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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?

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, 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.
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, 14 June 2011
9:23 PM

We have several TV's on our roof aerial which has direct line of sight to the transmitter at Rowridge. However two weeks ago we lost all ITV Channels on one TV only, we have rescanned and added a booster direct to it which has boosted the signal from 46% to 74% and still the auto tune does not see those channels, jumping from channel 2 to 7. We previously had a good signal for those channels on all TVs,the TV affected has nothing else attached to it? Any ideas?

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Thursday, 16 June 2011
9:52 PM

UHF channel 30 (containing Quest, Challenge, Gold, ITV3 etc) is showing low signal strength and giving poor reception in Bournemouth between town centre and Westbourne, close to the Wessex Way (BH2 6**) as of now.

Newly installed (by CAI approved) log parabolic roof aerial with masthead booster. I doubt it has direct line of sight as there are trees across the road.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011
David Sunnucks
2:56 PM

We have a caravan park in Sandown IOW and cannot get a good picture is there any way this will improve as we seem to have lost a lot of signal strength for itv and chan 4 this year. We are running Group a and Philux megaboost with minimal success. We have a range of TV's from 20year old Matsui CRT (best picture) to LG 19"lcd purchased last year worst analogue and hardly any freeview

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Monday, 27 June 2011
Fiona Horn
10:43 PM

Hi, I am in Chichester . Tonight we have lost all channels on freeview. When they return the signal bars are approx 30 % max except for bbc Parliament which shows 90% + when all other channels have disappeared.Normally they all show a strength of 60% +.It is very annoying when this happens and strangely enough it always appears to happen on a monday night.We are puzzled as to why we lose all other channels when you would think that if we can get bbc parliament, we should get the other channels in this bundle.The aerial is set and freeview reset procedures have been tried which just results in us losing pre stored channels.At present we can switch to analogue but it is still very annoying.
We would be grateful if you could advice us.The aerial is in the loft and as we said normally gives a perfect signal so we are sure it is not our equipment as it is so random when it occurs. Last time this occured, the next morning all channels had returned with very good signal strength.

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Monday, 4 July 2011
John Ormerod
8:30 PM

It was searching for a reason for the poor signal on the Rowrdige FM transmitter that I found this site several months ago. Briantist kindly explianed that it was being rebuilt. A few weeks ago the signal improved and sure enough, the info under the map said it was working OK.

At the weekend, I noticed that the signal had dropped off, and sure enough the info is now back to saying 'possible waek signal' (actually, it's a definite weak signal!).

Is it being rebuilt again, or are we suffering poor service for another reason?
Regards, John

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Monday, 11 July 2011
A McShannon
10:32 PM

have bbc channels and a few others such as film4 but now have poor or no signal on itv1 ch4 ch5, gold and a load of others.
Ae on roof, booster in loft appears ok. PO15 6TN
Any ideas.

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

8:24 PM

John Ormerod: It is the same rebuilding. It takes quite a while to construct a new mast and move the equipment to it.

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8:26 PM

David Sunnucks: Can you provide a full postcode? I would have a look at the suggestions on the Freeview reception has changed? | - independent free digital TV advice for general advice.

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