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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, plus 17 others

 V -1.5dB
C44 (658.0MHz)108mDTG-35W
Channel icons
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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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;
green background for transmission frequencies
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.

Friday, 6 July 2012
7:38 PM

Why BH119SB do we keep loosing all the BBC channels then slowly thru the evening the other channels become pixcelated?

Doesn't matter whether its a tv with set top box or a straight digi tv, both on seperate aerials but the same issues?

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keith's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 22 July 2012
James Stephens
9:55 PM

Poole transition is poor. It's known about but no one will do anything. So for most areas of Poole signal will be well below that of the rest of the country. You pay your licence you need to complain. All you will get from this site is standard links that don't help. Ex TV employee!

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012
David Parkinson
5:41 PM

I have a digital TV. Prior to switchover in March I was able to receive about 30 digital channels. Since switchover I can only receive about 15 channels reliably. Is this anything to do with the transmiter/ switchover? I feel my aerial must be ok as I received all of the channels befor swithover.

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Dave Lindsay

5:54 PM

David Parkinson: I was thrown initially because you've posted on the page for the Poole transmitter. I gather that you are receiving from Rowridge as you talk about reception before switchover and Poole didn't transmit digital before switchover.

A look at Streetview shows aerials pointing at Rowridge. After switchover Rowridge transmits horizontally and vertically.

The transmission power of the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) channels (BBC, ITV1, C4 etc) is 200kW horizontally and vertically. The transmission power of the Commercial (COM) channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday etc) is 50kW horizontally and 200kW vertically.

Thus, re-orienting your aerial to vertical should improve the COMs.

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Dave Lindsay

6:03 PM

Dave Lindsay: Further to the above posting, check that your receiver is tuned to Rowridge for the PSBs and not Canford Heath or Poole transmitters, both of which are in nearly the same direction (albeit that they transmit vertically only).

For each of the following bring up the signal strength screen and confirm that they are tuned correctly:

PSB1 | BBC One | Rowridge=C24 | Canford Heath=C45 | Poole=C57
PSB2 | ITV1 | Rowridge=C27 | Canford Heath=C46 | Poole=C60
PSB3 | BBC One HD | Rowridge=C21 | Canford Heath=C42 | Poole=C53

For example, BBC One should be tuned to C24 and not C45 (Canford Heath) or C57 (Poole).

These relay transmitters do not carry the COMs so you probably don't need to check them.

If you find any tuned incorrectly, then run the automatic tuning scan through and unplug the aerial when it gets to 30% or past C30 (if it gives UHF channel numbers during the scan). This will have the aerial unplugged whilst it scans the channels used by Canford Heath and Poole.

See this list and identify which multiplexes (groups) you are missing:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

PSB3 is the HD one.

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Saturday, 8 September 2012
Barry Thicke
10:59 PM

BH15 1ZA Poor signal on some channels.
I have two TV's two freeview boxes. One is quite new, this year. the other some years old.
Aerial high up on end of building (outside)
BBC no problems. Pick-tv (11) on my boxes comes and goes, also problems with most stations above 10 to 38. Re-scan both boxes with no effect.

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Monday, 8 April 2013
Matthew Wills
2:06 PM

Does anyone know when more Freeview channels (especially BBC HD) scheduled to be available from Poole Meridian?

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Matthew Wills's 1 post EU flag
2:19 PM

Matthew Wills: BBC HD changed to BBC2 HD, and all 4 HD channels have been available at all tramsitters since the switchover. More HD channels will depend on the broadcasters making them available.

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Dave Lindsay

2:38 PM

Matthew Wills: BBC HD is now BBC Two HD.

All BBC services, including HD ones, are available from all transmitters. The BBC is a Public Service broadcaster.

The other channels, which are the Commercial (COM) ones (capital "C"), are not ever likely to broadcast from the Poole relay transmitter because they don't consider it worth their while. See:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The Commercial broadcasters have no "Public Service" obligation.

It may be worth investigating whether you might be able to receive all channels from Rowridge or Mendip.

As you may know, Mendip broadcasts BBC One West and ITV West. You could use Mendip as your main transmitter, feeding it into your PVR and TV. Then have a separate set-top box for Poole which you use when regional programming is being broadcast.

Unfortunately, Mendip's channels (frequencies) are such that you would not be able to combine the feed from an aerial on it with that of your Poole aerial.

Or perhaps you can receive from another of Rowridge's relays (in place of Poole) which would be able to be combined with Mendip's COMs to give you the full service.

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Dave Lindsay

2:45 PM

Matthew Wills: Luscome Valley transmitter wouldn't be able to be combined with Mendip's COMs, so perhaps there are none that will that you can receive.

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