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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 26/02/2024 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

 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 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
Channel icons
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

Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Steve O
10:44 PM

s m seaman: Do we know why this is and when service will be restored?

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Steve O's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 28 September 2016

10:13 AM

s m seaman & Steve O: Ridge Hill is a main transmitter serving over 250,000 homes. There are no faults listed and if the transmitter was off air there would be hundreds of complaints on this website and elsewhere. I suggest you both check your aerial systems, start at the back of the TV and check all cables and connectors and in tight then work your way back towards the aerial as far as you are able to safely access.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
10:58 AM

No reception on any channel 27/09/2016 approximately 21:25 then patchy reception. Switched off at 21:45 as fed up with failure.

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DLancaster's 1 post GB flag
Steve O
12:33 PM

StevensOnln1: Thanks for your note. However I know for a fact at least half a dozen other residents of the village of West Malvern (high on the West side of the Malvern Hills) expereinced the same issues last night. This morning (Wed 28th Sept 16) service is restored. I have not changed any wiring or devices. Perhaps we are served by a different transmitter and not Ridge Hill. Is there a way I can check which transmitter we are using?

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Steve O's 2 posts GB flag
12:41 PM

I had a similar issue, but not until 4am. All channels lost reception. Channels returned this morning with no alterations made to my aerial or Freeview box.

I am pretty sure I am served by Ridge Hill (based on direction of Aerial)

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Mark L
12:43 PM

StevensOnln1: Ridge Hill was definitely unavailable to residents/neighbours in Pershore yesterday evening (27/09/2016). This was from early evening to at least 10:30pm. We normally have a strong signal here.

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Mark L's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 29 September 2016

12:14 AM

Mark L / et all: The reception problems experienced by not only yourself, but numerous other viewers residing within the coverage area's of both Caradon and Ridge Hill etc is more likely related to atmospheric pressure problems rather than anything connected with a transmission fault, which there isn't!, as a series of high pressure zones started sweeping across South Western areas of the UK from West to East since late Monday evening, the intensity / pattern of said zones constantly changing, this invariably resulting in spells of patchy (or no) reception in a variety of areas.

Checks made on the pressure maps (ack: William. R. Hepburn) forecasting the situation as not really changing until late tomorrow (29th) evening before unfortunately returning around the 3rd October, albeit on this occasion in a sweeping upwards (South to North) fashion.

Needless to say, absolutely nothing can be done to help alleviate this type of situation except to wait until it clears, the main thing for anyone to remember being to refrain from being tempted to carry out a retune during these conditions, as all that achieves is to wipe out everything stored in the tuners memory system the instant "search or scan" is pressed, this then requiring a series of retunes in an attempt to recover the channels, whereas normally they would have returned of their own accord when the signal level lifted to normal.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 October 2016
10:42 PM

Anyone having freeview issues, postcode hr74st which Pencombe near Bromyard. Lists all BBC and he channels only some itv and channel 4 channels working

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Ben's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 31 October 2016
Derek Nuttall
12:09 PM

Unfortunately I lost all my freevew channels last night at around 9_00 pm. This was on 2 recorders and on my TV.
I lost parts or my recordings
Tried this morning at 8_00 am and everything works fine.
Please could you advise what went wrong?
My postcode is B601HH but I can't receive from the Bromsgrove transmitter because we are too high. Normally I get very good reception with no troubles. My aerial is on the roof.
Many thanks

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Derek Nuttall's 1 post GB flag

12:42 PM

Derek Nuttall:

It is likely to be due to the high pressure currently over parts of the UK. There is nothing anyone can do but be patient. Do NOT retune your equipment.

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