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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.

 V max
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?

regional news image
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, 20 September 2011
7:48 PM

living at bh14 0ju i accept that picking up reception can be a little difficult in adverse the moment for free view my aerial is pointing at the rowridge transmitter,when the change over occurs next year in march do i keep my aerial pointing at the isle of wight or do i need it pointed at the poole transmitter.thank you

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richard's 1 post GB flag
richard's: ...

9:31 PM

richard: Well, Poole is only a Freeview light transmitter with limited channels being available whereas Rowridge is a full service station, however the problem is that good reception is (or will be) guaranteed on the limited number of channels from Poole, but Rowridge is only forecast to provide about the same, as even although its a full service station the lesser Mux channels SDN/ArqA/ArqB are forecast as poor, ArqA/ArqB presently indicating as variable.

As predictors are never really 100% accurate because they cannot fully cater for local conditions, I would be inclined to leave the aerial as it is, as come changeover if Rowridge proves a no go then at least you have given it a try.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 September 2011
9:01 PM

We have just lost nearly all digital tv over the last 30 minutes, started with ITV1 dropping to very low quality signal even though the signal strength was high. We are in BH14 9AF but no idea why this happens occasionally. BBC 1 & 2 seem most resilient. Any ideas?

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Richard's 1 post GB flag
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Thursday, 29 September 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
3:15 AM

I was talking to an aerial installer today 2/12/11 and he informed me that the Ashley Road Poole booster will only transmit BBC1& 2 Itv 1 channel 4.
I cannot get Rowridge as I live north of a hill in lower Parkstone.
Is the above true? If so Freeview is a complete joke. Why should I have to pay for either free sat sky or virgin and my licence when the new system is useless.
p.s. I only use a Sky e-dress!

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lambert's 1 post GB flag

10:37 AM

lambert: In common with most relay transmitters the Poole relay will only transmit the three PSB muxes "Freeview Light". The channels you will receive include all BBC TV and (national) radio stations on MuxBBCA, from Mux D3+4 you will have ITV1, ITV2, ITV1+1, C4, C4+1, E4, More4 and C5. If you have an HD receiver fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner you will also receive the Freeview HD channels. Whilst there are no COM muxes this is still more than the four analogue channels currently available!

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:08 AM

lambert: It is those broadcasters' choice as to whether they transmit from your relay or indeed any transmitter. Their main interest is to maximise profit rather than provide a universal service.

See this page for a further explanation:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

If you cannot get Rowridge, then you might be able to get another high-power transmitter, e.g. Mendip. With two aerials you could then receive the correct regional programming and the commercial channels. The viability of this option will obviously depend greatly on your location.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 February 2012
1:13 PM

A friend of mine living only about 1.5mls from my house is currently receiving BBCHD on his Samsung TV with a FreeviewHD tuner. I have a Sony TV withan HD tuner and 2 Humax FreeviewHD receivers and cannot pick it up on any of them. I know this is pre-switchover, but can anyone tell me why he can receive them and I cannot? Would it be possible to manually tune these channels?

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Johneboy's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 February 2012

4:32 PM

Johneboy: Freeview HD is not transmitted at your location until Wednesday, 21st March 2012.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 February 2012
11:51 AM

Johneboy: Briantist, I hear what you are saying and all of the literature says just the same, but I can still walk up the hill to my friends house and turn on his TV with a Freeview HD tuner and watch any of the Freeview HD channels. So they must be broadcasting now. Perhaps it is on a lower power?

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