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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 15/04/2024 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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
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 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?

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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.

Sunday, 9 October 2022

12:34 PM

D. Worwood:

I had given you a reply, I don't know what happened to it, I'll try again in a minute, I may post it in more than one part! (This site does have a word censor, I can't imagine why that wold have trapped it").

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1:06 PM

D. Worwood:

This sounds like a problem with interference - No, they do not turn down the power at certain times!
But the transmitter occasionally has Planned Engineering where that might be the case, however there is none listed, nor faults, at this time. If this is occurring regularly at every weekend then it won't be transmitter faults or engineering.

If you have a weak signal, you will be more vulnerable to interference. You cannot necessarily dismiss the aerial just because it is "quite new". If water is getting into the connections/coax then this will affect the signal.

You may not even be correctly tuned to Winter Hill which may not even give you the best signals.
Check in your TV tuning section if you are tuned to Winter Hill's UHF channels
In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6, Winter Hill's UHF channels since the 700 MHz clearance are -
The main multiplexes on C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, C37
The Local ones you may receive are Liverpool Local mux on C21, and maybe, but unlikely Manchester GI on C27.

Have you checked the aerial is still pointing correctly? Is the downlead secure and not flapping in the wind?
CH52 is a large area and signals will vary across it.

You need to provide a FULL postcode to check your predicted reception, the best transmitter and which way the aerial should point. The reception predictors do not work on partial postcodes.

Does the problem start at an exact time when it starts at the weekend?
Do you have any electrical or electronic equipment that you switch on at the weekend not used at other times?

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Thursday, 6 April 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 6 Apr 00:04 until 6 Apr 00:10. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 29 April 2023
Joseph Mcgarry
2:18 PM

Hi there my tv signal keeps on interfering I have had a 4G/5G filter on my rooftop tv aerial to block the phone mask signal but that hasn't fixed the problem I had an engineer come out and he said the aerial was all fine and it was working good after that my tv transmitter is Moel Yr Parc and Winter Hill

Thank you J.mcgarry_

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2:25 PM

Joseph Mcgarry:

Visit, see the Contact Us page, ring them up on 0808-1313-800, it's a free call. They are the organisation that are responsible for providing Free Filters and etc to ensure you can watch interference free. Explain your problem, they may send an extra filter, they may send an engineer free of charge.

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Joseph Mcgarry
2:31 PM


Thanks for that i already called them and they sent out an engineer and he put a filter on my roof last week
And then it was working fine but there no signal on the tv now

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2:55 PM

Joseph Mcgarry:

Do not retune when you have no signal as this will usually just clear any correct tuning that you had.

Go into your TV Tuning section and have a look for which UHF channels you are tuned to for the various multiplexes.
If you also tell us which way your aerial is pointing that may help to discover which transmitter you should actually be receiving as there's 3 possibilities in your location.

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6:54 PM

Joseph Mcgarry:

If you did retune earlier when you had no signal and it's cleared your current tuning, you'll have to repeat a retune BUT it depends which way your aerial points and which service you want as a primary service.
If you do an automatic tune, the set may prompt you for the region - England or Wales. If it doesn't do that you may have to do a manual tune if it doesn't give the your preferred channels and you may need to clear the tuning again if it's given the wrong preference - the wrong service on 1 & 3 and the wanted service in the 800s.
If you want England your aerial should point ~NorthEast for Winter Hill or North for Storeton (which also has Wales!). Although the aerial will probably still pick up the Welsh service at Moel-y-Parc as you are much closer to it, that is West.

The channels are as follows in the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
Winter Hill UHF channels C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, C37 & possibly Local multiplexes on C21 & C27
Storeton (Granada) UHF channels C28, C25, C22, C23, C26, C30 + C43 (Local)
Storeton Wales) UHF Channels C45, C39, C42 (no COMs or Local).
Moel_y_Parc UHF Channels C45, C39, C42, C33, C36, C48, and possibly a Local multiplex on C27.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which TV Channels (LCNs) are carried on which multiplex.

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Friday, 26 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

10:08 AM

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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