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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?

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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, plus 17 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, 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.

Thursday, 3 May 2018
Greg Stewart
1:01 PM

Thanks StevensOnln1, before reading your post, I contacted freeview and they are sending out an engineer on the 21st. I presume he/she will come equipped with a wideband aerial to fit if required, although no mention of free aerial updgrade was mentioned when I booked the appointment.

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Tony Whyman
2:06 PM

I have a problem with yesterday's COM7 retune at Rowridge. COM7 disappeared from channel 31 and has failed to re-appear on channel 55. The problem is common to two different TVs. The aerial was replaced in Jan 2018 with a Labgear LHG10T, so I doubt whether this is an aerial problem and both TVs report channel 56 (COM8) with 100% Signal Quality - all the other multiplexes are fine with a similar signal quality and all with good to 100% power levels. Even the LSO on channel 37 comes in at 100% signal quality.

It seems as if channel 55 is being filtered out somewhere - although I am wondering if as we are only Hannington/Rowridge boundary in SO24, the two signals may be cancelling each other out. Although on our side of the hill, Hannington is usually much the weaker signal.

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Tim Forsyth
2:36 PM

Following the advice, I phoned Freeview. Prior to the early march and most recently the 2nd May, I had everything working fine and could easily receive COM7/8. (I'm in SO40).

Having explained I'd lost most of my HD channels (4+1/BBC News/Cbeebies etc.) and a few SD ones (Vintage TV/Keep it Country), I was told that decisions by government have meant that the power has been "dialled down" on the multiplexes that deliver these channels.

When I asked if I would need a new Aerial, I was told that there is nothing I can do as these changes will affect everyone using Rowridge and we would no longer be able to receive these channels.

Has anyone managed to get any better information from Freeview?

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Nick Piercey
2:41 PM


I'm in a similar boat.

Whiteley and pointing to Rowridge.

The earlier retune to ch56 was fine, but I'm getting nothing on ch55.

My aerial was fitted 9 years ago so I assume is the wrong type, but I'm confused as to why I can get ch56 but not ch55?

For info on both my Humax HDR-T2 STBs ch56 says strength 52%, Quality 100%



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Nick Piercey's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 4 May 2018
9:39 AM

Observation for those who have lost channels during early May 2018: com7 and com8 are now shown as HORIZONTAL signals only (I think com8 used to be vertical as well), so if your aerial is vertically aligned you will have lost channels.
I have lost channels so am about to re-align my aerial to horizontal.

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AC's 3 posts GB flag

10:26 AM

AC: COM7 & COM8 have only ever been broadcast with horizontal polarity from Rowridge, they were never vertical.

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Tony Whyman
4:49 PM

I now tried adding a masthead amp and even at various settings up to the max 26dB, there is nothing on channel 55.

Is there anyone out there who is getting COM7 from Rowridge?

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Tony Whyman's 6 posts GB flag
7:11 PM

Tony Whyman: I'm getting COM7 on 55 ok since Wednesday's retune. I'm from Eastleigh (about 32 miles from Rowridge.) I use a Log 36 aerial which gives me about 45 per cent strength and 100 percent quality using a Humax HD FoxT2 set top box.

26db seems awfully high gainwise, it might be worth halving that as too much gain will knock the signal out completely. Just a thought.

Good luck!

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Greg Stewart
9:43 PM

I went into my local electronic shop and quizzed the salesman about the lack com7 and com8 from Rowridge. He said that he had a very good wideband aerial and could still get the missing channels after Wednesday's retune (he lives locally). So I will report back after the engineer has been on the 21st. After all, it makes no sense to send out engineers if they (Freeview) know that there is no hope of receiving those channels.

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Saturday, 5 May 2018
Tim Shergold
9:56 PM

i also lost COM7 & COM8 channels, retuning didn't help so must have Group A aerial which is not designed to receive the new frequencies. I have replaced to wideband aerial All OK now.
SO532AT Chandlers Ford.

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