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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
Saturday, 27 April 2013
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Arrian Green
7:59 PM

Hi Mazbar... Thanks for getting back to me. Stopped into a local digital / aerial store and just spoke to him in person and explained the problem. He didn't actually come out and assess the aerial. Do you think it's worth getting somebody round to check the aerial / signal out? Cheers.

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Mazbar
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:13 PM

Arrian Green: you do need to check the aerial to know if it is working. Don't use 0800 numbers plus most aerial riggers are self employed and work from home to keep overheads down so if they have a shop all you are doing is paying there rent. Hope this helps

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB
Sunday, 28 April 2013
M
Martin
4:32 PM

Arrian Green
You don't say whether you use a communal aerial system, as is likely if you live in a flat or similar. These usually need adjustment to the filters to allow the wanted signals through.
Is your aerial pointing directly at the Winter Hill transmitter? Are the main rods (not the boom they are mounted on) horizontal or vertical?
From your channels it looks like you are not getting any of the PSB services and a very poor signal for COM5 and a very weak COM4. That suggests that your aerial is perhaps not aimed at Winter Hill?

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Thursday, 2 May 2013
Alistair Steele
5:19 PM

My car radio is consistently returning the date to the previous day. This happens when I reset it and then tune to a BBC radio station typically R2 or R4. Is the date on the RDS/EON set incorrectly.

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Mike
9:16 PM

My Dad (in Sale, M33 5.. Winter Hill) has a Humax box that is reporting ~80% signal strength but the signal quality varies between channels. On the BBC (1,2,7,9) channels it stays steady at 100% but on the non BBC channels (3,4,5,6,7,10,11)it moves between 50 & 100%. Recently the picture becomes pixilated and the sound 'pops' from time to time. Next step is to check if the pixilation and 'pops' are limited to the non BBC channels, and to check the signal strength on the new Sony TV that is on the same aerial. Suspicion is that the TV works fine. Any ideas from the info so far? Thanks,

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:42 PM

Mike: The signal indications seen on a Humax box is generally more accurate than on any other device, most either being sluggish or alternatively over the top by giving grossly inflated indications, and what you have reported suggests that the signal to your Dad's place of residence is suffering from problems cause by the signal passing over trees at some point along the way.



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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:44 PM
Peterborough

Mike: Just to add that the tuner on a Humax are known to be pretty sensitive,other tuners may be different.

My Sony recorder is not quite so sensitive as my digibox,for instance, but I generally have no problem with reception with the Sony (rock solid). The digibox is a slightly better picture, but is slightly more twitchy.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Sunday, 5 May 2013
K
Kenmo
4:44 PM

jb38 have sorted aerial cable, no picture or sound break up with or without phones. Thanks for your help

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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:05 PM
Altrincham

It looks like something is overloading. I live not too far from you and also have a signal level of 80% on a Humax T2 so it is probably not the Humax itself. Have you got any amplifiers in circuit if so try bypassing them. There is also a powerful TETRA base station on top of a block of flats near Tesco's on Altrincham road not far from your area, these can also cause problems with aerial amplifiers.

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