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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) mast?

Ridge Hill transmitter - Ridge Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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, plus 19 others

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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),

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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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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?

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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

Friday, 7 September 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:12 PM

sue: There may be a number of transmitters that can be received at your location. Check that it is tuned to Ridge Hill (if indeed that is where your aerial points). If it is, then maybe you should consider using another transmitter such as Bromsgrove or Sutton Coldfield because they appear as if they "may" be better bets at your location.

To check that you are tuned to Ridge Hill, select BBC One and bring up the signal strength screen. If it is tuned to Ridge Hill, then it will say that it is on UHF channel 28. Other possibilities that it could be tuned to are:

- Bromsgrove C26
- Sutton Coldfield C43
- Kidderminster C49
- Malvern C53

Do the same for ITV1. Ridge Hill is on C25, or it could be tuned to:

- Bromsgrove C23
- Sutton Coldfield C46
- Kidderminster C58
- Malvern C57

If you find any tuned not to Ridge Hill (assuming that your aerial faces Ridge Hill), then this needs correcting. The automatic tuning scan runs from UHF channel 21 to 69, so if gives only a percentage, then you can convert.

All Ridge Hill's channels are in the 27s, so unplug the aerial at about 30% and you will miss out all the 40s and above. So if, for example, you find that it is tuned to Sutton Coldfield instead (on 43 and 46), then this trick with unplugging the aerial will avoid that. If it's tuned to Bromsgrove, then that's more tricky as both the wanted and unwanted channels are interleaved in the 20s so you may have to resort to manual tuning, if available.

If in fact your aerial points at Sutton Coldfield, then perhaps it has tuned elsewhere. This may happen because other transmitters are found first. In which case, start the scan with the aerial unplugged and plug in at 30% and unplug again at 55%.

The above (checking that it's tuned to the correct transmitter) is always the first thing to look at. If it turns out that it is, then it could be co-channel interference caused by the weather. This occurs where signal(s) on the same frequency(ies) from distance transmitters are carried to your location. (That is the "same frequency(ies)" as your desired transmitter uses.).

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Sunday, 9 September 2012
Andrew Harris
11:22 AM

Recieve tv signals from Ridge Hill ,lost all BBC channels on Saturday evening,any suggestions? ITV West signal is also unreliable- picture keeps blocking.

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Monday, 10 September 2012
Andrew Brown

8:11 AM

Andrew Harris, High pressure has been causing havoc with TV reception in our part of the country. I am an aerial installer and had over 100 calls over the weekend! It should be back to normal by now though!



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Jonathan Chamberlain
10:25 AM

I am at SY8 1NW, Ludlow. I have checked signal for BBC and ITV and the channel Nos are 28 & 25 respectively so this suggests the aerial is pointing at Ridge Hill. I live in a communal block of flats, and a visual check of the aerial suggests this also. I receive freeview through a Panasonic DVD recorder. Moved recently from London where no problems with reception. Over the last week however have more or less lost every channel though some return intermittently. Today in desperation I unplugged everything, reset the box to factory settings, rescanned, and received all channels at full strength and full quality. However (and it's a big however)every channel is now almost constantly pixelated, though a stable picture appears for a minute or so at a time. Am at my wits end, and thinking of freesat as there is also a communal satellite dish in building with sockets in my front room. But given the problems I am getting with Freeeview, can I also expect similar problems with freesat given my location? I watch very little TV, and usually record a couple of programmes daily to watch in the evening, so all this seems an amazing amount of trouble to go to just to watch the odd programme. Also, does anyone know where we stand legally regarding TV licence, as I fail to see why I should renew when I cannot receive a decent signal on any channel.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

2:35 PM

Jonathan: if you have a means of watching TV programmes i.e. a TV or a recorder you must pay your license.have you tried plugging the aerial directly into the TV to eliminate the recorder being the problem? In regards to freesat you shouldn't have any problems as long as the communal system is operating correctly. Ask you're neighbours if they are having similar problems to you, this well give you a general idea as to whether it is your equipment or the communal system.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Andrew Harris
11:06 PM

Andrew Harris: I think wev ve all bee sold a pup with this digital malarky at least with the old analogue system we didnt lose signal completely when the atmospheric pressure was high

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Friday, 14 September 2012

5:50 AM

High pressure needs to be over almost the whole if the country before it affects signal, and let's be honest how often does that happen in the UK? Ok analogue didn't suffer as much but the picture would get worse in times of high pressure, you could still watch it though!

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Friday, 19 October 2012
luke gamaton
5:22 PM

hi i was wondering if any one can help i am having problams picking up channels like 4 music and some of the raido channels when i do a manual search it comes up with ch27 on there i have 81% strength and the quality keeps going up and down 10 % then 50 % then 0%

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Monday, 19 November 2012
1:35 PM

I wonder if you can tell me what if anything has changed from the Ridge Hill transmitter in the last week. I am an installer, and one caravan site I have worked on for over 15 years is now having reception problems. The whole site receives Freeview from Ridge Hill, with a few in the lower parts using Freesat. I have had calls from a couple of residents, and now the manager, and the owner (who lives onsite) have called saying that reception is poor at night. I have been out and checked the signal during the daytime and have 'good' reception on all mux's, with the inbuilt reception software in the managers Humax tv's agreeing 100% quality, but they still say it can become unwatchable at night.
As this is affecting over 85 properties in the same area, I dont want to start trying to alter reception equipment which has worked well until last week. There is no new building work going on, because of the valley it is in, no other transmitter can be received, I have tried attenuating the signal in case it was too strong at night . . . any help would be appreciated.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013
M Thomas
6:56 PM

Why is the DAB signal so poor where we live (Cradley). Are there plans to improve transmission in the event that FM is switched off? We get FM just fine.

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