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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 - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 24 Jul 11:04 until 24 Jul 12:45. . BBC

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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

 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),

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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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&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

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +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 U&W, 27 U&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

 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?

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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

Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Andrew Brown

7:15 AM

Does anyone know if there is a problem with Ridge hill? Had terrible problems with an install yesterday in particular with CH21 and 24. Great strength but poor quality. We are installers so we know what we are doing, the area that we were installing is normally very good for signal so it has to be either the transmitter or outside interference.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Bob Pearce
7:23 PM

Andrew Brown: Hi Andrew, we live at Felton HR1 3PH and since Monday we have lost about 15 free view channels.I have retuned our Sony tv about 20 times and it he number of channels it finds varies.I have made phone calls only the be told there is no problem with ridge hill.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
philip lambley
7:34 PM

Panasonic full hd recorder. Has channel 63 community. channel 81 talking pictures.
But LOGIK TV L29HED13 does not receive them (HD ready) ?


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8:31 PM

philip lambley: The panasonic is probably a 130 or something similar, so has an HD (T2) tuner. The Logik certainly doesn't (HD Ready means the panel, not the tuner). Since Talking Pictures etc can only be picked up via T2 tuner, the TV wont do it.

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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Richard Sutton
5:25 PM

Any help with Ridge Hill would be appreciated.

Our reception in Evesham WR11 4HQ has always been poor but recently even worse on mux 25 (ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) so I was playing around with the manual tuning on our 2 HD TVs and HD Humax. I have discovered that the signal quality on mux 29 which is supposed to carry the same TV channels is much better than mux 25 - 95+% rather than 80%.

However, when I do a manual scan on mux 29, all three devices only show one TV channel on mux 29 which is ITV. I have now tuned all three devices to mux 29 and ITV is perfect but, of course, Channel 4 and Channel 5 still show some picture break-up because they are still on mux 25.

Is there any reason I can't pick up all the channels shown on the website on mux 29?

Thank you


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6:45 PM

Richard Sutton: That can only happen if Mux 25 is still stored in the tuner, therefore the way around the problem is to to carry out an auto-tune on your equipment "after" having removed the aerial from same, verifying the procedure has been a success by witnessing "no signal" on any attempt made to select a channel.

If OK, reconnect the aerial followed by "manually" tuning in each Mux required from Ridge Hill, substituting C29 for C25 as shown below.

C28 - 29 - C22 - C21 - C24 - C27 - C32 - C34

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Friday, 4 December 2015
Richard Sutton
6:47 PM


Many thanks for the very quick advice.

Using the Humax which has be easiest manual scan procedure I unplugged the aerial and ran an auto scan. No signals were picked up any channels were blank. I then did a manual scan on each mux starting with the lowest C21 and working through towards C34. On each mux the expected number of TV channels were discovered - expect for C29 which only discovers one channel which is ITV.

If I then go to live TV the channels up to ITV working fine but there is no entry for Channel 4, Channel 5 or any of the other stations which are supposed to be on C25. The only way I can get the missing stations is to do a manual scan of 25. The stations all then re-appear but with the poor quality associated with C25.

ITV is fine because that's still on C29.

Any further advice would be much appreciated.


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Saturday, 5 December 2015

9:52 AM

Richard Sutton: Well, I suppose that you are now really back to square one, however, the fact of only being able to receive one programme channel on Mux29 could point to a glitch having occurred in the tuners memory store, possibly as the result of receiving the same programme on two different Muxes, but from the same station.

I fully agree with the point made regarding the Humax and manual tuning, therefore, I would like you to try another test on same but by first of all carrying out a "factory default", this procedure being the ultimate way of eradicating problems caused by possible tuner glitches, the important point to observe whilst carrying out the procedure being to ensure that the "format hard drive" box is NOT checked, as this would erase programmes previously recorded, obviously only applicable if box in question is a PVR.

On completion of the aforementioned, carry out a manual scan on only Mux29, this being suffice for the purpose intended.

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Richard Sutton
10:18 AM


I'll continue to play around with this Mux 29 issue but I've just done a Google search and found this:

On 2 February there are changes to ITV reception for the Oxford and Ridge Hill transmitters | Freeview

Unfortunately it doesn't seem to say what has actually changed on the Ridge Hill transmitter earlier this year but that is exactly when my problems started. Before that change my preferred ITV mux was C25 and C29 was weaker. Now C25 is poor at my location and C29 is much better but only seems to carry ITV.

Whatever they have done to this transmitter has done me no favours. Indeed, I wonder whether they now broadcast only ITV on C29 and the chart above is incorrect?


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1:58 PM

Richard Sutton: Yes, I was aware of that article as the BBC had also published similar information. But though, as far as the changes referred to are concerned, this, at least to my knowledge anyway, was purely for the purpose of updating the EPG listings to accommodate changes made to the news services, plus also to ensure that Ch4 adverts of the more local variety were received from the appropriate transmitter.

The undermentioned being the BBC links referred to.

BBC - Engineering Announcement - ITV changes - Help Receiving TV and Radio

BBC - Manual retune - Help Receiving TV and Radio

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