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, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others 601 BBC RB 1, 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 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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 VisionTV, Racing TV, Arise News, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, WION NEWS, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 37 QVC2, 212 Pop Player, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 FailArmy, 265 On Demand 365, 266 Pet Collective, 268 AlJazeera Arabic, 270 Real Crime, 271 Channelbox, 272 Asharq News #2, 274 Asharq News, 275 Al Arabiya, 276 Shots!, 277 UK RADIO PORTAL, 278 Zee World, 279 Alaraby Network, 280 Rok, 281 Revelation TV, 282 God TV, 283 3ABN, 284 AmazingDiscoveries, 286 NHK WORLD, 287 Newsmax, 670 ADULT Section (start), 727 Absolute Radio,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 724 Capital, 728 Heart, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, QVC Style, 50 GREAT! tv, 51 Ideal World, 62 GREAT! tv +1, 72 Jewellery Maker, 285 Together TV +1, 671 ADULT Xpanded TV, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 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,
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-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 (140°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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|VHF||C/D E||C/D E||C/D E||C/D E||C/D E T||W T||W T|
tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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
Gary: A similar situation occured in the Wrekin TSA.My father in-Law's previous aerial was a Group A,in Analogue Day's,but when DVB-T came along a Group W was required,to be able to receive all the Mux's.
I have to say that here in the North Wales coast area,most aerials are Group W,directed towards Winter Hill.There are a few Group C/D 'contractor' type,but i would expect these will be replaced with Group W type.
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Gary (and Anthony)
The original aerail groupings were worked out very carefully in the sixties so that there would be maximum coverage with minimum interference. Sadly, modern planners have not had the forethought to consider the affect on millions of viewers who had perfectly good aerials - until the frequencies used were changed or added to.
Not all modern aerials are wide-band, many Yagi pattern aerials are still grouped. A 'wide band' version of a Yagi type is not the best solution as they are not so good at the lower frquencies (channel/Mux numbers). The group W types mentioned by David Roberts (above) are of the poorer Yagi pattern and not to be recommended.
The best solution, if your old aerial is not so good with the newer services, is to change it to a log-periodic type which is good across the whole band by its design. And don't fall the con of a 'digital' aerial, all UHF log-periodic aerials are ideal for both the old analogue signals (no longer available) and all digital signals.
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MikeP: Totally agree with the comments on the use of a Log-Periodic aerial,in preference to the Yagi type. In mentioning the former type of aerial,it appears that many Households in North Shropshire,have Log-Periodic type aerials fitted,in preference to the Yagi. I haven't seen as many in the North Wales coast area,where the Triax 'Unix' type or the SLX,seem to dominate. For the record i have a Wideband Televes DAT45,located on the end wall of our house.It's a bit like overkill now,as it was originally used for the pre DSO 10kw erp&lower Mux's,from Winter Hill.
Regarding who should foot the bill for replacement aerials,i took this issue up,with the consumer rights people,in 2010,just after DSO,at Winter Hill,Llanddona&Moel y Parc.Their opinion was that viewers had no real grounds to claim compensation for having to replace aerials or associated equipment,because of the change to DVB-T from Analogue.
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MikeP: Even log periodics might be "grouped" Vision make a Group A version for use on Crystal Palace, Rowridge, Caradon Hill, Stockland Hill etc. It is well worth sourcing one of these aerials for those transmitters which are using entirely Group A channels. It is benchmarked class2, the wideband version is only class 4, so offers quite a bit more gain for viewers who need it.
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Gary: The main purpose of COM7 is to encourage viewers to equip themselves with receivers that support DVB-T2 transmissions and aerials that are capable of picking up signals in the C21 to C37 frequency range. This is in readiness for a proposed change for the COM muxes to adopt DVB-T2 working on C22, C25, and C28 from most/all full Freeview sites , starting possibly in 2018. PSB1 and PSB2 would, subject to Ofcom approval, also adopt DVB-T2 in the near future, this being subject to enough people having DVB-T2 equipment. The PSB transmissions currently using C49 to C60 would change frequency to enable more spectrum to be sold off for 4G/5G mobile usage.
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