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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, 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

11:05 PM

kim: No one else has reported any problems with Rowridge on this website, are these local reports of problems? I'm not sure what you mean about digital being secretive?

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StevensOnln1's 3,397 posts GB
Monday, 9 January 2017
2:30 PM

Please can anyone tell me if there are any problems receiving COM7, (BBC News HD, Al Jazeera English HD and RT HD) In Portsmouth PO1?

This website suggests it should be ok but suggest you cant receive those channels.

Thank you for your help.

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Dan's 3 posts GB

4:09 PM


To be able to assist we need a full post code, PO1 is not accurate enough as it covers such a wide area.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
7:57 PM

Hi Mike P

Postcode is PO1 3PA

Thanks for your help.

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Dan's 3 posts GB
8:08 PM

kim: I like you live in Eastleigh and am not having any problems with COM4 or the other Muxes.

If you're not receiving it but are getting everything else it sounds like a re-tune of your tv/box might get you fully running.

Hope it helps.

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ColinK's 20 posts GB
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

7:01 PM


Before you try to retune, you must check all your aerial connections first. They must be clean and tight with no chance of slipping out.

You should also check the signal strength reported by your TV set (the User Manual will tell you how to do that on your particular TV) and then report them back to us. The reason for this check is that having too strong signal often appears as you describe.

Let us know how things are after all that and without doing any retuning (that is a last resort and is likely to cause a loss of more channels!

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
11:20 AM


Sorry if I've confused you.

We don't have an installation yet but am planning one in the next few months. So it will be brand new by a good company.

What i'm trying to work out is if we should receive COM7 or not. This website suggests it is being broadcast from Rowridge at 24KW but when you type the postcode into it HD channels on COM7 do not appear.
We are on the waters edge in Portsmouth so don't have any obstructions between us and Rowridge. Does anyone else in Portsmouth receive COM7 and more specifically BBC News HD, Al Jazeera English HD and RT HD?


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Dan's 3 posts GB

4:23 PM


If you click on the 'digitaluk trade' link at the bottom of your post, or try Coverage Checker - Detailed View yiu will see that your post code should get COM7 easily despite the lower power than the 'main' services. It is on the horizontally polarised service but is not on the vertically polarised service. So any new aerial should be set for horizontal reception to get these channels.

Hope that helps?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
9:24 PM

kim: served: Rowridge, area: Eastleigh, Hants: 9 January, and the channels 'which said no video' (10,20,21,26,etc) from Com4 are all back. I did nothing.
Many thanks for the quick response to my query. I only mention secretive, as there are no announcements that something (eg atmospheric conditions) may be affecting some reception areas.. it just seems, they die - and we wait in hope, till they come back.

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kim's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 12 January 2017

4:15 PM


In my many years of experience with both analogue and digital TV, the broadcasters have never announced anything about atmospheric conditions as that is not in their remit - it is a matter for weather forecasters such as the Met Office to report about. In the days of Ceefax/Teletext, booth BBC and ITV had pages reporting about transmitter issues and often included weather effects. Sadly, they got rid of what was a very useful service and replaced it with a very truncated attempt that had nothing about transmissions and conditions.

So the broadcasters are not being secretive at all. It is up to you, me and other viewers to do the research and then to understand the implications of the results.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
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