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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 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?

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 / June 2022 - more
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.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

11:44 PM

maryam: As the signal path between Winter Hill and your location is indicating a clear line-of-sight which in theory should result in you having good reception, but to eliminate the possibility that your problem is being caused by the current wave of high pressure that is affecting reception for numerous viewers across parts of the country, it would really be prudent to make one or two local enquiries (neighbours etc) for the purpose of ascertaining as to whether or not others are also experiencing similar problems with reception from Winter Hill.

Further advice dependant on findings, although it would be of assistance if the model number of the TV involved was known, plus whether or not you are using a booster?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
11:46 AM

jb38: Oh would that be all the 4G signal I've been hearing about? Can get everyother channel apart from BBC Channels (and really BBC is all I watch) So it's quite annoying. My Tv is 22' Bush with built in freeview (Orginally bought from Argos. I don't have a booster and model number is btvd91216b

Thanks for all you're help so far.

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maryam's 6 posts GB flag
1:48 PM

I wrote the following a couple of weeks ago...

""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.""

The problem is now resolved.

I recently received an 800MHz filter free of charge from 'at800' as my area is possibly going to be affected by the new 4G signals. I had to fit the filter in the loft where the TV signal amplifier/distributor is sited. I have not touched it for years and the input plug was very heavily oxidised (as were the output plugs - they are all good quality aluminium plugs)and the plug was difficult to remove. When I finally removed the plug I decided to renew it and also to renew two of the output plugs and to clean the rest of them that were in reasonable condition.

I now have good reception on all channels, although channel 49 is still showing a much lower signal level compared to all the other channels - low 30% for ch49, compared to high 50% for the rest.

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RCM's 3 posts GB flag

4:58 PM

ATV aerial of Sheffield(/ sell brass plugs to solve that problem, might be worth getting some. I also wonder if the pc tracks inside your aerial amp are also corroded as in South Trafford I get levels of around 77% from a loft aerial on a Humax Fox T2. Although 30% sounds much lower than 50% you must remember that the signal strength meters on domestic devices aren't very linear so it may be telling you that levels in general are rather poor. Try bypassing the amp and feed the aerial directly to the cable feeding the Humax and see if the signal rises, if it is better the amp is faulty, if it gets worse I'm afraid you may have an aerial problem.

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anthony's 58 posts GB flag
5:55 PM

Thanks for the reply Anthony

When I had the problem I took the laptop with the USB tuner stick up into the loft and plugged it directly into the line from the aerial and still had the same problem.

There was no oxidation of the either copper signal wire or earth screening when I changed or cleaned the plugs, just surface oxidation of the aluminium plugs.

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RCM's 3 posts GB flag

7:23 PM

maryam: If you can receive ITV1 or ITV3 then without even having to check I can say you are not being affected by any 4G testing that may or may not be taking place.

What to try depends on whether or not (1) BBC is seen in the programme guide, if it is but selecting it results in a blank screen then go into your TV's set up menu and select "signal information" and making a note of the strength / quality indications seen, as signal levels should be indicated even on a blank screen so long as (1) BBC is being seen in the programme guide.

However if (1) BBC is NOT indicated in the guide then once again go into the set up menu and select "DTV manual tuning" and enter mux Ch50 (Winter Hills BBC) into the box, but do NOT press search before having made a note of the indications (strength / quality) seen, THEN you can press search or scan and observing if any BBC channels are found.

I suspect that your problem is simply being caused by the BBC mux being received at a level under that required to produce a picture, and if it is then dependant on the results of the test (indications seen) you may well get over the problem by purchasing a behind the set booster.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Robert Lee

6:00 PM

Is there any way I can get rid of the intrusive advert for 'search the electoral roll', 'top 10 HDTV's', 'West Ridge Academy', etc, which is superimposed on the map at the top of the page?

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Saturday, 20 July 2013
12:42 AM

My freeview recorder has stopped working. We have the same one downstairs which has also stopped working. Its a Sony model the number is RDR-HXD790. My Sony tv is working though. Can you please help

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Richard's 1 post GB flag
12:58 AM

W.T.F All three of my Sony HX970s with No Channels !!!

Nice work, now fix it asap

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Andrew's 1 post GB flag
Richard Baguley

1:43 AM

My Sony RDR-HXD970 has lost all TV.

What is going on?

It's a national problem:- Sony 870 DVD Recorder - No Freeview | - UK Online

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