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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

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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

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 H max
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

 H -6dB
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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

 H -6dB
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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
Channel icons
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?

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.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

1:16 PM

Jeddy S:

A number of people have reported this. It is because they have a Group A type aerial that will not receive channels 55 or 56. Your aerial needs to be changed to a wideband type. Look at…nges and look in the FAQ section. They may well inspect your aerial and if you qualify they will offer you a free replacement using a wideband type. If you have a cable service or satellite they they will not off a free aerial change.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Gary Calder
9:44 AM


I was not able to register any signal on my Humax Fox T2 when doing a manual retune on 56 (despite it being a wideband antenna). I put it down to us being in the reception hole that is Chandlers Ford. However, on reading your comment about setting DVB-T2, I Googled and found this:

specifying DVB T2 on manual retune
"My Humax HD FOX T2 will not return any signal/quality from a HD mux using manual tune until you select DVB-T2.

Autotuning however (not acceptable where I live) scans for both DVB-T and DVB-T2."

That may account for the fact I saw zero signal registering - I'll check again tonight and select DVB-T2 with manual tune to see if there really is any signal registering, but it's all a bit moot anyway as I already have a cheap ex-Sky satellite box coming from eBay to serve as a BBC4 HD tuner.

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Jonathan Barham
12:35 PM

We are unable to receive our favourite channel BBC 4HD, presumably because we have type A aerials (for both our tv sets) which have worked well up until now. I am informed that I will need to spend 88 on two high gain, T band aerials .Such changes throw an additional expense upon consumers.Why could not a less watched channel
be moved to 56? We do not qualify for any rebate as we have potential for freesat if we spend 100 on a freesat box.

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Jonathan Barham's 1 post GB flag

12:51 PM

Jonathon Barham:

You may not need to spend anything, just contact Freeview at Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview and look in the FAQ section. They have an advice service, or ring 03456 505050 to discuss having your aerial checked and maybe getting it replaced free of charge.

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R Murchie

1:53 PM

MikeP: You can call the Freeview advice line free on 0808 100 0288, but they will only install a new aerial if you have no access to cable or satellite TV. Like the majority of the UK population, I use Freeview and received all stations from Rowridge until 11 January when BBC4 HD was moved from COM7 at 24.4kW power to COM8 on C37 at 18.4kW. The more recent move to C56 has prevented anyone I know in south Hampshire from receiving it with a group A aerial. Given the amount of money changing hands during the sale of UHF frequencies (the 4G auction raised 2.3 billion for the Treasury, I believe), I think this is poor behaviour by Ofcom. I pay for the privilege of watching TV via the licence fee, I regard the RF spectrum as a public asset, yet I am expected to spend money on a new aerial to help the mobile phone companies expand their revenue-raising operations.

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2:07 PM

R Murchie: How exactly is it poor behaviour when the money raised from the spectrum will repay the cost of providing free replacement aerials to affected households? If you only have Freeview you aren't being expected to pay for a new aerial.

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Jeddy S
2:53 PM

@Gary Calder, it was my Humax Fox T2 which I had to manually tune to channel 56 with DVB-T2 to get BBC Four HD - no idea why the auto tune didn't pick it up, but it didn't, it went through the channels twice.

@Jonathan Barham - 88 for two new aerials? I spent around 12 (although I see it's no longer discounted so is now 17 for a Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element from screwfix. I'm supposedly in a 'good' signal area - although that's up for debate if you ask me.

Having said which I'm still annoyed that a BBC HD channel was moved to a non band A channel - as has been said before, why not move 'the trash' which few watch to the high channels. BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 should be left alone. Also Dave, More4 and Quest but I'm prepared to accept others regard those as trash.

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Tim Wardlaw
4:20 PM

it would seem that com 8 on channel 56 has been off air since Wed evening, I phoned Freeview helpline to query and they confirmed it.
Their suggestion was that I do a manual re-tune on that frequency , a bit daft since there was NO signal to tune to, however the signal returned about 4pm today
It would be nice if problems like this could be flagged better to prevent viewers rushing to replace aerials and/or down-leads. we used to get a message on-screen informing us of signal problems or engineering work, as it was all websites continued to say there were no faults or work on Rowridge.

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Gary Calder
6:18 PM

Tim Wardlaw:

I don't bleeding believe it. <SCREAM!!!!>.

Well that explains all my problems.

One might have assumed that after the frequency switchover they (Ofcom, UKDigital, Arqiva, BBC etc. etc.) would have made sure that everything was running 100% to minimise any possible problems for viewers while they were having to retune. Clearly not - I expect they were far too busy slapping each other on the back, raising a glass or two and counting the millions from the 5G auctions.

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Gary Calder's 5 posts IE flag
Friday, 6 April 2018
Jeddy S
12:11 PM

It looks like we'll all need to retune again on 2nd May, well, unless you don't need
BBC News HD, 4+1HD, 4-7 HD plus another 16 stations which I don't watch.

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