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The symbol shows the location of the Poole (Poole, England) transmitter which serves 27,000 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 Poole (Poole, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Poole 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.

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C41 (634.0MHz)108mDTG-50W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 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

 V -1.5dB
C44 (658.0MHz)108mDTG-35W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 V -1.1dB
C47 (682.0MHz)108mDTG-39W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 45 Freeview channels?

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The Poole (Poole, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Action, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, HorrorXtra, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 70s, That's TV , Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Poole transmitter?

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BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 43km east-northeast (62°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 52km east-northeast (71°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Poole (Poole, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100W
BBCA(-3dB) 50W
BBCB(-4.1dB) 39W
D3+4(-4.6dB) 35W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Poole was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:29 PM

POOLE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:03 today to 12:42 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:04 today to 12:42 today [BBC] Over the next week Poole relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:35 AM

POOLE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:03 yesterday to 12:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:04 yesterday to 12:42 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Poole relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Thursday, 28 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:34 AM

POOLE transmitter - Over the next week Poole relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,842 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
9:53 AM

Why do we keep losing analogue transmission and Freeview transimssion from 21:00 hours in the Poole area?

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DAVID's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 19 May 2011
12:05 AM

Are there any plans to convert the Poole transmitter into omnidirectional instead of the current directional? My location is BH12 2LQ and although I can clearly see the transmitter approx 1 mile away my location is at the back of the transmission footprint.At present I have a huge DAT 75 antenna on my roof pointing at the Rowridge transmitter and although it is a high gain and boosted signal I am forever getting bad pixelation all the time due to the fact we are in a dip for the beam of Rowridge.I ask this question because I have Freeview built into the TV's I have and I begrudge having to pay again for alternative platforms in order to get the transmissions.This is why we pay our TV licence.....right?

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Tony's 2 posts GB flag
Tony's: mapT's Freeview map terrainT's terrain plot wavesT's frequency data T's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:46 AM

Tony: The Poole transmitter will transmit Freeview Light from Wednesday, 21st March 2012 and will serve the same service area as the current analogue transmissions from the transmitter.

You pay your TV Licence because the law says you have to.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
10:47 AM

Hi - I recently upgraded our aerial system so it is outside on the roof with a powered booster adjacent and powered splitter indoors. All was good for a while - however:

Approximately 2 months ago we started getting what appears to signal interference/strength loss. It is like someone running an electric motor that interferences. It lasts for between 1 and 5 seconds and then goes back to normal strength before doing it again. This repeats every 20 secs to few minutes. It is worse in the warm weather. On more recent TVs they just display signal lost but on older TVs you can see the picture strength change.

I have proved it is not our aerial or TVs as I have used a completely different TV on a free standing aerial that has the same problem in synchronization with the installed system.

On analogue this effects BBC1 but not BBC2, ITV or CH4. On digital it only affects some chanels ITV3 being one but not BBC1, BBC2. I't probably affects others but I'm not sure which as I don't watch them all. I am aware that digital is transmitted in groups so it is probably the whole of one group and it it probably in a transmission band similar to analogue BBC1.

I am guessing this problem is due to outside (of my house) interference possibly by someone else s equipment which may be faulty, illegal, or just set up incorrectly.

I doubt it is affecting just me and probably the neighbors too although a lot are very old and have very old equipment which is less suseptable. Post code is BH16 5EY.

Can you suggest some kind of action for me to resolve this situation as I am at a loss as to what to do as I believe it is outside my control??

Tanks in advance for any suggestions.


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Derek's 1 post GB flag
Derek's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

2:02 PM

Derek: Can you first check the Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice page.

However, you are not (until Rowridge VP comes on line next year) in a Freeview official coverage area.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag

2:38 PM

Derek: Interference of the nature you mention can obviously be caused by a multitude of devices where an electrical circuit makes and breaks, but going by the timings you report it would strongly suggest gardening equipment as being the prime suspect, particularly hedge trimmers, as what you have said almost exactly fits the pattern to that of when I am using my own hedge cutter.

Interference from this type of device can radiate directly from the actual motor, but the length of mains cable that is used on portable devices such as this can act like a transmission aerial for interference, as although suppressors are always incorporated within the device, in reality their effectiveness is very limited.

I would suggest that the next time this starts to stand outside and listen carefully for the classic whine of some device being used in the locality.

Of course if this happens in the pitch black of the night, then it obviously isn't connected to anything involved with gardening, then other possibilities have to be thought about like power tools.

There is another device that can cause exactly the same type of interference, that being a sewing machine, but its doubtful that this would be used over such a long period of time.

I have to say that curing this type of problem is not an easy task, and indeed in most cases impossible, especially for a person residing in an area of bad reception, as although unaware of your analogue strength the trade predictions for the digital signal possibilities cannot by any means be classed as good, Rowridge MuxA (Ch30) being the only channel not showing as variable, and Poole not coming into the equation until March 2012 onwards.

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