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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, 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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 Christmas MCR, 77 That's 60s MCR, 80 Best Xmas Music, 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?

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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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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, 25 April 2013

9:17 PM

Martin Brown: Many thanks for the comprehensive update on events and pleased to hear that you are now back to full operation, but though I am just curious as to whether or not the aerial engineer had made any reference to the group that your aerial belongs to? because "if" as I suspect its a C/D type, identified by a green blanking plug on the end of the horizontal boom that holds the elements, then changing it to a group E (brown end plug) would most likely have instantly lifted the BBC signal level.

The reason for saying this being, that prior to the recent retune Winter Hills six multiplex transmitters spanned from Ch54 to Ch62, this span being perfect for a C/D group aerials operating range of Ch48 to Ch68 as it allowed a good overlap margin at either end of the band, and in particular the low end which is more critical.

However that situation changed after the retune, as by Winter Hill now spanning from Ch49 to Ch59 this results in the BBC (Ch50) being picked up near the extreme end of the C/D aerials operating range, and something which is never good practice unless in a strong signal area, as the efficiency of any grouped aerial always tapers off from a few channels before the end of its operating range and why I was a bit amazed that the aerial engineer had not changed the aerial over to the group E aerial referred to, as its operating span of Ch35 to Ch68 would have offered an even better overlap margin than before the recent retune.

Still, its something to keep in mind should any problems crop up in the future, as signals being received over distances such as yours (33 miles) are usually always affected to a degree by seasonal changes to the terrain.

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Jamie Clarke
9:58 PM

Hi all, for the last few weeks I have lost BBC programmes on my in-built freeview. I have tried the resets and first time installations. I am in Failsworth M35, near the winter hill transmitter. I have tried to search through this website and others for the answer, and have read a lot about transmission groups etc and its all very confusing. From what I have read I gather its down to my ariel,not picking up the BBC group signals, would i need to reposition the ariel or replace it, or something different altogether. Thanks for your help.

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Jamie Clarke
10:00 PM

I should have also mentioned that when I try to manual tune into CH49 for the BBC channels it says signal 0%. I got a list of manual search channels, but have no signal on any of them. Cheers.

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Dave Lindsay

10:35 PM

Jamie Clarke: If you have a Sky box, or some other 'box' that may output an analogue TV signal (the type we used before digital), ensure that it is not outputting on or near C50.

Try connecting your TV directly to your aerial and then perform a manual scan of C50. Once you've entered or selected C50, don't press the button to scan immediately, but instead wait and see if it gives an indication of signal strength and/or quality.

BBC standard definition services from Winter Hill are now on C50.

COM5 (Pick TV, Dave etc) are now on C49 - do you have these?

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11:48 PM

Jamie Clarke: With regards to you having said that you are near the Winter Hill transmitter, indications suggest that you are located at just under 17 miles away from the station, and at a similar bearing from it (300 degrees) as some others who have also made complaints of the same the nature as yourself.

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Friday, 26 April 2013
5:56 PM

Since WInter HIll changes on 10th April have poor signal strength on BBC channels and have completely lost all channels on Com5 ie everything that was changed on 10th April no longer works.
About to pay for an engineer to come out and likely have to purchase a new arial. Very aggrieved.

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Adam's 1 post GB flag
7:34 PM

Finally sorted it out now. Basically an overseas satellite signal was going through Channel 50 and somehow blocking BBC et al. Reset 3 TVs to change the RF output to 62 and all is well. Thank to all for your help and advice.

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11:42 PM

Adam: Its not really possible for anyone to be able to give any form of constructive advice without having knowledge of your post code, or alternatively one from somewhere nearby such as a shop / post office etc, as only then can the reception predictors info be used to assess the situation.

But though, speaking in general terms your TV or box should be completely reset before carrying out an auto-tune, reset on various brands meaning, "factory reset" / "default setting" / "reinstall all services" or "first time installation"

Further advice dependant on reply.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013
Arrian Green
7:10 PM

I live in Clitheroe (~ 30 miles North of Manchester), and presume the most relevant transmitter is Winter Hill. I have in built freeview into an LG TV, and for the last 1-2 weeks, I have a number of missing channels, in addition to very poor signal with patchy transmission on a few others. BBC certainly seems badly affected, as does ITV and a host of other intermittently. This is despite numerous automatic retunes, manual retunes and restoration of factory settings.

Channel Number (Frequency) 50 - No Signal
Channel Number (Frequency) 59 - No Signal
Channel Number (Frequency) 54 - No Signal
Channel Number (Frequency) 58 - 6% Signal Strength, 100% Signal Quality
Channel Number (Frequency) 49 - 4% Signal Strength, 13% Signal Quality
Channel Number (Frequency) 55 - 42% Signal Strength, 100% Signal Quality

I spoke to an aerial guy today who suggested contacting LG, which I suspect isn't going to shed a huge amount of light onto the problem. Does anybody have any other suggestions or thoughts on how to go forward and correct the problem?

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7:56 PM

Arrian Green: did the aerial man come out to check the aerial or did you call him ?

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