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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 10/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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 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?

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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.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

5:52 PM

Charlie: Channel 5 HD is only available on Sky or Virgin Media.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Monday, 10 June 2013
J palliser
7:09 PM

Hi, I live in preston and just recently itv channel and channel 4 are now really bad reception in my humax freeview box.. All other channels are fine and I notice that other people are experiencing this issue.. What is the fix? Please advise or do we just have to wait for the signal strengths to be boosted.

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J palliser's 6 posts GB flag
John Johnston
8:59 PM

I am receiving ITV programmes from Welsh TV. I do not appear to have Granada on my TV and cannot run the installation programme on my TV.
I would be grateful for any advice.

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John Johnston's 1 post GB flag

9:11 PM

J palliser: A post code or one from nearby is really required for queries of this nature as proper checking cannot be done without it, however no engineering works are taking place at the transmitter nor have any fault conditions been reported and so there are no obvious reasons for your problem.

It would have been of assistance to know the result of any signal test carried out whilst on the ITV channel, but though this can be checked out by going into the boxes tuning menu / manual tune and entering Ch59 (ITV) into the box but do NOT follow this by pressing search, but just make a note of the signals strength and quality.

Just out of curiosity I would like you to carry out another type of test (only applicable to Humax boxes) that detects the presence of a strong RF signal on an adjacent channel irrespective of from what source, this done as before by using the manual tuning facility but this time entering Ch60 into the box and see if the "strength" bar indicates anything, if not try Ch61 and then Ch62, giving an update on results.

By the way is your ITV3 OK?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

11:24 PM

John Johnston: As your query involves checking transmitter coverage areas as well mux channel numbers used by the transmitter, then in the interests of accuracy a post code or one from nearby e.g: a shop/post office etc is really required.

It would also be of assistance if you could supply the model number of your TV.

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J palliser
11:40 PM

jb38: post code PR2 9AW
Ch59 is showing weak / poor quality
All other Ch are ok.
Using a 2year old Sony but I know that it is not the issue plus this problem only started a s few weeks ago.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

12:34 AM

J palliser: The TV does not really come into the equation, because as you have mentioned your reception is via the Humax Freeview box and my advice was with reference to this device.

The reason for me requesting that you carry out the Ch60 / Ch61 signal "strength only" test is because of the possibility that a 4G device was being installed anywhere near to wherever you might be located and the engineer has "unofficially" tested the device out, as 4G devices once operational are capable of causing the type of problem you are experiencing but only on channels close to the top end of the band, your ITV station being just about on it.

By the way what model of Humax do you have?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

4:52 PM

Which Humax freeview box are you using. Is reception on the TV OK if the aerial is connected directly to it. From personal experience I can tell you that if a TETRA base station has opened up recently in your area the loop through amplifier in a Humax 9200 will overload and cause this effect on channel 59 only, a TETRA mobile causes this on channel 60. Splitting the aerial feed with a good quality low loss splitter, half to the TV half to the Humax should clear the problem. If it is a base station the interference will be continuous if a mobile it will be intermittent. I assume you are not using an aerial amplifier of any kind as these are notorious for causing this type of problem.

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5:07 PM

Sorry the above should read TETRA base stations will cause problems on channel 58 (SDN multiplex) Mobiles channel 59 (Digital 3/4) Although high level interference can cause problems on anything. TETRA stations frequently have 3 poles each carrying a number of folded dipoles and are used by a wide range services.

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J palliser
6:51 PM

J palliser: humax is a pvr9200t. And all other channels work ok. I'm going to plug directly to the TV tonight to see what happen and also try a signal booster/ look for any shorts on the ariel cable.
Ch60 and 61 and only at 20 and 12% strength. Ch59 is up and down like a yo-yo!! Any more advise from anyone??

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