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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.

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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.

 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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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.
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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.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Keith Towers
8:40 PM

OK Thanks for that.

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Keith Towers's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Richard Cooper

8:28 PM

Mr Peirce: Good evening, Mr Peirce. I apologise for not spotting your comments made on this site more than a week ago. You were correct to imply that your sister-in-law in Hordle, Lymington, would also be using the Rowridge transmitter as you do. If more than one viewer experiences problems with the same transmitter, then one of the affected viewers needs to report the problem. It may be reported to the company broadcasting the affected channel - i.e. the programme company or 'broadcaster', the BBC ( who have a department called 'The Radio & TV Investigation Service' (RTIS) or to the transmission company, Arqiva. Simple searches using a search engine online will give you contact details of any or all of these organisations, to whom a report of a transmitter fault can be made. Richard in Norwich.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016
Stuart Tier
10:28 AM

I have recently moved and according to the postcode checker for SO32 2RR am receiving signals from Rowridge. However my loft aerial is pointing approx 45 degrees east of the expected direction. Neighbouring houses with external aerials all seem to be pointing in the "right" direction although with a mix of horizontal and vertical polarisation. My TV signal reception is good except on COM 7 although I can watch these HD channels through a Panasonic recorder. Before I start changing anything can anyone explain why this setup works as normally you only have to be a few degrees off to lose signal.

I want to expand the system with TV points in the bedrooms by adding a masthead amplifier/splitter to the existing aerial if possible. But I don't want to start until I'm clear on where the aerial should be pointing and whether I need to upgrade to an external setup.

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12:27 PM

Stuart Tier: Firstly, your loft aerial (which we assume you 'inherited' when you moved in) might just have been knocked, bodged, etc. By all means just point it towards Rowbridge (if you look at the DigitalUK site, you'll see the compass bearing in 191 degrees - having the postcode makes life much easier!).
The reason why it basically still works is that your just 28km from the transmitter, and Freeview is pretty forgiving. Obviously check signal strength (not too high, not too low), but moving it a little will hopefully get you that extra mux.

Since your only 28km away from the transmitter, and its apparently 45 degress off as well, wait until you've moved it to see what sort of signal strength/quality you'll get first, before worrying about a booster, etc. Frankly, the signal could be too powerful already, in which case you can stick a couple of extra points on with no worries, and still have to kill the signal a little.

If its too low, then perhaps you might need to get another aerial, but if its working fine, why worry? This site will tell you loads about loft aerials, how to split the signal, etc Loft and indoor aerial installations for TV, FM and DAB

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

1:38 PM

Stuart Tier:

Further to that said by MikeB, rather than adding a masthead amplifier (which is a single in and single out device) you would do better to include a distribution amplifier mounted in the loft. You may need to include an attenuator if the resultant signal strength is too high, you do not want 100% - especially on the HD channels as that tends to cause signal breakup as there is too much of it.

A distribution unit takes several inputs, such as UHF TV and DAB radio if wanted (with a suitable aerial) and feeds the signals to the several outlets on the unit. Some have four such but other have eight or more. Use good quality cable and fit the plugs carefully to avoid the fine braiding causing a short circuit which would kill the signals.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016
Charles Turner
6:32 PM

Hello. I live in the Dorchester area (DT1 2BT) and for the past few weeks my freeview digital reception on SDN Ch 25, ARQA Ch 22 and ARQB Ch 28 has been very 'flaky'. BBC A type on CVh 24 and D3+D4 on Ch 27 are fine. My external antenna is pointing towards Rowbridge

I haven't checked my internal cabling as to my mind the variable poor reception according to Channel doesn't suggest an infrastructure problem, but I could be wrong!

Any suggestions

Many thanks


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Friday, 16 December 2016

6:00 PM

Charles Turner:

It is always wise to carefully check all your internal signal cabling as some types of cable fault can cause differential effects on different signal frequencies. So I would suggest a careful check would be a good idea.

Having said that you are at about the normal limit for Rowridge, according to the map at Freeview reception at DT1+ 2BT for your location. So if there are any potential difficulties they would show up on the weakest signals first. According to the listing at Coverage Checker - Detailed View for your location, ARQA on Ch22 is liable to be the most affected by any reception difficulties. Ch28 is also a potential problem as the HD transmissions are of lower power, so more susceptible. Ch25 is also potentially marginal.

So a good aerial system is essential, hence the checks are well worth doing (or having done by someone knowledgeable).

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Charles Turner
7:42 PM


Mike - many thanks for your prompt response and sound advice. I will check my cabling & antenna system

Merry Christmas!


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Saturday, 17 December 2016
10:57 AM

For a number of years I have been using CH61 for watching Sky in other rooms. The picture is no longer as clear as it was with banding and shaking. If I assume 4G interference, which channel do you recommend I change to in SO24 9?

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11:00 AM

Charles Turner: Try C38 as it isn't currently used by any UK transmitter.

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