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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
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jb38
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12:56 AM

James lincoln : You cannot get a 100% signal level via an indoor aerial if, as you say, you reside in an extremely poor signal area, although all areas defined as being bad for reception has what could be classed as "hot spots" for reception, and I suspect that you might possibly reside in one of them.

As far as the height of an aerial is concerned, in areas known for bad reception the usual rule applying to aerials of "the higher the better" is frequently found "not" to apply, as in many cases the signal is far stronger lower down around the gutter level, this possibly being the reason why your roof aerial performs in an inferior fashion to your indoor same.

That said is provided that your roof aerial is not defective in any way, e.g: bad (corroded joint) where the coax is terminated in the aerials junction box, or that the signal from your roof aerial is not excessively strong as to cause overloading in you receivers tuner, this resulting in picture break up in exactly the same way as experienced with a weak signal.

And as far as the design of indoor aerials are concerned, they all work in the same principle nomatter what shape their elements might be, the only real difference between them being that some have built in amplifiers whereas others don't.

By the way, I speak not as an aerial installer, but a long standing engineer involved with non domestic TX / RX RF equipment, I do however get involved with domestic equipments / aerials etc as far as improvements are concerned.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015
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Linda
2:38 PM

why can I not set to record, on my Humax, (since yesterday mid morning,) "This morning" on itv. I get my reception from winter hill. The EPG tells me i can only record this one prog. on channel 1084 which is plus one hour!!! I have not seen this before, and, up to yesterday, have not had any problems recording this one prog. Anybody help???

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jb38
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11:49 PM

Linda: Although not fully understanding as to exactly what you are meaning, as ITV+1 is on EPG 33, but though your best policy would be to carry out a fresh auto-tune on the box and see if this rectifies the situation.

However, should it not do, then the model number of the box plus your location is required, the latter given in the form of a post code or one from somewhere nearby, e.g: the nearest Post Office.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015
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Linda
4:04 PM

YES I HAVE ALREADY DONE A FRESH MANUAL RE TUNE, TWICE, TO NO AVAIL. NOW, TODAY, I STILL CANNOT SET "THIS MORNING" ON ITV, TO RECORD THE WHOLE SERIES. NEITHER CAN I DO IT ON EPG33 AS I GET REFERED TO 805, AND WHEN I TRY TO SET THIS TO RECORD, I GET REFERED TO 800, THEN THAT REFERS ME BACK TO 805....ETC ETC...ON EACH OCCASSION A SIGN TELLS ME THAT IT CANNOT RECORD DUE TO A TIME CONFLICT!!!! I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING ELSE RECORDING DURING THE DAY. MY HUMAX IS MODEL NUMBER HDR-FOX T2 AND IS JUST TWO YEARS OLD. MY POSTCODE IS CH606RL. I DO A MANUAL RETUNE BECAUSE AN AUTO RETUNE ALWAYS PUTS ME ONTO WELSH TV...WHICH I DON'T WANT....I WANT NORTHWEST. I WONDER IS THERE A PROBLEM BECAUSE THIS MORNING IS IN TWO PARTS, SEPARATED BY THE 11AM NEWS!!! I HAVE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE, UNTIL WEDNESDAY WHEN I LOST ALL PROGS!!!. THANKS JB38

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jb38
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6:22 PM

Linda: On the basis of that said in your update, your best policy would be to carry out the factory default procedure, (Menu - settings - installation - factory default) but though, double checking that the "Format HDD" box is "NOT" checked, because if it is, the factory default will wipe out everything previously recorded.

The next stage is to select the "Manual" tuning menu, entering then scanning each of the following channels in turn, storing the results after each scan.

Winter Hills multiplex channels numbers being /

C50 (BBC) - C59 (ITV) - C54 (HD/T2) - C58 (ITV3 etc) - C49 (Pick TV etc) - C55 (4Music etc) - C31 (Com7 /HD/T2) - C37 (COM8 / HD/T2).

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js
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7:18 PM

Linda: I agree with jb38.

You said "I wonder is there a problem because This Morning is in two parts, separated by the 11am news!!!".

There are others like that you can try, for example:

Wed 01 Jul 2015 21:00 - 22:05
Title The Last Stand
Channel 030 5*
crid = /V6HJF#1, Type : 31 (item)
eventID = BB20, 770 MHz, uhf 58

second half, after "Access", is

Wed 01 Jul 2015 22:10 - 23:10
Title The Last Stand
Channel 030 5*
crid = /V6HJF#1, Type : 31 (item)
eventID = BB22, 770 MHz, uhf 58

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Friday, 26 June 2015
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Linda
10:00 AM

thanks jb38 and js. those multiplex numbers are what I already use (except 54 which doesn't apply) I guess I need to try a factory default... don't know why I am letting this annoy me, just wanted to get to the reason why this suddenly happened, and only on one prog!!! thanks again.

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jb38
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9:19 PM

Linda : The reason for suggesting that you carry out a factory default is because of the the problems you are experiencing, such as being referred to another channel when attempting to set a programme for recording, as this is symptomatic of the tuners memory system already being programmed to record on that channel, such as by having selected series link when "first" setting the programme to record.

Whether this is, or not, the reason for your problem, it's always best to start afresh by scrubbing everything stored in the memory system, factory default being the only way of doing it. (Note previous warning re: HDD)

By the way, when you say that C54 is not applicable, is this because your TV is not of the HD variety?

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jb38
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11:36 PM

Linda : Further to that said, if you still have the user manual for your HDR Fox T2? have a read at the features of the box as listed on page1, especially the undermentioned, as this will come into play once you start setting up the programmes to record.

Excerpt from the page /

" If a programme has two parts split by another entry in the Guide, (e.g: a film divided into two parts by a news programme) you will be given the option to set both parts to record".

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Saturday, 27 June 2015
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js
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12:19 AM

jb38: Some similar reports:

"the Humax DTR-T2100 is a nightmare trying to record This Morning"
Failed Recordings. - BT YouView - Digital Spy Forums

"My wife has cancelled This Morning now because this FreeTime Foxsat is still refusing to record both successfully"
Humax clash HDR-1000S - Freesat+ Recorders - Digital Spy Forums

Interesting that "The Last Stand" is not split in the Sky EPG


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