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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
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons


GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 82 Clubland TV, 84 Now 90s, 208 POP MAX,

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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 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+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.

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Saturday, 1 August 2020
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Chris.SE
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8:11 AM

js: C48 is the North petal at Sutton Coldfield IIRC
Now I'm puzzling about the "sudden" change in signal level on C29 & C30 at 0430 (give or take a few seconds)??

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Transmitter engineering
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4:10 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 1 Aug 16:35 until 1 Aug 16:42. . [BBC]

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Sunday, 2 August 2020
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5:41 AM

Chris.SE: The first frame of the video actually shows a scan from 22/07/2020 04:09, when I had lost signal from The Wrekin C30-.

I'm not sure, but they may have moved the Haslingden C29 BBCB to C30, on that occasion, they certainly didn't the next night.

The remainder of the video is from what appears to be a repeat performance on the 23/07/2020 starting at 03:39.

I didn't notice before that C32 is switched off briefly at frame 115, 04:46.

Then, at frame 124, 04:30, the tests on C29 and C31 are switched off.

At frame 132, 04:33, both tests C34 and C35 have been switched off.

ARQA on C49 disappears briefly at frame 311, 05:49

The old BBCA on C50 is back at frame 315, 05:50.


I was puzzled by Birmingham TV on C48 as thought it emanated from Brierley Hill, on C33.

But who can trust what the NIT says these days. According to the NIT, all three petals of the local multiplexes off Winter Hill are still on C56!





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Chris.SE
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6:15 AM

Dave Mann:

Did you see my reply to you on p201?

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020
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js
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5:22 AM

Chris.SE:
Well, thanks for that, Chris! Ignorant as I am, I wasn't aware that local multiplexes might be transmitted from relays.

For some reason, I didn't see the Sutton Coldfield transmissions. I bow to your superior knoledge of the network.

After looking around a bit, I discovered that relays have relays that have relays!

But back to The Wrekin, and the service tables off it's frequencies.

The Wrekin doesn't have a parent transmitter but it's service tables belong to Sutton Coldfield.

Makes no sense to me.

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6:27 AM

Chris.SE: Another curiosity is the presence in the NIT of two BBC A multiplexes with the same target regions:

BBC A
ONID.TSID = 233A.1045
650 MHz, uhf 43, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 2/3, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.West Midlands)
(
LCN SERVICE NAME
001 BBC ONE W Mid
002 BBC TWO
009 BBC FOUR
201 CBBC
202 CBeebies
231 BBC NEWS
232 BBC Parliament
250 BBC Red Button
601 BBC RB 1
700 BBC Radio 1
701 BBC R1X
702 BBC Radio 2
703 BBC Radio 3
704 BBC Radio 4
705 BBC R5L
706 BBC R5SX
707 BBC 6 Music
708 BBC Radio 4 Ex
709 BBC Asian Net.
710 BBC World Sv.
719 BBC CWR
720 BBC H&W
722 BBC WM
726 BBC Stoke
735 BBC Derby
)

BBC A
ONID.TSID = 233A.1053
514 MHz, uhf 26, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 2/3, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.West Midlands)
(
LCN SERVICE NAME
001 BBC ONE W Mid
002 BBC TWO
009 BBC FOUR
201 CBBC
202 CBeebies
231 BBC NEWS
232 BBC Parliament
250 BBC Red Button
601 BBC RB 1
700 BBC Radio 1
701 BBC R1X
702 BBC Radio 2
703 BBC Radio 3
704 BBC Radio 4
705 BBC R5L
706 BBC R5SX
707 BBC 6 Music
708 BBC Radio 4 Ex
709 BBC Asian Net.
710 BBC World Sv.
719 BBC CWR
720 BBC H&W
721 BBC Shropshire
722 BBC WM
726 BBC Stoke
)

They are, presumably, mutually exclusive?

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Chris.SE
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4:32 PM

js:

What did I say? >> I bow to your superior knowledge of the network. (typo corrected ;) )
I certainly wouldn't agree, i think your knowledge of the network is probably far greater, just because each of us may miss things from time to time doesn't mean that either of us has greater knowledge in a particular area.

Those target regions in the NITs must be quite generalised? maybe based on regional news allocations to particular transmitters? but your overall knowledge of NITs must be far greater than mine which is virtually non-existent. Btw, you must be in a good spot to be able to pick up all these transmitters.

As for relays of relays, yes there appear to be some! (and some incorrectly listed as such in some places!!) but as for Brierley Hill I didn't realise it had a Local mux with Birmingham TV until this morning (not from your post co-incidentally but another one). Haslington BBCB is due to move from C29 to C30 on the 12th (along with Ladder Hill) (I've only been looking at some of DUK's pdfs by the way, nothing to do with knowledge!).

The apparent lack of logic (best way to describe it?) with these NITs might explain some of the oddities. I recall a few people mentioning some of the Yorkshire retunes when On-screen message popped up to retune when the specific transmitter they were receiving wasn't changing. I'd assumed it was just some sloppiness by Arqiva, but it could well have been NIT related.

Slight change of topic, I've not got, or been able to find a list of Tx TSIDs. Any idea where one might find one?

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020
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js
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7:02 AM

Chris.SE: Well, thanks for the compliment Chris, but I don't deserve it. And thanks for correcting the typo:

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

I noticed it as soon as I had posted, but we can't edit our posts.

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7:17 AM

Chris.SE: Yes, I'm probably going to lose both Haslingden ch 29 BBC B and The Wrekin ch 30- BBC B on 12th August.

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7:40 AM

Chris.SE: Regarding Transport Stream IDs or TSIDs:

I'm not aware of any official list of TSIDs but the tables off com7 and 8 have SDT and EPG for what seems to be every UK multiplex.

Unfortunately, because they are not in the NIT, there are no Target Regions, frequencies, or LCNs for the services on them, so the problem is to discover the transmitters that carry them.

There has never been any frequency data for T2 multiplexes anyway, so no loss there.

Only the PSBs have Target Regions other than GBR.

The BBC ONE service names give the region for BBC A multiplexes.

For D3&4, the EPG data gives the regional ITV local news.

For BBC B, where currently BBC ONE HD is not regionalised, the region is indicated, though perhaps not uniquely, by the ITV HD local news.


This is Com7 National pf.xls (663KB) - the now/next off com7 showing the ITV local news regions:

https://www.sendspace.com/file/lkg2gm

This list is from around the time when Com78 National first appeared:

https://pastebin.com/AjtqYETW

This is the current list:

https://pastebin.com/aAf4wvPp

The old list is useful for identifying Local Multiplexes which now have no indication of region or city, for example:

Local Multiplex
ONID.TSID = 233A.800B
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
--- 804B 01 That's TV
--- 82C0 01 Tiny Pop
--- 8380 01 Sony Movies +1
--- 84C0 01 Sony Channel
--- 8500 01 Sony Movies Classic
--- 8540 01 Ideal Extra
)

Local Multiplex
ONID.TSID = 233A.800B
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
--- 804B 01 That's Manchester
--- 8100 01 The Vault
--- 8200 01 POP Max
--- 8240 01 True Crime
--- 8280 01 True Movies
--- 82C0 01 Tiny Pop
--- 8380 01 Sony Movie Channel+1
)

That's the best I can offer you.

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