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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?

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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.

 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, plus 17 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, 107 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 44 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, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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.

Monday, 27 February 2012

11:54 AM

Johneboy: If it some distance to the west then you will be in the Stockland Hill region which has had Freeview HD since 2009 - TV regions overview map | - independent free digital TV advice .

There is *NO* pre-switchover Freeview HD service in the Rowridge transmitter area.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
3:19 PM

I have just logged on to the site and found you have moved me to the Poole transmitter which very wrong no way can I get a signal from Poole. Digital UK Trade view puts me on the Mendips transmitter which I use at the moment, before I was on Winterbourne Sticland. I am going to try Rowridge when it goes to full power on 18/4/12

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Victor Meldrew
8:03 AM

I live in lower Parkstone to the north of the hill on which Anthony's Avenue is situated and therefore cannot receive Rowridge signals. I have always had my signal from Asheley road relay(now called the POOLE transmitter I believe.)
WHY do we have to suffer a sub standard service by way of channels available when it is not our fault. Why cannot realy stations relay ALL the channels available to those lucky enough to get the 'full package'.
Also the is a sound glitch on the Poole transmitter in as much that every so often half a word is lost. Like a sort of audio 'hiccup'.
To all those who wrote whingeing last year. Count yourselve lucky! Non Rowridge users only had their first ever DVB a week ago!

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Dave Lindsay

10:16 AM

Victor Meldrew: The lack of service you have is as a result of the laws of capitalism. The Commercial broadcasters use about 80 of the largest (by viewer population) transmission sites in the country from which they achieve coverage of 90% of the population.

They were invited to increase that coverage and declined. To broadcast from the 1000 or so relays not included would roughly double their costs of transmission.

See Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice for a fuller explanation.

In some cases the Commercial channels can be received from either the parent of the relay (perhaps with a bigger aerial) or from another station that carries them.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
1:43 PM

At present I live in a dip and cannot get the Rowbridge signal. I have been using the Mendip signal and have been waiting for the DSO so I could use the Poole signal , only to find out it is freeview light. Could I use 2 aerials and get both signals on the same tv or would this cause reception problems.I would like to get all the channels and the souths news. Would I need to block certain signals.

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neil's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

4:27 PM

neil: For lots of information and products on this, see

Unfortunately, due to the channels used, it won't be possible to diplex (combine) two aerials, one for Poole's PSBs and one for Mendip COMs.

Poole PSBs are 57, 60, 53
Mendip COMs are 48, 56*, 52

* Changes to 56 on 28th March; currently on 67

Looking at Digital UK's predictions for your location (these would obviously require further investigation as to how good the signals actually are), possibilities may be:

1. All services from Rowridge - this would obviously likely only to be available to you when the COMs are on full power on 18th April. The advantage would be that it will need only a single aerial.

2. Rowridge PSBs + Mendip COMs - Rowridge PSBs will be better than its COMs, so if PSBs are OK, but COMs not, then you could get the COMs from Mendip.

3. Winterborne Stickland PSBs + Mendip COMs - *Not sure about this one* - Winterborne Stickland is another relay of Rowridge and it uses channels 40 to 46, therefore to diplex with Mendip COMs, you will need a diplexer that combines 21 to 46 and 48 to 69; I've no idea whether such a thing is available. However, be aware that near to the crossover, there will be greater attenuation.

See ATV's comments on combining two aerials:

Television Aerial Boosters / Amplifiers, Splitters, Diplexers & Triplexers

In the next year or so, new licences are expected to be auctioned by Ofcom. Channel 36 is expected to be used as a Single Frequency Network across the UK and two other services are likely to start-up using channels 31 to 37 (or maybe 38, not sure).

The point is that if, for example, you use a diplexer that splits at C36, then you won't be able to receive this new service without alteration to your system.

Expect these additional services to broadcast from the sites that currently carry COM services and certainly not from PSB only transmitters.

Read the bit from ATV about aerials. Widebands have less gain at Group A frequencies, so probably best to stick to a Group A aerial for Rowridge, if you decide to go for it. This will obviously allow you to pick up new services in the 31 to 37 area when they come on air.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 April 2012
10:54 AM

Since the switch on of the VP signal from Rowridge I can now receive both Poole and Rowridge (lower strength) with the same aerial as the two are almost on the same bearing. It will be interesting to see what happens on the 18th when SDN etc comes on stream.

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Noddy's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

12:20 PM

Noddy: The Digital UK Tradeview predictor suggests that your reception of Rowridge's vertical PSBs will be "good" but it COMs "poor", probably owing to the fact that Stockland Hill's COMs are co-channel.

As Stockland is in the opposite direction to Poole and Rowridge, you may be able to mount the aerial such that the signal from Stockland is reduced. For example, put it on one side of the house, although this will probably reduce its height.

If your Poole aerial is a Group C/D one (top third of the band), then this will be less sensitive for Rowridge which uses Group A channels (bottom third of the band). So the lower signal strength from Rowridge may be increased by use of a Group A aerial.

Wideband Yagi aerials have lower gain (less sensitive) at Group A frequencies, so this may perhaps not be the best bet. A Group A aerial on Rowridge may be the solution, although this will depend on its COMs being reliable as if they're not, then it's a waste of time and money.

Failing picking up COMs from Rowridge, you would appear to be in a good area for Mendip, albeit that it transmits West regional programming. Unfortunately due to the channels used for its COMs and Poole's PSBs, combining two aerials into one downlead is not an option.

However, if you can receive PSBs from Rowridge but not COMs, then you could perhaps pick-up the COMs from Mendip. A PVR may not function well when receiving from more than one transmitter. If faced with such circumstances you could perhaps used Mendip as your main transmitter and switch over to Rowridge for BBC One and ITV1 Meridian during regional programming.

These are just some thoughts I'm throwing your way. The first preference must be to investigate receiving all services (including COMs) from Rowridge or perhaps the COMs from Rowridge and PSBs from Poole.

NB: PSB stands for "Public Service Broadcaster" and it is the PSBs only that Poole transmits. The Commercial broadcasters are the "COMs" and they transmit from the main stations like Rowridge and Stockland Hill.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
7:05 PM

Our aerial is mounted on our block of 116 flats, and we have, until V recently, received a full range of channels, perfectly. Just as we we deciding to ditch our cable TV ( to save money), we started to lose, intermittently, Freeview 10, 16, and loads of others, plus many radio channels. Now these have dropped out completely...retuning brought in 6 or more FRENCH channels - is this the co-channel interference that you talk about? The Atmospheric pressure is not particularly high. Are we to expect this every summer?

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