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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

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

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.

 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

 V max
 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)
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.

Sunday, 6 April 2014
Dave Lindsay

5:25 PM

Colin1951uk: I don't think the issue is with your equipment.

I have a 4:3 CRT TV with Sony RDR-HXD870 PVR set for 4:3 letterbox and RT has appeared as anarmorphic 4:3 widescreen for several days now - that is the 16:9 picture it fills the 4:3 screen with no black bars, so figures on the screen are squashed and are tall and thin.

A 16:9 LG TV shows Film4+1 as 14:9.

I receive my TV from Emley Moor.

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Martin Spindler
6:39 PM

Dave Lindsay: we live in brookvale runcorn our free view HD signal from winter hill is interupted every time a plane drops low to land at Liverpool airport have checked on flight radar and visually out of our lounge window.

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Martin Spindler's 1 post GB flag
9:00 PM

Dave Lindsay: Thanks very much for he check.

It appears this is a nationwide glitch then so I wonder what's going on?

I'll try a bit of Googling and see if I can find anything that might throw some further light on it.

Bit of a relief to know it's not only me anyway.

Thanks again.

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9:46 PM

Colin1951uk: As I said on another thread, my CRT/digibox setup seems to be going to widescreen as standard, rather than 4:3. Thats fine. However, my wife was recording a programme on 4-7 (Com 6) earlier this evening , and my Sony HXD895 was recording it in exactly the same way that Dave Lindsay described. Since I'm getting signals from Waltham, I think your right, its a national thing.

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Thursday, 15 May 2014
Rob James
7:34 PM
Bognor Regis

What are the pros and cons of vertical v horizontal polarisation for Rowridge please?

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Sunday, 18 May 2014
7:48 PM

Hello all,

I'm in the SO30 (Hedge End) area and have had good reception from Rowridge until recently when all COM 5 (ArqA) channels I watch started pixelating and then dropped out. I have tried the full re-install on both the Samsung TV and Sagem HDD recorder without sucess. I have looked for causes of single channel interference but found nothing wrong.

Has anyone else using this transmitter experienced the same problem?

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Friday, 23 May 2014
jamie stevens

9:58 PM


all muxes have been working fine.

if an obstruction has been built in your line of sight to the transmitter this could be causing the issue you are having. if you can access your aerial you should try to move it, even a few feet left or right can clear the view of an obstruction.


local digital approved installer :)

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jamie stevens

10:04 PM


I am a local installer and would say its better to use VP rather than HP.

HP will be having more channels available than VP, however these channels are outputted at very low strengths so you may struggle to receive them without a high gain aerial and amplification.

VP is far superior in reception, you are now able to fit much smaller aerials without the need for amplification, which in turn means less wind load, less chance of storm damage and less chance of issues such as amps tripping out.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014
Rob James
5:16 PM
Bognor Regis

Many thanks Jamie Stevens. That is very helpful.


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Nick Taylor
4:48 PM

The problem with VP and the Rowridge transmitter is that if you want to watch BBC FOUR HD (and others on the com7 mux / C31), then you have to have HP. This I realised was the problem with my aerial in my loft, as it was set up as VP and so I would never have got all these great HD channels. So I shifted my aerial from VP to HP, and can now watch C31. The only downside to this is that my hard-drive tuner cannot now tune in to Channel 5 (although it can see Channel 5 +1) although my TV tuner CAN still see Channel 5... go figure!

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