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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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge 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
 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
320mDTG-6200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
299mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

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

com7
 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -10.4dB
C56 (754.0MHz)320mDTG-618,400W
Channel icons


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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-172 May 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C24BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C25SDNSDNSDNSDN
C27ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C28+BArqBArqBArqBArqB
C29LSOLSO
C30-A
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavescom7com7
C32+2
C33+D
C341
C37+Ccom8com8
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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
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RichardS
5:38 AM

According to the Freeview detailed tuning page for Rowridge COM8 is getting switched off today.
Channels like BBC 4HD/CBeebies HD have already been moved to COM7.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2020
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TIMOTHY WARDLAW
4:35 PM

So now they have switched off com8 and moved the channels affected around, deleting some,
it would be nice if they could increase the power on com7 so that it could be made watchable.
I live in New Milton ,some 13 miles from the transmitter and the reception on com,s7/8 have been average at best, sadly it would seem that revenue is more important than signal quality.
British broadcasting used to be the jewel in the crown across the world, now it has decended to the level of US TV that we used to laugh at years ago,a mish-mash of endless repeats and poor US programes, just to fill the gaps between the money-making adds,
A programe first aired on BBC ,filling an hour now takes from 100-110 mins when you include the add breaks.
Let have freeview sorted out once and for all with OFCOM taking a lead so we can cut out this constant retuning mess

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Chris.SE
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5:05 PM

TIMOTHY WARDLAW:

You should have absolutely no trouble receiving COM7 at your location, do you have a wideband aerial?

Rowridge was a Group A aerial transmitter (it still is for the 6 main multiplexes) but with the move of the temporary COMs 7&8 to UHF55/56 as part of the 700 MHz clearance, many locations would need a wideband aerial for satisfactory reception. If you've had an aerial replacement in recent years, it ought to have been a wideband.
There is little chance that there will be any power increase of COM7 because of the way SFNs work it would just create different "not" spots from those that exist currently, and probably cause more interference to other countries and be in breach of existing International agreements.

I take it your read the linked post in the post that's immediately before yours.
If you don't have a wideband aerial, noting the comment at the end of the linked post, it is your choice as to whether to take a chance changing your aerial. COM7 maybe here until June 2022, commercial reasons may cause it to close sooner, we don't know.

The (what appears frequent) movement of a number of channels is only around the COM multiplexes and is entirely down to the Broadcasters deciding to change/withdraw/move services between multiplexes and is subject to the commercial agreements between the Broadcasters and Multiplex operators, there is no legislation that can prevent these commercial choices.
The PSB multiplexes however, are defined in legislation, but there is a small amount of "commercial space" on PSB3 which has recently been occupied by two SD channels.

As for OFCOM taking the lead, my personal opinion is "Don't make me laugh".

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5:13 PM

TIMOTHY WARDLAW:

Just to add to the above, there was this information that came from Arqiva that a user posted, which I believe your attention was drawn to at the time, and I take it you read.
https://ukfree.tv/extras/inreplyto/743922

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