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Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) DAB transmitter

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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter.

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Saturday, 17 April 2021
11:35 PM

For the last week or so the channel 21multiplexor's output has been flakey on my TV. Looking at the channel 21 signal shows circa 65% strength and most of the time signal quality is 100%. But quality sporadically drops to below 80% - whatever that means.

All the other tuned in channel multiplexors are also circa 65% strength, but their quality stays consistently at 100% - I see no sporadic drops.

I suspect the channel 21 issue is not in my TV or aerial.

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Kevin's 3 posts GB
Monday, 19 April 2021

12:43 AM


I can't find any current reports of issues at the transmitter, either from Freeview or the BBC, and the transmitter hasn't been recently listed for Planned Engineering.
There was some "Tropospheric Ducting" around over the Easter weekend and a few days following which could have disrupted reception of any one multiplex (or possibly several), but none at present.

It's always worth checking that your aerial still looks intact and is still pointing in the correct direction, and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old), not flapping in the wind.
Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just AN individual or several multiplexes.

Have you changed anything in your installation recently, moved any cables?
Make sure that any HDMI leads are not near unscreened/poorly screened flyleads/aerial leads as it can sometimes cause interference.

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Chris.SE's 3,192 posts GB
Friday, 14 January 2022
5:10 PM

I live near Bromayrd (Herefordshire) and am not picking up any programmes thro' Channel 21 and those programmes I do pick up (through other Channels) are of poor quality.

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David's 1 post GB
Saturday, 15 January 2022

1:44 AM


Whilst you've posted on the DAB transmitter page rather than the Ridge Hill Freeview one and presumably not read any other advice there, as it so happens, my previous response here is mostly applicable although some is less detailed than on the freeview page.

Although it makes reference to some tropospheric ducting last Easter, unfortunately there is/has been some "temperature inversion/tropospheric ducting around with the current high pressure during the last 24hrs or so.
You don't say how long you've been having the problem, so it's not clear if this may be the cause or just a factor.

To offer more detailed constructive advice, we're going to need a full postcode to look at the predicted reception in you locale as there are many parts of the surrounding area that aren't predicted to get good reception (from Ridge Hill & sometimes from at least 2 possible other transmitters).

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Chris.SE's 3,192 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
James Watkins
2:09 PM

Channel 28 BBC Tv low signal 5 to Local signal lost, from Ridge Hill transmitter, resulting in no Tv for the last week or so!!

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James Watkins's 1 post GB

3:47 PM

James Watkins:

I'm afraid as you haven't given a full postcode, we can't say if there are any specific conditions that might affect reception in your locale.
The transmitter has had no reported faults in the last 5 days and it hasn't been listed for Planned Engineering in recent weeks.

Have you checked that your aerial is still pointing in the correct direction (compare to neighbours if need be) as a result of recent high winds and that the downlead is securely fixed and isn't flapping in the wind? How old is the installation?

Check all the connections behind your TV and anywhere else that's accessible.
Have you changed anything recently? Make sure you don't have HDMI leads close to your aerial leads or flyleads as these have been known to generate interference.
If you have an amp/distribution splitter make sure it still has power. Check it's still working - connect the aerial direct to one outlet and see if signal returns.

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