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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 25/09/2023 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.

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -6dB
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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Thursday, 11 June 2015
Peter Ball
7:42 AM

Transmitter engineering:
Both my neighbour and I are getting occasional breaks in Freeview transmission which affect BBC1 and most other channels. Both on a TV and PVR. The only way to recover is to switch off the device and on again, when the channels are OK. The only common factor is that these are all on Humax devices, if that is relevant.
The screen goes blank and sometimes has a 'no signal' display.
This is on two of my sets on separate aerials.
Is something going on which the broadcaster is not aware of?
11 June 2015

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Peter Ball's 11 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Adam Weeden
11:07 PM

I've noticed it looks like COM-8 is live now with QVC Beauty HD and QVC +1 HD!

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Thursday, 9 July 2015
Suzy Boo
12:34 PM

Hi- I live on the Isle of Wight and I have just updated my freeview channels after a notification to do so. However, my dvd recorder now has no channels or EPG on it, I have done all the reset procedures and taken it back to shipping condition but no joy, any help would be appreciated

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Suzy Boo's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 13 July 2015
9:31 AM

No signal,aerial is in the loft.

Post code Dt 11 9 eu

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Quest's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 21 August 2015
Christine Green
9:43 AM

have lost mux 2 channels for last 18 hours,neighbours with no sky also affected- freeview don't seem to have a clue why,transmitter apparently ok but due retune on 25th- anyone else having problems?

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Christine Green's 13 posts GB flag
11:53 AM

Christine Green: Having the same problem in St Catherine Street, glad to know I'm not the only one.

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Christine Green
12:41 PM

-D: isn't it infuriating that getting info is so hard? Freeview told me at one stage to get an aerial engineer ! - now that its being looked into - so whats the latest I wonder?

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Christine Green's 13 posts GB flag

3:23 PM

Christine Green: If you looked at this website, the best information was that the transmitter was working normally, and I suspect that 'Freeview' had exactly the same info, so their suggestion was reasonable (I gave the same advice). Transmitters seldom have many problems, but serve a wide area. Even if 99.9% of viewers are getting a perfect service, that leaves a surprising number of people who have a problem. Except that problem is normally their aerial, not the transmitter.

Its only when lots of people note the same problem that its clear that there is a common problem, and by the looks of it, there problem lasted from the early evening until the next lunchtime. These things happen, and it would be interesting to know what the problem was, but its not the end of the world.

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Monday, 24 August 2015
Christine Green
6:10 PM

MikeB: - no thanks for that-I do know what the difference is between the end of the world and an annoying fault- what is frustrating however is being unable to get info from freeview,and what is also frustrating .is that several neighbours with their own aerials and the same fault,don't seem to deserve any comment other than " try retuning" and " get an engineer.As it turned out there WAS a fault,and oh now BBC channels have been missing for 24 hours instead, Freeview are saying everything they said the other day- so yes I am annoyed,on many levels,as you may just guess,although I am in fact aware,the world has not ended.

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Christine Green's 13 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
7:28 AM

Dave Lindsay: Good Morning, we seem to have lost signal with BBC1 & BBC2 24/8 & again today 25/8/15. It was off all day yesterday but came back approx 22.30, and gone again this morning.. All other channels ok. We have a roof aerial. Any ideas?

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