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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)363mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

com7
 H -2.8dB
C55 (746.0MHz)363mDTG-610,500W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014:  Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West),

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27ArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29D3+4
C30_local
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C34com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C51tv_off_local_local
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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

Comments
Sunday, 25 August 2019
MikeP
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8:03 PM

JB:

Have a look at Coverage Checker - Detailed View which will show the transmitters you potentially may be able to receive from.

It definitely looks as if Sutton Coldfield might give you better results than Brierley Hill and probably better than Kidderminster. The Wrekin may give you some of the channels and Ridge Hill will be problematical.



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Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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JB
7:53 AM

MikeP:

Hi - I spun the aerial around towards Ridge Hill and set up horizontally and it's giving me 100% on all muxes except 55, which is 25-30% quality but watchable most of the time. No doubt if I spent a bit of time or had better equipment I could probably improve on 55 as well.

All a very strange set up here but my gamble and intuition paid off!

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JB
8:21 PM

Update - managed to align the aerial better and getting all 8 muxes now at 100% quality from Ridge Hill so really pleased. I don't know why others are not using


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Sunday, 29 December 2019
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Lib.
9:10 PM
Stourbridge

Trouble getting programs. DY9 0HY. Ok till today. Well this evening. The 40. And 50. Channels.regards. Lib. What's happening.

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Monday, 30 December 2019
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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:42 AM

Lib. :

There are unusually high levels of "Tropospheric propagation" at present, often associated with High Pressure weather systems.
These levels of propagation are unusual at this time of year - they cause signals from more distant transmitters to travel a lot further than normal. It is currently affecting different parts of the country by varying degrees and signals can change by the second or remain stable for much longer periods.
In the old "analogue" days there was a lot of talk about "continental" interference often in the summer months, but the interference can come from transmitters anywhere in the UK or Europe and even further afield. At the moment some people are getting DAB radio from the Netherlands and FM Radio from France as well as the interference to DTV.

It is predicted to continue for a couple more days, and you are advise NOT to retune as you will likely lose the correct tuning that you had. The "propagation" can be very frequency dependent, and it can only affected one frequency or several, but it can/will be different for others.

People will however have noticed the unusually mild weather which the Met office is referring to as a "Foehn effect" but it's not helpful that it seems none of the major broadcasters are making any reference to the interference being caused to TV and Radio reception! So it's no surprise that people wonder what is going on and think there is a transmitter problem.

For those that have retuned and lost correct tuning, you will have to try again and it could be hit and miss whilst the unusual propagation continues. If you are able to do a manual tune for the correct UHF channels, you may still receive interference or the wrong programmes.
The correct UHF channels for Ridge Hill (Central) are C28, C25, C22, C21, C24, C27, C55, C56 If you don't have an HD tuner ignore C22 & C55/C56. You may not get C55/56 - COMs7&8 at your location anyway.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:07 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering. [BBC]

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6:23 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 2018-09-06 10:11:19. . [BBC]

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Monday, 23 March 2020
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7:29 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 23 Mar 18:16 until 23 Mar 18:47. Off the air due to a fault from 23 Mar 17:24 until 23 Mar 17:46. . FM: Broadcasting in mono due to a fault from 17 Mar 21:30 until 17 Mar 21:48. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020
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4:34 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 23 Mar 18:16 until 23 Mar 18:47. Off the air due to a fault from 23 Mar 17:24 until 23 Mar 17:46. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020
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js
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7:01 PM

"The area where reception of two ITV regions is intended"

The area where reception of two ITV regions is intended | RXTV info

A bit of tropo brought in BBCA, D3&4 and BBC B, off Ridge Hill a while ago and I grabbed samples of the multiplexes.

The article, linked to above, says "Changes to the signal were recently made as part of the 700MHz 5G clearance project, allowing the extra ITV service to continue - a luxury when frequencies are being repurposed for mobile services - but with new parameters to ensure a robust signal despite the various changes to TV frequencies in the area. New data from digitalbitrate.com confirms the ITV West multiplex on UHF channel 29 (538MHz) carries ITV West Country on its own, plus around 6Mbps of empty capacity."

Perhaps someone should tell Freeview, or DUK, or whoever it is that manages the NIT, about the changes.

Unfortunately C29 is occupied by Haslingden BBC B at my location so no chance of getting a sniff of that multiplex.

Note that, contrary to the service tables, digitalbitrate does not show E4+1 as being present on that multiplex:

http://www.digitalbitrate…g=en

Here is a summary, generated by my SI parser, of the service tables off the Ridge Hill BBC B.

