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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-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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LM
 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)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,

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV,  Now 70s,  Country Music Entertainment , 63 GREAT! movies Christmas 1, 77 NOW 80s, 80 Clubland TV, 87 Now 90s, 91 Classic Hits MCR,

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_local_local_localLPR
C57tv_offGIMGIMGIMGIM
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C61ArqA
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:19 today to 13:35 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 today to 13:35 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 today to 13:35 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 today to 13:35 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

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Friday, 20 June 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:19 yesterday to 13:35 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 yesterday to 13:35 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 yesterday to 13:35 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 yesterda [BBC]

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Saturday, 21 June 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:19 on 19 Jun to 13:35 on 19 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 on 19 Jun to 13:35 on 19 Jun, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 on 19 Jun to 13:35 on 19 Jun, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:19 on 19 Ju [BBC]

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Monday, 23 June 2014
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Anthony
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11:05 PM
Accrington

When is hd multiplex channel 37 starting this year and what channels will be transmitting on it?

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Saturday, 28 June 2014
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Anthony
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1:24 AM
Accrington

HD multiplex 54 from winterhill was poor for a while tonight with occasional pixellation and breakup;the quality level was 60-70% signal strength 35% is this down to the weather or something else? The other HD multiplex on 31 was largely fine just an occasional glitch. I checked the aerial and cabling and there is nothing wrong there.

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David Roberts
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12:05 PM
Colwyn Bay

Anthony: The BBC B Mux,on ch54 from Winter Hill,was also problematic here,in the North Wales coast area. In periods,when high atmospheric pressure is ongoing,The ch54 Mux usually suffer's more reception problems than the others. It should be noted that there is a Mux from the Kippure transmitter,in the Republic of Ireland,rated at 60KW ERP with Horizontal polarisation,also on ch54.Given that in Analogue day's we could receive the 100kw ERP transmissions,in VHF Band 3,with no problem,it may be that the ch54 service from Kippure may cause problem's. Even in 'No-Lift' conditions,the signal strength and quality on ch54 is constantly varying whilst all the other Winter Hill Mux's including the Liverpool local one,are steady!

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Sunday, 29 June 2014
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Anthony
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4:38 PM
Accrington

David i'am receiving winter hill transmissions in Accrington Lancashire and thats nowhere near Ireland so dont think Kippure hd multiplex in the RoI could be causing the interference. I use a 48 element wideband high gain aerial linked to a 1 set booster and technika freeview hd box and samsung 32"led freeview television. The freeview hd receiver is connected by HDMI between box and tv. I dont suffer tidal fading and reflections from signals over water either. I can only think high pressure over the uk is causing the problems on winter hill hd multiplex 54.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:06 PM

Anthony: Perhaps your problem is that the signal level is too high and the break-up is owing to it being OTT for your receiver. Why have you got a high-gain aerial and amplifier??

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Anthony
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8:53 PM
Accrington

Dave Lindsay: All other sd channels come in perfect no problems, the hd multiplexes are weaker and only transmit at 24kW erp which is notoriously difficult to receive, and if you cannot receive them satisfactorily on an old c/d group aerial, and theyre an old design that is just not cut out for receiving the newer transmissions and technical standards, then a replacement and perhaps an amplifier if you are in an area of moderate to poor signal strength will help to pull these extra services in. I am watching bbcthreehd now and reception is perfect, so it couldve have been atmospherics friday night due to high pressure fine weather, which is also expected this week.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014
woodface
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1:10 AM

@Briantist A minor local TV update. Liverpool's Bay TV say their Freeview launch due end June was delayed until a Storeton relay is ready in October. They reckon it's that important for coverage even in Liverpool.

See www.baytvliverpool.com/general/local_tv.php

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