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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) mast?

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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)
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 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 (Meridian south coast),

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 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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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 -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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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 -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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 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 -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

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-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Monday, 13 May 2013
6:05 PM

I live in Bryanston, Dorset (DT11 area/Blandford). Since the digital switchover a few weeks ago, we have been receiving digital TV via Mendip very successfully. Now we cannot tune in any channels successfully, using Rowridge, Winterborne Stickland or Mendip. We have moved the TV aerial every which way to no avail. The signal strength/quality is particularly poor in the mornings but is often very good in the evenings, which makes no sense at all. We can't understand what's happened.

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Carol's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 24 June 2013
Alan Rowe
9:57 PM

I work around Southampton and for the most part all
I use now are Vision log 20 Group A(V), they are perfect and in most cases there is enough signal for 4,6, 8 or more TV's.
I seem to spend a lot of time at customers premises
stripping out all the old amps as they are saturating the
If I am over the West End side then I use group B's
I find it strange how you still see installers using great
big wide band wind catchers pointing them
horizontally at Rowridge. I suppose from a customers point of view
the more metalwork there is, the better the signal.

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Alan Rowe's 6 posts GB flag

11:40 PM

Alan Rowe: Quite so, and especially the latter comment you made, as although I am not an aerial installer as such I do sometimes get involved with aerials and find that many are initially sceptical about the results expected when their huge piece of metalwork similar to a garden railing is removed and replaced by something a fraction of the size, me of course also referring to log periodic's.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
8:46 PM

I am new to Freeview can you explain why I'm getting BBC programmes but all others have dropped out this evening. My Freesat has not been effected.

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R.Gregory's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Mark Pyke
7:26 AM

Living in Winchester always received signal from Rowridge after request for retune have lost HD signal - why?


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Jamie Stevens

11:06 PM


Have you lost HD on all equipment or just one?

Is your aerial Wideband or Group A

If it is a Wideband you should get it changed as Rowridge is a Group A transmitter, HD is transmitted on UHF 21 which is the first frequency for TV reception, although a Wideband aerial does work from settings 21-68 they actually perform better at the higher end of the spectrum, therefore it can sometimes be difficult to receive the HD reception from a Wideband aerial being used on a Group A transmitter.

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Jamie Stevens's 207 posts GB flag
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Jamie Stevens

11:11 PM


Freeview works differently to Freesat.

If your sat dish is aligned correctly all receptions will work.

Freeview is different in the fact that you have 6 UHF settings which your aerial is receiving the TV channels, all TV channels are split over these 6 settings, if 1 setting is working correctly then all the channels on that setting will work, if a setting is not being received correctly then you will have missing channels or pixilation on those channels.

Getting all 6 UHF settings working correctly relies on the antenna being in good condition, good condition cable and most importantly the antenna located in the correct part of the building, not always the highest point, sometimes even a few feet left or right can make a difference in receiving reception.


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Friday, 12 July 2013

7:52 AM

Mark Pyke: You should also be aware that engineering work is being carried out at Rowridge during the whole of this week and so the service is liable to suffer periods of interruption at any time, your retune having possibly coincided with the HD transmitters down time.

If HD is still missing you should carry out another retune.

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Phil King
12:20 PM

Well, we're not getting any Freeview channels (from Rowridge VP) working over here in Holton Heath . Is it the engineering work, hot weather, or a combination of the two? Our reception is usually pretty solid on the PSB muxes and COM6, though the others are patchy. Signal strength is fine, but quality is zero.

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1:55 PM

Phil King: likely you've answered your own question, although it is more likely the transmitter work is to blame. quality is in general more important than strength unfortunately! ideally strength should be 75% quality 100%.

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