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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 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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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 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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

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, 21 March 2018
Paul C
8:09 PM


I have exactly the same issue with the same aerial.

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Paul C's 6 posts GB flag
8:33 PM

StevensOnln1: As far as I know Yagi's were always wideband, weren't they? I've never heard of a Grouped Yagi anyway. How might I tell the difference, any idea?

It's mounted horizontally and COM8 even at it's low power would give 100% quality/78% power when I could receive it.

I'm located in the SO50 5PS area, a good thirty miles from the transmitter, but never the less the aerial has served me well since it's been up.

You've got me worried about a Grouped Yagi, I'm not sure what to think.

Thanks for the response.

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Norman Langridge
11:45 PM

As from the recent changes in Freeview Channels at Rowridge transmitter, some of the programmes that were on UHF carrier 37 have disappeared completely, one being PBS America. According to one web source they have been switched to UHF carrier 60 which is way out of the range of a Group A aerial, a strange move if this is true. Are Freeview viewers losing out when it comes to receiving TV programmes?

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Norman Langridge's 6 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 March 2018

10:44 AM

Norman Langridge: The COM8 multiplex which was previously on UHF channel 37 has moved to 56 (not 60) to become part of a single frequency network with other COM8 transmitters and release UHF channels 31-37 for use by other transmitters as part of the 700MHz clearance program. If you can't restore the missing channels by manual tuning and you don't have satellite or cable then you may be eligible for a free replacement wideband aerial, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts GB flag

10:55 AM

colin1951uk: Yagi aerials have always been grouped, wideband versions only started to be widely used in the UK around 20 years ago when digital terrestrial broadcasting began. Does your aerial have a coloured piece of plastic or any other markings?

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David Criswick
10:56 AM

Following the retune including factory reset, BBC4 HD is no longer receivable from Rowbridge on Channel 56. Signal strength is only 25% so all I get is no signal. During the day the off air message is displayed.
It was OK most of the time on Channel 37 except when wet & windy.
CEEBs has also gone the same way.
Is the BBC trying to phase out BBC4 as it only seems to have repeats most of the time?.

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David Criswick's 2 posts GB flag
8:43 PM

StevensOnln1: With the help of binoculars I've managed to determine a black tip on the end (the opposite end to where the reflector is.)

I think black means wideband (and I know red is Group A as that was on the antenna I had previously.)

So I'm pretty confident the Yagi is a widebander and should pick up channel 56, which it doesn't.

I tried calling the installer for confirmation but he's on holiday till April 3rd.

I'm now thinking about dumping Freeview for the Sky FreeSat platform IF the aerial has to be changed again, but will wait till I've spoken to the installer as he is a good, honest chap.

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colin1951uk's 20 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 March 2018
7:51 PM

BBC4 HD and other COM8 programs have gone completely. I live in central Southampton and previously had good reception on all channels. Manual tuning onto channel 56 shows 0 signal strength.

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IanH's 1 post GB flag

11:38 PM

IanH: Chances are you're using a Group A aerial which is not designed to receive higher frequencies such as UHF channel 56. If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible for a free replacement wideband aerial which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Nick H
5:11 PM
Bognor Regis

Same missing channels for me in Bersted PO22 9DN, tried everything must be time for a new aerial but will try to speak to Freeview tomorrow, Aerial was here when we moved, very old looking with no colour markers

StevensOnln1: Sir, many many thanks for your input to the site, you have answered my questions before I asked them, a great source of information.
Now I just have to choose a local fitter never having to have work done before so I'll get quotes

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