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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 - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:54 on 15 Jul to 14:00 on 15 Jul. BBC


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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
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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
C59 (778.0MHz)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
C54- (737.8MHz)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
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 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, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 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, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 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, 68 True Crime, 69 True Crime +1, 75 True Movies +1, 88 Clubland TV, 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 132013-1731 Dec 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off+1_local_local_local_local
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;
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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
Sunday, 16 June 2019
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Chris.SE
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2:59 AM

js:

You've never commented on whether you had any success contacting Arqiva directly as I suggested about this issue.

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js
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6:39 AM

Chris.SE: Responsibility for the Freeview EPG lies with Digital UK.

It has nothing to do with Arqiva as it's not a transmission fault.

The same errors are present in the com7 EIT, which has to be exactly the same everywhere for the SFN on UHF55 to work.

It seems likely that the same buggy software is being used by certain services to process their EPG data.



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Monday, 24 June 2019
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Chris.SE
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8:36 AM

js:

Whilst the responsibility for the EPG is with DigitalUK, this does not detract from the fact that I've not seen any reports elsewhere about this issue and don't get these errors on my transmitter. How do you know it's not a transmission fault at Winter Hill? You've previously said that you've not had any satisfactory response from DigitalUK, so a conversation with Arqiva MIGHT possibly move this issue forward. Or have you had some updated information that you haven't mentioned?

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js
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6:48 PM

Chris.SE: You say you don't see these errors.

I would be grateful if you would check for this error:

Adele Roberts is on BBC Radio 1 weekdays at 04:00 and nearly always has "Adele's got you," at the start of the programme description.

If the Freeview EPG shows "Adeles got you," with no apostrophe then you are seeing these errors.

If the Freeview EPG shows "Adele's got you," with the apostrophe then I will accept that the errors may be Winter Hill only.


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Tuesday, 25 June 2019
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5:08 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:15 today to 04:21 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019
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5:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:15 yesterday to 04:21 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 27 June 2019
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5:08 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:15 on 25 Jun to 04:21 on 25 Jun. [BBC]

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WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:15 on 25 Jun to 04:21 on 25 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today, Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today. [BBC]

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WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:15 on 25 Jun to 04:21 on 25 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today to 15:31 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today to 15:31 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 today to 15:31 today, Radio [BBC]

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Friday, 28 June 2019
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WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:15 on 25 Jun to 04:21 on 25 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 yesterday to 15:31 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 yesterday to 15:31 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:53 yesterday to [BBC]

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