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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 Player, 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 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
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:56 AM

Andy: That TV CERTAINLY has an HD tuner, so its almost certainly your system, and sounds like a dodgy wire somewhere.

Look at your readings for strength - 94% on one mux, but zero for another, and 30% for another. This can happen with a loose connection or damaged aerial cable, where some muxes are fine, while others are messed up.

Since your just 14km from Winter Hill, it might be that 94% reading shows just how strong your signal is, even though something is seriously borked. Start with changing the aerial lead, it might be as simple as that.

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Andy
2:06 PM
Wigan

Hi Mike,
Well I changed the aerial lead and it worked!

I've got all the com7 channels now although the signal still isnt great - 50% signal quality and 9% signal strength.

But the picture is fine, no freezing or cutting out.

Thanks Mike!

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MikeB
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6:34 PM

Andy: Com 7 is on a quarter of the power of the other muxes, so I'm glad it helped, but 9% is still very low (do you get Com 8?), so I suspect the problem is ultimately further up the chain.

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MikeP
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7:43 PM

Andy:

Glad you got sokme things working. However, the low strength of the Com7 signal suggests your aerial may well be of the Group C/D type, which are poor for receiving channel 31 signals as they are outside of the designed response range. So a change of aerial to a log-periodic typre is likely to improve the signal strength and hence the reliability of those channels reception.



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Wednesday, 8 November 2017
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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:46 AM

Get a load of the current contents of the Service relocated descriptor from Winter Hill:

Relocated Services: North West
Format:
service_name relocated from ONID.TSID.SID (OldMultiplexName) to ONID.TSID.SID (NewMultiplexName)

TJC relocated from 233A.3005.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3006.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3007.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
TJC relocated from 233A.3008.3824 (SDN) to 233A.5040.5A20 (Arqiva A)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8001.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8002.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8003.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8004.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8005.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8006.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8007.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8008.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8009.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800A.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800B.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800C.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800D.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800E.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800F.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8010.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8012.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8013.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8014.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8019.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.801A.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.801B.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.801F.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8025.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8026.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8027.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.8029.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.802A.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.802B.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.802E.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.802F.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)

Is that all or just some of the Local Multiplexes?

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StevensOnln1
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2:43 PM

js: True Christmas has left all the local muxes and has been replaced by The Vault (LCN 75).

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woz
9:43 PM
Manchester

I'm not sure if posting a link to another website is allowed, but I was curious as to the above DVB identifiers. A search led me to:-
DVB Services
where these identifiers and descriptors are explained.
However finding a maintained current list of TSIDs (Transport Stream Identifiers) has proved to be rather more difficult...
Feel free to delete this post if it breaks any rules.

(You might benefit from a "Report spam or inappropriate post" button on your website to keep the s/n ratio high)

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Thursday, 9 November 2017
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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:27 AM

StevensOnln1: Yes, that's the right answer to the wrong question.

What I meant was: does the list include all the Local Multiplexes? How many Comux Local Multiplexes are there?

There are three Comux Local Multiplexes emanating from Winter Hill:

Local Multiplex
ONID.TSID = 233A.8008
754 MHz, uhf 56, 8 MHz, QPSK, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.North West)U(GBR.Isle of Man)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
007 8048 01 Made In Liverpool
060 8240 01 True Crime
075 8100 01 The Vault
207 82C0 01 Tiny Pop
208 8200 01 POP Max
791 8280 01 True Christmas
)

Local Multiplex
ONID.TSID = 233A.800B
754 MHz, uhf 56, 8 MHz, QPSK, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.North West)U(GBR.Isle of Man)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
007 804B 01 That's Manchester
060 8240 01 True Crime
075 8100 01 The Vault
207 82C0 01 Tiny Pop
208 8200 01 POP Max
791 8280 01 True Christmas
)

Local Multiplex
ONID.TSID = 233A.800D
754 MHz, uhf 56, 8 MHz, QPSK, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.North West)U(GBR.Isle of Man)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
007 804D 01 That's Lancashire
060 8240 01 True Crime
075 8100 01 The Vault
207 82C0 01 Tiny Pop
208 8200 01 POP Max
791 8280 01 True Christmas
)


The descriptors referencing other TSIDs than 8008, 800B and 800D are extraneous to Winter Hill.

Only these are relevant to Winter Hill:

True Christmas relocated from 233A.8008.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800B.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)
True Christmas relocated from 233A.800D.8280 (Local Multiplex) to 233A.6040.6CE0 (Arqiva B)


The descriptors are present in the SDT entry for True Christmas on Arqiva B.

Arqiva B is apparently the same in all regions so the descriptors appropriate for all regions need to be present in and for that multiplex.

