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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-100,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)726mDTG-100,000W
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-100,000W
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 14 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
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 Al Jazeera Eng, 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-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, 6 August 2022
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Neil Scragg
10:46 PM

Hi, after making some changes to my set up... and monitoring things, am I correct in thinking that late evening around 23:00 that signal strength across all channels is reduced some?

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Sunday, 7 August 2022
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Chris.SE
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12:20 AM

Neil Scragg:

There is not normally any reduction in power / signal strength at any specific time.
Are you monitoring just signal strength or are you also checking signal quality/Bits Error Rate? Are there any changes there.

If the quality is dropping or BER increasing and signal decreasing at exactly the same time everyday then it's more likely that this is some form interference from some equipment or maybe discharge lighting, controlled by a time switch. It may not be yours but a near neighbour or eg. street lighting but perhaps 2300 is a bit late for the latter.

Is this affecting all multiplexes or eg. just one or two. When it happens does it remain "stable" or is it continually fluctuating?

Whilst Winter Hill isn't currently listed for Planned Engineering, that doesn't mean work is not going on, the lists aren't always 100% but again it's not likely to be exactly the same time each day.

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Neil Scragg
7:09 AM

Chris.SE: hi, it was just something that seemed a pretty consistent occurance on all multiplexes, but not giving me a problem. I was originally getting a problem on mainly ch29 stuff so revolve tv (old @800) sent me a triax ch48 649mhz filter, I come to the conclusion the masthead amp wa playing up anyway...so I swapped it out for an antiference brand fully screened 4way ch 48 amp, I originally put the filter inline before the amp aswell, but I took it out yesterday as I thought it wasn't really necessary...and just a further insertion loss. Signal.quality is good and only one notch down on the signal strength indicator within the tv menu around the time I was noticing. So all good for now

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Chris.SE
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2:19 PM

Neil Scragg:

It could just be weather conditions. TV set signal level indicators can jump up and down slightly between levels if the signal is on the cusp so to speak.
Ideally signal quality should be 100% and if it remains there, lower signal strengths shouldn't be an issue.
It sounds like you might be in a slightly difficult signal area which won't help, but as long as the quality remains high, it shouldn't be a problem if it doesn't cause pixellation or sound issues.

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Sunday, 4 September 2022
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Tony
9:58 AM

PROBLEM WITH CHANNEL 32 FROM WINTER HILL TRANSMITTER FROM 31 AUGUST 2022
EPG faulty from 30th August 2022 on Sony had 870 dvd recorder But my Sony TV is OK , reset and retune doesn't work on either box , perfectly OK on bank Holiday Monday, so it's either planned work , or an upgrade , or a faulty digital epg knocking out older equipment, like has happened previously, yet no reports of planned work or faults , is it still Arquiva ? Please fix it ASAP , Tony ,Rochdale , OL126DL

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Tony
10:00 AM

EPG faulty from 30th August 2022 on Sony had 870 dvd recorder But my Sony TV is OK , reset and retune doesn't work on either box , perfectly OK on bank Holiday Monday, so it's either planned work , or an upgrade , or a faulty digital epg knocking out older equipment, like has happened previously, yet no reports of planned work or faults , is it still Arquiva ? Please fix it ASAP , Tony ,Rochdale , OL126DL

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Chris.SE
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1:55 PM

Tony:

Can't find any faults listed and it's not currently listed for Planned Engineering!
As you appear to be aware, these sort of issues have occurred before, they never seem to get listed as faults etc. Poster @js used to post regularly about such things but not seen any posts for over a year.
It's Digital UK (part of Freeview) who are responsible for the EPG, but I suspect it could be a case of banging one's head against a wall trying to complain to Freeview, as all their "help" seems to be able to do is tell you to/how to retune!!

If it's continuous, it's obviously an error in the EPG which may get "corrected" as the EPG updates. If it appeared one day and then went, it could have been weather conditions, there's been some variable Tropospheric Ducting around for a while which has occasionally caused short term interference.

If it remains a persistent, I'd try and find an email address for Digital UK and moan at them about it!

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Saturday, 10 September 2022
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js
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12:54 AM

Tony:
This is the same fault in the EPG data - Slashless CRIDs- that brought down SONY DVD recorders in 2013.

The current culprit is GREAT! tv +1 - off the GIM multiplex - Winter Hill UHF Channel 27.

If you can avoid tuning that multiplex in, you may be ok.

This channel is also on Freesat with the same faulty data.

The equivalent data off GREAT! Tv does not have any error..


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1:12 AM

js:

Thanks for the detailed update, much appreciated, hope Tony sees it, and hope you are well.

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Saturday, 8 October 2022
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D. Worwood
12:49 PM

Why, virtually every weekend do I lose all my freeview channels?
This happens time & time again, do they turn down signal strength at certain times?
It is now 13.45 & I've been without channels for a while now & it is very frustrating.
It isn't my aerial as that is quite new & it only happens at weekends so it can't be a coincidence.
I'm in the CH62 area on the Wirral.

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