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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, 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
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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 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 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
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

 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

Thursday, 21 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

5:32 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:39 on 19 Apr to 13:40 on 19 Apr. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 on 19 Apr to 13:41 on 19 Apr, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 on 19 Apr to 13:41 on 19 Apr, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 on 19 Ap [BBC]

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Sunday, 24 April 2016
Rachael RENO
5:40 PM

We have had no Freeview since 7pm on friday 22nd. We had talk talk tv until 8am yesterday, but no freeview signal. We have retuned/ reinstalled the tv's to no avail. We are one of several households in our cul-de-sac that are without tv. Please rectify the problem ASAP as we are licence payers and suscribe to other tv providers! Please also let us know in future of any connection problems/ engineering works as a matter of common decency to householders.

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Rachael RENO's 1 post GB flag

8:14 PM

Rachael RENO: Assistance / advice on issues concerning reception problems can only be given in cases where a persons location is known, therefore a post code or one from a nearby shop / Post office is required, this info used to enable access to details of the transmitter covering your area as well as the operational status of same.

Another point being, as you have reported that other residents in the cul-de-sac are also affected by the problem the question would be, whether (or not) the households referred to are all connected into a communal aerial system? because if they are?, then the aerials distribution amplifier has possibly failed.

However, irrespective of the aforementioned, further advice can be given once your location is known.

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Monday, 9 May 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016
Paul Evans
1:51 PM

I live in Bromsgrove, B60 3DE. I can't use the local transmitter as the Lickey incline is at the bottom of the garden, high up directly between me and the transmitter. A combination of trains going past and trees on the embankment makes the picture unwatchable. 2 years ago, the aerial fitter did a good job in setting the aerial to Ridge Hill, which has been fine.
At present Ridge Hill has a weak signal. DigitalUk shows there is planned engineering work there, but doesn't say what or when it will be complete. When I retuned last week the Humax Youview box seems to have tuned the main channels to Bromsgrove (V polarisation), despite the aerial being Horizontal pointing at ~90 degrees away from B'grove. The channel numbers I want are close together on the two txs: Ridge Hill 21 to 34, Bromsgrove 23, 26, 30, then some 40s. On my Sony TV I can selectively tune each channel. I can't find a way to do that on the Humax box - it is all or nothing. I'm probably going to have to wait until it is back to full power.
Does anyone know when Ridge Hill will be back to full power, and is there any way to select the channels on the Humax box?
Thanks, Paul

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Richard Cooper

4:36 PM

Paul Evans: Hi Paul. Let me check Ridge Hill engineering for you first. There appears, unfortunately, to be no publicly available information to indicate when the works at Ridge Hill will have been completed and when it will return to full power. I will now quickly investigate the Humax Youview box to see if you can do a manual tune on it. Apparently it is NOT possible to carry out a manual retune on a Humax DTR-T2000 Youview box because Humax doesn't provide manual retune as a menu option.Is this what you are finding, Paul? As I think you have realised, Paul, there is no simple solution to your dilemma other than to wait for Ridge Hill to return to full power. I certainly wouldn't use , or even try to use Bromsgrove, with a measly 400 watts per multiplex, when Ridge Hill has all 8 multiplexes, with the main ones on at least 10,000 watts and multiplex COM8 on 4,200 watts. Richard, Norwich, 4:30 p.m. on Weds. 8th. June.

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Paul Evans
5:23 PM

Thank you Richard. You are right about the Humax box - I'd like to choose the channels to tune but there is no facility for that as far as I can tell and as you confirm.
I agree Ridge Hill is a far better option, even though Bromsgrove is almost in sight - if it wasn't for the Lickey bank in between!
I'll sit on my hands for a while.
Thanks again,
ps Many of my neighbours have aerials pointing to Worms Ash (Bromsgrove), vertical elements. No idea what their reception is like. The people in the house before us gave up on terrestrial and used a dish. The neighbours may be doing the same.

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colin daniels
8:59 PM

the last three nights I have had little viewing due to a sequence of bad signal and no signal which starts about 8.30 pm and eventually it just remains at no signal for the rest of the evening. I have to resort to dvd's
post code HR1 2LU

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Thursday, 9 June 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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