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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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
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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),

 H max
C35- (585.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
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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

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
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 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

 H -20dB
C40 (626.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
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from 1st October 2014: 7 That's Manchester,

 H -17dB
C24 (498.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

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

 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
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 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?

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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.

Thursday, 2 July 2020
Robert Lee

9:03 AM

Chris, My postcode is CH7 3EB. My height ASL is 427 ft and I live in a bungalow with the aerial chimney mounted ca. 20 ft AGL. From the roof I have direct line of sight of Winter Hill on a clear day, which probably accounts for the fact that I get superb reception. The reason I had a new aerial installed last year was that the old installation as showing serious signs of corrosion, bits having dropped off, including the reflectors, which didn't seem to affect reception. I do not recollect commenting about loss of reception - it must have been some time ago.

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Robert Lee's 81 posts GB
10:38 AM

I'm about 4 miles north of Blackpool and use a log rooftop aerial. My set up is the aerial feeding into the loft and into an (old now) Antiference four way distribution amp.

The feed to the main lounge is split 3 ways in the lounge (passive Triax splitter) and feeds a Sony 43" Android TV, a Panasonic HD recorder and an older Sony HDD recorder.

Moel Y Parc has always been an issue with the Sony as intermittent reception can confuse the timer settings for BBC in particular with it selecting the Moel Y Parc transmitter if the programme times happen to be different between that and Winter Hill.

That problem is 99% solved by adding a 15db attenuator to the Sony feed. The Triax splitter will already be adding around 6db to each of the three feeds.

The Sony TV reports CH55 @ 63% strength and 100% quality. CH54 is @ 99% strength and 100% quality.

The Sony with its massive attenuation reports all receivable channels at 100% quality. Signal strengths are:

CH21 @ 35%
CH32 @ 92%
CH37 @ 87%
CH40 @ 44%
CH49 @ 79%
CH50 @ 79%
CH58 @ 60%
CH59 @ 57%

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Karl's 17 posts GB

11:28 PM

Robert Lee:

Well with bits dropping off your old aerial, it's a good job it was replaced, from a safety point of view even if your reception didn't appear to be affected.
You are very lucky because you are in a pretty good location where your predicted reception for COM7 is quite good, but what's more, you location is also giving some predicted reception from Storeton Wales, figures all in the green! I'd had a look at a random selection of postcodes elsewhere in your town and figures for COM7 were quite poor, none gave any prediction for Storeton, and the BBC didn't predict anything for COM7.

Let's be crystal clear, I was not saying that log periodics were no good for COM7, my remarks were to Peter Whitehead in the context of the poor predicted reception of COM7 in his location. His predicted "Served" figure is 4 - not just poor, very poor! compared to your figure 88. That's a huge difference for reliable reception.


Whilst I haven't got your postcode, in your location at Cleveleys with that Antiference RX20, it's serving you well there. Those figures are pretty good. You've got plenty of gain from the aerial and with the amp and splitter, in a way I not surprised you needed the attenuator! The slight drop-off at C58/59 is no doubt due to it being a Group T, but even the lower strength figures on those local muxes is no problem to a good set, the key being the 100% quality.

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Chris.SE's 3,172 posts GB

11:36 PM


Have you had any luck? Propagation conditions should be a bit more stable now. Tell us a bit more about your installation, what aerials have you got? I'm guessing, but you don't have any amp/splitters?

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Chris.SE's 3,172 posts GB
Friday, 3 July 2020

12:09 AM

Robert Lee:
Peter Whitehead:

I had meant to include this link to some gain curves as examples of how much extra gain you can get at the top of the band with a Yagi18WB compared to a log periodic. If it were a Log40 and you're in a good reception area, it would be quite good, but these aerials are no longer made.

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Chris.SE's 3,172 posts GB
7:10 AM


Well it used to be an Antiference RX20 but a few weeks ago it took a direct hit from what I assume was a seagull... it sounded like the roof was falling in. The old aerial was left pointing at Blackpool Tower rather than Winter Hill and so it all got replaced with a new Log type which I don't know the brand of unfortunately.

So all those signal levels are with the Log aerial.

Given that we will end up on Group A when its all over and done with even has me wondering whether a loft Yagi such as an XB10 might be viable.

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Karl's 17 posts GB

12:50 PM


Whoops, I did read "log" on the first reading of your previous post, but didn't reply until later and clearly read it too fast then! You are obviously in a good spot, even though I can't see your predicted figures (need postcode). Difficult to judge (from a distance) about how well an XB10A would do in a loft (you've got space I suppose) you've got plenty of extra gain, but attenuation from the roof etc. Loft aerials become much more of a black art, depending on what you've got in there (water tanks, metal flues, partitions walls, etc., lead flashing, solar panels and the likes outside! You really need a signal meter on site, especially for the two local muxes you currently get, the gain is dropping off quite rapidly at 21, and tailing off at 40, add the attenuation of the roof and etc.
Let's hope you don't need another replacement in the next two years ;)

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Chris.SE's 3,172 posts GB
6:45 PM


Postcode is FY5 2HS. There is enough space in the loft for something like an XB10 with there just being a central chimney running through the middle of the loft space. Should be enough space at the side though. I do realise it's one of those things you would have to try for real and that in the end it's an 'unknown' until you do.

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Karl's 17 posts GB

9:53 PM


You're doing quite well it seems. Both the Freeview and BBC predictors give COM7 as variable, with the Served figure being 57 from Freeview, not as good as Robert Lee (88). What is interesting though is that neither give a prediction for the Liverpool mux on C21 and of course the petal isn't beamed in your direction, so you might lose it with a loft aerial.

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Chris.SE's 3,172 posts GB
Saturday, 4 July 2020
12:57 PM


Thanks Chris. Out of curiosity I tried adding more attenuation to the feed to the Sony TV... so that is already a 3 way split and so around 6db down and I added a further 10, 12 and then 15db in turn.

Quality was 100% for the 10db, 99% for the 12db and 25% for the 15db. Digital cliff edge approaching rapidly I think. Signal strengths were 30, 25 and 13% respectively.

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Karl's 17 posts GB
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