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The symbol shows the location of the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter which serves 270,000 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 Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ridge Hill 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)363mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

com7
 H -2.8dB
C55 (746.0MHz)363mDTG-610,500W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014:  Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -3.1dB
C56 (754.0MHz)363mDTG-69,800W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 45 Film4 +1,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 69km northeast (39°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 69km northeast (39°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

WhittonTransposer35 km NW Hereford40 homes

How will the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-171 Mar 2018
VHFA K TA K TWW TW TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C24ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C27ArqBArqBArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C29D3+4D3+4D3+4
C30_local_local_local
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7com7
C34com8com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C42C
C45D
C51tv_off_local_local_local_local
C53tv_off1
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C57tv_off2
C60tv_offA
C63B

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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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, PSB2 iw, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
com7(-9.8dB) 10.5kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
com8(-10.1dB) 9.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Ridge Hill transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Saturday, 10 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:08 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 today to 12:17 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 today to 12:17 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 yesterday to 15:05 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 today to 12:16 today, R [BBC]

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Sunday, 11 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 yesterday to 12:17 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 yesterday to 12:17 yesterday. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:05 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 yesterd [BBC]

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Monday, 12 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 on 10 Aug to 12:17 on 10 Aug, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 on 10 Aug to 12:17 on 10 Aug. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:05 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 on 10 A [BBC]

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 on 10 Aug to 12:17 on 10 Aug, HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:14 on 10 Aug to 12:17 on 10 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 on 10 Aug to 12:16 on 10 Aug, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 12:15 on 10 Aug to 12:16 on 10 [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 August 2019
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JB
8:56 AM

Hi - after some self help! I've recently moved into a property in Hagley, Worcestershire. Having auto tuned the 3 TVs around the house picked up variable signal quality and often dropped out. Having looking into further I believe auto tune was picking up a mixture of transmitters, namely Bromsgrove and Ridge Hill. Bizarrely it seemed Ridge Hill was delivering the most stable transmissons, so I manually tuned all the TVs to all of the COMs bar 7 & 8 as they were really sketchy. Even some of the lower powered COMs (10k) power used to drop out, but a lot of the time they were watchable. Now even the 20k COMs occasionally drop out. It's a rented property and the aerial in the loft, so I couldn't see for sure which way it's pointing. I did wonder if it was omnidirectional but having looked for the first time yesterday, the aerial is vertically polarised and points north of the property actually I believe towards Shropshire!

I'm really confused as I'm pretty sure I'm getting signal from Ridge Hill, but surely the aerial would be south of where we are and horizontal?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'm tempted to spin the aerial around south and put horizontal but i think that could be guesswork and might just make me worse off! DY9 0WQ

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:02 AM

JB: Is this a new build property? Your postcode isn't returning a result on the Digital UK checker. If the aerial is vertical and pointing towards Shropshire, it's probably pointed at the Wrekin. Can you find another postcode for a shop/pub/school or other business/public building nearby?

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JB
9:27 AM

StevensOnln1: DY9 ONS is local school. Yes it's new build. The Wrekin is horizontal too? I think some of their COMs might be similar to Ridge Hill in terms of frequency?

Thanks for quick reply

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JB
9:29 AM
Stourbridge

Yes new build. Dy9 0NS is local school and just checking that says the Wrekin. However, the Wrekin is Horizontal too? Confused, this the COMs are similar in terms of frequency to Ridge Hill too

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StevensOnln1
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6:37 PM

JB: Kidderminster and Brierley Hill are both vertical and predicted to provide some coverage at your location, it could be pointed at one of those?

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JB
7:32 PM

It's definitely picking up Ridge Hill. I tried The Wrekin and it was as worse than Ridge Hill. I'm really tempted to put tv aerial horizontal and point south. Surely if I'm picking up when it's vertical and pointing north there is a strong chance I could improve by pointing somewhere in the right direction and polarised in the right way?

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