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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?

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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 (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 62 GREAT! movies classic 1, 75 NOW 80s, 78 Now 90s, 79 Clubland TV, 88 Country Music Entertainment , 208 POP MAX,

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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
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anthony
4:13 PM

Thank you for all the time and effort you have spent on this problem. As you probably know there has also been a log running thread on the Digital Spy site as well. We also got Arqiva to admit to a fault earlier in the year which they fixed but it has come back again albeit not as badly.

The main problem is that not that many people watch BBC4 HD via Freeview so that, combined with the fact that the SD service is OK, means that complaints are few. Unfortunately many people think that posting on a forum is enough but broadcasters don't read forums because of all the "odd" posts on them. Like us you followed the correct procedure and it looks like it will be fruitful.

If anyone else is experiencing these problems, not severe signal loss but the type listed on previous posts, please put in an official complaint via the Digital UK website.

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anthony
4:15 PM

Thank you for all the time and effort you have spent on this problem. As you probably know there has also been a long running thread on the Digital Spy site as well. We also got Arqiva to admit to a fault earlier in the year which they fixed but it has come back again albeit not as badly.

The main problem is that not that many people watch BBC4 HD via Freeview so that, combined with the fact that the SD service is OK, means that complaints are few. Unfortunately many people think that posting on a forum is enough but broadcasters don't read forums because of all the "odd" posts on them. Like us you followed the correct procedure and it looks like it will be fruitful.

If anyone else is experiencing these problems, not severe signal loss but the type listed on previous posts, please put in an official complaint via the Digital UK website.

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mazbar
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4:46 PM

anthony: Isn't it funny I work all over Liverpool and west Lancashire and have no problems with com 7 other than the banks area and some parts of southport. Some areas just don't receive com 7 but most get it great. Like to day I done a job Just an rx12 aerial going into a 4 way splitter not amplifier and still got 56dbuv of signal. That is great for receiving com 7 all the people posting there is a problem with winter hill might just be in an area that just carnt receive the signal the others are just too cheap to pay someone to check the signal with a proper meter to see if they do have a problem, like the post from Liverpool 16 the other day I done a aerial not far from him in Liverpool 12 if a worst signal area and got 65 dbuv of a mzr20 aerial. The North west is the cheapest area for tv aerials in England so instead of putting up with picture break up just call someone in the worst it will be is a call out and to be told sorry I carnt get you any signal

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MikeP
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10:24 PM

With there apparently being an admitted problem at Winter Hill with COM7, it would be interesting to collate the locations being affected. It is just possible that the problem could be with one or more of the aerial elements on the mast. That would affect just those areas served by those elements and not others whose receptioon is from a section unaffected by the reported fault.

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Mike
10:50 PM

For the last half hour at least Com7 has been on and off with severe drop outs here on the Fylde coast, much worse than usual I hope it is the engineers tinkering to resolve the ongoing issue.
Mike

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jb38
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11:16 PM

MikeP: Yes!, thats exactly my own line of thought on this matter, because faults of that nature are not necessarily picked up by indications on TX meters, as even although an iffy connection on an aerial element would normally upset the loading on a transmitter, the auto matching devices between the TX and the aerial would smooth this out to a certain extent whereby its not noticed.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:33 AM

mazbar: just checking... You have seen the radiation pattern for com7 on this transmitter?

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mazbar
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5:53 AM

Brian I have seen the radiation pattern for winter hill, I'm in ormskirk and according to the pattern this is coloured black I think this means poor or no signal but I get great signal.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014
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Michael Draper
11:18 AM
Sandbach

Paul Ryan: like a number of other people I have spoken to, and a number on Digital Spy, I am having problems of signal dropout on BBC4 HD and BBC News HD. It lasts only a second or two, but can happen several times during a single evening's viewing. Obviously it's very annoying, and my wife is convinced that I have broken something, so I get it in the neck from her as well! My aerials ( I have two, for my two newish TVs, and it happens on both) and cables are in good condition, and I have retuned many times to try and overcome the problem, but to no avail. It seems that there may be a problem at the transmitter end. Are you aware of a problem, and is a fix in the pipeline?
I live in Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1BT

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anthony
5:06 PM

Michael, please report the problem on the Digital UK website. The problem started simultaneously for everyone in I think August, It was fixed but has returned and seems difficult to locate and fix probably due to the winter weather. I live in an area with a very high signal strength, the signal occasionally can be seen to fluctuate for a second on the TV's signal strength meter but because my signal is strong it usually doesn't show on screen, other people with lower signal strengths may not be so lucky. Sometime though the signal drops to zero causing pixilation or a no signal message. My wife is also intolerant of this fault so I record her programmes in SD. The problem affects everything on com7 and ruined the first part of the BBC proms season, fortunately it was fixed for a time and the rest of the season was ok.

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