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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 13/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

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 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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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

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -6dB
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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -6dB
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C28 (530.0MHz)
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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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?

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BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
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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, 27 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - Over the next week Rowridge main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,349 posts xx flag
4:24 PM

For the last few days, the volume on all three of my analogue radios keeps dropping for a few seconds and then coming back. All three radios are of excellent quality ( Bose, Roberts and JVC) so I am wondering if it is to do with the transmitter signal.

Is it possible, and if so, is it temporary?

Thank you.

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Gaye GOLDNEY's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Dave Lindsay

9:52 PM

Ginger: No, and when they do come they will be on lower power than the other channels, so I think you'll be pushing your luck to get them. Whitehawk Hill, adjacent to Brighton Racecourse, will not be carrying these channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 31 January 2014
Bill from Fordingbridge
2:22 PM

OK, what's been going on. For the past 6-7 weeks (since the first high winds in December) I have had variable, usually terrible, reception on all Rowridge muxes, except BBCA on Channel 24. That has been OK for 90% of the time. It has affected all my TVs (4 plus Humax), fed from a horizontal aerial through a MHA. My location is SP6 2HA, where there is no direct line of sight to any transmitter.

I began to think it was my rooftop system playing up (areial, cable, amplifier). I have arranged for the aerial to be realigned to vertical and the cable replaced with copper/copper/copper, but that has yet to be carried out.

Then suddenly, today, I have 60% plus signal strength and 100% quality on all muxes. I have changed nothing, the weather has not changed, my line of sight has not changed. Could it be the problem has been with the transmitter itself and the engineering work this week has rectified a hitherto unrecognised fault?

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Bill from Fordingbridge's 4 posts GB flag
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Bill from Fordingbridge
2:45 PM

Re my recent post.
For some reason this web site keeps showing my transmitter as Salisbury. This is wrong. I am on Rowridge, Salisbury, though closer, offers no advantage over Rowridge in my location.

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Bill from Fordingbridge's 4 posts GB flag
Peter Challis
6:45 PM

It may be sometime before the additional HD channels from Rowridge start. I sent Digital UK an email as I had been expecting them to start this month,

There response was "The Com7 HD frequency from the Rowridge transmitter has not launched yet. This is due to happen before July, in time for the commonwealth games. I would advise you to regularly check the above link, as the details are updated and a firm date will be added as soon as we are informed."

The link referenced was using their detailed coverage checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker (BN412HT)

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Peter Challis's 13 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 February 2014
Bill from Fordingbridge
10:16 AM

Took advantage of yesterday's fine weather spell to realign aerial to vertical polarity and replace cable to MHA. The cable was the main fault. Cracked in several places with broken braiding in one place, with the cable just hanging on the central conductor. Rain obviously completed the circuit to enable days of good signal strength and quality on all muxes!

What mystifies me is why, throughout, the BBC Channel 24 mux remained good signal strength and quality. To quote the web site "RF reception really is a black art, not a science"!

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Bill from Fordingbridge's 4 posts GB flag
Friday, 14 February 2014
Alan Rowe
7:53 AM

If you throw two stones into still water the circular waves spread out and where the two circles meet, there are
points where the waves cancel each other out. When it comes to UHF waves, the two stones represent the transmitter and a reflected echo from anything in the line of sight, usually there are, especially in cities, myriads of reflections. So when putting up an antenna, there are dead spots. Moving the mount of an aerial, say 12" in
any direction, can make a vast difference. This is one of the reasons why installers use Crank or Swan Neck poles. That's why because you can't see the waves, unless you have a signal analyser, it is called a ' black art '
Sometimes I go to jobs and I drop the aerial lower down and there is drastic improvement in the BER reading.

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Alan Rowe's 6 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014
6:52 AM

Just changed on Digitaluk (from January 2014), the Rowridge transmitter is due to get the extra HD channels on 4th March.

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