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Winter Hill (Bolton, England) DAB transmitter

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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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Friday, 18 March 2022

2:46 AM

Andrew Ayre:

Trying to get information about any transmitter faults or maintenance affecting commercial multiplexes (unless they carry a BBC station) is like trying to get blood out of a stone I'm afraid.

It's strange though that you say this has been going on for a couple of months, so I think it unlikely, and there's no indication on OFCOM's website that anything affecting the SDL multiplex has changed.

Have you moved your radio to a different position? Anything very local different - eg. a new building, scaffolding etc on the "line-of-sight" to Winter Hill?

The only thing I can come up with is, that since December 1st, a Local "Morecambe Bay" multiplex started on Block 11B: 218.640 MHz, the nearest transmitter called Morecambe Bay which also has the other National multiplexes apart from SDL is near Barrow in Furness. It's also transmitted from Kendal, Lancaster, & Windermere.

So I'm wondering if for some reason your radio is not coping as this new multiplex is on the adjacent block to the SDL multiplex Block 11A: 216.928 MHz, especially as the SDL mux I'm guessing will be much weaker coming from Winter Hill.

You could try clearing the radio memory and manual tuning only the SDL multiplex and see if it's moire stable. Then add each of the other muxes and see how it's affected.

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