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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?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1720 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;
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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, 27 October 2015
D
David
12:32 AM

Hello, I live in the Sale area south of Manchester. I cannot find a definitive answer as to whether the fact thaI, for the past few weeks, I get a 'weak or no signal' display for BBC NEWS HD and BBC 4 HD plus the others in that multiplex is a transmitter issue. As far as I know, I am tuned to the Winter Hill transmitter and all was fine until relatively recently. Does anyone know how long will the disruption last?

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MikeP
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11:03 AM
Trowbridge

David:

To try and help with this kind of problem it is essential that we are given an indication of where you live, by giving a post code or that of a nearby public building. From that information it is then possible to detemine which is the correct transmitter to use, whether there are any physical obstructions between you and the transmitter and whether there are any know defects.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015
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anthony
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5:06 PM

I live close to Sale and according to the signal strength metering on my Humax Fox T-2 PVR, all 10 multiplexes at Winter Hill are operating normally. There was no power reduction when I checked 10 mins ago, nor have I seen any this year at all. Even the Canis Media GMan multiplex, although low level at my location, usually works OK on my loft aerial. In Sale you should be able to receive all the main HD and SD multiplexes , including coms 7&8, together with "That's Manchester" without any problems. Any power reductions at Winter Hill are likely to be during daylight hours for maintenance and probably quite brief.

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Friday, 30 October 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 2 November 2015
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James
6:39 PM

Channel Mux 56 hard to pick up, also can't get vintage TV on freeview

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Saturday, 7 November 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 8 November 2015
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MikeC
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10:15 AM

David: You are picking up a different transmitter than Winterhill. Depends on your tv as to how you sort it. Could be North Wales or ano North West transmitter. I have a Panasonic Smart tv that automatically sorts for the best (i.e Winterhill) signal. I also have a Technomate TM 6902 european box that picks up exactly what you are describing - on this box, I can manually delete these weaker signal stations.

If you can, depending on your box - try starting the scan from the frequency channel range specific to Winterhill. I had to do this on my m-in-laws Humax Freeview box to eliminate weaker Welsh channels that the box was picking up.

I am in South Manchester too.

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Sunday, 15 November 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 16 November 2015
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Kev Hinde
1:50 PM

After very poor reception a week ago, all signals were back correctly the following morning. That evening though every channel had disappeared. Following reset and then re-tune can get most channels but not a lot of the HD Channels anymore. This seemed to have affected some of my neighbours to.
South Manchester

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MikeP
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2:39 PM
Trowbridge

Kev Hinde:

It is likely that your are subject to the disturbancescaused by temperature inversions, a perfectly normal atmospheric effect that is well known. Now that the cause, high pressure areas and warm atmosphere, are moving away it is likely that reception will improve. Hope you have not tried to retune else you may have lost some services.

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