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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

Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Richard Sutton
3:07 PM


Many thanks for commenting but surely the detailed listing above shows ITV4 and the other related Freeview channels as being available on both C25 and C29 as well as the regional version of ITV? At least, that's how I'm reading it but I might be wrong.

Either way, I can certainly receive both C25 and C29 but they are both hopelessly weak and one of them (I'm not sure which) used to be fine until the last few weeks.

I've just tried ITV2 and ITV3 and they are both breaking up and unwatchable just like ITV4. I don't see how it can be a connection issue as all the other channels are 100% quality.

This is the Coverage Checker result for WR11 4HQ: Coverage Checker - Detailed View

It used to show Ridge Hill as the best for me which is why I have been on it ever since switchover but that has now changed to Sutton Coldfield which is the transmitter I used to use pre-switchover.


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Richard Sutton's 4 posts GB

3:58 PM

Richard Sutton: The detailed listing above is incorrect for UHF channel 29, there are no other services on the PSB2west mux from Ridge Hill (this mux is an anomaly that this website doesn't appear to be coded to cope with and no other transmitter has anything like it that I'm aware of).

Have you actually checked your cables and connections or are you just assuming that there's nothing wrong? If everything else is showing 100% signal strength then you may well be suffering with signal overload on those 2 muxes. You could also be suffering from local interference, although that seems less likely if PSB1 on UHF channel 28 (BBC 1 SD, BBC 2 SD, etc) are fine.

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Richard Sutton
4:11 PM


I just realised that our the newish LG 4K TV I can do a signal test on each Channel mux and it lists all the broadcast channels available on that mux and you're right. C29 which I can get with a watchable signal is only ITV and the LG has put that on 800.

ITV4 which I want is listed on C25 by the LG but the signal checker currently shows UHF Ch25 (506000 kHz) as being Signal Strength 94%, Signal Quality 1% - 4% so it's unwatchable.

This must mean that I have also now lost Film 4 on channel so I've just checked that live and that is just like the ITV channels, i.e. unwatchable. I've recorded dozens of films of over the last few years on Film 4, the most recent I've just checked was a film called "Thanks for Sharing" which I recorded on the Humax on the 4th July 2019 and I've just checked and that looks fine.

Whatever has happened to C25 seems to have happened in the last few days although I only realised when I tried to watch the BSB recording from ITV4 last night.

I wonder what's happened?


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Richard Sutton's 4 posts GB

5:58 PM

Richard Sutton: High signal strength is most likely either down to interference or signal overload. Try fitting an attenuator to reduce the signal strength (somewhere around 75% signal strength will still give the tuner plenty of signal without causing it to become overloaded if that is what is happening).

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Richard Sutton
7:18 PM


I've taken your advice and unplugged and re-plugged all the aerial cables in the lounge and in the loft and that seems to have restored the signal quality on C25/ITV4 back to around 50%. It's nowhere as near as good as all the other channels but the picture looks fine and it's not breaking up.

I don't understand why only C25 seems to be affected by the corroding connection or whatever it is but I'm delighted that I finally understand that C25 is the only one I need and I can stop trying to tune in to C29 as I'm not interested in ITV SD.

It seems that this connection thing is just something I will need to keep an eye on.

Many thanks for you help which has been invaluable.


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Richard Sutton's 4 posts GB
Friday, 12 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

8:08 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:59 today to 19:03 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 13 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:59 yesterday to 19:03 yesterday. [BBC]

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Sunday, 14 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:59 on 12 Jul to 19:03 on 12 Jul. [BBC]

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