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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-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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:14 PM

Anthony
The signals being transmitted are still UHF signals but with a different modulation method, so that does not affect the design of the aerial used to transmit or receive Freeview signals. The selling of aerials as being 'digital' has been shown to be more a marketing ploy than a technically required reality.
The older Yagi (or more accurately a modified Yagi) is perfectly capable of receiving the 'new' signals. However, it would be wise these days to fit a log-periodic rather than a wide-band Yagi. The simple reason is that with the planned or proposed changes over the next few years a Yagi designed for one group will not necessarily be suitable for the future frequencies to be used at some transmitters as the group may become unsuited.A Log-Periodic, on the other hand, is ideal as it will already be able to receive *all* the Band 4 and Band 5 transmissions into the foreseeable future. The modulation method does not affect the transmission or propagation of the signals.
However, the data can be more 'awkward' to decode and that is shown by some enquiries on this site where the signal strength is too high (but still less than 100% being shown on some receivers). In such circumstances, many receivers show an inaccurate message usually claiming there is no signals, what it really means is that the receiver cannot satisfactorily decode the signals.
It is not common to require an aerail amplifier unless the reciver is some distance from the transmitter. Even a 24 kW ERP will be perfectly receivable and decodeable at quite some distance if there are not obstructions, such as hills or trees or buildings, to 'block' the signal path.
Looking at the Winter Hill data at the top of this page I cannot see any of the Muxes being transmitted at 24 kW. Which transmitter are you referring to?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 11 July 2014
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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:54 PM

Com 7 from winter hill is 24KW, not 14 as shown on this page, The GIM multiplex hasn't been QPSK for some years either.

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anthony's 58 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:40 PM

anthony: Thanks.

I've been waiting for Ofcom to update their **official** tables.

I don't take data from Digital UK as they claim copyright on their site.

As Ofcom | UK Digital Television Transmitter Details seems to have been updated recently, I will check the data against there again.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:42 PM

anthony: I've checked against the Ofcom tables and COM7 and COM8 are not yet listed by Ofcom.

I've changed the GIM mode to 16QAM.

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:59 PM

Briantist: COM7 details are given after the Winter Hill local petal details in "non-DSO muxes".

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Sunday, 13 July 2014
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anthony
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5:10 PM

If I understand that OFCOM page correctly, and it's not easy to follow.
Com 7 is 25.7kw
Manchester and Liverpool petals are 2kw.
Preston petal is 1kw
GIM is 1kw.

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andy
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:15 PM
Chester

Wirral Radio on DAB Block 10D

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andy's 42 posts GB
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:09 PM

WINTER HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:19 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Monday, 21 July 2014
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Gary
12:07 PM

As most people using Winter Hill have a group C/D aerial, why is com7 being broadcast on channel 31? My BBC Four HD and BBC News HD reception is appalling and variable with constant break ups whereas reception of the (lower power) local multiplexes is much stronger and uninterrupted. Who made this decision? Are they mad? Are they going to pay for a wholesale aerial replacement programme throughout the North West?

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anthony
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4:40 PM

These were the only spare channels, and power levels, available, all modern aerials are wide band so channel 31 isn't a problem for many people. The BBC has been recommending the use of wide-band aerials ever since digital transmissions. began. The 800Mhz band (channels 61-68) was reallocated to 4G and the 700Mhz band might well follow. As this is a government, not a BBC, decision you must address your complaint to your MP including any claim for a replacement aerial. That's what he is for.

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