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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-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

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;
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

Monday, 18 July 2011

11:31 AM

Roger K: I would check your box for (probably) channel 803, which is ITV-1 West. See Ridge Hill (HTV West) digital TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice for more.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Roger K
4:47 PM

Hi Briantist - thanks for that - tried 803 - Bingo - great stuff.

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Chris J
10:47 PM

I was interviewed in Cheltenham today by Points West but it was not used! However beforehand I complained to the interviewer that many people were annoyed about not being able to receive the programme in the area unless you had cable or satellite TV. He had noticed that most people he spoke to received Midlands Today and promised to pass on my complaint.

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Chris J's 18 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

7:34 AM

Roger K: Glad to hear that's worked for you.

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Thursday, 4 August 2011
Dave M
2:18 AM

I have had no problem getting all the Freeview Digital Channels after the change over, including the HD channels. My problem is that the HD programmes do not appear to be any better quality than the ordinary Digital programmes. I have heard a rumour that Freeview HD is not being transmitted on 1080 yet. Is that so, and if so, when will it be? My post code is GL53 0PP.

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Geoff Coupe
10:13 AM

Dave M:
Some Freeview HD programs are apparently in 720p, some in 1080i. Don't forget that to be able to see the difference between an ordinary picture and an HD picture at say 3m from the TV you will need quite a big screen - certainly 32" and preferably bigger.

Geoff Coupe

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10:24 AM

Geoff Coupe: The BBC HD channels switch on frame-by-frame basis between 1080i and 1080p automatically depending on the source material.

The "simulcast" HD channels (ie, not BBC HD) all upscale the SD content when there is no HD, but you can clearly see improvements with SD material - in particular you get much less "motion blur".

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Saturday, 13 August 2011
colin rees
8:03 AM

Hi guys,
I'm on the Hereford Central transmitter and am unable to pick up any hi def programmes,I'm using an AverMedia VOLAR X HDTV ready usb plug in stick to my pc....Channel 50 for instance is 4Music, 51 is Viva, 52 is Yesterday,53 is Ideal World where apparently the HD progs are.....Signal strength is 90% ish, am using a wideband aerial.
I've tried this set up in Swansea on the Kilvey transmitter,and still can't get hi def progs.
Any ideas guys?...Thanks, Colin.

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10:12 AM

colin rees: Ah yes, "HD Ready" doesn't mean it supports DVB-T2, which is the UK HD transmission standard.….pdf .

You need a DVB-T2 device to decode Freeview HD.

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Monday, 15 August 2011
Chris J
11:05 AM

If its a "AVerTV Digi Volar EX" then it is a DVB-T box so does not support HD in the UK which uses DVB-T2. The same item is sold wordwide and some countries broadcast HD using DBV-T which is why the spec includes words like HD and 1080p. I recently went to Maplins to by a DVB-T usb stick and the assistant told me that it would pick up the HD signal from Ridge Hill because it said 1080p on the box. When I said it would not pick up HD he pointed to the words on the box, got annoyed and stormed off!

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