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Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) DAB transmitter

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Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) mast?

Ridge Hill transmitter - Ridge Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 26/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Friday, 24 November 2023
2:49 PM

I Recently lost all HD channels on my JVC Smart tv. Despite retuning they have not returned. I wonder has the transmitter signal changed as I think it might be connected with DVB -T AND DVB T2 broadcasts. Up to a few weeks ago my JVC has been tuned in and receiving all HD channels. I now notice that my tv set only appears to have dvb -T and not DVB T2. The Ridgehill Transmitter does not show any information that indicates DVB-T will no longer be able to receive HD channels !
I assume this is most probably the case but if it could be confirmed then it would save me wasting my time retuning a tv set that is incapable of receiving HD channels any more.

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JONATHAN L PROUT's 1 post GB flag

3:33 PM


You have posted on the DAB transmitter page rather than the TV Freeview page where you can see that the Transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering.
There have been no changes to DVB T1 or DVB T2 transmissions, there is one DVB-T2 multiplex (PSB2/BBCB HD) that carries all the HD TV channels which is transmitted on UHF C22 at Ridge Hill.

Arqiva never give details about what the work involves, some of which may be weather dependant.
Planned Engineering work may involve one or a combination of brief interruptions to transmission of one or more multiplexes, use of reduced power, or use of the Reserve Antenna (lower down the mast).
The latter in particular may mean you may struggle to get an adequate signal to be decoded, depending on the terrain nearer you (generally). As you haven't provided a full postcode we are unable to comment on your normal predicted reception and how you may be affected.

It sounds like the mistake you have made was retuning when you had no signal or badly pixellated pictures. You cannot tune to a signal that is not there or can't be decoded. If you had been correctly tuned, it's never recommended to retune when you have no signal, the usual outcome is it clears the correct tuning.

As you won't know when your signals will return to normal, your best bet is to do a MANUAL retune on UHF C22. You may have to try several times until you get your channels back.
Once all your channels have returned (to the EPG at least) then do not retune.

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