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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.

 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
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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
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
 V -6dB
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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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
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.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014
12:59 AM

I have SEVERE issues recently with some freeview channels, notibly Sky news. At the moment I have NO signal, whereas I used to receive this without problem. I live in Dorset, not far out of Poole. Could this be a 4G issue and, if so, what do I need to do to overcome the issue? Who do I contact? ALL HELP GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED..... PLEASE!

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Alan's 1 post NL flag

8:30 PM

Alan: It would really help if you could post a postcode, since it will show which transmitters you might be using.

Rather than 'no signal', are you just not picking up Sky News? If your not, it could be that your tuned into a local 'light' transmitter, which doesn't carry it, rather than Rowridge.

4G problems are actually really rare, so it highly unlikely, but it could be a problem with your aerial lead - so check your system for any breaks, etc, to make sure your signal is consistant across the full range.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Nick Taylor
5:11 PM

Many thanks JB for your help (last month, sorry for delay!). Managed to get Channel 5 by realigning aerial slightly and a reset of hard drive tuner.

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Nick Taylor's 2 posts GB flag

8:46 PM

Nick Taylor: Thanks for the update! pleased to see that you have succeeded in rectifying the problem, as on browsing through a few of the more recent replies made I was rather curious as to the outcome of the advice given.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 12 June 2014
1:22 AM

Thanks to jamie stevens and jb38 for their comments on 4G

The nearest transmitter to me is about about four city blocks away high up on a multi-storey car park. Its transmissions will hit my aerial from behind if that makes any difference.

I don't have any amplifications and my new aerial is a Yagi 18A (the old one was a standard Group A job which I think was better but time may well change my opinion of the Yagi.) I opted to stay with HP rather than VP because I get very good reception of the local tv signal (which at 10kw is very low) and I enjoy POP very much!! although I know it will disappear eventually. But I can always go VP should I ever need to.

Anyway I'll wait and see what 4G brings...I understand from my local Orange shop manager that it should come alive in about two weeks time (the nice man is going to alert me by email once its operating so I'll know what to look for come the day.)

As for the shadow problem I'm experiencing I didn't have it with my Group A aerial and it seems to have appeared overnight sort of thing so I'm wondering if some sort of obstruction (maybe a crane or the like) has gone up in between my aerials line of site to the transmitter and I'm getting some sort of reflection off of it. Would that sort of scenario make any sense?? I certainly don't think it's my tv as I have a 32inch Sony Trinitron crt type set and I'm pretty sure crt's don't suffer from shadows and ghosting like some of the the modern sets can. I've also tried another set top box with no improvement so I can rule that possibility out as well. Anyway I'll have to put up with it and just hope it disappears as quickly as it appeared. If necessary I can always get the Yagi double checked out as it came with a years guarantee on the works so there is that to fall back on if the problem doesn't go away.

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colin1951uk's 20 posts GB flag
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4:35 PM

colin1951uk: Signal strength indications taken from rear pick up can on some aerials not be that terribly far removed from the levels obtained from the front, likewise going by what you have mentioned with regards to the location of the 4G transmitter to that of your aerial does place you at a slight disadvantage to others in your area but who are located a different angle to yourself, whereby the 4G transmitters signal would be striking their aerial from the sides, albeit of course possibly still not at the ultimate angle for minimum pick up, namely 90 degrees. However, the fact of you having a group "A" aerial does up to a point give an element of protection to your reception due to the efficiency of the aerial tapering off from C37 upwards, therefore if by any remote chance you did suffer from the desensitizing effect of 4G then the addition of a 4G filter in line with your boxes aerial input is almost guaranteed to eliminate the problem. As far as the 4G service is concerned, if its expected to be up and running in another two weeks or so then the chances are that the transmitter "might" already be in operation for test purposes, but though irrespective of whether it is or not you should carry out a signal strength on the following channels, keeping a note of the readings obtained to use for reference purposes against a second test taken "after" its known that the service has officially started. Of course, the purpose of this test is purely to find out if your tuner is being affected in any way from the effects of the 4G signal should nothing have apparently changed by the time you are notified, because if the tuner is being affected the indications previously taken will all have dropped slightly. Test channels being / C24 (BBC1) @ 200Kw / C25 (ITV3) @ 50Kw / and either C31 (24Kw) or C29 (10Kw) making a note of the readings obtained. As far as your TV is concerned, I have to agree with Jamie insomuch that its most likely to be the TV at fault, basically because digital reception does not suffer from ghosting, this effect purely being associated with analogue TV reception due to such as signal refection from hills etc, although another thing that can result in a form of ghosting (or ringing) is "if" the analogue signal being fed into the TV's scart socket is a little on the high side whereby is overloading the signal processing circuitry. If possible, you should try and check your system out on another TV, secondly is your TV coupled into your Freeview box using comp video (CVBS) or are you using RGB? the latter being better by far!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

5:11 PM

Colin1951uk: Following on from JB38's point about how your signal comes into the TV, can I assume you have a digibox feeding into the CRT? If so, how is it fed? I'm guessing that its via scart, but are you also using something else, like a scart switchbox?

I know that I get interference from power cables with my scart from the switchbox (which is a bit dicey to change), so it could be the setup in the back of the TV, including a loose connection, etc. Just check that everything is tight, shielded, and away from power cables, etc - it might help.
Of course your TV is now at least 8 years old, so it might be the TV itself - you could check by using the same input lead you use for the digibox to feed something else, say a dvd player. Since you's tried another digibox, its more likely to be the cable or the TV, so at least try another cable. If its still doing it, then at least you've ticked a couple of things off the list.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
10:22 PM


We receive from rowridge, aerial is horizontal postcode is po34 in the last week we've been experiencing problems on Quest ( and other channels on this c25.

We had full strength signal on all before the last 'new channels found' retune last week.

We have good sight of the transmitter but before I start climbing the roof and checking the cable I thought I'd check on here and I see someone else saying the same so I'm wondering could it be interference due to the Isle of Wight festival - stages, funfairs and additional mobile masts brought in ?

Or could it be 4g ? I don't really want to go buying filters if they're not needed.

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Damian's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 19 June 2014
5:43 PM

Similar issue to you Damian. Receive from rowridge to PO3. Last week all was well, not receiving the BBC channels and ITV3.

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Beat's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 20 June 2014
11:57 AM

MikeB: Just a note to say I tried a dvd player and the problem persisted and as I haven't got a spare scart lead I finally managed to borrow one from a friend. On using it hey presto the shadows have gone! So I'll have to get a decent quality lead off of Ebay (where I live all we have is Argos and their leads are rubbish) and that should be an end to the matter.

Cheers and thanks for the tip.

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Colin1951uk's 20 posts GB flag
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