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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 - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels 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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

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

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 Now 90s,  Spotlight TV,  Clubland TV,  Country Music Entertainment ,  Classic Hits MCR, 76 That's Christmas MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 Best Xmas Music, 86 That's 90s MCR, 88 TV Warehouse+1,

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?

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BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 22km southeast (140°)
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?

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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.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

9:14 PM

The signals being transmitted are still UHF signals but with a different modulation method, so that does not affect the design of the aerial used to transmit or receive Freeview signals. The selling of aerials as being 'digital' has been shown to be more a marketing ploy than a technically required reality.
The older Yagi (or more accurately a modified Yagi) is perfectly capable of receiving the 'new' signals. However, it would be wise these days to fit a log-periodic rather than a wide-band Yagi. The simple reason is that with the planned or proposed changes over the next few years a Yagi designed for one group will not necessarily be suitable for the future frequencies to be used at some transmitters as the group may become unsuited.A Log-Periodic, on the other hand, is ideal as it will already be able to receive *all* the Band 4 and Band 5 transmissions into the foreseeable future. The modulation method does not affect the transmission or propagation of the signals.
However, the data can be more 'awkward' to decode and that is shown by some enquiries on this site where the signal strength is too high (but still less than 100% being shown on some receivers). In such circumstances, many receivers show an inaccurate message usually claiming there is no signals, what it really means is that the receiver cannot satisfactorily decode the signals.
It is not common to require an aerail amplifier unless the reciver is some distance from the transmitter. Even a 24 kW ERP will be perfectly receivable and decodeable at quite some distance if there are not obstructions, such as hills or trees or buildings, to 'block' the signal path.
Looking at the Winter Hill data at the top of this page I cannot see any of the Muxes being transmitted at 24 kW. Which transmitter are you referring to?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 11 July 2014

4:54 PM

Com 7 from winter hill is 24KW, not 14 as shown on this page, The GIM multiplex hasn't been QPSK for some years either.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag

5:40 PM

anthony: Thanks.

I've been waiting for Ofcom to update their **official** tables.

I don't take data from Digital UK as they claim copyright on their site.

As Ofcom | UK Digital Television Transmitter Details seems to have been updated recently, I will check the data against there again.

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag

6:42 PM

anthony: I've checked against the Ofcom tables and COM7 and COM8 are not yet listed by Ofcom.

I've changed the GIM mode to 16QAM.

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag

6:59 PM

Briantist: COM7 details are given after the Winter Hill local petal details in "non-DSO muxes".

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 July 2014

5:10 PM

If I understand that OFCOM page correctly, and it's not easy to follow.
Com 7 is 25.7kw
Manchester and Liverpool petals are 2kw.
Preston petal is 1kw
GIM is 1kw.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag

9:15 PM

Wirral Radio on DAB Block 10D

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andy's 42 posts GB flag
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Transmitter engineering

11:09 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:19 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 146,506 posts xx flag
Monday, 21 July 2014
12:07 PM

As most people using Winter Hill have a group C/D aerial, why is com7 being broadcast on channel 31? My BBC Four HD and BBC News HD reception is appalling and variable with constant break ups whereas reception of the (lower power) local multiplexes is much stronger and uninterrupted. Who made this decision? Are they mad? Are they going to pay for a wholesale aerial replacement programme throughout the North West?

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Gary's 2 posts US flag

4:40 PM

These were the only spare channels, and power levels, available, all modern aerials are wide band so channel 31 isn't a problem for many people. The BBC has been recommending the use of wide-band aerials ever since digital transmissions. began. The 800Mhz band (channels 61-68) was reallocated to 4G and the 700Mhz band might well follow. As this is a government, not a BBC, decision you must address your complaint to your MP including any claim for a replacement aerial. That's what he is for.

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