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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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +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 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
12 Quest, 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, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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


GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 63 GREAT! movies classic +1, 76 Now 70s, 77 NOW 80s, 79 Now 90s, 80 Clubland TV, 88 Country Music Entertainment ,

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
Monday, 7 September 2015
B
Bryan
1:57 PM

Just tried a signal test on my Humax DTT box. Zero reception for UHF channel 31 from Winter Hill. I'm im PR9 9.

Bryan

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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:09 PM

All 10 multiplexes working normally from Winter Hill in SW Manchester. (Humax Fox T-2)

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anthony's 58 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
B
Bryan
10:56 PM

Still no sign whatsoever on my Humax PVR. Or a friend's Samsung TV. The channels were there until the signal vanished.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015
M
MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:47 AM

Bryan: Although there is a possible weak signal, if your losing mux's entirely, that points to another problem. Check your aerial system - a dodgy cable, etc is a good bet. And the same with your friend - just because both of you have a problem does not mean its universal. The fly lead is any easy fix, and that might cure it.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015
H
H J Hill
1:37 PM

Losing Weak Multiplexes - this may be of interest.

I live in a part of North Yorkshire served by Winter Hill, which is 50 km away with decent line-of-sight. The 100 kW multiplexes (on UHF 49, 50 and 54 to 59) come through strong and robust. Those on UHF 37 and 31 are weak due to: (1) their lower radiated power; and (2) their being off the 'bottom end' of the bandwidth of my group C/D aerial.

UHF31 (com7 - BBC News HD; BBC4 HD; CH4+1 HD; AlJazeera HD; etc) was the problem and would go missing. The TV signal strength meter would show some signal, but the signal quality meter would show nothing. The blank TV screen would display "No signal".

The problem turned out to be radio-frequency interference radiated from an HDMI cable between the PVR and the TV. The aerial and HDMI sockets are adjacent at the back of the TV. The aerial coax was picking up interference from the HDMI cable. Unplugging the HDMI cable (at either end) and stopping the digital 'chatter' along the HDMI cable, never failed to restore good com7 reception.

The solution was: (1) to replace the HDMI cable with one with seriously good screening; and (2) to replace all aerial coaxial cables around the back of the TV* with WF100 double-screened coax. (* wall plate to PVR and PVR to TV). All multiplexes are now 'solid'.


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B
Bryan
4:20 PM

H J Hill: Many thanks for your most interesting message.

Without changing or moving any wires, I now have (according to my Humax box) 49% signal, and 70% quality on UHF C31. It has stored the channels on that multiplex.

I'm hoping that BBC Four HD will move to a more powerful transmission when BBC Three vacates the air. And be able to read BBC Text on BBC Four HD, too.



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Bryan's 6 posts GB
Sunday, 20 September 2015
H
H J Hill
1:18 PM

I cannot see any reason why the demise of BBC3-HD should affect the radiated power on com7 (UHF31). I have searched (in vain) for information as to whether the radiated power of the currently low-powered multiplexes will be raised when everything is moved into the UHF22 to 45 region of the radio spectrum in 2019.

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Bryan
6:17 PM

My thought was that BBC Four HD could move to the higher-power multiplex vacated by BBC Three HD. Time will tell.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:33 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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