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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, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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 8 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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,  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?

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
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:57 PM

Eric: If you are able to receive signals from two or more transmitters the tuner will store the channels which are identified as having a variation in the 800s after the normal (LCN) positions in the channel list have been filled. When scanning mux BBCA, for example, the channel which shows the variation (BBC1) will be placed in the 800s, then additionally, depending on the make of box the other channels on this alternative mux might also be stored in the 800s giving what appear to be duplicates of identical channels.

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Friday, 28 September 2012
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James Veals
9:41 PM
Bury

What will the introduction of 4G have on my present television reception. I am advised that a channel move is anticipated which necessitates the fitting of a broadband aerial.


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Thursday, 4 October 2012
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John V
11:47 AM
Knutsford

I can receive perfect signal strength on all Winter Hill channels except for Ch 62, which is so poor there is no picture at all. Does anyone know why this should be? (I live near Knutsford & have a loft mounted digital aerial).

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Saturday, 13 October 2012
M
Malbro
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:15 PM

I'm having trouble with a Grundig tv with built-in Freeview.
Until the recent retune it was OK but now it won't retain most of the channels.
There is roof-mounted C/D aerial which picks up Storeton Wales and Winter Hill and on doing an auto-retune everything is where expected - Wales on 1,2,3 etc. and NW in the 800's. But, put the tv into stand-by and then switch back on again and NW has moved to 1,2,3, nothing at all in the 800's and COM6/ARQB (C55), COM4/SDN (C58) and COM5/ARQA (C61) have disappeared altogether, just leaving the two PSB Muxs.
I've tried re-tuning with the aerial out to clear everything and done manual retunes but it makes no difference.
There is another tv on a separate aerial pointing in the same direction and that is OK and I've connected the Grundig to this one but result is the same as its own aerial.
Anyone any suggestions?

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Malbro's 59 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:33 PM

Malbro: Although you have tried re-scanning with the aerial being disconnected and which in most cases is suffice to get over various difficulties, but for problems such as yours the only way is to completely start afresh by carrying out a "factory reset", this also known as "default setting" or "first time installation", although the latter is not quite so effective as the two former procedures mentioned.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 14 October 2012
M
Malbro
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:40 PM

jb38:Thanks for that. When I go there tomorrow I'll try it but I don't recall seeeing a factory reset option on the on-screen menu. I might have to resort to the old adage of "When all else fails, read the instructions".

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:19 PM

Malbro: Could you please supply the model number of Grundig TV in question.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 15 October 2012
M
Malbro
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:41 PM

jb38:Cracked it. First time installation, a bit of deleting and manual retuning to get North West on 1,2,3 and the job's a good 'un.
If you are still interested the tv is a Grundig GU22WDVD3.
Thanks very much for your advice.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:14 PM

Malbro: Many thanks for the update and pleased to hear that your problem is now rectified by basically carrying out the "first time installation" procedure, this always being the best policy to adopt when any odd problems are being experienced, as by starting afresh it cuts out having to try a variety of procedures in the hope that the correct one is found, as sometimes it isn't!

The reason I requested your TV's model number was only really to check on the menu system offered on the model, although as it happens I only have access to the service manual and not the user version, the latter as would be expected being the one that concentrates more on user access rather than the former which is dedicated to technical repair info which doesn't.

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Friday, 19 October 2012
C
Charlie
8:47 PM

Well, that seems to be all the channel numbers for now . . . but wait . . . channel 8 is still proving elusive. Or is it something I've done wrong?

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