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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.

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
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

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 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

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
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

com8
 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
Channel icons


GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 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
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 ArqAArqA
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
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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phil
10:53 PM

Originally (2012) had poor reception on the HD channels, now they are great (70%=) strength, 0 strength on all ordinary BBC, Sky and some others. Excellent reception al Jazeera and Russia Today suggests this is not the TV or aerial but that the output strength has been downgraded.Or does it?

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phil's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
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Stephen
11:48 PM
Chorley

Ever since I bought my Sony Freeview HD TV in January 2011 I have enjoyed perfect picture and audio on all services, both SD and HD. Within the last month this has changed.
The HD services are still perfect but BBC 1 NW (which I only watch for the local news) on Ch 50 is now problematic: one day all is fine; then the next there is no service; the following day all is fine again and the next - who knows? Sometimes reception is passable but there are picture and audio breaks; sometimes there is nothing at all.
I've followed the resetting/retuning procedure several times but the problem just returns, so I'm assuming that it isn't a tuning problem. In fact, I'm certain because all my other Freeview tuners (Humax PVR and no-name STB) are suffering in the same manner.
I'm writing this today because it's a bad day and I'm getting seriously fed up!

For the record, signal strength and quality for the various channels, obtained from the Humax HDR-FOX T2 PVR, are as follows:
Ch. 50: 38%; 10%
Ch. 59: 55-66% (variable); 100%
Ch. 54: 55%; 100%
Ch. 58: 55%; 100%
Ch. 49: 38%; 10%
Ch. 55: 55-66% (variable); 100%
So something amiss with 49 and 50 alone.
Transmitter is Winter Hill, of course.

Any suggestions, please?

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Stephen's 6 posts GB
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:16 AM

Stephen: I looked on Streetview and the aerials on long poles tells the story.

I do note that some houses have an aerial on Winter Hill and one on Moel-y-Parc, which is 90 degrees clockwise from the former. If yours is one of these and the feeds of both aerials is combined into one downlead then you may have to say goodbye to this convenience. This is because the diplexer, which is the box that combines the two feeds, will probably "split" at C51, meaning that C50 and C49 are now being picked up by the Moel-y-Parc aerial.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
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RCM
11:22 AM

I have exactly the same problem as Stephen
(Tuesday 2 July 2013 11:48PM, on the same channels and with approximately the same reception values (also sourced from a Humax HDR-FOX T2), it is also on all the reception devices (4xTV, 1xHumax PVR & 1xDTV USB stick for laptop reception)

The only difference is that I live in north Manchester. The aerial is pointing in the direction of Winter Hill and is not obscured in any way as I live on top of a hill.

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RCM's 3 posts GB
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Stephen
6:18 PM
Chorley

Many thanks, Dave, for your swift and well-researched reply. I do indeed have a Wales-pointing aerial. This is now just a throwback to the analogue days so, if it's compromising my Winter Hill reception, it will have to go.
What I still don't understand is why reception varies so much. After last night's poor show, I'm just home from work and found that channels 49 and 50 are back up to 44% and 100% on signal strength and quality respectively and perfectly watchable.

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Stephen's 6 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:40 PM

Stephen: Because the aerial you are using (the Moel-y-Parc one) is pointing at 90 degrees to where the signal is coming from. Maybe at times the signal is being reflected onto the front of the aerial by some other object, or some other effect caused by moving/changing objects such as trees. Maybe even, because you are low down, a motor vehicle on ground that is higher and perhaps nearer the height of your aerial is reflecting the Winter Hill signal.

There is no reason why you can't keep the other aerial with a separate downlead to your lounge. Or just turn it to face Winter Hill, retaining the diplexer as it is.

We have already seen channels 61 to 68 cleared for use by 4G mobile operators. In future, channels 60 and below may be cleared, such as for 5G.

This will obviously affect those viewers using Group C/D aerials (on Group C/D transmitters). C/D channels are officially 48 to 68.

If Winter Hill's channels are moved downwards further then they may go onto Group B channels (35 to 53). Moel-y-Parc uses Group B channels, so presumably your MyP aerial is Group B (if not wideband). For this reason it might be wise to keep it because it might be of use in the future, if your Winter Hill aerial is a C/D one.

See:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
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Stephen
7:55 PM
Chorley

Thanks again, Dave. It would seem that redirecting the MyP aerial towards Winter Hill would be the best solution: turns it away from interfering with my preferred transmitter and provides some degree of future-proofing should channel changes, as you suggest, occur. Could be a win-win :-)

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Stephen's 6 posts GB
Thursday, 4 July 2013
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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:03 PM
Altrincham

If you are going to have to pay someone to move your aerial it might be better value in the long run to have someone reputable replace it with a wide band one pointing at winter hill together with CT100 or similar coax.

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anthony's 58 posts GB
Friday, 5 July 2013
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Susan omar
6:01 PM

Free view intermittent for the last month I have only been able to watch bbc 1 uninterrupted . Any other channel keeps breaking up in blocks on the tv .. We have bt vision box which works fine prior to this .we phoned the at800.tv and they informed us our area unaffected as 4 g not here ?? Don't know what else can do

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mazbar
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:26 PM

Susan omar: what is your postcode

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