Note the two D3&4 multiplexes and their Target Regions and transmission parameters:


Tables read from transport stream 233A.4085

Time Offset Table
UTC_time = 30/05/2020 04:28:37
country_code = GBR
country_region_id = 0
local_time_offset = 01:00
local_time_offset_polarity = 0
next_time_offset = 00:00
time_of_change = 25/10/2020 01:00:00
country_code = IRL
country_region_id = 0
local_time_offset = 01:00
local_time_offset_polarity = 0
next_time_offset = 00:00
time_of_change = 25/10/2020 01:00:00

networkName = Gloucestershire
networkID = 3038
NIT version number = 28
number of multiplexes in the NIT = 9
number of multiplexes in the SDT = 10
number of SDT services = 195

List by SDT Multiplex:

BBC A
ONID.TSID = 233A.1050
530 MHz, uhf 28, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 2/3, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.Gloucestershire)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
001 1045 01 BBC ONE W Mid
002 10BF 01 BBC TWO
009 11C0 01 BBC FOUR
201 1200 01 CBBC
202 1240 01 CBeebies
231 1100 01 BBC NEWS
232 1280 01 BBC Parliament
250 1140 01 BBC Red Button
601 1C00 01 BBC RB 1
700 1A40 02 BBC Radio 1
701 1700 02 BBC R1X
702 1A80 02 BBC Radio 2
703 1AC0 02 BBC Radio 3
704 1B00 02 BBC Radio 4
705 1600 02 BBC R5L
706 1640 02 BBC R5SX
707 1680 02 BBC 6 Music
708 16C0 02 BBC Radio 4 Ex
709 1740 02 BBC Asian Net.
710 1780 02 BBC World Sv.
719 1905 02 BBC CWR
720 1885 02 BBC H&W
721 18C5 02 BBC Shropshire
722 1805 02 BBC WM
735 1841 02 BBC Gloucestershire
)

D3&4
ONID.TSID = 233A.2006
506 MHz, uhf 25, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 2/3, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.Gloucestershire.Central)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
003 2046 01 ITV
004 20C0 01 Channel 4
005 2134 01 Channel 5
006 2085 01 ITV2
010 2066 01 ITV3
013 2100 01 E4
014 20C1 01 Film4
015 2104 01 Channel 4+1
018 20FA 01 More 4
024 208A 01 ITV4
028 210A 01 E4+1
033 20AA 01 ITV +1
100 2198 12 Freeview
)

D3&4
ONID.TSID = 233A.201D
538 MHz, uhf 29, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 2/3, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR.England.Gloucestershire.West)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
003 204C 01 ITV
028 210A 01 E4+1
)

SDN
ONID.TSID = 233A.3006
474.167 MHz, uhf 21+, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
012 38A2 01 QUEST
016 3340 01 QVC
020 3F50 01 Drama
021 32C0 01 5 USA
026 3DF0 01 ITVBe
027 3E50 01 ITV2 +1
030 3280 01 5STAR
031 3EF0 01 Paramount Network
034 3E90 01 ITV3+1
040 3CD8 01 Sony Movies Action
044 32E0 01 Channel 5+1
049 3CE8 01 TJC
054 3ED0 01 5SELECT
058 3DF8 01 ITVBe+1
059 3E30 01 ITV4+1
063 3830 01 Blaze
066 3870 01 CBS Reality
070 3890 01 Horror Channel
077 3898 01 TCC
080 3834 01 Blaze+1
085 384C 01 Hochanda
095 32C8 01 Create & Craft
203 3EA0 01 CITV
211 3F48 12 Ketchup / YAAAS!
251 39C0 12 365 Travel
252 3AE8 12 Kiss Chat & Date
253 3AF8 12 Proud Dating
261 3AB8 12 Racing TV
263 3AA8 12 Sonlife
264 3C60 12 VisionTV
265 3AD8 12 On Demand 365
269 3C48 12 Arise News
271 3C58 12 Channelbox
670 3B60 01 ADULT Section
675 3C98 01 ADULT Party
679 38F0 01 ADULT Studio 66
680 38D0 01 ADULT Xpanded2
695 3B68 01 695
696 3B48 01 696
724 39A0 02 Capital
727 3960 02 Absolute Radio
728 3980 02 Heart
795 3AD0 12 Arqiva Test Channel
)

BBC B
ONID.TSID = 233A.4085
plp_id = 00
T2_system_id = 4038
Target Regions = (GBR.England.Gloucestershire)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
065 4EC0 22 TBN UK
101 4484 25 BBC ONE HD
102 4440 25 BBC TWO HD
103 44C5 25 ITV HD
104 4500 25 Channel 4 HD
105 4540 25 Channel 5 HD
204 46C0 25 CBBC HD
)

