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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

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

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

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

com7
 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 72 Quest Red +1, 74 Shopping Quarter , 86 More4 +1, 92 Pick +1, 94 Paramount Network +1, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR +1, 64 FreeSports HD, 69 CBS Justice +1, 83 NOW 80s, 89 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 82 Clubland TV, 87 Spotlight TV, 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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1723 Oct 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C9ITVwaves
C12BBCtvwaves
C24_local
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C32BBCA
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37com8com8
C40LOCAL2
C48C5wavesC5waves
C49tv_off ArqAArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C54tv_off-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_off+1_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60tv_off+C
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C63+D
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

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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.

Comments
Friday, 4 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:19 PM
Reading

Dave: If you had Freeview before switchover, it may be that the signals are now too loud, causing interference between neighbouring channels. If you have an amplifier or booster, try removing it. If not, or that doesn't help, try adding a variable attenuator and slowly increasing the attenuation.

COM6/Arqiva B will increase to its final power level on 21 September 2011.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
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Ron
3:19 PM
Southport

Why is my Humax freeview box changing channels automatically? It only happens on BBC the commercial channels work fine. I was trying to watch BBC News on Ch 80 and it would insist on canging back to Ch 1 by itself.

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Ron's 9 posts GB
LutonFan
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:07 PM

Ron- There seems to be an issue at the moment with these boxes. I will post further as soon as any further info comes my way.


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LutonFan's 383 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:04 PM

Ron, LutonFan: It sounds like there's a bug in the MHEG code that produces the 'Press Red' popup. This could either be a bug in the code that the BBC are transmitting, or a bug in the Humax MHEG interpreter.

Try turning the box off and on again - it may have cached the wrong MHEG program. If that doesn't work, try to hit the green button on your remote immediately after changing to the channel. That may cancel the attempt to show the popup. Otherwise you can only contact the BBC - try BBC Complaints - Hompage (RG47SH)

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Ron
5:24 PM
Southport

Mike Dimmick
Thanks for your informative reply. It's strange that today the problem started around 10:30 and ceased around 15:00. I have not done anything you suggested, as yet, but the problem seems to have gone for now. One thing I noticed in the top right hand corner of the screen where the red button usually appears was a flash of "Please Wait" and then the problem happened. Wierd eh? Seems like someone is using the public to test out if some changed routines work.
All working fine on the two Humax PVR's ----until tomorrow I expect.
Cheers

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Ron's 9 posts GB
Saturday, 19 March 2011
R
Ron
1:24 PM
Southport

INFO
It's now Saturday and have had no further problems with either of my Humax's.

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Ron's 9 posts GB
Thursday, 24 March 2011
P
Peter Wharton
9:14 PM
Congleton

Post Code: CW12 2EE, aerial is on the roof
When doing auto tune mainly get NW channels as expected; however get S4c on 4 and C4 on 8 (from Wales)both of these have poor quality. The C4 from NW is there with full quality but doesn't get picked up. If I try to correct after tuning by using manual tune (I have a Panasonic TV)it says no new channels, implying it thinks it got the NW C4?. My current solution is, clear channel list by tuning with no aerial connected, manually tune to C59 which happily sets up the correct C4 at position 4, the do an update list.
I don't seem to have any way to get the TV to ignore things or remove them when its got them
All very messy and shouldn't be necessary, any suggestions for what's going on and a better solution?
thanks

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Peter Wharton's 1 post GB
Friday, 25 March 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:31 PM
Reading

Peter Wharton: The problem here is that the TV is storing the first version of the channels it finds, rather than the strongest available version. The Moel-Y-Parc transmitter in North Wales uses lower frequencies than the Winter Hill transmitter near Bolton. Although the aerial is pointing to Winter Hill, it does pick up in a fairly wide angle and it will be getting sufficient signal from Moel-Y-Parc to decode the channel list.

It's quite likely that your TV is actually picking up all services from Moel-Y-Parc as they are all on lower frequencies, though the D3+4 mux is the most likely.

To stop this happening, you have to get it to reduce the level that's picked up from there. You could rotating the aerial so it points slightly east of the Winter Hill transmitter, which should reduce the amount picked up from Moel-Y-Parc. If you have a wideband aerial you could try swapping it for a Group C/D aerial, which should pick up less signal from Group B. You could also try using a Group C/D filter to filter out the lower frequencies.

If you have any amplifiers, you can try removing them (they shouldn't be necessary for good reception from Winter Hill). You can try adding an attenuator, either just when you retune, or permanently since your signal levels should be more than sufficient already. Or, you can try unplugging the aerial when you start a retune, and plug it in when it gets to about 2/3 of the way through.

Or you could get a Freeview HD-branded TV or box, which are supposed to store the strongest signals and, if they pick up more than one region, ask which one you want to keep.

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Saturday, 26 March 2011
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Honest John
8:24 PM
Poole

The last couple of days I have lost all the BBC channels, both radio and TV, for long periods. Today I had them at breakfast time but by mid morning they had gone again and still at 8pm have not come back although occasionally they have made a feeble attempt to splutter into life. Non BBC stations seem to be working fine. I have been using a recent rooftop aerial and a Panasonic Viera TV which was new at Christmas and has worked perfectly up until now.
Additionally I have an older Sony TV connected to a smaller, older, lower aerial. I am not sure how much affected this is but I can say that at this moment (2018hrs on Sat 26 March) the Sony is picking up Radio 2 but the Panasonic will not. My postcode is BH14 8HJ.
My father has a similar problem except that I tried to retune his set. I chose the wrong time to do this and so he has lost the BBC channels on a permanent, not intermittent basis. He has a similar Panasonic Viera TV and lives in a block of flats with an enormous aerial installed a few months ago on a tall mast. His postcode is BH15 2QE.
Is there something wrong with the BBC transmissions at present and/or are our particular models of Panasonic TV particularly susceptible to a weak signal? (BH14 8HJ)

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