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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 - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:07. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Oct 21:35 until 14 Oct 21:37. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 19 Oct 10:06. . 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.

 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, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

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

 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)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 -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
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34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 Spotlight TV, 62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 78 Now 70s, 82 Clubland TV, 84 Now 90s, 98 Country Music Entertainment , 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?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
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, 20 September 2020
10:09 PM

I'm in Chester (CH3). Same problem lost all com 7 CH55 stations sometime Fri on all devices. Hard to believe in this day & age that atmospherics can cause such signal annihilation. As Dave says let's hope it clears up in few days.
Can't understand why no official comment from Freeview saying reason or have I missed it.......many people will be thinking it's their equipment, aerials etc & could go to unnecessary expense.

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Graham's 2 posts GB
Monday, 21 September 2020
9:58 PM

Com7 CH55 has returned here in Chester!! Just done manual retune for CH55......hey presto 14 channels reappeared . Was still nothing there when tried at 6pm, so has atmospherics changed since then?
Hope this is the case for everyone else who's posted on this subject.

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Graham's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 22 September 2020

12:18 AM


As per previous posts here it's "Tropospheric Ducting" around causing interference, see for a simplistic explanation. It can be quite variable, come and go within seconds, minutes or hours. It has been particularly strong recently which can as you've discovered wipe out your reception. Climate change is likely to mean these sort of events could be more common.
Currently it may continue on and off for a day or two more.

It's best not to retune if you have no signal or badly pixellated signals as this can just clear correct tuning and you have to repeat the retune when conditions stabilise.

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Chris.SE's 1,762 posts GB
7:36 AM

Can confirm CH55 back at normal levels here on the Fylde coast.

Was this posted here or elsewhere? Useful.

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Karl's 3 posts GB

9:23 AM


I have posted it in the past, but a lot of non-tech people just find it too confusing so I stick to just explaining the situation. There is another if you are interested

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Chris.SE's 1,762 posts GB
Saturday, 26 September 2020

7:46 AM


Just to repeat as it's now several pages back -
Winter Hill UHF channels after the recent 700 MHz clearance are -
The main multiplexes are C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, C37, C55 for PSBs1-3, COMs 4-7.
The Local ones are Local Manchester, Manchester GI on C24 & C27.
Liverpool Local mux on C21, Preston Local mux on C40.

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Chris.SE's 1,762 posts GB
Monday, 12 October 2020

4:18 PM

I've had a brand new Labgear triple element wideband aerial installed and reception is excellent on all the channels. Channel 55 MUX is just slightly less at 50% signal strength and 100% signal quality but is adequate for the DVB-T2 tuner on my LG Freeview HD / Freesat HD tv and pick up without problems. Channel is always slightly trickier to get right due to the slightly lower signal level transmitted on this MUX but it is being received at the very least.

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Anthony's 48 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

7:28 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 12 Oct 19:38 until 12 Oct 19:50. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 132,312 posts xx

10:18 PM


The COM7 mux (C55) is transmitted as an SFN (Single Frequency Network) so signals from other transmitters with COM7 can create locations which can have less signal than others. Having 100% quality is the most important thing and based on my own experience you should be fine with ~50% strength although depending on location you may find it varies with some weather conditions. If there's Tropospheric Ducting, that might cause larger variations and in worst case - loss of quality (and/or signal). Other multiplexes may/may not be affected at the same time.

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Chris.SE's 1,762 posts GB
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Transmitter engineering

10:27 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Oct 21:35 until 14 Oct 21:37. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 12 Oct 19:38 until 12 Oct 19:50. . [BBC]

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