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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),

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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, 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

Friday, 9 March 2018

10:27 PM

Richard Baylis: Could you put your postcode into a reply - because I'm slightly surprised that you'd totally lose those channels, unless your signal was very marginal. Have you checked your system?

And of course if you do want a more reliable reception and all HD channels on Freeview, then Freesat would be an effective way to get that, with possibly a minimal outlay, depending on what equipement you already have.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 March 2018
12:20 AM

I receive my Freeview TV from Ridge Hill and I too have lost out on the COM7 and COM8 multiplexes as a result of the frequency move. However I have two television sets connected to the same antenna, one of them receives a perfect signal on C55/C56 and I get BBC Four HD, BBC News HD perfectly. The other television set shows zero signal strength. This implies to me that the change has involved not just a change in frequencies but also a change in the modulation of the signal - one of my sets can cope, the other cannot. Can anyone shed any light on whether a new modulation is being used on C55/C56 from Ridge Hill?

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MarkO's 1 post US flag
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

12:00 AM

MarkO: The only change that has been made to COM7/8 from Ridge Hill is the frequency that each multiplex is broadcast on. Both still use the same DVB-T2 modulation that they have used since launch. Does your second TV pick up COM7/8 if you swap it with the TV that is able to receive them?

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
11:20 AM

I also have lost com6 and com7 from ridge hill. My postcode is Gl526yz , aerial on post above roof and I got these channels until recently.. what is going on.?

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Dave's 1 post GB flag

6:09 PM

Dave: I assume you mean COM7 & COM8 (there have been no changes to COM6 at Ridge Hill). Have you retuned since the frequency change on 1st March?

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 March 2018
5:21 PM

I have also got problems with Com7 & Com8 following the change of channels from Ridge Hill to 55 & 56. My Sony TV refuses to show any signal at all whilst my Panasonic Freeview HD recorder shows perfect signal strength & quality as does the Samsung TV in the kitchen. Since my postcode is WR8 9JJ my main TX is Malvern and I use a seperate aerial & amplifier for Ridge Hill through a diplexer (rewired to reflect the frequency changes). Prior to the channel changes I had a perfect signal on Com7 & Com8.
I was beginning to pull my hair out in trying to understand why some TVs can't pick up the signals whilst others can - I'm relieved to find I'm not alone!

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5:28 PM

Richard Sutton: I dimly remembered this:

"when I do a manual scan on mux 29, all three devices only show one TV channel on mux 29 which is ITV"

Which Freeview channels does the Ridge Hill transmitter broadcast?

Now with Com78 National we see this odd D3&4:

ONID.TSID = 233A.201D
--- 204C 01 ITV

with only ITV on it!

My dump of the Com78 National network: All of the free TV channels on PGSTART790 in the UK

jb38 linked to this: Freeview HD channel list | British Isles

Perhaps even stranger, there is full EIT for ITV3 on this multiplex even though ITV3 isn't in the SDT.

Here's the EITpf:

noname2066, Fri 16 Mar 15:15 - 15:45 : Coronation Street
Sally doesn't like the way Gina flirts with Kevin. The Websters have a phone installed at No.13. Curly decides to let Shirley have the flat. [S]

DVB subtitles (normal) with no monitor aspect ratio criticality (eng)
MPEG-2 video, 4:3 aspect ratio, 25 Hz (und)
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, stereo (2 channel) (eng)
crid = /1001337753, Type : 31 (item), crid = /264704183, Type : 32 (series)
eventID = 9862, RST = 4, ONID.TSID.SID = 233A.201D.2066

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js's 826 posts NL flag
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Barry Sharples
1:39 PM

Assuming that the main BBC and commercial channels will eventually reappear on the Ridge Hill transmitter, has anyone got news on whether BBC 4 HD and Al Jazeera HD will ever return. They were on COM 7 and COM 8 which are now gone. I am living in Ledbury.

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Barry Sharples's 4 posts GB flag
Barry Sharples
1:45 PM

I meant to say the main BBC and commercial HD channels. The standard digital channels are working.

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5:09 PM

Barry Sharples: COM7 & COM8 haven't disappeared from Ridge Hill, they moved frequency on 1st March and are now on UHF channels 55 & 56 so you will need to retune.

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