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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 08/04/2024 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, 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

 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
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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), 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.

Monday, 14 December 2015

8:23 AM

Tony Dix: Also meant to say, that this is why no coverage prediction levels are seen under Rowridge's COM channels on digitaluk's trade chart, accessed by clicking on same in the blue boxes under your posting, reception of these channels officially listed as not being possible in the area in question.

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Tony Dix
9:35 AM

Many thanks to JB38 for the explanation. I was not going mad after all !!

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Monday, 28 December 2015
steve gadd
12:20 AM

Po382ae, with roof ariel, clear site to rowridge. we have lost this evening, all channels broadcasting on com5 and com6 on all 3 tv's with built in tuners, have checked ariels, connectors direction etc and done full reset and fresh instalation (re-tune) with no effect other than to wipe all com5 and com6 channels from the list.

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Friday, 1 January 2016
Andrew Cooper
9:25 AM

Aerial on roof.
Normally good Freeview signal. But signal lost or poor each morning for past week. Then seems ok in evening.
Have tried retune but no improvement.

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Andrew's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage

5:25 PM

Andrew Cooper:

Your location is poorly served by any transmitter (see Freeview reception at SP61E S), you being in the valley, though the 'preferred' one is Rowridge, either vertical or horizontal or both. Retuning at such times will make no difference at all but may result in the loss of some services. The cause may be the mass of trees forming the New Forest which is between you and Rowridge.

Have you checked the signal strength and quality at times when reception is poor and when it is good? What resulkts do you get? If the strength is greater than about 80% you have too string a signals, if it is less than 50% then you r signal is too weak. In that case you might try an external aerial mounted higher than currently. If it is too strong then an attenutaor should be tried.

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8:47 PM

Andrew Cooper: Plus in addition to that said by MikeP. Signals received via multiple obstructions starting from around 7 miles out prior to your location are very likely to suffer from an element of being erratic caused by weather related issues affecting the reflective surface of the terrain.

Obstructions referred to seen by opening the undermentioned link.

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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Sunday, 7 February 2016
Mike Nolan
9:18 PM


I am visiting Shanklin over Easter and hope to listen to BBC Radio 5 Live. I have a Pure Pocket DAB 1500 receiver which has never been able to pick up a signal in the past. Will your new transmitter make any difference to the usefulness of my particular radio whilst I am on the island?

Many thanks,

Mike Nolan.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016
Anthony Taylor
7:51 PM

We are in Hedge End, Southampton.

2 different TVs with different aerials have lost a % of Freeview channels in the last 12 hours. ITV3, Drama, ITV Be, ITv2+1, 5*, Quest, 5+1,True Enertainment, Horror etc etc.

All the channels on Rowbridge COM4 has disappeared.

Is this a known problem?

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Sunday, 14 February 2016
Andrew Cooper
10:46 AM

Thanks for your response to my query in early Jan.
It turned out to be the splitter amplifier. Either it had failed or there's a new 800mhz EE signal locally.
New splitter amp and perfect picture.
Diagnosed by bypassing the splitter.

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Chris Jeffery
2:19 PM

I I'v just got a Sony 'smart' HD freeview TV and after tuning I am missing all channels on com 7 CH31,previous TV nnot HD freeview and I was expecting to get BBC 4 HD on 106 with the new one.My location is Portsmouth and all oother channels are there.

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