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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 02/10/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 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 Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 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! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 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 60s MCR, 77 That's 70s MCR, 80 That's 80s MCR, 86 That's 90s, 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;
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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.

Thursday, 16 June 2011
Mike Dimmick

3:44 PM

steven wallace: At 20km from Winter Hill, with clear line of sight, too much signal is the most likely explanation. If there is a booster or amplifier, try removing it.

If that doesn't help, and this aerial was fitted by an installer, get them to come back and reduce signal levels, or otherwise do what's necessary to sort it out. If it was DIY, try adding an attenuator, and/or swap for a smaller aerial such as a log-periodic type, e.g. Online TV FM DAB Aerial sales .

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Stuart O.

4:44 PM

Mike Dimmick: Thanks for that info.
I was able to try a 2nd set-top aerial like the one I've got that my parents no longer require and combine both aerials into the amplifier and it's giving better results again than just the one aerial!
With one aerial I was getting lines on the pic of Channel 5 from Lichfield. With the two combined, this has removed that problem.

I did try connecting each aerial into it's own amplifier and then combining but picture was slighly poorer.

I've also got each aerial mounted onto metal poles that were used for shower curtains and am using terry clips to clamp the poles onto the wooden beams of the roof trusses so at least they're no longer balancing on top of boxes and look much neater and safer now.

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Sunday, 19 June 2011
Stuart O.

6:52 PM

Another question I have:
How do you count the elements of a TV aerial?

When you look at a 14 element aerial and compare it to something like a 32, 44 or 52 element aerial, there only visually looks to be roughly the same amount of elements.

These high gain aerials that are listed as 32 elements or more usually have elements in a 'X' shape fitted onto the aerial boom.

In this case, would each of these 'X's be counted as 2 elements or even 4 elements?

Would you be able to put up a labelled picture diagram and explain this please Briantist?


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7:39 PM

Stuart O.: A lot depends on the individual manufacturer. There was a time when an 18 element aerial meant 16 director rods, a dipole and a reflector assembly which could have been a single sheet of metal (as on a contract aerial) or set of two or four rods positioned behind the dipole. Today, a Blake DMX10 has ten X-type directors plus a single rod in front of the dipole and a reflector assembly with eight rods. A Triax Unix52 is a similar aerial but each 'X' director counts four elements and the reflector counts as eight elements, to arrive at the magic "52".

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 June 2011
8:45 PM

My digihome box is not picking up any tv guide info and will not record any series link programs as it does not know when to start and stop recording. Anyone know if the transmitter has stopped sending the info or is my box heading for the bin.

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Zippy's 4 posts GB flag
9:20 PM

Sorry I should have put my post code in my last post. However I have used the old unplug it and plug it back in fix and this seems to have cured the problem. I think I will be getting a new box soon.

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Zippy's 4 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Robert Lee

10:11 AM

I achieve 100% for both quality and signal strength when receiving normal freeview channels (with the exception of C55 which has a current signal strength of 80%).
However, when receiving HD on C54 the quality is only 70% and the signal strength 80%. Is there a technical reason why this should be the case and if so, is this likely to impact on picture / sound quality?

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Friday, 22 July 2011

8:58 AM

Robert Lee: Unless your picture and sound stop, the lower signal quality reading will have no effect whatsoever on the picture and sound quality.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Friday, 29 July 2011
arthur roe
10:41 AM
High Peak

Trying for Winter Hlll direct no luck.Brother who lives nearby used to have more problems receiving Winter Hill.Now with the antenna`s I am trying to receive with, he has no trouble with antenna stood on garden wall. Why?

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11:36 AM

arthur roe: You should be using either Ladder Hill or Whaley Bridge, or if you want more channels, Freesat. See Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice .

You cannot receive a Freeview service from Winter Hill.

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