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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?

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
12 Quest, 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, 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
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:18 PM

Anthony powell: According to that postcode, you are just 6KM(!) from Winter Hill - which means you barely need an aerial at all!

Check your signal level, because its probably off the chart, and then look for 'too much of a good thing' on this website. I'm just surprised that whoever replaced the cabling on your chimney didn't mention high signal strength.

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Thursday, 1 June 2017
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Roy white
3:26 PM

Ok have 4 TVs Fromm one roof aerial thro a booster. 3 TVs no problem but on the 4th I can not get BBC north west only BBC Wales, and ideas please. My post code is L31 4 ED

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Roy white's 1 post GB
Friday, 2 June 2017
G
gordy
7:51 AM

No signal through an antenna this morning... is there a problem with the transmitter? I am in Walkden near Bolton.

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:45 AM

Roy White:

You need to manually retune the fourth TV so it gets BBC North West instead of BBC Wales.

Both LLanddona and Moel-y-parc are possibly receivable from your location, though they are in a very different direction. The BBCA mulitplex (which includes the regional BBC services) is on the channel 50 multiplex from Winter Hill, on the channel 57 multiplex from LLaddona and on the channel 45 multiplex from Moel-y-parc, As an autotune will pick up the lower channel multiplexes first, you need to do a manual retune to set the TV to get the channel 50 multiplex. That should restore BBC North West.



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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:51 AM

gordy:

We need a full post code so we can check which transmitter you might be using. However, there are no reports currently of problem at any transmitter in your area.

Please check all your signal cables and their connections. A faulty/poor connection can cause the problem you report.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Betamax_man
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:38 PM

Briantist can we please have the above posts removed as inappropriate content.

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Betamax_man's 43 posts GB
Thursday, 13 July 2017
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anthony
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:07 PM

As the above post has been there for six days I assume this is now a dead website. Anyone wanting technical information should try Digital Spy instead.

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StevensOnln1
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4:11 PM

anthony: If you look at the Your Comments page you'll see that there are several of us who actively respond to posts asking for advice. Unfortunately none of us have access to remove spam posts such as the one above yours and presumably Briantist has other priorities.

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StevensOnln1's 3,397 posts GB
Friday, 14 July 2017
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:32 AM

Anthony:

Like StevensOnln1 and several others, I am a regular contributor to this website aiming to assist those having reception problems. Just because some foolish person decides to submit an inappropriate post does not mean any of us like it, some are particularly obnoxious. But as the website is run by Briantist, no one else can delete the inappropriate postings. That they sometimes remain for some time does not mean the site is out of commission, merely that the offending post has not yet been removed as Briantist may well have other priorities for the time being.

The reality is that some people think it is appropriate to offend others and make unsuitable statements in the digital media, just look at whats on Twitter, Facebook, etc. A large proportion of what I have seen there are inappropriate and sometimes downright wrong. Think of the stories about 'false news', where do those stories come from? (Anti-)Social media.



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anthony
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8:57 PM

For a post of that nature to be on a site for seven days does not show that Brianist has "other priorities" it shows that he has completely lost interest in this site and is happy for it to be used to advertise sexually explicit products. I doubt that this item would survive that long on Facebook, Twitter or Digital Spy. I have doubts that it is legal for it to be there as well.

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