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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.

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

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-620,000W
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72 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 H -2.8dB
C55 (746.0MHz)363mDTG-610,500W
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from 8th April 2014:  Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (West), 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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (West),

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?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 2018

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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 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

Monday, 27 September 2021
Transmitter engineering

11:49 AM

Ridge Hill transmitter - Ridge Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/09/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,015 posts GB
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Gordon Hargest
5:31 PM

My BBC channels on CH28 keep losing the signal,i have had this before but have had a new digital aerial and booster/splitter fitted.Up to now we have been using a Freesat box but now want a new tv with all the "gizzmos"Most of the other channels have been fine but when i go into the tuning menu on the tv and look at the signal and quality strengths,CH28 is constantly fluctuating between 1 and 8 and the others between 7 and 10. Those between 7 and 10 are fine and not breaking up but Ch 28 is unwatchable.I was told by the installer of the aerial that trees do not affect the signal but we seem to get the issue when we have strong wind and rain and the aerial points towards a copse of large trees!!! Is it a transmitter issue,tree related or just a case of having to live with it?The aerial is in the attic and we live in a bungalow at HR4 7NF Any help please?!!!!

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Gordon Hargest's 5 posts GB

9:49 PM

Gordon Hargest:

You didn't say how long you've currently been having the problem with C28.

How long ago was your new aerial installed? Was it and the booster/splitter installed with new double-screened coax?
And to clear up a couple of points, there is no such thing as a digital aerial. Aerials are aerials, they pick up RF signals, it doesn't matter if they are analogue or digital - the aerial does not distinguish, it's what's on the end of the coax that does that!
Your "installer" seems to have (very) limited knowledge. Trees can be a massive problem, especially when wet, it depends where they are! If they are deciduous, then their effects will vary with the amount of leaf.

You mentioned that the channels that are fine are varying between 7 and 10, is this the strength figure? If so, what are the quality figures?

Have you looked at your aerial? Is it securely fixed and not moving in the wind and not missing any elements? Is the downlead securely fixed to the pole etc. and not flapping in the wind?
For your location, the aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 113 degrees - pretty much ESE, and the rods (or squashed Xs) should be horizontal (also compare with your neighbours' aerials).

How far away (roughly) are these trees? Are they on your own property and are they tall enough to be on the aerial line-of-sight? Could they be trimmed/topped?

If it weren't for the probable issue with the trees, the predicted reception from Ridge Hill for your locale is very good. As you may have noticed from the post before yours, the Transmitter is having Planned Engineering, and as the other channels do not seems to be as badly affected, it's possible that the engineering is the cause of your issue with the BBCA multiplex, but we really need some more of the detail as mentioned to be more certain.

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Chris.SE's 2,728 posts GB
Monday, 4 October 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:43 AM

Ridge Hill transmitter - Ridge Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,015 posts GB
Saturday, 18 December 2021
9:22 PM

I am Hereford transmitter. I keep loosing. ITV. BBC. Channels. Also. Channel. 5. USA etc. Sone times break up. But to night list itv bbc. Completely. Hereford say no problems. So what's going on. Missed strictly.

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Lib.'s 1 post GB

9:52 PM

Lib. :

Hi. Posts don't always appear immediately which can be a bit frustrating if you don't realise that.

Your loss of signal is the weather conditions I'm afraid.
There is currently some moderate to strong temperature inversion/tropospheric ducting conditions affecting large parts of the UK and these weather conditions can disrupt reception for brief or longer periods. The conditions are predicted to last for a few days.

Conditions can change by the second, minute, hour and not all multiplexes may be affected or not even at the same time if more than one. You may have lost your signal and it may have returned several times.

I hope you didn't retune whilst you had no signal as this will likely have just cleared your correct tuning and you could even get tuned to weak interfering signals which eventually disappear.

Current BBC Warning -
"Latest Freeview works and warnings
High pressure impacting TV and Radio services across parts of the UK

Some viewers across parts of the UK might experience short-term interference to BBC television and radio service. This is being caused by a zone of high pressure, which causes problems to the links between transmitters and it also increases interfering signals in specific areas, which results in poor reception.

The conditions can move and change which makes it difficult to know where it will hit next. You can check if the problem is impacting your local transmitter using the transmitter checker tool. If there are no faults displayed it is possible the problem is impacting your radio or television system directly.

The majority of the BBC's transmissions are not affected by this period of interference, as the BBC's networks are engineered to be generally very robust. Television viewers may experience slight occasional pixelation or break-up or loss of service. Radio listeners may experience break-up of their services. Cable and satellite services are not affected.

At these times, there is nothing you can do but wait until the weather changes. You should not re-tune your television or radio when this happens.

If you have retuned your TV and continue to have problems with missing channels, or reception problems, as a result of the high pressure, you'll have to retune again once the weather has cleared. "

For technical explanations, see
The link in the 2nd one isn't as good an explanation as the.jpg link I've posted.

I hope you can watch Strictly on iPlayer.

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