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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
Channel icons
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
C49tv_off ArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA

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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.

Thursday, 25 October 2012
10:44 AM

Ilive in upholland WN80EP. Two days ago I updated my Sony Bravia digital signal per "digital auto tuning" and whilst I now have 161 services I am unable to receive BBC Northwest. Instead I am receiving BBC North ie Yorkshire. How can I correct this please

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sass's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:40 PM

sass: Emley Moor (Yorkshire) uses lower channels than Winter Hill. Start the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged and plug in about 60%.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
John Ovenden
7:57 PM

I have a Humax PVR 9150T and it cuts some programmes off before they are due to end. It does this every night during news at ten on bbc1.It can also cut off other programme before their due time.My dealer tells me that this is not the fault of the recorder,but the transmitter which switches the signal which tells the rcorder to record,off early.THIS IS MOST FRUSTRATING.
Can anything be done about this?

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John Ovenden's 1 post EU flag

8:43 PM

John Ovenden: A Humax allows you to manually add up to 5 minutes to the end time of any programme being recorded by pressing "menu", then press OK on the top icon of the five seen running down the left hand side of the screen, followed by scrolling down to the bottom of the list and pressing on "recording end time".

The point to remember being that this action will take the recording mode out of being fully automatic in operation, albeit under normal circumstances this is neither here nor there.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

11:29 PM

John Ovenden: Just a small addition / correction to that already said, insomuch that after you press "menu" select "record" from the choice that comes on and then scroll down to "recording end time".

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 1 November 2012

10:22 PM

What's this about then?

From the Winter Hill NIT:

Network Change Notifications

cell_id = 0946

network_change_id = 02
NetworkChangeType = Major - multiplex frequency changed
network_change_version = 01
ReceiverCategory = all receivers
start_time_of_change = 14/11/2012 00:00:00
change_duration = 06:00:00
invariant_ts_onid = 233A
invariant_ts_tsid = 1048
ISO_639_language_code = eng
message text = "On 14 November TV services may be subject to disruption until late afternoon. You may need to re-tune to get your channels back."

network_change_id = 03
NetworkChangeType = Major - multiplex frequency changed
network_change_version = 01
ReceiverCategory = all receivers
start_time_of_change = 14/11/2012 09:30:00
change_duration = 05:30:00
invariant_ts_onid = 233A
invariant_ts_tsid = 1048
ISO_639_language_code = eng
message text = "On 14 November TV services may be subject to disruption until late afternoon. You may need to re-tune to get your channels back."

end Network Change Notifications

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js's 827 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 November 2012
5:00 PM

Basically I have absolutely no reason to give adverse comment or to complain since I enjoy Freeview transmission on my pc with the aid of a very simple indoor aerial. After Yesterday channel and a few others were increased in power about two years ago everything became just perfect . . . until the recent changes in channel numbers came about. Now I find that with the same humble equipment that all of those channels associated with ARQB have become unwatchable. Sorry if I seem ungrateful but this is how it appears to be. Is there a fundamental reason for those under ARQB have becoming icky? Yours faithfully WN4 8LG

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Charlie's 12 posts GB flag
Charlie's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage

5:40 PM

Charlie: As Winter Hill is indicated as being your main station you should carry out a signal check on ArqB (e.g: Yesterday-19) to make sure that the mux channel associated with the signal strength reading is Ch55 and not Ch48, the latter being ArqB from Emley Moor.

My reason for suggesting that this check be carried out is because Emley Moor is also indicated as being receivable at your location, albeit with the commercial channels with the status of poor, but "if" any automatic retunes have been carried out by your equipment Emleys ArqB which operates on a lower channel number could have been picked during a scan, as scanning starts from Ch21 running upwards towards Ch69 locking onto any channel with a high enough signal level.

This of course might not be the cause, but its a possibility that has to be eliminated.

(Ch48 th) 

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 November 2012
10:01 PM

jb38: Thanks for your information. On my little receiver, a WinTV Nova stick (am I being too ambitious?) there does not appear to be a facility for a signal check. The peculiar thing about this is that all of the channels which have now become unwatchable show a frequency 746,000 MHz. Is there any significance in this? It seems quite a coincidence in my lay thinking. Any further suggestions? Would be much appreciated. Kind regards

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Charlie's 12 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 November 2012

12:06 AM

Charlie: I think that your reference to "ambitious" is most certainly the case, although not so much concerning the Nova stick but more your use of a simple indoor aerial, as judging by a serious impediment to reception that I can see (even to a roof mounted aerial) namely the dense range of trees smack in line with Winter Hills signal path, it being 30 degrees from you @ 11 miles its a wonder that you can get anything with what you are using, therefore in the interests of reliability of reception I would really advise you to use a standard loft mounted aerial, a DM log periodic type being ideal for this purpose. (link provided)

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By the way 746.000MHz is Ch55 (ArqB) from Winter Hill.

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