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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 27/05/2024 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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
VHFA K TA K TA K TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27ArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29D3+4
C30_local
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C34com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C51tv_off_local_local
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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

Comments
Saturday, 28 September 2013
S
Si
10:00 PM

WR15 8
Yet again another night with intermittent reception from Ridge Hill Transmitter.
What is the problem?
The Transmitter report say's there is no problem?

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Betty
11:04 PM
Hereford

had problems again today tonight was yuck did rescan and we are still on Gloucestershire but in Ridge Hill area watched programmes on internet even though that is slow bring back old way.



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Sunday, 29 September 2013
C
carolb
8:21 PM
Abergavenny

Over the last 5 weeks our reception has been getting worse, we have retuned checked our roof ariel, when we retune it says Gloucestershire not ridge hill which is where we have always had reception, we have always had good reception until recently. Our postcode is NP7 8HL, there is obviously something wrong with the signal strength or something interfering with the signal reception. There have been wifi masts put up in the Grosmont area recently could these be interfering with the signal!

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Andrew Brown
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:55 PM

I have had around 30 phone calls over the weekend about signal problems. I live and work in between the Ridge Hill and Mendip transmitters (the latter is having engineering works carried out!)
If so many people are having the same problem it can be only one of 2 things.
1. The transmitter is faulty (engineering works etc) this isn't showing on this site or any other but it's still a possibility
2. Atmospherics. High pressure is usually the one to blame. Loft aerials and aerials that feed amplifiers seem to be the most susceptible as the use-able input signal from the aerial is usually lower than the noise that is generated by the high pressure. Any amplifier will then amplify the noise and make it even worse!
The Ridge Hill transmitter will come up as the Gloucestershire transmitter as that is what it is the regional news is Central which covers most of the Gloucestershire area as well as others.

Andy

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Monday, 30 September 2013
J
Justyn Surrall
11:16 AM

BBC Hereford and Worcester. We are looking for someone from the county who is having difficulty with their TV signal. Give Justyn a call on 01432 337 273

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C Dukes
1:29 PM

Is this to say that BBC H&W know something we don't?

I can't believe that such widespread issues for such a period of time can be anything other than transmitter issues - yes, we've all had the odd weather disruption before, but not for such an extended period of time.

We had better reception in HR6 last night, but it's still not right. We have basically given up on watching TV in the evenings, as signal is currently so poor. Most of the time there is no signal at all, and when the TV does manage to get a signal, it's so poor that the TV is completely unwatchable.

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Betty
4:47 PM
Hereford

thank you Andrew for the info on Ridge Hill/Gloucestershire. Our TV seems ok at the moment, but cannot get any channels between 88/169 so no101/104 so there still seems to be a problem there.


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Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Andrew Brown
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:58 PM

C Dukes: I understand your thinking but this is not the first time this has happened. In the Forest of Dean we had several days over the summer where people had intermittent freeview signal. Last summer was even worse!
Google the Inversion effect (you will probably come back here as Brian has done a whole page dedicated to it!)
Back in the analogue days you had days where the picture would be a bit fuzzier than normal, or you would get ghosting of another channel under your normal picture. It is the same thing only now I am afraid that you can not just watch through the haze, the picture is obliterated due to the noise being "louder" than the signal that you wish to receive.
As I said before, do not rule out that there could be a fault with the transmitter but most of the people I have spoken to in the last 2 days have reported that all faults have disappeared. I checked the pressure charts and they are all back to normal.
If you still have problems then possibly get someone to come and have a look at your aerial system as it could be that even a small change in weather is pushing your signal over the digital cliff edge!

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Sunday, 13 October 2013
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Phil
10:46 PM
Cheltenham

Hi, I'm in GL51 0QJ and Youview is missing all channels on COM 5 & 6 . Channels on COM4 are weak (40% signal quality) too. Youview only let's me retune to ' Gloucestershire Central', which I assume is Ridge Hill, or 'Gloucestershire West'. Any ideas ?

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Monday, 14 October 2013
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andrewp
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:11 PM

Phil - editorially on ITV Gloucestershire is covered by West, whereas Central covers the Midlands, so it's West you want.

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