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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
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 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,

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 57 Paramount Network, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 64 CBS Action +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 19 others

 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)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 -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
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56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 1 others

 H -6.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
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55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 4 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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75 The Vault, 89 Now 90s, 209 Pop +1, 210 Tiny Pop 1,

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
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWA K
700C49 ArqAArqA

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.

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.

Friday, 8 December 2017
4:34 AM

Following yesterdays loss of com7 and com8 and the lack of any official report, I decided to log the signals more thoroughly.

The program I'm using is CrazyScan2: CrazyScan / Wiki / Info

CrazyScan2 was set to loop mode with auto-export, where it scans the RF spectrum and saves the result as a numbered png.

The number is the pass-number.

The time of the first pass was 07 December 2017, 23:42:22.

com7 disappeared at pass 43 - 08 December 2017, 00:00:36
com8 disappeared at pass 47 - 08 December 2017, 00:02:26
com7 reappeared at pass 142 - 08 December 2017, 00:46:48
com8 reappeared at pass 150 - 08 December 2017, 00:50:26

The time of the last pass, #350 was 08 December 2017, 02:18:50.

I have made a video with a frame rate of two passes per second, which can be downloaded here:


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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
7:20 AM

js: that looks quite hi tech, it's a shame they was no official report or with the ongoing situation with the signals about to change, good going.

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Jay's 12 posts GB
Saturday, 9 December 2017
2:13 AM

The Winter Hill retune events according to Digital UK:

7 Mar 2018:

Com7 moves from UHF 31 to UHF 55
Com8 moves from UHF 37 to UHF 31
ArqB moves from UHF 55 to UHF 37

Oct - Dec 2019:

L-MAN moves from UHF 56 to UHF 24

Jan - Mar 2020:

Com8 moves from UHF 31 to UHF 56
BBCA moves from UHF 50 to UHF 32

Apr - Jun 2020:

ArqA moves from UHF 49 to UHF 31
BBCB moves from UHF 54 to UHF 35
GMAN moves from UHF 57 to UHF 27
SDN moves from UHF 58 to UHF 29
D3&4 moves from UHF 59 to UHF 34

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
7:05 AM

js: I get all the channels at the moment, do you reckon we will lose any channels at any of our locations due to these retune events?

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Jay's 12 posts GB
8:33 AM

Jay: It depends mostly on whether your aerial is group C/D and if your present signals are high enough to overcome the losses incurred.

For me, given that I get a reasonable signal for com7 on UHF 31, I will likely manage, although GIM and L-MAN don't look likely prospects.

The DUK Coverage Checker shows mostly excellent reception for my postcode but doesn't even list G-MAN.

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
8:42 AM

The current Relocated Services list:

Relocated Services: North West
service_name relocated from ONID.TSID.SID (OldMultiplexName) to ONID.TSID.SID (NewMultiplexName)

TJC relocated from 233A.3005.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3006.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3007.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3008.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TalkingPictures TV relocated from 233A.A000.A120 (COM7) to 233A.6040.6E40 (Arqiva B)
TalkingPictures TV relocated from 233A.A001.A120 (COM7) to 233A.6040.6E40 (Arqiva B)
Quest Red+1 relocated from 233A.6040.6D80 (Arqiva B) to 233A.A000.A1D0 (COM7)
Quest Red+1 relocated from 233A.6041.6D80 (Arqiva B) to 233A.A000.A1D0 (COM7)

That's four SDNs, two COM7s and two ArqBs.

COM7 does have target regions but SDN and Arqiva B are just GBR, suggesting only one of each of those multiplexes exists.

These are the Transport Streams that belong to Winter Hill:

COM7, ONID.TSID = 233A.A000, Target Regions = (GBR.England.North West)U(GBR.Isle of Man)

Arqiva B, ONID.TSID = 233A.6040, Target Regions = (GBR)

SDN, ONID.TSID = 233A.3006, Target Regions = (GBR)

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
11:40 AM

js: SDN definitely has a separate region for Wales, where E4 is carried in place of True Entertainment.

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StevensOnln1's 2,083 posts Platinum Platinum GB
1:28 PM

StevensOnln1: Thanks. Maybe the four SDNs are for the Nations, in which case they should have target regions of (GBR.England), (GBR.Scotland), (GBR.Wales) and (GBR.Northern Ireland)

Incidentally, it's about time the entries for TJC were dropped. TJC relocated in September 2016!

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
10:30 PM

js: I just had this installed in August and it gives me every channel on freebies including Pop Max with a decent signal
Do you think this will still be able to cope after the completion of 700mhz switch off....

Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element - Labgear

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Jay's 12 posts GB
10:40 PM

Jay: That labgear is a wideband type so it should be fine for all current and future frequency allocations for Freeview.

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