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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 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-6100,000W
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 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, 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-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
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
Saturday, 13 June 2015
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Walt
12:17 PM
Bolton

Hi jb38, thank you for the reply.

I've done a manual tune on all Freeview devices I have, but no sign of any signal on Ch57.

I had a look at the Ofcom document (http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/notice524/im.pdf) - page 27 (numbered as Page 22) shows that I am in the high signal area.

It's very strange. I can only conclude I am in a 'dead area' for this channel, or it isn't broadcasting - is any one actually receiving it today?

Thanks,
Walt.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:14 PM

Walt: Yes, but this is where the difference between theory and practice comes into the equation, as indeed as stated in the qualifications mentioned under the map.

If you carried out the manual check exactly as stated, that is "not" pressing tune or search after having entered C57 (doing so triggers reception threshold levels) and nothing was indicated, then the signal doesn't appear exist in your area, this possibly being due to the signal from the very low powered 1Kw transmitter being blocked by the numerous trees seen in your area, whereas the six main muxes (100Kw each) and with Com7 and Com8 rated at 25Kw/22Kw respectively can.

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anthony
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4:38 PM

If that is an OS grid reference (SD 535244) then I assume you live just south of Preston. The GMAN multiplex is transmitted on a narrow beam in the direction of Stockport, it is not available in your area.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:03 PM

Walt : In addition to that said, although you may have drawn a blank as far as reception from C57 is concerned, but though I was wondering if you can you receive any signal from Winter Hills 2Kw Mux on C56?, and if you do what programme comes up on EPG 8?

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Walt
10:13 PM

Thank you for the responses Anthony and jb38

Hi, Anthony - my location (53.597519,-2.443126) is latitude/longitude - approx. SE of Winter Hill

Hi, jb38 - I am receiving Ch56 (LCN 8 - This is Manchester) with 91% signal strength on my Humax HDR-T2 and similar almost maximum levels on my 3 other Freeview devices.


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Sunday, 14 June 2015
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anthony
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4:48 PM

Enter your details into this site for a terrain map.

Terrain - shows radio profile between two UK sites to optimise you DTT, Freeview, DAB or analogue TV reception

UK Free TV says the height of the transmitter aerial is 572 m but mb 21 give the impress it could be up to 100 m lower. You need to be able to see the transmitter buildings to receive a signal as the GMAN aerial is only just above them.

I assume you live close to BL16PE in which case the Digital UK site does say your reception should be OK but the terrain map, which I only did roughly, shows reception as marginal.

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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:51 PM

impression not impress needless to say, no idea how you edit on this site.

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Dave Lindsay
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4:57 PM

anthony: I would think that both ukfree.tv and mb21 are correct.

ukfree.tv gives the antenna height AOD (Above Ordnance Datum) and mb21 gives the structure height.

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Monday, 15 June 2015
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Walt
10:36 PM

anthony: you wrote on 1 Jun that the mux on Ch57 was "back to normal"

Has it gone offline again, and that's why I can't get it? No-one has said in reply to my original post that the ch57 mux is actually broadcasting fine.


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Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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