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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 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, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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, 63 GREAT! romance 1, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 70s MCR, 86 That's 80s 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?

regional news image
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.

Saturday, 12 November 2016
12:47 PM

Hi, We are having nightmares with Winter Hill transmissions after a couple of faultless years. Postcode is OL12 7GQ. We have some high trees surrounding the close - could this be a problem. We have Freesat which works perfectly but we don't really want to have to install another dish or dishes for the other TV's in the house and but two more Freesat boxes....Any ideas? PS neighbours are reporting similar problems. Many thanks in advance

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Peter's 1 post GB flag
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2:01 PM


Have you asked if your neighbours are having the same difficulties? If they are and are using Freeview from the same transmitter then that would need investigating. Do you have many trees or hills nearby between you and the transmitter? If they are not then your equipment may have developed a fault. Start by checking all the signal wiring from the aerial into the TV set, including any STBs in use.

Regarding Freesat, you do NOT need a second or third dish! Most dishes are not installed with a quad output LNB (the small box on the outside end of the arm in front of the dish surface). This can feed at least two separate TVs and/or STBs. If you need to feed signal to further equipment you can have the LNB changed to an octal output type that can feed at least 4 sets of equipment.

Note that to install a second or subsequent dish you will need to obtain planning permission from your local planning authority. Some are reluctant to give such permission. That option is the most expensive way of achieving your desired result.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 November 2016
9:03 AM

TVs affected by poor signal are 2 x Panasonic and one x Sony 4k (All under 2 years old) The aerials are band "C" and not wideband. Postcode is CH63 1JF 2 aerials are 13 element and one is 18 element. Suspect wideband aerials would cure the problem!

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Jim's 8 posts GB flag
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11:30 AM

Jim: Have you actually checked your system first? Is the signal due to having the wrong aerial (but wouldn't that be a problem right from the day it was put up?), or is it due to a problem within your own system, hence the low power.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
10:04 PM

PSB2 Dissapeared alltogether at 9:50-ish am Wednesday 23 November from my main house tv fed by an outside antenna which has an unobstructed view of winter hill !
I have been having problems with my secondary set loosing PSB2 which is attached to a loft mounted 12 element antenna. Over the last few weeks.
Did anybody else suffer the outage this am ?

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Don's 3 posts GB flag

11:23 PM

Don: Since there doesn't seem to be any problems with the transmitter, its really down to you. Systems fail, cables fray, and water gets in stuff. Check the system and work your way back to the aerials.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Mike Brookes
11:27 AM
Church Stretton

Our postcode is SY6 7BP for last 12 years receiving best signal from Winter Hill (although we should in theory get better reception from Midlands transmitter we're situated right under Hazler Hill transmitter). In Dec 15 we had new Sony tv and Panasonic PVR. We quite recently did a channel update reset. Very few problems until last weekend 18th/19th Nov when BBC1 and BBC2 suddenly pixelated and no signal' came up; other BBC channels were the same but ITV etc were ok. Lasted about 24 hours. All BBC channels then ok until last night when same thing happened (in middle of Strictly! although luckily we were able to switch to Catch-up and watch without problem which seemed peculiar in itself). Winter Hill online reported no current problems each time.
What's the best course of action to get to the bottom of the problem? Do you understand it? Can you help with advice? Many thanks.

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Mike Brookes's 1 post GB flag
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8:26 PM
Church Stretton

On the Sony you can check the signal strength and the channel being received by means of the Options button, scroll down to System Information. The set may have picked up the wrong transmitter during the retune or your aerial may have been damaged by the recent gales. More information about tuning via the white iManual button. You may have to do a manual retune if it keeps picking the wrong transmitter.

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Anthony's 58 posts GB flag
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11:04 PM

Mike Brooks: Anthony's advice is excellent - I'm just wondering what sort of signal strength you've enjoyed, being so far from Winter Hill.

As for why you can watch Iplayer fine, its simply because its via the internet, and has nothing at all to do with your aerial.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
11:34 AM

In reply to Mike Brookes, Church Stretton: these reception problems at your location probably had nothing to do with either your aerial system, mis-tuned channels, nor a problem at Winter Hill. As you are most definitely located in what engineers refer to as a fringe area for uhf tv signals from the Winter Hill site. These fringe areas are especially susceptible to what is known as tropospheric propagation, which particularly becomes a factor at this time of year during days of high pressure weather with fog/frost. This phenomenon can last for minutes, hours or even days at a time, and signals which are normally at good strength can be attenuated to virtually nothing even when using the highest gain aerials & amplifiers! Conversely, very often at these same times, distant UK transmitters can often be tuned in (which would normally not even register an ounce of signal on your TV). The only real solutions to here would be to retune your equipment to a nearer transmitter (which would mostly avoid these tropospheric effects), but then you would obviously lose the North West regionality, or you basically just tolerate these rarer 'weather' effects and keep your TV region of choice.

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