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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 27/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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, plus 17 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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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, 76 That's TV 2 MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 That's 80s, 86 That's 90s 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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C50tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Friday, 12 February 2021

4:05 AM


It depends on which Group K aerial you have. There are some that have quite a good response at C55 and some that can give a better overall response than T or Wideband BUT not all Group K are like that! You can find examples at ATV aerial gain tests : full results - A.T.V. Poles, Brackets, Clamps & Aerials

Make sure you don't have any HDMI leads near any of your flyleads or aerial leads especially if those aerial or flyleads are not the high quality double screened types. HDMI is known to cause interference in some cases, especially to C55.

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Chris.SE's 4,204 posts GB flag
Friday, 19 February 2021
Transmitter engineering

10:18 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 19 Feb 21:21 until 19 Feb 21:34. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Joanne Porteous
3:22 PM

Since the high winds yesterday 23/02/21 I only have sound on the TV. There are colourful vertical stripes on the screen, but no picture. What has happened please? The TV aerial is pointing to Winter Hill and seems ok. I do not have Sky or a set top box of any kind.

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Joanne Porteous's 1 post GB flag
Transmitter engineering

4:27 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 19 Feb 21:21 until 19 Feb 21:34. . FM: Broadcasting in mono due to essential engineering from 24 Feb 13:06 until 24 Feb 13:10. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,725 posts xx flag

7:02 PM

Joanne Porteous:

Is this affecting every single TV channel, or just some and if so which ones?
Have a look in your TV's tuning section for where it may give the signal strength and quality figures for each UHF channel carrying the different multiplexes. You may find it under manual tuning if there isn't a specific location for signal strength.
Post that information.

If your aerial is still pointing in the correct direction, does it look as if it has any bits missing? Compare to similar neighbours' aerials perhaps. is the coax downlead secured to the pole and any other places, or is it flapping in the wind?

There is essential Planned Engineering taking place at Winter Hill which may have some effect if you are not in a good signal area. A full postcode would be needed to look at predicted reception for your locale.

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Chris.SE's 4,204 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Transmitter engineering

1:38 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 4 Mar 12:56 until 4 Mar 13:04. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,725 posts xx flag
Wednesday, 17 March 2021

11:28 AM

I've checked on Freeview website and there is maintenance on Winter Hill this week with Possible Service Interruption indicated. My channels keep briefly going off occasionally and coming back on during the day but not in the evening though.

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Anthony's 52 posts GB flag

8:32 PM


They do try and avoid interruptions at peak times, but it's not always possible.

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Chris.SE's 4,204 posts GB flag
Saturday, 17 July 2021
Jim Davies
11:28 AM

Poor clarity on the sound on all channels from Winter Hill. This is in particular to speech where the sound sounds muffled. Have a number of sets, Sony, Panasonic LG and same problem on all. Sound on Moel-y-parc is fine. This has only happened since the channel shift earlier in the year. I know of other people on the Wirral experiencing the same problem

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Jim Davies
11:32 AM

Problems with clarity of speech being muffled on all channels on Winter Hill xmtr. Being experienced on a number of different sets - Sony, Panasonic and LG
I know of other people on the Wirral experiencing this problem which has only occurred since the channel frequency changes earlier this year. Moel-y-parc does not suffer this problem.

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