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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
C50 (706.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C59 (778.0MHz)726mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5 The North ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C54- (737.8MHz)726mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film 4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)726mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

LM
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 8 YourTV Manchester, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

LL
 H -17dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-122,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 8 Bay TV Liverpool, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

LPR
 H -20dB
C56 (754.0MHz)572mDTG-121,000W
Channel icons
from 1st October 2014: 8 YourTV Blackpool and Preston, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 H -5.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)726mDTG-625,700W
Channel icons
71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

com8
 H -8.5dB
C37 (602.0MHz)726mDTG-614,000W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014/5:

GIM
 H -20dB
C57 (762.0MHz)572mDTG-21,000W
Channel icons
50 Movies4Men +1, 54 Heart TV, 56 Capital TV, 60 Fire Hit TV,



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-2 16QAM 2K 3/418.1Mb/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
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 22km southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Winter Hill (Bolton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1956~851984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-182019-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWK
C9ITV
C12BBCtv
C22SDN
C25ArqA
C28ArqB
600C31com7
C37com8
C39BBCB
C42D3+4
C45BBCA
C48C5C5
700C49 ArqAArqA
C50 BBCABBCA
C54-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C55BBC1BBC1BBC1ArqBArqBArqB
C56+1_local_local_local
C57GIMGIMGIM
C58SDNSDNSDN
C59ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C60+C
800C61ArqA
C62BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCA
C63+D
C65C4C4C4
C66+2
C67+B
C68+A

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-4 500kWSDN, ARQA,
Click/touch here to read Other mapsWinter Hill FreeviewWinter Hill DABWinter Hill AM/FMWinter Hill TV regionBBC North We
Click/touch here to read Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area May 1956-Jul 1
Click/touch here to read Is the transmitter output the same in all directions? Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrom

Comments
Thursday, 11 December 2014
M
mazbar
5:53 AM

Brian I have seen the radiation pattern for winter hill, I'm in ormskirk and according to the pattern this is coloured black I think this means poor or no signal but I get great signal.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014
M
Michael Draper
11:18 AM Sandbach

Paul Ryan: like a number of other people I have spoken to, and a number on Digital Spy, I am having problems of signal dropout on BBC4 HD and BBC News HD. It lasts only a second or two, but can happen several times during a single evening's viewing. Obviously it's very annoying, and my wife is convinced that I have broken something, so I get it in the neck from her as well! My aerials ( I have two, for my two newish TVs, and it happens on both) and cables are in good condition, and I have retuned many times to try and overcome the problem, but to no avail. It seems that there may be a problem at the transmitter end. Are you aware of a problem, and is a fix in the pipeline?
I live in Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1BT

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anthony
5:06 PM

Michael, please report the problem on the Digital UK website. The problem started simultaneously for everyone in I think August, It was fixed but has returned and seems difficult to locate and fix probably due to the winter weather. I live in an area with a very high signal strength, the signal occasionally can be seen to fluctuate for a second on the TV's signal strength meter but because my signal is strong it usually doesn't show on screen, other people with lower signal strengths may not be so lucky. Sometime though the signal drops to zero causing pixilation or a no signal message. My wife is also intolerant of this fault so I record her programmes in SD. The problem affects everything on com7 and ruined the first part of the BBC proms season, fortunately it was fixed for a time and the rest of the season was ok.

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Friday, 19 December 2014
H
H J Hill
4:49 PM

COM7 DROPOUTS - UPDATE
COM7 DROPOUTS - UPDATE
COM7 DROPOUTS - UPDATE

For newcomers: this affects the following: Freeview: 64, 71, 106,107,108,109, 110, 111, 134
BBC News HD: BBC Four HD: CBeebies HD: Ch4+1 HD: Ch4-seven HD: Aljazeera HD: Community HD
Jewellery Maker: Motors TV: Aljazeera Arabic (these 3 in Std Def)

Further to my post on p116 - Tue 9 December 2014 at 5:12pm:
I have had an update email from Arqiva today (Fri 19 Dec) at 16:07.
They know they have a problem but they cannot find what is causing it.
They are still working on it.

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H J Hill's 13 posts GB
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Paul Ryan
5:05 PM

Good to here they are working on it I have reverted to std def for the affected channels for now as it cab be really annoying

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