menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps50.676,-1.369 or 50°40'35"N 1°22'7"Wsa_postcodePO30 4HT


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 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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 (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

 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
Channel icons
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),

 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
Channel icons
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)
Channel icons
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)
Channel icons
 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)
Channel icons
 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.

Friday, 22 November 2013
andrew burroughs
8:35 PM

I live in south Isle of Wight and can see clearly the lights of Rowridge. But anything on channel 25 is not available. The tuner doesn't even pick it up. Other channels are v strong. I have three tvs, one withmasthead amplified aerial (shouldn't need it !),other 2 are indoor variable gain.
Why is channel 25 so weak - the stats on signal strength don't suggest this, but I am due south of the transmitter.
Anything obvious ?
House is PO382LP

link to this comment
andrew burroughs's 1 post GB flag
andrew's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Steve Baker
9:53 AM

So the Rowridge VP COM7/8 mystery continues.

I suppose all will become clear in January, so fingers crossed VP is included.

link to this comment
Steve Baker's 3 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:35 PM

andrew burroughs: It is the case that the COM channels provide inferior coverage to that of the PSBs.

One of your neighbours reported that he could not receive C28, even with vertical polarisation:

Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Unfortunately the powers that be won't release the radiation patterns - these show how the transmitter throws out the signal in each direction. My suspicion is that the COM channels from Rowridge are directional with little or nothing to the south, whereas the PSBs are not. If this is the case then it is an example of where the COM channels are inferior in coverage terms.

It may be that the COM channel antennas don't point in your direction and that the "bits" of signal you are getting are off the back or edge of them. With that in mind, it is to be expected that the way in which these "bits" are scattered may vary by channel (frequency).

You can try turning your aerial for vertical polarisation, but this didn't help for Colin up the road.

Rowridge broadcasts horizontally and vertically (this being unique among the main stations). The PSBs are 200kW horizontally and vertically whereas the COMs are 50kW horizontally and 200kW vertically. A wideband aerial is not needed for Rowridge. Yagi widebands aren't as good on Group A channels, which Rowridge uses exclusively. If a yagi aerial is used it should be a Group A one.

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
jamie stevens

4:40 PM

STEVE po8 9uw

Im am local to you and know your location well.

Reception in this area is very good, not likely to be too strong unless you have an amplifier on the system.

The issue is not the transmitter or anything to do with you paying a license fee.

The issue must be with your system or equipment.


link to this comment
jamie stevens's 207 posts GB flag
jamie's: ...
jamie stevens

4:46 PM

VP COMS 7 & 8

Digital uk has recently investigate for me wether or not coms 7 & 8 will be on both HP and VP

They have confirmed that they will be solely transmitter on HP at the time of launch using 25kw power (not very good lol)

With this low strength transmission it will only reach upto 70% of properties currently using Rowridge

I would stick with VP and sacrifice the change of receiving these extra coms as VP is far superior to the HP reception.

link to this comment
jamie stevens's 207 posts GB flag
jamie's: mapJ's Freeview map terrainJ's terrain plot wavesJ's frequency data J's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Monday, 25 November 2013
5:25 PM

Hello. My postcode is BH6 4AE and my aerial is on my flat roof. This past week I have had freeview reception only 3 days out of seven and it is very frustrating! I keep retuning and searching for channels and nothing is being found. I have been told reception is generally bad in this area. I have been here 4 years and it has never been this intermittent. (50.7208,-1.7973) 

link to this comment
Linda's 1 post GB flag
6:34 PM

Hi Linda:
If the TV picture was good before the wind then It sound like the wind has moved the aerial.
I can come out to you free of charge and have a look for you to see what the problem is.
If you would like this to happen please contact me through my website or on Check A trade under UFO Aerials.
Kind regards,
UFO Aerials
07885 300160

link to this comment
John's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 7 December 2013
David Cromwell
9:13 AM

Does anyone in Southampton use Freeview HD? BBC One HD is on Freeview 101 and BBC Two HD is on Freeview 102 but I'm not picking them up. I've tried retuning our TV (which is "fully HD") using 'autoscan channels' in the settings menu, but it's not downloading any of the Freeview HD channels. According to the Freeview website, the HD channels *should* be available in my postcode. I phoned the Freeview helpline last week and they said there is currently engineering work going on at our local area's transmitter - Rowridge (Isle of Wight). That *could* be the problem. However, I've tried retuning the TV several times in the past couple of months and have *never* been able to access the HD channels. Does my antenna orientation need to be altered to pick up HD? Perhaps it needs switching from horizontal to vertical polarisation (or vice versa?). If so, can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive local TV engineer, please?

link to this comment
David Cromwell's 5 posts GB flag
David's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

9:44 AM

David Cromwell: According to DUK no engineering work is taking place at the Rowridge transmitter and as such there isn't any reason why you should not be receiving an HD signal, therefore in order to double check that your TV is indeed fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner this can be checked out if you supply the model number of the device in question.

link to this comment
jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
David Cromwell
11:36 AM

Thank you, jb38.

It's an LED TV made by LG

Model number: 32LN5400

A phone call to the LG helpline had already confirmed it is "fully HD" and should be able to receive Freeview HD channels.

Best wishes, David

link to this comment
David Cromwell's 5 posts GB flag
David's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.