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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-3100,000W
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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

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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74 Shopping Quarter , 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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 17 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

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

 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)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 -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
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64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
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 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 Spotlight TV, 62 Sony Movies Classic +1, 82 Clubland TV, 84 Now 90s, 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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 Feb 2020
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C50tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013
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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J palliser's 6 posts GB

7:12 PM

J palliser: there is nothing on 61 and 60 the only channel numbers are 49, 50, 55, 58, 59 so try a factory reset, then a retune with aerial out no channels will be found then do a manual tune on the numbers above, channel 50 takes longer than the others hope this helpd

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mazbar's 381 posts GB
J palliser
8:18 PM

Update.. Plug the ariel directly into the Sony TV that ha built in freeview and I'm still experiencing the same problem on the Sony .. Even tried a booster and it's still breaking up..

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J palliser's 6 posts GB
J palliser
9:05 PM

Retune with booster and it has improved slightly but the signal is still up and down.. All other channels are fine so this has to be a signal issue with ch59..
Note that my ariel is in the loft and I have tree (now with leaves) on them to the south of me (the way the ariel is pointing)!!! Could this be part of this problem???

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J palliser's 6 posts GB

9:17 PM

J palliser: yes

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mazbar's 381 posts GB
10:37 PM

I have been unable to get normal bbc, bbc3, bbc4 and thhe news channnel, since april when the 4g was installed in the winter hill area, i have retune my digial several times, I have a hd freeview...

I can still not get these channels. I have also taken the aerial out and retuned then put the aerail back in, still not been able to recevie the channels... is the only answer a signal booster?

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tracy's 3 posts GB
J palliser
10:55 PM

J palliser: if the ariel in the loft plus trees now full with leaves thane surely this would effect all channels and not just itv/ channel 4 etc ch59!! It must be the 4G or a weakened signal.. As everything was fine a few weeks ago.. Guess I'm goin to have to try the ariel outside!

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J palliser's 6 posts GB
11:22 PM

Ive been having the same roblem j palliser, certain area are been sent a at800 filter, then filter out the 4g interance

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tracy's 3 posts GB
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

12:43 AM

J palliser: On catching up on what had been said, the Humax test on Ch60/Ch61 was only to give me an idea if any non-TV RF signals were present above Ch59, as some older Humax boxes can act like an RF sniffer if used in the way mentioned likewise might reveal the presence of a 4G signal being "unofficially" tested, as I noticed that the nearest Mobile phone mast to your location is on the B6241 between the roundabout and Glencourse Drive, albeit the info I have might have been updated.

As far as the trees are concerned, although a terrain check does indicate a clear line of sight from Winter Hill this excludes anything other than bare land, and the fact that your signal reaches you from across a mini forest on either side of the B6242 is bound to cause signal problems, higher frequencies always being affected to a much greater degree, as an erratic signal (strength / quality) indication is always symptomatic of problems being caused by vegetational reasons such as blocking / signal scattering etc.

By the way, when you had originally mentioned that others seem to be affected, were you meaning local to yourself (neighbours) or from what you had gathered from similar postings? because it would be prudent to check with others around you just in case you are trying to effect a cure on something that is outwith your control.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

4:52 PM

Could you give us the signal strength and quality of all the multiplexes as displayed on both your TV and Humax as this would help to eliminate the possibility of 4G which I didn't think had started in this area yet. If it is 4G you will be able to get a free filter from at800.

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