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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.

 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
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 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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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.

Thursday, 26 November 2020
Desmond Hatton
10:55 PM

I get channel 12 and channel 33 on 3 televisions but my JVC
Has low signal strength tried returning but still the same

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Desmond Hatton's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 27 November 2020

3:08 AM

Desmond Hatton:

Those two channels are on different multiplexes so it's not necessarily a problem with a multiplex, see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex.

I assume that you have some sort of splitter to feed 3 televisions, is it an splitter/amplifier?

Your problem suggests several possibilities -
1) Check all connections between the splitter and the set including any flyleads
2) The signal output where the JVC is being used is not as strong, try the JVC in one of the other locations.
If that's no different -
3) The signal your aerial is receiving may not be very strong/is marginal - a full postcode would be needed to look at your predicted reception - and the JVC is not as sensitive as the others
If the JVC gets the signals in one of the other locations -
4) The splitter is not giving a good a signal on the normal JVC location output, try swapping the outputs at the splitter it with one of the others.
If that solves the problem, the splitter could be faulty.
If that doesn't make any difference -
5) The cable run to the JVC location is much longer and has higher losses or the cable has a fault. Try one of the other televisions at that location.

If all those checks doesn't solve the problem, post back with a full postcode and more detail about the aerial installation and splitter etc.

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Chris.SE's 3,686 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 5 January 2021

11:58 PM

I was watching ITV news at ten on itv+1 and around 23.15 through a report, the signal went of for 3-4 minutes, I checked my TV's signal strength meter and channel 34 and 35 muxes were both down for that 3-4 minutes but the other multiplexes were fine, all the main ones had 94% signal strength and 100% signal quality and channel 55 multiplex signal strength 42% / signal quality 100%. My TV is an LG 47in Freeview HD / Free To Air HD Satellite model no 47LB585V-ZM. I receive Winter Hill transmitter via high quality low loss screened coax cable hooked up to a Maxview triple element wideband TV aerial at BB5 2EH. I have checked to see if there's any maintenance scheduled and there is none. I wonder what caused 34 and 35 to briefly go down then return a few minutes later? Only Channels 34 and 35 were briefly affected, the others were fine with maximum strength and quality.

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Anthony's 52 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 6 January 2021

1:14 AM


A fault! The BBC have reported From 11:14pm to 11:16pm on 5th Jan 2021 BBC B HD Off the air due to a fault.
So that's PSB3 on UHF C35. As the BBC only report on multiplexes carrying their programmes, I can only assume that it was the same fault that took the D3&4/PSB2 mux (UHF C34) off air as well.

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Chris.SE's 3,686 posts GB flag
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Peter Green
12:46 AM

Why is COM7 still transmitting on C55 (746.0 MHz) when the 700 MHz band is supposed to have been cleared?

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Peter Green's 5 posts GB flag

3:33 AM

Peter Green:

It's because part of the 700MHz clearance was to move COM7 to C55 if it wasn't there before, ie on Winter Hill it was on C31. COM8 would have still been on C56 except Arqiva closed it for commercial reasons back at the end of last June.
C55 operates from 25 main transmitters around the country as an SFN. It is and always was a temporary mux. C55 (& C56) are in the "centre-gap" of the frequencies allocated for Mobile Download and Upload in the 700MHz band. The "centre-gap" is allocated for mobile SDL usage.

When the auction of the 700MHz band takes place IF any MNOs buy the SDL frequencies, when they have developed the necessary equipment to use it, they may give 3 months notice for C55 to close. In any event it will close at the end of June 2022 if not before.

For detail about COMs 7&8 see Rebuilding Freeview High Definition from 2019 onwards | free and easy
As you know covid-19 disrupted the final 700MHz program but this was completed last August.
The only further update to that detail is OFCOM were planning that the auction might start later this January but I haven't checked if that is still the case.
(The initial information about rebuilding Freeview HD is somewhat speculative, AFAIK based originally on what went into the "Vaizey Plan" which never got implemented!).

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Chris.SE's 3,686 posts GB flag
Monday, 18 January 2021
Peter Green
3:32 AM

Chris, thanks for that. As always, a very comprehensive and understandable explanation. I see from the included link that you already covered that in one of your posts in the middle of last year. I missed that and apologise for asking you to explain it again.

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Peter Green's 5 posts GB flag

3:58 AM

Peter Green:

No problem Peter. Thanks for getting back.

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Chris.SE's 3,686 posts GB flag
Thursday, 11 February 2021
5:33 PM

I have lost BBC 4 HD since its multiplex moved to CH55 Com7, I have always had real trouble with anything on that channel, I am in Glossop so can only guess I am getting multipath interference from maybe Emley Moor and or Moel-Y-Parc, I have a 18 element K group Yagi on a pole, any techy people got any ideas on what could resolve?, as a comparison I get about 55% signal strength and quality on the much lower CH57 GIM mux.

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Oliver's 9 posts US flag

7:23 PM

Oliver: Group K aerials aren't designed to receive UHF channel 55, you would need a Group T or W wideband aerial, although as COM7 is only licenced until next year it may not be worth the cost of replacing your aerial. The GIM mux is no longer on C57, it moved to C27 as part of the 700MHz clearance. Unfortunately the frequencies listed at the top of this page are out of date, an up to date list has been posted at Winter Hill (Bolton, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy

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