Arqiva B
ONID.TSID = 233A.6040
746 MHz, uhf 55, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
018 6440 01 4Music
019 64C0 01 Yesterday
022 6540 01 Ideal World
025 6D60 01 Home
031 6500 01 5Spike
035 6E80 01 QVC Beauty
036 6E60 01 QVC Style
039 6C60 01 CBS Action
042 6C20 01 Travel Channel
047 6A20 01 4seven
062 6CE0 01 True Christmas
071 6C80 01 CBS Drama
073 6D20 01 YourTV+1
076 6A00 01 Jewellery Maker
078 6A40 01 Sewing Quarter
079 6DC0 01 Dave ja vu
084 6D80 01 Quest Red+1
206 6B20 01 POP
234 6B40 01 RT
672 6B80 01 ADULT smileTV2
674 6D00 01 ADULT Babestn
698 6F68 01 698
699 6BC0 01 ADULT Section
711 67C0 02 The Hits Radio
712 69A0 02 KISS FRESH
713 6640 02 KISS
714 6880 02 KISSTORY
715 6800 02 Magic
716 6680 02 heat
717 66C0 02 Kerrang!
718 6700 02 Smooth Radio
725 6E00 02 Premier Radio
731 6600 02 Classic FM
732 65C0 02 LBC
)

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10:16 AM

woz: I had a look at the site you linked to.

I think TSIDs are probably arbitrary within an ONID.

It would be nice to get a complete picture of the terrestrial network.

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js
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11:01 AM

woz: The same kind of thing happens with the HD Simulcast Linkage descriptors in the EIT.

On UK DVB-T, only BBC and Channel 5 are currently using these 'Also in HD' descriptors.

Eleven BBC B TSIDs are referenced by Channel 5.

Ten BBC B TSIDs are referenced by BBC ONE N West.

Just one BBC B TSID 40BE, is referenced by BBC ONE Wales, so that must be the TSID of BBC B for Wales.

Two com7 TSIDs, A000 and A001, are referenced by BBC FOUR.

Here are some examples:

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Channel 5, Thu 16 Nov 17:00 - 17:30 : 5 News At 5
National and international news.

Linkage: 233A.4082.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.4083.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.4084.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.4085.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.4088.4540 = Channel 5 HD, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.4089.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.408E.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.40BB.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.40BC.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.40BD.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
Linkage: 233A.40BE.4540 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = 765F
MPEG-2 video, 16:9 aspect ratio without pan vectors, 25 Hz (und)
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, stereo (2 channel) (eng)
crid = /V3MPALX, Type : 31 (item), crid = /RGXT, Type : 32 (series)
eventID = 765F, RST = 0, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.200B.2134, default_authority = www.five.tv, 778 MHz, uhf 59
*************

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BBC ONE Wales, Thu 16 Nov 23:45 - 00:30 : This Week
Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo and guests. Also in HD. [S]

Linkage: 233A.40BE.44BE = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
MPEG-2 video, 16:9 aspect ratio without pan vectors, 25 Hz (eng)
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, stereo (2 channel) (eng)
DVB subtitles (normal) with no monitor aspect ratio criticality (eng)
crid = /5AI2W9, Type : 31 (item), crid = /MH680Q, Type : 32 (series)
eventID = AD9A, RST = 0, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.107E.107E, default_authority = fp.bbc.co.uk,
*************

*************
BBC FOUR, Thu 16 Nov 23:00 - 23:45 : Handmade in Hull
A visually stunning tribute to Hull's craft traditions, produced in collaboration with artist Linda Brothwell as part of Hull City of Culture 2017. Also in HD. [S]

Linkage: 233A.A000.A010 = BBC FOUR HD, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = E991
Linkage: 233A.A001.A010 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = E991
MPEG-2 video, 16:9 aspect ratio without pan vectors, 25 Hz (eng)
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, stereo (2 channel) (eng)
DVB subtitles (normal) with no monitor aspect ratio criticality (eng)
crid = /247LOO, Type : 31 (item)
eventID = E991, RST = 0, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.1048.11C0, default_authority = fp.bbc.co.uk, 706 MHz, uhf 50
*************

*************
BBC ONE N West, Thu 16 Nov 23:45 - 00:30 : This Week
Andrew Neil reviews the political week with Michael Portillo and guests. Also in HD. [S]

Linkage: 233A.4082.4484 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.4083.4484 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.4084.4484 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.4085.4484 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.4088.4484 = BBC ONE HD, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.4089.4484 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.408E.4484 = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.40BC.44BC = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.40BD.44BD = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
Linkage: 233A.40BE.44BE = not_found, event_simulcast, target_listed, target_event_id = AD9A
MPEG-2 video, 16:9 aspect ratio without pan vectors, 25 Hz (eng)
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, stereo (2 channel) (eng)
DVB subtitles (normal) with no monitor aspect ratio criticality (eng)
crid = /5AI2W9, Type : 31 (item), crid = /MH680Q, Type : 32 (series)
eventID = AD9A, RST = 0, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.1048.1048, default_authority = fp.bbc.co.uk, 706 MHz, uhf 50
*************

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