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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 SD, 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 (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,

 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-620,000W
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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,

 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 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, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

 H -2.8dB
C55 (746.0MHz)363mDTG-610,500W
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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

 H -3.1dB
C56 (754.0MHz)363mDTG-69,800W
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 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four 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 (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?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 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

Sunday, 31 March 2019
12:25 PM

I'm in Cheltenham. GL52 3xx During the week, at 18.30, after the BBC News on BBC 1 HD, I get the red screen of rubbish. When will I finally get BBC West seamlessly so I can watch Points West without having to switch to my satellite for it? Thanks.

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Andrew's 2 posts GB

1:22 PM

Andrew: There are no regional versions of BBC 1 HD in England due to the huge cost of upgrading the studios, the links to the transmitters and the large amount of additional satellite capacity required. This is unlikely to change until plans are announced for BBC 1 to go HD only and close the SD versions.

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StevensOnln1's 2,442 posts GB
Monday, 1 April 2019
8:06 AM

StevensOnln1: Thanks for the update. Poor show by the Beeb though. You'd like to think they'd have planned to complete the job rather than plan just to get halfway then stop for a non time-limited breather and leave its viewers exasperated on a daily basis. I'm not aware of anything else like this in any other country. In order to avoid this, I shall have to resort to full time satellite, I suppose. Many thanks for the update, once more.

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Andrew's 2 posts GB

9:19 AM

Andrew: The cost would be millions. Can you name any other broadcaster in Europe that produces 17 different regional versions of it's main channel to compare against? I'm not sure what you mean by full time satellite? Both the SD and HD versions of BBC1 are broadcast from every Freeview transmitter and it's a simple channel change to switch between them.

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StevensOnln1's 2,442 posts GB
7:25 PM

Do you know if com 7 & 8 are due to move to channel's 32 & 34. I thought I had read they were moving today. It they still seem to be on the old Freq.

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10:11 PM

Philat29: COM7 & COM8 moved to UHF channels 55 & 56 last year at Ridge Hill where they will stay until they close (expected to be by the end of 2022). 32 & 34 are the old allocations. Digital UK don't show any further frequency changes planned for Ridge Hill.

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StevensOnln1's 2,442 posts GB
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
12:31 PM

Hi StevensOnln1,

Well thats not quite true as also shown above. Channels 50 and above are being closed for allocation to the 5G network, therefore channles on those frequencies are being reallocated space below channel 50, where available. The planned closure of the entire band above channel 50 is still anticipated from the end of July 2020.

Still thank you for your comments, I just wondered if you knew when the change was again planned, as I was informed they would be moved shortly. After adjoining transmitters had completed moving to their new frequencies, ie Mendip, Wenvoe and Sutton Coldfield. This being done as to counter any and allow for checks on co-channel interference.

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Philat29's 2 posts GB

1:14 PM

Philat29: The channel allocation above is incorrectly showing both the old and current frequencies for COM7 & COM8 - see the Digital UK checker for correct allocations. Digital UK show no further changes planned for Ridge Hill and COM7/8 will not move to new allocations. UHF channels 55 and 56 form the centre gap of the new 700 MHz 5G band which is not expected to come into use immediately 2020. Ofcom previously announced a plan to allow COM7 & COM8 to continue broadcasting beyond 2020 by moving to the 700MHz centre gap and forming Single Frequency Networks (SFNs) so that the same UHF channels can be reused by all transmitters which broadcast COM7/8. The 700 MHz centre gap is to be allocated as additional mobile downlink capacity and is not expected to come into use by the mobile networks until a later date, at which point COM7 & COM8 will close. Further details can be found on Ofcom's website at the link below.

Maximising the benefits of 700MHz clearance - Ofcom

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