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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.

 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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 TV 2 MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 80s, 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.
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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.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

12:50 PM

js: Re: split recording problems on Humax PVR's and the tests carried out on same, the results being, that much to my amazement both boxes had successfully recorded the entire programme, not of course in one continuous fashion, as the screen reverted back to the recorded programmes list after the first part had ended, the second part having to be selected as though it was another programme, but though the main thing is, that both parts of the programme were recorded!

On the basis of these findings, I now feel that this whole issue is caused by errors / inaccuracies in the "on screen" indications rather than the actual box not being able to handle split programmes, the main cause of confusion being the misleading information that appears in the "programmes scheduled for recording" list, insomuch of only the first part of the programme being mentioned as well as the duration of, thereby giving the impression that only one half of the programme has been set recording, any attempts to set the box to record the second part failing, basically because the command for the second section was already stored, albeit invisibly!

Although Humax boxes are one of the best where reliability of the hardware is concerned, but they really do require to get their menu systems in order.

By the way, no problems whatsoever were experienced with the Hitachi (Vestel chassis) box, both parts of the split programme being listed separately in the scheduled for recording list, referred to as timers in this box.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

7:45 PM

jb38: Thanks for the update.

Films on five are often split, but, being films, don't have series CRIDs. There would be no end of complaints if only the first part of a film recorded.

As noted previously, "This Morning" is unique in also having series CRIDs.

Were your test recordings of "This Morning" "series" or "programme" records?

I agree with your advice to Linda. A clean machine tuned to the correct frequencies, and no others, is essential.

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js's 827 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
9:44 AM

js: interesting info, unfortunately I still cannot set, to record, "this morning" on channel 3, itv, without being advised to go to other channels, that are all +one hour, and then, still not able to record because of "time conflicts"......even though I do not have anything else recording at that time!!!!

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Linda's 6 posts GB flag

10:13 AM

Linda: Did you carry out a factory reset on your box? as its absolutely essential that you do this.

The other point to note based on that said in my previous reply, when you go into the programme guide you will see "This Morning" being mentioned twice, only press on the "first" one, as the second one is automatically selected, any attempts to set it for recording triggering these messages you are getting.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
12:33 PM I haven't done a factory reset on my humax, yet, and yes I only ever, in the past, had to press on the first part of "this morning", (as with other split progs), for the whole thing to record, automatically, without any probs.

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Linda's 6 posts GB flag

6:54 PM

Linda: Yes! as that is the correct procedure, but though, the fact still remains that a conflict message can only occur when something you are trying to record, such as "This Morning", is either already stored in the tuners memory system, or that some other programme is, and the timing of the programme you are attempting to record is clashing with that already stored, remembering of course, that the second part of a split programme (including its running time) is "not" listed in the schedule list even although its there, this caused by a deficiency in Humax's menu system.

A factory default (page 55 in the manual) deletes "everything" stored in the tuners memory thereby giving you a fresh start, and although you prefer to use manual tuning because of your box storing welsh news channels on auto, purely for speed / test purposes you could just carry out an auto tune, this then followed by having another attempt at storing "This Morning".

But though, before carrying this out, check to see if anything is listed in the schedule list by pressing guide then the yellow button, deleting anything seen listed, remembering what I had mentioned about the second part of a split programme.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 3 July 2015

4:29 PM

Without saying what equipment you are using it is impossible to answer your question. You should have no post viterbi errors.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag
Saturday, 4 July 2015

2:53 PM

50% signal strength on a Sony is poor, you will need to contact a reputable aerial installer to check out your aerial system.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag

7:34 PM

Charming i'm sure.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag
Sunday, 5 July 2015

9:56 AM

anthony: You can't help some people. Glad to see his posts have been removed.

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