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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) mast?

Winter Hill transmitter - Winter Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 10/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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?

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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.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

9:32 PM

D Hardy:
The problems referred to are what happens when signals from different sources but are on the same or adjacent channels are combined together. A combiner is capable to doing that well enough if the channels are well enough separated. If there are two transmitters using the same channel (co-channel) they can cancel each other out, meaning no signal from either source. If they are using channels next to each other, such as 21 and 22, then there can be cross interference between them with can give either no signal, intermittently no signal, no signal on one source (or the other, but unpredictable), etc.
The fact that this happens can give rise to confusion and result in constant re-tuning when that is usually not necessary and can lead to no signals and severe frustration.
Such is the way with physics.

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Paul Cooper
11:03 PM

I have no BBC signal at all tonight in Stalybridge. It hss been difficult / intermittent for some months and needing frequent retuning, but now the freeview tuners on two different tvs don't see those channels at all. What can I do about this. Cheers, Paul

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11:44 PM

Paul Cooper: Apostcode would be helpful, so we could see what sort of signal you should get. Looking at someone elses postocde from that area, you should be ok for winter hill - check your comon cables, etc, since its likely you've got a fault with your aerial or connections.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013
Paul Cooper
9:30 AM

Paul Cooper: thankyou, the postcode is SK15 1LZ. I do have an amplifying multiway adaptor with the main tv being direct off the aerial, but none of the tvs will tune BBC channels. All other channels are good.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Paul Buksh
9:57 AM

I live at WA73HD, see reception map. The map does not show any colour for my area ? I can with the aid of aone for all 4 ch amplifier get most channels good strength about 50% quality, but they can be intermitent, ( time of year, trees etc). I have a 10 element and an 18 element uhf aerials outside on my bungalow. I would like guarantee reception in order to get talk talks current offer.My plan is new wideband digital aerial, better quality aerial to feed the three tvs from a new low noise masthead, (probably located in the attic about 2 meters from aerial,Any comments please

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9:27 PM

Paul Buksh
Forget all about a 'digital' aerial, there is no such thing. Any UHF aerial will receive either analogue or digital signals just as well and avoids 'inflated prices'. A Log-periodic would be better than a 'wide band' but do you really need one? Check the channels used for current transmissions, I think you are probably using Winter Hill? Currently a Group C/D is needed, but from 2019 it may need a Group K, so a Log-Periodic will be better as it will cover all channels now and in the future.

If you need an aerial amplifier, but that is by no means certain and worth trying first without, it should be fitted as close as possible to the connection point on the aerial, normally being mounted on the support pole within a few inches of the connection to the dipole. Always use the best quality UHF aerial cable you can afford and be careful to make good permanent connections with quality connectors. soldering where possible if not of the screw terminal type.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 December 2013
9:08 PM

Lots of comments on the web about ITV1 SD being unavailable. ITV1 HD is fine. Is there an issue?

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Steve's 2 posts GB flag
9:15 PM

ITV Twitter:

For everyone who has temporarily lost @itv and @itv2, we're are working hard to get your signal back...


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Saturday, 7 December 2013
11:32 AM

I am using Winter Hill and with the loft aerial all the sets can receive all stations.
When I try to use an indoor aerial I can't receive the BBC A mux. If I stand on my head and hold it at just the right angle I can get a very broken up picture. All the other Mux's are fine in the indoor aerial.

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