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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
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-100,000W
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-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, 9 September 2016
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StevensOnln1
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4:00 PM

B. Mason: Retuning won't fix interference (nor will it fix most reception problems). Has this started recently? It could be caused by a recently upgraded mobile phone mast nearby which has started operating 4G services on frequencies just above those used by the Winter Hill transmitter. There is an organisation called AT800 which has been setup by the mobile operators to deal with this by sending you a free plug in filter if they believe 4G to be the source of your problem. See at800 | 4G & Freeview | 4G interference | 4G Filters | 800 MHz

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MikeB
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9:58 PM

B.Mason: Could you define what you mean by 'interference'? If the picture is pixallating and breaking up, check signal strength - your 36km from the transmitter, so if its a bit high then that can happen. or is its something else?

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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12:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 18 September 2016
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Peter
10:02 AM

Sunday 18th September. I live in SK4 $NS and only have BBC1 and 2. Other than the fact that Winter Hill Transmitter says possible weak signal Im at a loss as to why I cant receive anything else. Anyone have any ideas

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Richard Cooper
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10:24 AM

Peter: Hi, Peter. The usual problem with not being able to receive a lot of channels from a 'main' transmitter is that the tv aerial cabling has developed a dodgy connection somewhere along its route, either as a result of a break in the copper wire within the cable, frayed wiring, or even water ingress, so you need to check for all of these things as any or all of them can mean you can get one group of channels but not other groups of channels. I would not carry out these checks until it has been confirmed that Winter Hill 'has no reported problems',so to attempt these checks whilst Winter Hill is reporting 'possible weak signal' wouldn't be a good idea, because this suggests that some of the channels are currently being transmitted at below their usual powers whilst engineering works are going on. Hope all this will help you, Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 462 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
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Chris
1:51 PM

Hello,
There seems to be a problem with the DVB-T2 Mux transmitted from Winter Hill @ 738Mhz
No channels or data seem do be downloading from this multiplex.
There also seems to be a CRC error with this multiplex

A test with w_scan on linux on this mux produces:
737833: (time: 16:47.240) signal ok: QAM_AUTO f = 737833 kHz I999B8C999D999T999G999Y999P0 (0:0:0)
QAM_AUTO f = 737833 kHz I999B8C999D999T999G999Y999P0 (0:0:0) : updating transport_stream_id: -> (0:0:16520)
WARNING: received garbage data: crc = 0x1a455243; expected crc = 0x938fd52f
increasing filter timeout to 42 secs (pid:16 table_id:64 table_id_ext:-1).
QAM_AUTO f = 737833 kHz I999B8C999D999T999G999Y999P0 (0:0:16520) : updating network_id -> (0:12330:16520)
WARNING: received garbage data: crc = 0x58a950f3; expected crc = 0x11c5ba35

Any chance someone could take a look

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StevensOnln1
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2:10 PM

Chris: No one from this website can investigate a transmitter problem as we have no connection with any broadcaster or transmission company. If the problem is causing you to loose channels on that multiplex and you are able to confirm that multiple homes are affected, I would suggest reporting the problem to the broadcaster who will be able investigate.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
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anthony
8:32 PM

There seems to be a hang up on this site about weak signals from Winter Hill. Every time I read this I check and all 10 multiplexes are OK. Any periods of reduced power will be extremely brief and occur during the day time. Winter Hill serves over 7 million people, it is second only to Crystal Palace, if there was a problem web sites like this would be inundated with complaints as would the national press. Reception problems have been dealt with on this together with the Digital Spy website hundreds of times, Google your problem and follow the advice given. You have a problem, it could be anything, if you can't find it you will need the services of a competent aerial rigger.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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12:09 AM

WINTER HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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MikeP
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10:31 AM

anthony:

Sorry, I had to have a titter when I read your post and then saw the entry below yours!



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