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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
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 14 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
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
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-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
Friday, 22 August 2014
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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:58 PM

Have you tried entering your post code into the Digital UK coverage checker? Tick detailed view for extra information.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Stuart Owens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:42 PM
Wrexham

Well, not long to go now before Bay TV Liverpool's official launch. Just found it on my EPG on Channel 8. When the other channels on UHF 56 from WH switched on, I was getting 100% Strength/100% Quality which I am still getting and was quite surprised to be able to receive them from my area and at such high strength/quality since although the power is much lower though the beam is much narrower, to still receive 56 from here and at very slightly stronger signal strength than the other channels from WH (around 93-96% Strength). Even at my parents house at LL13 9NQ can receive quite excellent signal strength.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014
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David Roberts
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:30 AM

Stuart Owens: All along the North Wales coast,the signal from the 2KW ERP local mux,from Winter Hill,is receivable with good signal strength and quality. It will be interesting to see if anyone who receives the Welsh transmitter's,report's that they have lost Channel Four at EPG location 8. Certainly with the re-tune on the 3rd September,2014,i am expecting some enquiries,from puzzled customer's.

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David Roberts
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2:00 PM

David Roberts: As an experiment,i carried out Two re-tunes,on different receiver's,which had a Channel Four,located in EPG position 8. One displaced Channel Four into the 800's,placing BayTV Liverpool in position 8 and the other,placed Bay TV Liverpool in the 800's. So it seems there will be variations in EPG position for Bay TV Liverpool,on those receiver's that are receiving a Welsh Transmitter,as well as Winter Hill.

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Ian Fitter
6:14 PM
Bolton

I'm curious - how accurate are the LL, LM and LPR plots on the main map?

Here in Horwich, although we are in Greater Manchester, we are getting the Liverpool LM mux loud and clear: (https://www.dropbox.com/s/gzr3twvnxnnhdft/Screenshot%202014-08-27%2023.07.36.png?dl=0)

According to the plots, we should have no signal whatsoever for LL, but should have some for LM.

We're no stranger to odd broadcast reception here: We cannot get Bolton FM (96.5FM) because someone had the bright idea to put it on the same frequency as Radio Wave which broadcasts at 200W from Blackpool tower, drowning out Bolton FM's 25W.

'My freeview list' for my postcode shows no entry for CH56, yet I am getting a signal almost as strong as some of the other more powerful muxes.

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Stuart Owens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

6:36 PM
Wrexham

David Roberts: From your reply, it sounds like you think I live on the North Wales coast. I don't live along the North Wales coast. I am very inland and much further south compared to the likes of Holywell and Flint.

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:25 PM

Ian Fitter: Digital UK predict, correctly, that you should have Liverpool LM loud and clear.

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Ian Fitter
7:46 PM
Bolton

KMJ: so they do. Are the plots shown on the main map from a different source then?

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Stuart Owens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

8:07 PM
Wrexham

I think you both mean LL, not Liverpool LM. LL means Local Liverpool. LM means Local Manchester and LPR means Local Preston. So by saying 'Liverpool LM', you are saying 'Liverpool Local Manchester'.

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:19 PM

Stuart Owens: Yes, of course. Maybe the Digital UK abreviations should really be used, so L-LIV for Liverpool and L-MAN and G-MAN for the Manchester muxes!

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