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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 27/05/2024 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
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

LM
 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

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

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 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?

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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Saturday, 22 September 2018
MikeP
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11:08 AM

Oliver Gunnell:

Please provide your full post code so that we can look at the expected coverage and likely reception at your precise location.



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Tuesday, 25 September 2018
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Chris.SE
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5:34 AM

Oliver Gunnell:

According to DigitalUK, currently COM7 is transmitting with 22.907kW on UHF Ch.55 and COM8 with 22.6kW on UHF Ch.31. COM8 is due to move to Ch.56 in Q1 2020.
UHF Chs.55 & 56 will be shared by all transmitters for COMs 7 & 8 by end of 2020.
It is likely that as you are in a fringe area, your lack of reception of COM7 is due to interference from other transmitters already on Ch.55 but as MikeP has already said, if you provide your full postcode then predicted reception can be checked.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Saturday, 29 September 2018
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Oliver Gunnell
12:08 AM
Glossop

Thanks for your reply's my postcode is SK13 8NB, I have now changed from a loft mounted Unix 32, to a K group 18 Element Yagi externally mounted, to try to cover all bases upto and after the 700mhz clearance.


I can now get Com 7 at about 57% signal strength vs Com 8 at about 86%, until now I wasn't aware Com7 being on channel 55, from memory 55 was always abit poor at my location going back to the early Ondigital days on even a C/D Unix 52 from memory now long-gone.

For reference on ch59 a 100kw mux i get about 90% signal strength and 92% on ch49 also 100kw, I guess thats due to the gain falling off on the higher frequency's


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Tuesday, 9 October 2018
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018
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ChrisHam
7:39 PM

Winter Hill - com6 746MHz appears to tune as DVB-T2... I'm confused. Signal test menu in my LG TV shows following rcv parameters: DVB-T2 and QAM256.... this seems to be in contradiction with listed data....
Anyone has some idea why?

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Thursday, 11 October 2018
MikeP
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11:34 AM

Chris Ham:

The BBCA multiplex is on channel 50, the D3&4 multiplex is on 59, the BBCB multiplex is on channel 54-, the SDN multiplex is on channel 58, the ARQA multiplex is on channel 49, the ARQB multiplex is on channel 37, COM7 is on channel 55 and COM8 is on channel 31. There is no COM6 multiplex. Currently only the BBCB, COM7 and COM8 multiplexes are broadcasting using DVB-T2 encoding, all the others are using DVB-T encoding.



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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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Chris.SE
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3:12 AM

ChrisHam:

I assumed that you are referring to the ArqB mux aka COM6 but you are also talking about 746Mhz which is UHF55 and is now COM7 (as mentioned by MikeP) which is indeed DVB-T2. The listing on this site is out of date.
You would be best referring to DigitalUK site for Winter Hill - put your postcode in here - Digital UK - Coverage checker

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018
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Susan Parkes
3:05 PM

I have done a manual chanel tune c 49 to c 59 . I cannot get BBC1 or any none HD chanel to chanel 10.

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StevensOnln1
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5:21 PM

Susan Parkes: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Are any other channels missing? Was it working before you carried out any manual tuning? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see the predicted coverage at your location.

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