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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 20/05/2024 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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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.
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, 20 June 2014

1:18 PM

Colin1951uk: Try your local Poundland. I got a 2m 'Belkin ProAV 1000' (!) for a pound. Scarts are really cheap because they are going out of fashion. As long as its decently shielded, it should be fine.

When we get a flat screen, it will want to use HDMI, which are less prone to this sort of thing. Its strange how its often the small things which cause the most hassle - glad you got it sorted.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Ken Peck
6:08 PM

Hi there,

Do you know why the Rowridge transmitter channel 31 (BBC News HD, BBC4 HD etc) is polarised horizontally and only 10kW as opposed to the majority which are vertical and 200kW?


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Ken Peck's 2 posts GB flag

8:57 PM

Ken Peck: Officially the COM7 mux is intended to encourage viewers to equip themselves with receivers that support DVB-T2 ready for a possible transfer of some or all services to DVB-T2 transmission from possibly as early as 2018. It is a low cost network which re-uses equipment taken out of service at DSO. The power of the transmitters at each site, I suspect, is somewhat experimental, but is set to cover the largest section of the population served by the chosen transmitters, whilst causing the minimum level of interference to other areas using the same frequency. In the case of Rowridge, most viewers living reasonably close to the mast will still be using horizontal polarisation, so it was decided to use horizontal polarisation only, thus saving the considerable extra cost that would have been incured by transmitting an additional vertically polarised signal. The lower power of C31 is necessary as Oxford shares this frequency for Com7.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Ken Peck
9:02 PM


Thank you very much for the informative reply. All is clearer now thanks.



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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Mike McNamara
4:43 PM

My Sister who has recently moved to Bournemouth rang me today (I live in Berkshire) to say that all of her BBC channels have disappeared !!!!

Further telephone investigation including appropriate retuning shows that it is only channel 23 channels that seem to be missing, all others from the Rowridge transmitter are working correctly with good (85%) signal strength. Whereas channel 23 has on 5% signal strength.

Does anyone have any clue what might be the problem please.



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Mike McNamara's 2 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
1:02 PM

I live in SO40, receiving from the Rowridge transmitter. At some point on Tuesday (26th August) I lost signal from all channels in COM7 and when I retuned my digibox (Panasonic DMR-BWT720) the channels were removed from the guide entirely.

I was pretty annoyed because I had a timer set to record a programme on BBC Four HD in the early hours of Wednesday morning. When I turned the box on last night, however, I found that the programme *had* recorded! If someone could explain to me how this is possible when the tuner is showing no live information from those channels *at all*, I'd be very grateful.

I'd also appreciate any advice on how to reinstate those channels because as they don't appear in the tv guide I am unable to watch them live or set any new timers.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014
Mike McNamara
12:49 PM

Update to previous post....

Seems the issue was 4G interferance blocking out random channels. Used a 4G filter and problem has now been solved.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014
colin Lambert
10:39 AM

13 & 14 th September 2014 NO HD signal received from Rowridge. What's going on?

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5:17 PM

colin Lambert: have a look at R & T Investigations, there seems to be no reported problems. Logically, its your system which has the problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 September 2014
David Styles
5:54 PM

BH23 4BB
For years I've used a Goodmans set-top box to receive digital television signals.
Now recently the television image either freezes or will stay on one station, with an inability for one to switch channels.
Since then I have bought 2 new Goodmans GD11FVZS2 digital boxes to no avail.
I have also installed a UHF 0-20dB variable gain attenuator which didn't resolve the problem.
With further testing over the best part of 2 weeks I've tried to receive a signal from 2 local transmitters and have used different 2 television sets.
The total equipment used in various combinations has been 2 x TVs, 3 x digital boxes and 1 gain attenuator.
Curiously this problem only affects all BBC channels I've tried them all. All other stations work perfectly as they have done since the digital switch over.
My aerial is the same UHF situated in the attic where it has resided for years with no problem.
A neighbour has recently told me that he is having similar problems.

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