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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 18/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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, 63 GREAT! romance 1, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 70s MCR, 86 That's 80s 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;
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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.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

2:10 PM

Steven Rawlinson:

Yes, it's not helpful when housing associations do not fulfil their obligations. I assume that several of you will be affected, have they all complained to the housing association? Check your rental terms and conditions if it includes the supply of TV signals then they are duty bound to sort it or are in breach of contract.

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william alec bradley
2:18 PM

Please ignore my question i did nor realise i had too suscribe to get answers

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5:29 PM

william alec bradley:

You don't have to subscribe to anything!

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Monday, 17 August 2020
Phil B
9:57 PM

In Bolton here I can see the transmitter.
Since the retune I can't get any of the channels on C29 or C31. At best I'm getting terrible breakup, at worst nothing at all.
No issues prior to last week.

Am I right in thinking its an aerial issue ?

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11:25 PM

Phil B:

It sounds most likely that's it's an aerial issue. Before this last retune, did you used to get the BBC SD channels in their correct LCNs in the EPG ie. 1,2,9, etc or did you have to watch them at LCNs 751, 752 etc.? This would have been the case after the change in February assuming you had retuned then.
If you got them at 1,2,9 etc after a retune then, have you ever had any problems since with those prior to the 12th?
If it's an aerial issue, you may qualify for a free replacement aerial.

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Chris.SE's 3,676 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
6:16 PM

I'm getting perfect signal on C29 channels, but no signal or extreme breakup on C32, which makes no sense. C32 is the only group of channels we're having problems with.
And the best signals before 12/08 were BBC1 on 751.
Any clues?

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Liz's 4 posts GB flag
8:40 PM

Since the Freeview retune the signal strength of the new channels has been sub-par with pixellation and freezing and occasional 'no signal'. This is in Barrow in Cumbria. Has there been a deliberate reduction in signal because nothing has changed from our reception end since 12th Aug? It's like chalk and cheese.

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Dave's 4 posts GB flag

11:54 PM


So from the 20th February when the first of the 700MHz clearance changes took place What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview
you got the main BBC channels at LCNs 751, 752, etc rather than 1,2, 9. Did you not think to make enquiries at that time as to why this was, or see any publicity in the local media or press? Did it ever get a mention of the Regional BBC News NorthWest Tonight. I'm not saying it did, but it certainly ought to have done! The remaining changes were due to be done in April but were postponed due to the covid-19 situation. These were the ones that took place on the 12th August when all the remaining multiplexes that were moving were moved.
The Local multiplexes had already moved last October apart from the Manchester GI mux. Do you not get/did you get any of them with a station at LCN 7?

Basically the most likely reason is that you have an older Group C/D aerial which won't pick up these lower channels reliably. Providing you don't have satellite or cable you can get a free replacement aerial if it's your own home and aerial. For more information about the channels and changes, see my post on p204 here -
Winter Hill (Bolton, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy
Contact Freeview asap as you may have a wait for the help.

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Chris.SE's 3,676 posts GB flag

11:57 PM


There's been no changes in transmitter power, the recent changes at Winter Hill are as I've detailed in my reply to Liz above. This is the most likely reason for you, so the same applies.

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Chris.SE's 3,676 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 August 2020
1:31 PM

Thanks Chris.
No, we were getting fine BBC1 on 1, when our box died, we got a BT youview box, which we then discovered the best signal through this box was 751. My tuner in my PC also had no problems with BBC1 on 1, and I never had bbc1 on 751.
Same aerial, 2 leads from it.
Googling discovered that the box itself is notorious for not picking the best signal for the LCN's apparently, and we put it down to that, as we can pick up a dodgy signal from Wales and West Midlands.

When the retune required on the 12th, made the 751 BBC1 disappear, we tried both aerial cables through the TV (not the box) to determine if it was one of the cables or the box.

Both cables from the aerial, tv, pc tuner and box are now only picking up bad C32 channels.
And yes we were and are picking up LCN 7, which is Liverpool TV. Again, no signal problems.

If it was a case of wrong group aerial, why would it pick of c29 channels with a perfect signal, but not c32 channels? (or is my assumption that 29 is before 32 doesn't apply in this case?).

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