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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 27/05/2024 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?

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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 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
 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), 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?

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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, 29 July 2016

9:10 PM

Briantist: Re; System malfunction caused by variation in Rowridge V/H power levels. Yes, this station is indeed oddball in this respect, however, said malfunctions can obviously occur in the best of systems, but with in my opinion, your site being relatively free of errors considering the complexity of same.

Cheers / jb

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 August 2016
7:08 PM

Hi, I want to programme the freeview to only receive the south coast broadcasts. But I'm picking up about seven different BBC one's!

Hope there's a simple solution?

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Pete's 1 post GB flag

7:35 PM

Pete: What make/model TV or set-top box are you using? Some have a function to allow you to delete channels from the program guide.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag

11:22 PM

StevensOnln1: I have that problem with my Sony recorder - the tuner is so sensitive that it picks up another three transmitters, but sometimes latches onto a programme from the wrong one, thus messing up the recording.

I partially solved it (or at least made it slightly better) by using an attenuator, or rather a series of them. It will still bring channels up in the 800's, but apart from BBC1, it wont do anything about them.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 8 August 2016
Tony Dix
12:41 PM

I cannot see the colours orange and yellow on the output in each direction diagram. I can see blue . violet and red. Does this mean that COM5 output is full in every direction ?

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Tony Dix's 7 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
7:24 PM

I'm at SO41 0LH and pick up signal from Rowridge. I used to be able to get Solent News on Channel 7 but now it just says no signal. All other channels work perfectly? TV has been retuned but no difference.

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Nigel's 2 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

12:07 AM

Nigel : Your location is indicated as being completely outwith the coverage area of Rowridges H polarised low powered LSO transmitter, hence the reason why the Multiplex transmitter channel (29) broadcasting this programme is not listed in DUK's reception predictor for your location, the fact of you having previously been able to view this channel being most likely down to favourable reception conditions appertaining to the last time you carried out an auto-tune, a situation which has now changed.

Rather than carrying out a series of auto-tunes in an attempt to recover the channel, go into your TV or boxes tuning menu and select "manual" tune followed by entering 29 into the box, then pausing at this point, i.e: do "not" press search or scan, as this procedure has the effect of making the tuner act like a form of signal meter devoid of reception threshold limits (which applies in auto-tune mode) likewise indicating the level of any signals being received nomatter how low they might be.

Further assistance as required.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Norman Langridge
12:16 AM

I can receive Freeview at good signal strength from both Rowridge and Findon transmitters. If I do a manual tune first for Rowridge and then for Findon all the sought for muxes (carrier channels) are listed when I do an aerial signal strength check. However, only the Rowridge transmission data appears in the Electronic Programme Guide, my only source to open a programme. Although the two sources provide identical programmes, having an alternative mux can be useful so why don't the Findon duplicates appear in the EPG in the 800s? Humax tell me they should, but they don't!

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Norman Langridge's 6 posts GB flag
Richard Cooper

9:24 AM

Norman Langridge: Hi, Norman. It is usually the case that if the electronic programme guide doesn't appear for a particular channel, the multiplex on which it is carried (in your case the Findon multiplex), then the signal strength is not sufficiently high for the tv or set-top box to process it effectively. I am surprised that your Humax contact did not explain this to you when you contacted Humax. Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 466 posts GB flag
Friday, 12 August 2016
8:27 AM

jb38: thanks for your response. Have done as suggested but nothing so,clearly out of area. One more question - does this high pressure weather affect signal? I'm also getting erratic pixaliation - signal quality is 10 on all channels and strength between 7 & 10.

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