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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

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

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)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,

com7
 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 True Christmas 1,  Tiny Pop +1,  truTV,  truTV +1, 60 Sony Crime Channel, 62 True Movies +1, 68 True Crime, 69 True Crime +1, 88 Clubland TV, 208 POP MAX, 209 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 (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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310 Apr 132013-1723 Oct 2019
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 ArqAArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off+1_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60tv_off+C
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C63+D
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

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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.

Comments
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
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wrren
5:55 PM

hi
Is there any way of bringing site mod's attention to inappropriate posts?

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Thursday, 7 February 2019
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Rob
8:35 PM

Hi,

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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Friday, 8 February 2019
MikeP
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10:52 AM

Rob:

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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Rob
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?)

Rob

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MikeP
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9:55 PM

Rob:

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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Saturday, 9 February 2019
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Mazbar
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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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MikeP
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8:59 PM

Mazbar:

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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Sunday, 10 February 2019
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Mazbar
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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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MikeP
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10:43 PM

Mazbar:

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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Friday, 15 February 2019
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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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