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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 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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

 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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 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! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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

Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Dave Lindsay

10:26 PM

M Thomas: BBC National DAB transmitter went live from Great Malvern on 4th February 2011:

BBC - Press Office - BBC national digital radio coverage improved

BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Transmitters

mb21 - The Transmission Gallery

The site is also home to FM transmitters for BBC H&W on 104.0MHz and Free Radio (H&W) on 102.8MHz. It also broadcasts all Freeview channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Jon Norris
5:10 PM

I am at HR2 8HZ with aerial pointing to clearly visible Ridge Hill mast. Reception fine. But no HD. The channels (ie 103) don't even list. What am I missing (apart from a marble or two)?

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5:37 PM

Jon Norris: There is a check list to follow here - High definition | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Briantist's 38,906 posts GB flag

7:46 PM

Jon Norris: Or in addition to the link supplied by Briantist you could just provide the brand / model number of the TV in question and its specifications can be checked out, should of course they be available as it depends entirely on the brand of the set.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 18 January 2013
Jon Norris
5:19 PM

Jon Norris: jb38 & Briantist. Sorry for delay and thank you for your help. TV is Samsung LE 40 N 87 BD. it was bought as HD ready. Of course, like a nonce, my freeview box is probably not HD! I thought it just passed signals through to the TV but maybe it needs to be HD capable too.

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6:23 PM

Jon Norris: Yes, as far as the latter part of your comment thats exactly it! although if it was HD capable then it would require to be coupled into your TV via an HDMI lead, as HD signals cannot pass through a scart cable.

Just out of interest what model of Freeview box are you using? I would have specifically asked this but was unaware that you were using a box for reception and not a TV.

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Jon Norris
8:26 PM

Jb38: called a Sagem HDMI and I am using an HDMI cable. It does often need rebooting nowadays so may have to replace anyway if I can work out which is best

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9:13 PM

Jon Norris: It depends on whether or not your receiver (a PVR recorder?) its one of the RTI 90 series? because the fact of a device having an HDMI connection facility does not necessarily mean that its an HD capable box but just one with a high quality connection, and if you click on the undermentioned link it illustrates the various hard drive sizes of Sagem HD models within the RTI 90 range.

Freeview HD+

This second link is to a selection of Humax Freeview HD PVR's a little more pricey but top quality devices with excellent tuners, the HDR-FOX T2 grade "A" model being a particularly good price, although obviously there are lower cost HD devices made by Bush and such likes around and which also give reasonably good results, although I personally find it difficult to recommend them on the grounds of reliability.

Search results - HUMAX UK Direct Sales Website

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Jon Norris
10:01 PM

Thank you. Humax it is! Many thanks for your time and patience.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Barrie Etherington
7:19 PM


I have just made 'the big switch' back to BT ... phone, TV and Broadband ... and they have supplied a new router and an HUMAX box.

I still retain my SKY box on 'special deal' price - because I'm a VERY UNHAPPY CUSTOMER - and they bribed me with a price reduced deal for about 6-9 months.

I expect to get 'fibre' from BT by September this year.

At that point I plan to switch off SKY, change to Fibre, and take the final segment of my planned BT deal - namely 'Sky Sports 1&2' and BT Infinity.

My aerials point to Astra 2 and Ridge Hill; and, so far all my connections seem very satisfactory.

My problem is ... I'm no TV guru and wouldn't know what problems to anticipate - short of a complete missing channel or such like.

Is there anything obvious I need to look for ?

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