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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 29/05/2023 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Granada),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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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

 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, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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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 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?

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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.

Monday, 11 August 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 13:31 on 09 Aug to 18:27 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 4 FM Sound in Mono from 10:42 yesterday to 11:30 yesterday. [BBC]

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11:53 AM

My signal from winter hill has gone down!!! Is this unscheduled unexpected work due to weather damage or engineering or some other reason? Getting NO TV at all for some reason now.

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Anthony's 70 posts GB

11:54 AM

I am getting winter hill from 2 church street accrington BB5 2EH despite the prediction saying I cannot.

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Anthony's 70 posts GB
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 13:31 on 09 Aug to 18:27 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 4 FM Sound in Mono from 10:42 on 10 Aug to 11:30 on 10 Aug. [BBC]

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Michael Rhodes
5:39 PM

I'm just wondering why COM7 from Winter Hill is so RUBBISH in Southport is it due to reduced power ( 14KW compared to 100KW on other multiplexes ) or is it just bad antenna design for Channel 31 ?

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Michael Rhodes's 8 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

5:52 PM

Michael Rhodes: Go to the map above and click "HD-com7 (h)" and you will see that there is a null in the direction of Southport and Formby down to just north of Crosby. I'm not sure why that might be as there appear to be no other transmitters in that direction on C31.

I suggest that it is either because of possible interference with Ireland, or (more likely) the antenna array has a null in it. The antennas used by the 30 transmitters which carry COM7 are ones that were already in existance from pre-switchover, this being to keep the costs of COM7 and COM8 down. I seem to recall that one of the experts on here said that Winter Hill's COM7/8 antenna array was previously used in Croydon - perhaps the null from Winter Hill faces the least population so that the null affects the least number of people. If you're lucky you might be able to receive COM 7 (and 8 when it comes on air) from Moel-y-Parc - a C37 diplexer will allow you to combine two aerials and watch all programmes from Winter Hill plus MyP's COM7 and COM8 on 32 and 34 respectively.

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Paul Hunter
6:34 PM

Does anyone know why there is a Freeview recommended RETUNE for Winter Hill on 3rd September? Could it be anything to do with the poor COM7 in the Southport area? I've just lost the three BBC HD COM7 channels (BBC News HD, BBC4 HD and CBeebiesHD) and not sure yet why - but could be my aerial has moved in the recent winds.

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Paul Hunter's 12 posts EU

9:05 PM

Paul Hunter:
It's nothing to do with any reception problems.
It's a national retune to take into account a change of some Freeview EPG channel numbers. As an example, the news channels that currently start at 80 will move to 130 upwards.

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Jim's 28 posts GB
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Paul Hunter
12:44 PM

I live close to the poor Southport reception area for COM 7 from Winter Hill. I used to be able to receive the COM 7 hd channel with an old standard aerial, but it moved in the wind and now I have lost the COM7 HD channels. What type of aerial should I buy as a replacement to ensure I can get the missing channels back?


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Paul Hunter's 12 posts EU

12:49 PM

Paul Hunter: there are very few areas in ormskirk that carn't get all channels other than ruff lane and some parts of tower hill area. The rest is ok I should know as I have been fitting aerials for over 26 years in ormskirk . If you want the aerial fitted properly give me a call my number is 558169 if you are in ormskirk.

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