmitter engineering
5:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:26 on 12 Jan to 15:12 on 12 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:30 on 12 Jan to 12:40 on 12 Jan. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019
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Andrew Jamieson
1:35 PM

At the end of last year I had problems with reception on my bedroom tv, the signal was being fed from a splitter on the main outdoor aerial, it had been perfect for many years.
I got the professionals in who advised a separate outdoor aerial for the bedroom tv. I got it fitted and the picture was perfect again. However, I am still unable to receive a number of channels including the 'Yesterday' channel, channel 19, that are together in group (channel) 37.
I have re-tuned a number of times without any luck whatsoever.
I purchased a signal booster and that has made no difference at all.
I should say that my main tv in the livingroom receives perfect picture and sound of all channels including 'Yesterday', channel 19.
I would appreciate any help.

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StevensOnln1
2:17 PM

Andrew Jamieson: What signal strength and quality readings do you get for Yesterday on your main TV? What signal strength and quality do you get for other commercial channels such as Dave or Drama? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted coverage etc. Also, can you confirm that the separate aerial for your bedroom TV is mounted on the roof or in the loft, or is it a set top aerial?

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