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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 15/04/2024 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

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
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?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
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.

Thursday, 7 February 2019
8:35 PM


Do you know if Winter Hill has reduced the power recently of Com7 and Com8? Or how I could find out? My Humax freeview box recently (couple of weeks perhaps, FY55LR, aerial on roof) did it's automatic retune and lost all channels from these multipelxes. Up until then I'd sometimes get reduced strength on these channels but now there's nothing, even a manual tune doesn't find anything and the strength meters show 0. My parents box nearby can receive them ok?

Any ideas? Many thanks for the great site. :)

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Rob's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 8 February 2019

10:52 AM


There has not been any change in the output power of any transmitter - they cannot be turned up or down at all. Only during engineering work are there ever any changes and only for the duration of the work. That is for the health and safety of the engineers working up the masts.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
3:32 PM

Thanks for the quick response. I'm wondering if a nearby waste water pumping station is affecting the signal as there's been times when from a perfect signal it will go choppy then disappear altogether. Would buying a filter and/or booster help do you think? Anything to look out for (makes etc?)


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Rob's 2 posts GB flag

9:55 PM


Water pumping stations do not cause the sort of problems you are experiencing, unless there is a serious electrical fault with their equipment. The operators would be able to check.

Neither a filter nor a booster would help unless you are close to another type of transmitter. The channels used by Winter Hill are very unlikely to be affected by 4G signals which are in the 800 MHz range, well away from Freeview signals. A booster is never needed unless the signal strength is low, so check on the manual tuning page what the strengths are - but DO NOT RETUNE. Ideally you should have between 60% and 85%, both less and more is likely to give problems.

So do some careful checks and report back, please?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 9 February 2019

5:16 PM

Rob: unlike what has been said 4g can cause interference but it is normal to cause interference if it is very close to you, ie the mobile mast is within 1/2 a mile of you. The most likely cause is all the trees around you. Get a professional aerial installer to have a look at your system.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag

8:59 PM


The frequencies used for 4G are far too far away from those used by the Winter Hill transmitter to be the cause of interference. It may do so if the wanted TV channels were mainly in the region of channels in the high 50's or above.Despite fears that it would cause a lot of problems, very few people have been troubled by 4G interference.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 10 February 2019

5:17 AM

MikeP: that's funny why then did half of a local village lose tv picture when a 4g transmitter went live near me. It was so powerful all tv pictures where lost. Every frequency went off. Filters didn't work the only thing that did work was labgear mastheads that have a 45db rejection on 4g. You do post a lot on hear but some of the things you post are wrong. You are trying to help people but sometimes you are not giving the right answer.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag

10:43 PM


It was because of the closeness of the 4G transmitter. In the case under consideration, there is no such transmitter close by, so not a problem.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 February 2019
Andrew McKernan
12:16 PM

Hi. I am interested in coverage maps for local TV, specifically Channel 7. Are there any postcode district files that correspond to the maps. I note that details for the Madingley That's Cambridge service are out of date analogue Madingley (Cambridge) (Cambridgeshire, England) Freeview Light transmitter | free and easy although it is now on the UHF Multiplex Channel 35 @ 586 MHz. Thanks, Andrew

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Andrew McKernan's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

4:34 PM

Andrew McKernan:

For mux channel allocation etc. as the site owner here has not had time to update all the transmitter pages you are best referring to the official Digital UK site Digital UK - Coverage checker and put your postcode into the box.

For coverage maps, you may get what you want by going to the map at the top of a transmitter page here and selecting "Enable Pro Mode" just below the map. You can then select the Multiplex of interest from the list on the top LHS of the map.

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Chris.SE's 4,133 posts GB flag
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