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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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 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-6100,000W
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 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, 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 Aljazeera English, 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-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
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
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4Gsolver
5:01 PM

According to Sony's own website the devices that do not filter out the 4G 800MHz frequencies that are therfore not Freeview friendly are:

RDR-HXD770, 790, 870, 890, 970, 995, 1070, and 1095. This list is not necessarily exhaustive.

The symptoms include your device showing "Update" without it ever completing and of course the loss of your Freeview channels.


Short term solution:

1. Press and hold the power button which effectively reboots your device.
2. Disconnect the power supply for 30 seconds to flush out any memory resident erroneous data that has been captured.
3. Reconnect the power supply.
4. Switch your device on again.


Long term solution:

Buy yourself a 4G filter from such places as Maplins or Argos to name but two. They are about £8 or so.

You then plug your aerial into the 4G filter and then connect the 4G filter to your device.

The role of the 4G filter is to filter out unwanted 800MHz frequencies that cause your device to experience loss of Freeview.

Note: Certain transmitters have been undergoing a realignment in readiness for the 4G mobile network.

See website: at800.tv for more detail on this very subject.

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4Gsolver
6:09 PM

Richard, Andrew, Richard Baguley, mike, Martin, john, Jo, Mike Foley, Chris, Maria, Spencer Leigh, Sandra McCarthy, Christine, J Walley, and Colin.


You ALL have the very same identical problem. Please see my earlier post immediately above as I think it will very likely solve your issues.

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MikeB
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7:38 PM

4Gsolver:

Could you please explain as to why these Sony recorders (I own a 995) should be ' devices that do not filter out the 4G 800MHz frequencies that are therfore not Freeview friendly'(I can find nothing on the Sony website).

The problem with the recorders was, as far as I'm aware, a change to the EPG software used by broadcasters, which cuased a conflict with the internal software CountrySelector - Sony There are only about 4 test areas for 4G, and certainly none near me, so how could these have had an effect on my recorder? And why would a PVR 'filter' out 800hz interference anyway?

If you look on Brianists webpage for 4G, problems will be suffered by only a very small subset of Freeview users, and filters should work fine in most cases. The nature of peoples actual receiving equipment should make no difference.

Are you just panicking people into buy 4G filers they don't need?




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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:28 PM

MikeB: I agree.

I think 4Gsolver has rather got his wires crossed.

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:38 PM

4Gsolver:

Just going to take issue with

"the devices that do not filter out the 4G 800MHz frequencies that are therfore (sic) not Freeview friendly"

No Freeview device will filter out C61-C69. Why? Because they were very specifically designed to operate on those frequencies.

Does that mean they won't work? No.

"RDR-HXD770, 790, 870, 890, 970, 995, 1070, and 1095. This list is not necessarily exhaustive. "

As per my comment above, unless you list every single Freeview box ever made, it won't be "exhaustive".

"1. Press and hold the power button which effectively reboots your device.
2. Disconnect the power supply for 30 seconds to flush out any memory resident erroneous data that has been captured.
3. Reconnect the power supply.
4. Switch your device on again. "

Not sure if (1) is true. It's not normally.

The CMOS memory in Freeview boxes will keep data for more than 30 seconds.

Doing (3) and (4) won't clear the effect of 4G.

"Long term solution:

Buy yourself a 4G filter from such places as Maplins or Argos to name but two. They are about £8 or so. "

Or, why not get one for FREE from the nice people at at800? One call to 0333 31 31 800 or 0808 13 13 800
will get you a FREE filter in tomorrow's post.

"The role of the 4G filter is to filter out unwanted 800MHz frequencies that cause your device to experience loss of Freeview. "

Ah, a true bit!

"Note: Certain transmitters have been undergoing a realignment in readiness for the 4G mobile network. "

But... the C61 and C62 clearance has little to do with the deployment of 4G services.

at800 | 4G Interference | 4G Filters | Let's be clear at 800 Mhz does indeed have lots of info.

But... please don't scare people. The 4G tests in London found that the service effected NO HOMES WHATSOEVER.

The tests in Brighton and York showed that COMMUNAL aerial systems had problems, but counted-them-on-the-fingers-of-one-hand other homes did.



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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:45 PM

Damian: Sorry for not replying sooner.

Thanks for the suggestion, I will see what I can do.

It's odd you say "Almost all our relatively new receiving equipment will not reallocate channels by region /transmission group" as the latest D-Book specifically requires Freeview boxes to offer a region selection.

All Freeview HD boxes do this.

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Sunday, 4 August 2013
P
Peter
4:11 PM
Manchester

Total novice here. My post code is M46 9RT. My house has a large tree lined hill at the back of it, in line with Winter Hill. reception is highly intermittent. I am considering transferring to BT TV but have been told that it is delivered through an aerial, which obviously has me worried.I have had an aerial fitter out who said "sorry it's where you are".
Has anybody any .? The area is in Atherton


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John
6:12 PM

All my BBC channels and occasionally Dave have suffered interference from about May 2013. I've retuned many times and now a retune doesn't pick up any BBC channels. Today I bought a 4G '59' filter and that didn't help. My transmitter is Winter Hill and all the BBC channels are on C50 (706Mhz) and Channel Dave is on C49 (698MHz), so nowhere near 800. I've turned all our mobiles off and all three TV's in the house still get interference that's sporadic throughout the day. Any suggestions on the cause ? Hale/Altrincham.

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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:49 PM

John: Unfortunate that you spent money on a 4G filter when you can get 1 per household for free from at800 if you are actually affected by 4G interference. Before you get all paranoid about 4G though, call at800 to check if there's any active masts in your area... (doubt it!)

The channels you mention were the two muxes which moved frequency back in April. If your neighbours are ok (find out) and since all 3 TV are having problems then it's clearly a problem with the aerial, connections or very local interference. Some people on here have benefited from renewed cabling or adjusting the aerial.

What kind of signal strength/quality are you getting for those channels?

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