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The symbol shows the location of the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter which serves 620,000 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 Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
Channel icons
1 BBC One South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 12 others

 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
Channel icons
67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -10.4dB
C56 (754.0MHz)320mDTG-618,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Rowridge transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 24km north-northeast (20°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

Are there any self-help relays?

Portsmouth DocksTransposer2 km N city centre50 homes Estimate. Group of houses'

How will the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-172nd May 2018
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KW

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th March and 21st March 2012.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
PSB1||, PSB1≡, PSB2||, PSB2≡, PSB3||, PSB3≡(-4dB) 200kW
COM4≡, COM4||, COM5≡, COM5||, COM6≡, COM6||(-10dB) 50kW
com7≡(-13.1dB) 24.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
com8≡(-14.3dB) 18.4kW
LSO≡(-17dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Rowridge was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Rob James
12:18 PM Bognor Regis

Dear Briantist,

I live in PO21 3AQ and have a vertically polarised high gain antenna pointed at Rowridge. I get Sony Crime +1 on Channel 60 on two Sony TVs reliably. I cannot get it on a Panasonic. All the other expected channels are present. I've cleared the channel list by restoring to pre-delivery and retuned several times.
Any ideas would be most welcome.

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Rob James's 7 posts GB
Friday, 2 November 2018
R Murchie
12:16 PM

Rob James: According to the DigitalUK coverage checker your postcode receives a poor signal across the board, particularly the local multiplex (C37) which I believe carries Channel 60, although at very low power, and no improvements planned through to 2020. It also says that Rowridge does not transmit this multiplex at all on vertical polarisation so you could try horizontal, although this may compromise reception on other channels.

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R Murchie's 19 posts US
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Jeff Davey
10:42 AM

Good morning.
I think you need to update your Rowridge transmitter info :0)
Mux Com 7 and Mux Com 8 are now broad cast UHF Channels 55 and 56 (Hor Pol')
Loc TV Mux UHF channel 37.
Kind Regards
Jeff Davey ABC Digital Systems Ltd (CAI+ C1209)

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Jeff Davey's 1 post US
2:24 PM

Jeff Davey:

Once again we contributors have to state that only the owner of this website can update the information and he has not been available for some months.

If you want details of your local transmitter, please use the Digital UK Coverage Checker and enter you house number and post code in full.

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MikeP's 2,571 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Sunday, 25 November 2018
Valerie Davies
2:02 PM

Why can't I get pbs channel 94 on freeview ROWBRIDGE I.o.w. Transmitter BH188LS

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Valerie Davies's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
10:22 AM

I have had almost 20 emails notifying me of this post

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steveP's 1,173 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 28 December 2018
Andrew Cherowbrier
9:47 AM Poole

I live in Poole BH17 8PZ and have aerial tuned to rowridge. with vanes set horizontally .
I can get Rowridge channels ( many more than Poole) inc HD, though some (eg quest) are weak at times.

I am now (28/12/2018) trying to get "forces tV Freeview 96" which I understand to be from MUX com8 channel 56 at max power, which I also understand to be at max power and gives a good signal even as far as Weymouth, but my Humax tuner cannot find any channels on it .

I don't understand why not. Can I do anything about it?

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Andrew Cherowbrier's 1 post GB
12:10 PM

Andrew Cherowbrier: Please provide a full postcode so that we can see your predicted coverage at your location. Do you get any of the other COM8 channels such as Freesports or BBC Four HD?

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