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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
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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?

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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?

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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

Monday, 11 June 2018
Nigel Owen
7:48 PM

Why am i having so much trouble recently with CH27 - COM6 522MHz. Could it be weather related. Had a new aerial fitted recently plus amp and still CH27 is off intermittently. I do live a long way off in HR3 but it is so hit and miss. Any weather/transmitter related suggestions?


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Nigel Owen's 5 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

3:31 PM

Nigel Owen:

Please provide a full post code so that we can see where you are in relation to the possible transmitters and what the expected reception conditions are likely to be.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Andrew Bullock
10:47 PM

Two nights running Ridge Hill Transmissions have stopped, very suddenly tonight. Last night it failed but by morning the signal had come back.

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Andrew Bullock's 7 posts US flag

11:21 PM

Andrew Bullock: Given that no one else is reporting any problems, it is most likely to be something at your end. If it is happening at the same time each night, you're probably suffering with electrical interference from something operating on a timer (probably something with an electric motor).

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Andrew Bullock
10:29 PM

The TV came back on in the morning. It is now 10:16 and again BBC 1 has poor signal quality. Our signal skirts over Bringsty Common. Could it be a weather condition? When the aerial was put up, recently, it gave a 100% strength and quality even on HD. Now no signal on the easiest channels. We have just checked up on the aerial's movements but it is still in the same place. Time now 10:31pm.

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Andrew Bullock's 7 posts US flag
Thursday, 21 June 2018

3:19 PM

Andrew Bullock:

100% strength is far too much and that could well be the cause of your problems. Reduce the signal strength to between 60% and 85% by inserting an attenuator in the aerial lead, do it so the weight of the attenuator does not 'hang' on any socket by adding a short flylead.

See 'too much of a good thing' on this website for more details

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 June 2018
Andrew Bullock
11:10 PM

Andrew Bullock: Problem diagnosed. The TV signal goes when the LED light near it is switched on. This has happened at similar times when people have gone up to bed. I now have to work out how to protect the aerial from the LED. Thanks for your indulgence and I wonder if any one else has had a similar experience.

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Andrew Bullock's 7 posts US flag
Monday, 25 June 2018
Andrew Bullock
9:29 AM

Mike and Stevens
Many thanks for your comments. All seems fine as long as the light is not on.

What is absolutely amazing it the Leak FM radio. It is so infinitely superior to all the modern forms of radio. There is brilliant separation, a full rounded sound, clear, colourless and with none of the noise associated with FM radio. Any of the other forms, DAB, Freeview or the internet are like mono signals and then one goes to FM and it is brilliant. I hope that the government never take FM out.

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Andrew Bullock's 7 posts US flag

3:43 PM

Andrew Bullock:

One possible course of action could be to change the aerial cables to better quality ones that are better screened from interference. Many coaxial cables are a central core with a fine wire 'screen around it, separated by plastic insulation. If you change that for a cable that has a double screen of copper foil and woven copper wire, such as is often used for satellite signal feeds, you may find it improves the problem - but no guarantees. See White Foam Filled Digital Satellite & Aerial Cable for an example of the better type of cable. You may also explore using CT100 or RG100 cables.

Another possible solution to try is a different make of LED bulb or even a flourescent type. I know they cost a bit more to run but are still cheaper than incandescent lamps (the 'old' style bulbs).

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
4:52 PM

There does appear to be a problem around the Bromyard area. 7am the signal is patchy and again around 8pm-ish

Now I thought this might be something in my house or something landing on the aerial or something like that. But friends of mine who live in the town (just over a mile from me) say they have the same problem.

Weather conditions are clear.

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