Arqiva A
ONID.TSID = 233A.5040
498 MHz, uhf 24, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
011 56C0 01 Pick
017 5CA0 01 Really
019 5700 01 Dave
023 5A90 01 CCXTV
029 5760 01 4Music
038 5CC0 01 Quest Red
041 5A00 01 Food Network
043 5F80 01 Gems TV
045 57C0 01 Film4+1
046 56D2 01 Challenge
047 5800 01 4seven
057 5A70 01 Smithsonian Channel
075 5D40 01 Yesterday+1
076 5D00 01 QUEST+1
078 5D60 01 NOW 70s
088 5E80 01 Together TV
233 5640 01 Sky News
673 5780 01 ADULT smileTV3
678 5E40 01 ADULT Xpanded TV
697 5FB4 01 697
723 5840 02 talkSPORT
730 5860 02 RNIB Connect
731 5940 02 Classic FM
732 5960 02 LBC
733 5980 02 Trans World Radio
792 5DE0 01 Sony Movies
)

Arqiva B
ONID.TSID = 233A.6040
522 MHz, uhf 27, 8 MHz, 64-QAM, 8k, 3/4, 1/32
Target Regions = (GBR)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
022 6540 01 Ideal World
025 64C0 01 Yesterday
032 6CE0 01 Sony Movies
035 6E80 01 QVC Beauty
036 6E60 01 QVC Style
037 6C20 01 DMAX
039 6C60 01 CBS Justice
042 6D60 01 HGTV
071 6C80 01 CBS Drama
073 6A40 01 Jewellery Maker
079 6DC0 01 Dave ja vu
081 6E40 01 TalkingPictures TV
091 6D40 01 PBS America
206 6B20 01 POP
234 6B40 01 RT
235 6C40 01 Al Jazeera Eng
672 6B80 01 ADULT smileTV2
674 6D00 01 ADULT Babestn
698 6F68 01 698
699 6BC0 01 ADULT Section
711 67C0 02 Hits Radio
712 69A0 02 KISS FRESH
713 6640 02 KISS
714 6880 02 KISSTORY
715 6800 02 Magic
716 6680 02 heat
717 66C0 02 Kerrang!
718 6700 02 Smooth Radio
725 6E00 02 Premier Radio
793 6440 01 4Music
794 6A20 01 4seven
)

COM7
ONID.TSID = 233A.A000
plp_id = 00
T2_system_id = A038
Target Regions = (GBR.England.Gloucestershire)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
056 A180 22 5USA+1
067 A170 22 CBS Reality +1
072 A1D0 22 Quest Red+1
074 A0C0 22 Shopping Quarter
086 A0F0 22 More4+1
092 A1F0 22 Pick+1
107 A000 25 BBC NEWS HD
109 A030 25 Channel 4+1 HD
110 A040 25 4seven HD
113 A150 25 RT HD
115 A070 25 TJC HD
)

COM8
ONID.TSID = 233A.B000
plp_id = 00
T2_system_id = B038
Target Regions = (GBR.England.Gloucestershire)
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
055 B090 22 5STAR+1
064 B110 22 FreeSports
069 B190 22 CBS Justice +1
083 B150 22 NOW 80s
089 B170 22 Together TV+1
093 B180 22 PBS America +1
096 B120 22 Forces TV
106 B040 25 BBC FOUR HD
111 B000 25 QVC HD
112 B010 25 QVC Beauty HD
114 B060 25 QUEST HD
205 B030 25 CBeebies HD
)

BBC A
ONID.TSID = 233A.1041
(
LCN SID TYPE SERVICE NAME
--- 1041 01 BBC ONE West
--- 10BF 01 BBC TWO
--- 1100 01 BBC NEWS
--- 1140 01 BBC Red Button
--- 11C0 01 BBC FOUR
--- 1200 01 CBBC
--- 1240 01 CBeebies
--- 1280 01 BBC Parliament
--- 1600 02 BBC R5L
--- 1640 02 BBC R5SX
--- 1680 02 BBC 6 Music
--- 16C0 02 BBC Radio 4 Ex
--- 1700 02 BBC R1X
--- 1740 02 BBC Asian Net.
--- 1780 02 BBC World Sv.
--- 1801 02 BBC Bristol
--- 1841 02 BBC Gloucestershire
--- 1843 02 BBC Solent Dorset
--- 1881 02 BBC Wiltshire
--- 18C1 02 BBC Somerset
--- 1A40 02 BBC Radio 1
--- 1A80 02 BBC Radio 2
--- 1AC0 02 BBC Radio 3
--- 1B00 02 BBC Radio 4
--- 1C00 01 BBC RB 1
)




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