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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-3100,000W
Channel icons
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-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 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
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LM
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)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,

com7
 H -5.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 63 GREAT! movies classic +1, 77 NOW 80s, 79 Now 90s, 80 Clubland TV, 88 Country Music Entertainment , 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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310 Apr 132013-1720 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
Friday, 1 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:25 on 29 Apr to 02:50 on 29 Apr. [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 3 May 2015
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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:54 AM

For DVB-T, the NIT contains Terrestrial Delivery System descriptors which give the transmission parameters for each multiplex.
For example:

BBC A
centre_frequency = 706000
bandwidth = 8 MHz
constellation = 64-QAM
transmission_mode = 8k
code_rate = 2/3
guard_interval = 1/32

from which the theoretical bitrate is found to be 24128342 bps.

On UK DTT, in the case of a T2 multiplex, the so called "T2 Delivery System" descriptor is just three bytes.
For example:

BBC B
plp_id = 00
T2_system_id = 402A

No transmission parameters are given so the theoretical bitrate is unknown. Not even the transmission frequency. Utterly Useless.


The measured bitrates are generally close to the theoretical bitrates:

Multiplex: Measured Bitrate, Theoretical Bitrate

COM 7: 40200022, unknown
COM 8: 40200018, unknown
Arqiva A: 27144380, 27144385
BBC A: 24128332, 24128342
BBC B: 40214633, unknown
Arqiva B: 27144381, 27144385
LocalMux2: 9048132, 9048128
LocalMux: 18096364, 18096257
SDN: 27144349, 27144385
D3&4: 24128338, 24128342


In ETSI TS 102 831 V1.2.1
Implementation guidelines for a second generation digital terrestrial television broadcasting system (DVB-T2)
Table 17: Maximum bit-rate and recommended configurations for 8 MHz, 32 K 1/128, PP7

Modulation = 256-QAM
Code rate = 2/3
Frame length = 60
FEC blocks per frame = 202

gives a Theoretical Bitrate of 40214645 bps, which is very close to the Measured BBC B bitrate of 40214633 bps.

Does anyone know of a T2 parameter set which matches the COM 7 and COM 8 Measured Bitrates?


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Tuesday, 5 May 2015
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Anthony
12:26 AM

Com 8 is now active and is on air from Winter Hill with QVC HD and it is expected that other services will also launch on this multiplex in due course.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 15 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015
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J V Gethic
8:11 PM

we are having serious problems receiving HD Freeview from Winterhill transmitter.
This has been getting worse in the last couple of weeks.
SD Freeview is OK on all channels but HD is very low less than 20% and at the moment 0 and the bit rate error is 2000 using the data on the TV menue for picture quality.
There is today no reception of any of the HD signal channels 101.... etc.
Is there a problem at the transmitter? My Aerial is physically OK and there is also a functional Mast head amp which has been fitted for many years. This seems to be in working order.
Can you tell me if there is a problem at the transmitter?
many Thanks
J V Gethic

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MikeB
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11:16 PM

J V Gethic: We need a postcode, the transmitter your actually tuned to, and an idea of what the signal strength of the other SD channels are like.

Also worth checking your system - if the signal is degraded, then its your system which is probably at fault - corrosion, frayed cable, or a failing amp might all be the issue.

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Saturday, 23 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 25 May 2015
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js
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1:36 AM

The former Channel M multiplex has been running without Service Information tables since at least the 19th April.

Consequently, the services have no names or numbers on that multiplex. No Service Description Table = no names. No Network Information Table = no LCNs

If the services are already present on a device, the only obvious effect will be lack of EPG from that multiplex.

On my LG telly, no services were found on a manual scan of UHF 57 even though the services were present in the service list, with their correct names, on their correct numbers and playing perfectly.

The EPG and complete service list (names and numbers) are carried on each multiplex, so the information is available - in principle. In practice, most devices (like my telly) only read the data from the current multiplex.

This information, for example, emanates from the BBC A multiplex:

762 MHz, UHF 57, 8 MHz, 16-QAM, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
(
50 mov4men+1
54 Heart TV
56 CAPITAL TV
60 FIRE HIT TV
67 Chart Show TV
127 POP+1
)

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
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1:30 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 today to 12:05 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 today to 12:04 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 today to 12:04 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:34 today to 12:04 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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