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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmitter.
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.
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Manchester (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Lancashire (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Merseyside (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 45 Film4 +1,
86 More4 +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,
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others CCTV, CONNECT 4, 16 QVC, 85 Hochanda, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 261 Racing UK, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 Planet Knowledge, 269 Arise News, 270 Loveworld, 271 Juwelo UK, 670 ADULT Section (start), 671 Television X, 675 ADULT PARTY, 678 ADULT Xpanded TV, 679 ADULT Studio 66, 724 Capital FM London, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 23 Create & Craft, 43 Gems TV, 49 TJC, 65 TBN UK, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC,
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others 22 Ideal World, 35 QVC Beauty, 36 QVC Style, 206 Pop, 672 ADULT smileTV2, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 Kiss FM, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 heat, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth RadioUK, 725 Premier Radio,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,
Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others 74 Jewellery Maker, 733 Trans World Radio,
CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others 111 QVC HD, 112 QVC Beauty HD,
True Christmas 1, Tiny Pop +1, truTV, truTV +1, 68 True Crime, 69 True Crime +1, 75 True Movies +1, 88 Clubland TV, 209 Pop +1,
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?
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (139°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
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?
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|Analogue 5||(-16dB) 12.5kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-17dB) 10kW|
|GIM, LM, LPR||(-27dB) 1000W|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area
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I'm having problems receiving BBC HD, specifically Channel 54 from Winter Hill.
I live in a problematic location, just north of BB8 7ER (Colne) surrounded by hills - so have a large antenna and masthead amp - my main viewing is done via FreeSat.....
For a while I haven't been able to get anything on Freeview CH54.
The storms a few weeks ago rotated my aerial, so I was back on the roof on Sunday (7th April) and re-aligned it (bearing 222) and did a re-scan. Channel 54 came in good and strong along with all the rest.
But yesterday again nothing on that channel, although all the others - including Ch 55 (also DTG-6) still come in clear and strong.
Any ideas why my rig is so selective to chop out 737.8MHz?
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If you look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker, at Coverage Checker - Detailed View you will see just how problematic your location is. Winter Hill is a poor choice and Bilsdale may be a better option and possibly worth trying. They both need either a Group A, a GroupT or a wideband aerial. So you could try turning your existing Group A aerial to a bearing of 50 degrees instead of 221 degrees. Then a manual retune to the channels provided from Bilsdale: 26, 29, 23, 43, 46, 40, 31 and 37.
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Hi Mike, thanks for the reply.
Yes, reception isn't easy here - I do get good reception most of the time on non-HD channels.
Back in the analogue days (20 years ago) I researched reception here using Terrain (Megalithia) and used Bilsdale with a Televes DAT 75 (+MRD) but it was such a large antenna that eventually the wind loading broke the 2" alloy mounting pole on the chimney and I switched to Satellite....
About 5(?) years ago I was given a Vision 'Stealth' twin array, so started messing about with UHF again.
Can't remember why I settled on Winter Hill finally - I may swing it round and try again.
Still can't understand why I worked so well on that Sunday - and why I can get CH55 with no problems.
Also looking at Coverage Checker - Detailed View I may see things improve in 2020 when all the channels are grouped down at the lower end?
As an aside, this site is so full of info (perhaps too much) Brian Butterworth (and many others I suspect) do a great job.
Again, thanks for the help.
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Hi Chris, thanks for the suggestion.
But all of my UHF equipped gear (apart from the tele and Humax Freeview Play recorder) have gone for recycling/landfill :) none have re-modulators.
There could be co-channel interference locally, but I reckon the terrain between me and Winter Hill effectively rejects Ch.54 and plays havoc with the HD reception or perhaps Ch.54 is output at a lower level, who knows.
But it's academic, as when the easterly subsided at the weekend I rotated the rig and (despite the 50 odd miles) all available channels come in strong and clear.
All good then, I now have a Freeview backup for my satellite reception (also not immune to weather conditions) and we'll see what happens when it rains and snows....
I remembered why I went off Bilsdale - being 'rural' we and neighbours have horses etc. line-of-site to Bilsdale goes over a few electric fence field loops.
When the fences were on we got a constant audible 'ticking' every 30 seconds or so when the fences pulsed 3KV or so.
That was the old analogue system - doesn't seem to interfere with the digital reception - yet.....
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