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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-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 12 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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 E4, 3 ITV (Granada), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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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
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)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 Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 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
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
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67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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69 Tru TV 1, 75 True Christmas 1, 89 Now 90s, 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?

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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?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-177th Mar 2018
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWW
700C49 ArqAArqAArqA

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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.

Saturday, 17 February 2018
Andy Rich
2:05 PM

According to this looks like C37 BBC4HD etc is moving to a much more powerful transmitter at Winter Hill on 31/03/18.
Am I reading this correctly?
Today I decided to spend some time investigating why my BBC4HD reception is dropping in and out. I've already remade some coax connections to no avail.
Maybe I should just wait a few weeks???

(I can see Winter Hill from the roof - BBC4HD reception drops from 54% to 0% continuously according to my Humax. Been like this most of this winter.)


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Andy Rich's 2 posts GB
2:10 PM

Andy Rich: COM8 is currently on UHF C37 but will move to C31 (currently occupied by COM7 which is moving to C55) on 7th March, however according to Digital UK the power level will remain the same as it is now. COM8 will then make a further move to C56 in early 2020.

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StevensOnln1's 2,224 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Andy Rich
2:52 PM

StevensOnln1: Oh that's disappointing. I was looking above at the section "How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?". It shows C37 moving from com8 to arqB.

I have a basic aerial (plate type reflector) but it does the job as I'm in a good signal area. In fact I have to attenuate the signal because the channels on the 100kW transmitters are too strong and my Humax box stutters. The only issue is the channels on COM8 which is the lowest power transmitter.
I really don't know how to fix this issue. Any ideas?

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Andy Rich's 2 posts GB
Friday, 2 March 2018
5:19 PM

Various Freeview channels dropping down to 0 percent then up to 100 percent. in a couple of seconds. This mostly applies to CH4, Drama and what I call "The lesser channels!" and has little effect on BBC channels. Location 1 mile east of Wigan.

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Jan's 1 post GB
6:20 PM

Various Freeview channels dropping down to 0 percent then up to 100 percent. in a couple of seconds. This mostly applies to HD channels but also affects CH1 - BBC1 non-HD today. Location Walney Island. This has been going on for weeks, but some days all is fine.

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Peter's 1 post GB
9:14 PM

Peter: See 'too much of a good thing' on this website.

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MikeB's 2,559 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Ian Clark
5:03 PM

IAN Clark for years I have have had good HD reception from Winter Hill and Moel y Park. My preference has always been Winter Hill Recently all has changed I can get one ok or the other but not both. What has changed?

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Ian Clark's 1 post GB
8:54 PM

Ian Clark: Nothing has changed at Winter Hill yet, although there are frequency changes taking place there tomorrow (COM6 moves to UHF channel 37, COM7 moves to C55 and COM8 moves to C31). Further changes will then take place during the first half of 2020. There are no frequency changes due at Moel y Parc until next year.

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StevensOnln1's 2,224 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
8:49 AM

All up and running on their new frequencies.

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js's 617 posts Gold Gold GB
David Roberts
12:03 PM

Great News. Having a battle in the North Wales Coast area,as Freeview Post code checker won't recognise Winter Hill as a received TX,in the North Wales Coast area. Need to spread the word as we fear politics of the Cardiff Bay variety,have scuppered any public awareness programme. Most of the North Wales Coast is heavily dependent on the Winter Hill TX. Cheers to js for posting the update. We can now proceed to do battle with customers equipment.

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