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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?

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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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.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Julie loader
10:58 AM

darren : I've lost all channels apart from BBC channels, been losing them on and off for days but today is far, far worse.

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Julie loader's 1 post GB flag
10:59 AM

had to do a retune and they came back which is great, still weird that they went in the first place

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darren's 3 posts GB flag
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Friday, 26 July 2013
6:40 PM

Can anyone tell me a good booster to get for recieving bbc channels from the Winter Hill point?


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Maryam's 6 posts GB flag

8:39 PM

Maryam: Although a booster can on many occasions help provide more stable reception it really depends on why a person doesnt have it in the first place, this only being revealed by carrying out a signal test on each of the six (on main stations only) multiplex transmitters being used by the station.

The reason for the test is to determine if "both" signal strength and quality are seen as being low, or that the strength is seen as being reasonably stable but the quality is observed to be diving up and down, sometimes to zero.

Boosters will always help in the case of the former mentioned, but NOT in the latter as poor and erratic quality cannot be compensated for nomatter how much a signal is boosted.

The channels used for signal tests of this sort being as follows, these representing the six mux transmitters.

BBC1 / ITV1 / any HD / (10) ITV3 / (11) Pick TV / (15) Film 4.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 27 July 2013
Maryam Roohipour
11:38 AM

Ok. So I need to check if I can get these channels (signal is low) before I purchase one?

How can you check individual channels?

Sorry for all these questions & thanks :)

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Monday, 29 July 2013
Terry Middleton
8:19 AM

Hi I cant tune any tv stations in the Northwest of England ( Granada region ) are there any problems. I have done a manual and automatic search and cant get any channels. Anybody any ideas.

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Terry Middleton's 1 post GB flag
8:48 AM

Terry Middleton:
Could be a faulty tuner or aerial, whats the postcode?

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john's 1 post GB flag
3:09 PM

Hi Brian, wonder if you can help with a visualisation.
We live in an area served by both winter hill and moel y parc . We are on the wirral . We are in the unfortunate position that we are literally directly between the two transmitters meaning that we receive both strongly. However we do not care for welsh variations. Almost all our relatively new receiving equipment will not reallocate channels by region /tranmission group. Thus we are left to manually tune all the time or I have to configure a complex st of notch filters to remove the welsh tranmission( further added to by store ton Wales).
Most aerials have acceptance angles between 33 and 20 odd degrees. I wondered if you could over lay a chord between moel and winter hill with 30 degree radiating pattern centred on the chord , that was the intersection of coverage between the two transmitters indicating the total coverage area subject to the same issue. Ultimately I like to submit to arqiva the issue that it creates.

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Damian's 1 post GB flag
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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Fred Hughson
8:08 PM

Our digital channels were fine until July when the powers that be decided to mess about with the system ,
Now all we have got is bbc 1 2 we have to retune in order to get any other station every time ,what has
Happend ? The Ariel is located on the back of the house fixed at gutter level and facing the direction it has always been. !

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Fred Hughson's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
10:27 AM

My Sony HXD790 PVR failed again yesterday with the same problems that most people were having just over a week ago.
i.e. faulty EPG and black screen on stations. It was stuck in update mode this morning. Switching off and on again did not fix the problems.
It might just be something at Winter Hill this time, since not so many people are complaining about it.

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