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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 South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
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3 ITV (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

 H -9.1dB
C31 (554.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
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56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -10.4dB
C37 (602.0MHz)320mDTG-618,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

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
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 24km north-northeast
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KA K

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th March and 21st March 2012.

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, 11 March 2017
R Murchie
1:05 PM

I continually have problems with BBC4 HD reception from Rowridge, presumably because COM7 is broadcast at half the power of other channels. It seems pointless for BBC to take great care with the production values of wildlife films and dramas and then compromise at the transmitter.

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R Murchie's 15 posts GB
2:16 PM

R Murchie: The BBC don't decide the transmitter power levels, the maximum levels are set by Ofcom and has to be lower for COM7 & COM8 on most transmitters because the same frequencies are being reused more than the frequencies of PSB1-3 & COM4-6 so using higher power levels would cause more interference and reduce the number of households who can receive COM7&8.

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StevensOnln1's 1,628 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 17 March 2017
Mike T
4:52 PM

Haven't checked here for a while, but looking now at the channel list, it appears that Rowridge VP Com mux have been reduced in power from 200,000W to only 50,000W.

Is this a mistake?
I use VP as all the mux were originally 200,000W, which is why I use it. I only came to check on a mux today that was giving me some low quality problems last night, so if there has been a reduction in power, then that might be why.

Surely having VP the same power as HP on the Com mux is pointless and goes against the reason we got VP in the first place.

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Mike T's 2 posts GB
5:52 PM

Mike T: There have been now power reductions at any transmitters (other than temporarily due to faults or engineering work) so it appears that an error has crept in to the data for Rowridge VP somewhere.

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StevensOnln1's 1,628 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Mike T
9:31 AM

I thought as much Steven, as the whole point of VP was to give us full power on all 6 muxes. Hopefully Brian will rectify the mistake.

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Mike T's 2 posts GB
Monday, 20 March 2017
Tony Hill
3:09 PM

R Murchie: We also have the same problems in the outer reaches of Rowridge coverage in Dorset - BBC4 HD present sometimes and then not. Fortunately we only use Freeview as a reserve with the great majority of our viewing by satellite using either a Manhattan HD Freesat box or our Technomate HD generic receiver fed from a second motorised dish. Also, interestingly and not really anticipated by me, our broadband streaming activity is steadily increasing.

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Tony Hill's 61 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Friday, 24 March 2017
R Murchie
12:02 PM Eastleigh

Tony Hill: Understood, but I find that Freesat is subject to adverse weather conditions, and the BBC iPlayer picture does not really compare with an HD broadcast. I will see what Ofcom have to say about disadvantaging a PBS broadcaster that we have to pay for.

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R Murchie's 15 posts GB
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9:22 PM South Molton

R Murchie:

If your satellite reception is seriously affected by weather then you either have the wrong size dish (too small) or an alignment fault. The oft fitted 35 cm dish is far too small for most parts of the UK in my extensive experience. The smallest for your area should be at least a 50 cm or maybe a 60 cm one. (I use a 60 cm in Trowbridge and have no weather problems.) So with a decent size dish your Freesat reception should be very good and uninterrupted unless we have a blizzard of polar proportions!

Your TV licence is to allow you to operate TV receiving equipment to watch live broadcasts or catch-up on the BBC iPlayer. So Ofcom will probably not respond to your suggested enquiry.

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MikeP's 1,970 posts Gold Gold GB
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9:58 PM

MikeP: And to add that since Iplayer is at 720p and HD broadcast is at 1080i, if you take into account the sets own upscaling, there shouldn't be a vast amount of difference between the two, at least after a minute or two.

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MikeB's 2,513 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
10:51 AM

OK I have thatched property so each time I have the thatcher in I have a new aerial. 38km from Rowridge 160 degrees

The new aerial is VP old HP I have lost signals cannot easily receive e.g.Vintage TV.

From your correspondence it would seem I need to go back to HP

What do you think

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