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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 25/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

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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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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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -6dB
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C28 (530.0MHz)
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.
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

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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, 5 March 2018
Douglas Cheney
9:10 AM

would a 30 year old group "A" contract aerial receiver channel 37 from the I.O.W transmitter

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Douglas Cheney's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
R Murchie

10:41 PM

Mine didn't, so I replaced it with a wide-band group T aerial which brought C37 back. I hope it will also receive C55 and C56 which are due to be used for transmitting COM7 and COM8 from Rowridge on 2 May.

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R Murchie's 24 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 March 2018

12:02 PM

Douglas Cheney:

You would do best to have at least a Group T aerial, but better would be a log-periodic aerial that will receiove all current and expected future transmissions from Rowridge.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 10 March 2018
4:46 PM

Douglas Cheney Probably would but ch. 37 was just outside of group A 30 years ago so you would need a reasonable signal. In addition, Com 8 (which is the multiplex on ch. 37) is broadcast at a lower power level than the other multiplexes (except the local' multiplex) and with horizontal polarisation only.

All this is academic though as Com 8 is being moved to ch. 56 on 21 March and that is way beyond group A!

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RichardH's 7 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 March 2018
Tim Wardlaw
1:12 PM

can you give any details of the upcoming retunes on March 21st and May 2nd, which channels will change and what will be the new frequencies.
Also will this be a final retune or are we going to face further changes again in the coming future.

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Tim Wardlaw's 7 posts US flag
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

12:10 AM

Tim Wardlaw: On 21st March COM8 will move to UHF channel 56 and the local mux will move to 37. On 2nd May COM7 will move to UHF channel 55. These are the only frequency changes that Digital UK have listed for Rowridge.

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StevensOnln1's 3,552 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
3:42 PM

I've just done my retune and can't get any signal from Channel 56 (COM8.)

My aerial is four years old (installed May 2014 complete with new cable.) Its a Yagi 18 element as far as I can make out which I believe to be a wide band type and should pick up the complete tv transmission spectrum. So I can't understand why COM8 is dead for me.

Can anyone confirm if COM8 is alive on Rowridge please?

If it is transmitting I'll have to get an engineer out and see what's up.


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Stuart Ralston
4:12 PM

I live in Seaford, Sussex. My post code is BN25 3AD. I have been having reception problems recently and have lost my favourite channels. Pick, Dave and Really. Do you have any booster arials between Isle of Wight and where I am? Thank you.

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7:19 PM

colin1951uk: Are you certain that the 18 element Yagi aerial is a wideband and not a Group A aerial? Is it mounted horizontally (with the little rods side to side) or vertically (with the rods going up and down)? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter.

Stuart Ralston: There have been no changes to the frequencies used for Pick, Dave and Really so you should start looking for a problem with your aerial system. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV and follow the cable back towards the aerial as far as you can safely access. Do not attempt to retune. The Digital UK checker doesn't show any other transmitter which would provide these channels at your location (this website doesn't operate any transmitter).

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roy higgins
7:50 PM

Hi what type of Ariel and which way does the elements need to point to receive Rowrodhe full freeview signal from BN17 6HW please

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