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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
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Lancashire,

 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

 H -6.5dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-622,600W
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 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
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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;
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.

Thursday, 21 November 2013
Dave Lindsay

1:27 PM

D Hardy: Receiving channels from Winter Hill or Moel y Parc come with the warning that it might not work or might be intermittent, perhaps seasonal.

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D Hardy
7:24 PM

Dave Lindsay

Thanks for your detailed comments lots of advice to take on board.

I'm using a wideband high gain aerial which I hope will help with signal strength/quality.

Some more adjustments to do I think!!

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Dave Lindsay

9:02 PM

D Hardy: Having looked at your location, you clearly have a number of factors that could cause you difficulty with reception from Winter Hill!

I refer to the fact that you are down a slope which is tree covered, and you may be in a bungalow (so lower down).

Looking at Streetview photos (taken October 2008) most aerials are on the Romiley relay transmitter.

What I will say is that higher gain isn't always better because in order to increase gain, the acceptance angle (or "viewing" angle) is narrower. Thus, you are looking for good average quality across a narrower angle, whereas a wider acceptance angle may give better average quality. The strength can be increased by an amplifier, but if the signal is poor nothing can be done.

Good luck!

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Friday, 22 November 2013
D Hardy
8:41 AM

Thanks, Dave

I'll keep having a go.

Not costing me anything except my time so worth it to see
what I can achieve.


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D Hardy
12:07 PM

Dave Lindsey

Just moved aerial again and this time I'm clearly on MYP and the signal strength and quality are pretty good.

Presumably I could diplex Romiley and MYP but does that mean a large reduction in signal strength/quality?

Could you recommend an suitable diplexer as some are perhaps not the best quality and what do I need to watch out for.

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Dave Lindsay

2:25 PM

D Hardy: You won't be able to diplex Moel-y-Parc and Romiley because the broadcast channels used don't allow. You could diplex MYP with Ladder Hill, if you can receive a good enough signal from it.

For more information on diplexing see:

Television Aerial Boosters / Amplifiers, Splitters, Diplexers & Triplexers

The three MYP COM channels are 48, 51 and 52. Romiley uses 41, 44 and 47. Ladder Hill uses 23, 26 and 29.

Diplexers generally split at 36, 38 or 51.

I can't advise on particular models as I'm not an aerial installer. However, ATV Sheffield provides a wealth of information and has an online shop. I know they sell Blake stuff and Vision stuff. Televes, Triax and Antiference are three other names that spring to mind.

I've come across these "overlap blocking filters" from Blake:

Overlap Blocking Filter from Blake UK

However, I'm not sure any will be of use to you. Whilst there is one that passes 48 to 62, there isn't one that passes 21 to 47. The filters will slope off so 48 is likely to be reduced a bit. The same effect is true of diplexers on channels adjacent to the split. I suspect that even if you could get filters with these passbands that 47 and 48 would not be useable because of the slope-off and the edge of the band.

There are notch filters available, but these are expensive. I know Televes do them, but you're talking over £20 for one which only does two channels.

Moel-y-Parc is due to have two new HD multiplexes soon, and these will be on 32 and 34. If you can pick them up where you are then, having diplexed a Ladder Hill aerial, you'll have filtered them out. What you're really looking for are two blocking filters 21 to 30 and 31 to 52 (or higher) so as to make your own diplexer.

One word of warning: In five years' time it could all change again. The two quasi-national HD muxes I mentioned - which use 31 to 37 exclusively - have been granted licences which could be revoked in 2018. This is because the 700MHz band (roughly 49 to 60) could be sold off for mobile services (5G maybe). This would obviously mean that transmitters on those channels will have to move downwards and probably those on lower channels shuffle down as well. There have been suggestions that the three COM multiplexes could become single frequency networks on channels in the 20s.

If this were to happen and you had diplexed a MYP aerial with a Ladder Hill one (with a 36 or 38 diplexer) then you would have to change it. Providing that Romiley was still Group B and on channels that your diplexer allowed, then you could simply switch your Ladder Hill aerial to face MYP and the MYP one to face Romiley.

With this in mind, I suggest that you get a Group A aerial that would be suitable for reception from MYP. Wideband yagis are a compromise and on Group A channels aren't as good as higher up the band:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

The Group A aerial would be suitable for Ladder Hill now, whilst being suitable for MYP if it used Group A channels.

Alternatively, you could have a MYP aerial and Romiley aerial and keep them separate. You might use MYP as your main transmitter and switch to Romiley for regional programming. This would require a separate set-top box receiver. If you distribute the signals to different rooms you would require two distribution systems in order to have regional programming in each room (and of course you would need a set-top box in each room).

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D Hardy
3:18 PM

Dave Lindsay

Thank you for your advice I'm very grateful for the time you've taken.

Need to think about all you've said but must admit some of it has gone right over my head!

I do have separate aerials for Romiley and the w/band high gain aerial I mentioned earlier so I can already use both but have to change the aerial lead of course.

Lots to think about!!

Thank you for all your help.

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D Hardy's 8 posts GB

9:31 PM

D Hardy:
It is always a problem to bring the signals from 2 different aerials together without causing serious problems.

One possible method to consider is to use a shielded coaxial switch with 2 inputs and 1 output. The downlead from one aerial is fed to one input and the other downlead fed to the second input. You can the select which transmitter service you want to watch by manually 'flipping' the switch. I have successfully used that method to receive signals from Mendip and Oxford (they offer different 'local' news, etc). I have to stress that you should buy a good quality shielded switch designed specifically for UHF TV signal reception. The inputs and output may be either a 'standard' IEC coaxial socket or an 'F-connector' as is commonly used for satellite cables.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Saturday, 23 November 2013
D Hardy
9:10 AM

Mike P

Thanks for your comments.

Last night I decided I would connect both aerial leads to a cheap plastic y shaped aerial connector I've had for years and never used. I assume it's designed to split a signal but I've reversed that.

Then I have plugged the Y connector directly into my Freeview PVR but not re-tuned it leaving it tuned to the Romiley transmitter.

Then simply connected the PVR to the TV in the normal way. Then re-tuned the TV only whilst it is receiving a signal from both aerials.

Afterwards I checked whether BBC 1, 2 and ITV were north West and they were and being received from the Romiley transmitter most of the rest including Yesterday and the other channels I couldn't previously receive are
coming from MYP transmitter.

The PVR is only tuned to Romiley and that's all it's picking up the TV however is picking up both.

Slightly concerned by your comment about serious problems perhaps you could expand on that?

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Dave Lindsay

3:10 PM

D Hardy: Using the splitter as a combiner is, by far, the cheapest and most straightforward possible solution. It isn't forced to work, but worth a try, particularly as there's no other straightforward solution.

The point is that the best practice way to combine two feeds is to have them filtered, which is how a diplexer works.

With your combiner, when receiving from Moel y Parc the Romiley aerial is connected and vice versa. Ideally, the one you don't want should be filtered out.

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