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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 22/07/2024 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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -6dB
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C28 (530.0MHz)
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12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

8:38 PM

Rob T: why is your signal marginal?

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 May 2018
Rob T
8:05 PM


Although I am in a notionally good area, I have a huge tree between the house and the transmitter. Also my house doesn't have a chimney so height is also an issue.

As well as a couple of tvs, I also use an item called an HDHomerun network tuner which enables tv via ethernet. This item requires a high quality signal, more than the stand alone tvs.

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Rob T's 4 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
2:27 PM

I just thought to share my challenges with the retune of COM 7 & 8 to channels 55 & 56.
I was quite happy with my Group A loft aerial receiving all muxes until the retune when I lost both COM 7 & 8.
I purchased a Vision log 36 aerial and installed this along with a new cabling run, but still did not receive COM 7 & 8. I contacted Freeview who sent an engineer who visited and confirmed there was not enough signal strength making it into my loft to receive the signals. All they are authorised to do is swap the aerial for a log36 and anything else like repositioning or moving the aerial outside you have to pay an aerial installer to undertake.
While he was in the loft I asked him to see if there was any particular location which was receiving a less weak signal for 55 & 56 than elsewhere. He moved his aerial about a few positions while connected to his signal meter (half-heartedly I must admit), but we found a slightly stronger signal coming through the side wall of the house rather than through the tiles. After he had left I re-positioned my aerial to point through the sidewall of the house and have restored signal on both muxes, albeit at only 10% signal strength, but with 100% signal quality. The lesson for me on these low power muxes and a loft aerial is that very subtle changes to the position and the direction of the aerial can make all the difference.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018
Stuart Turrell
9:39 AM

I've just installed a group t 20 element antenna to replace my group a antenna.
It has now allowed me to now see channels 55 and 56, however the signal is blocky.
Will upgrading to a high gain "typhoon" bring the channels back?
The antenna is perfectly aligned, i can visually see rowridge from my roof, it has LOS.
PO36 0NX.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018
Ivan Butters
4:24 PM

I live in Broadstone, Poole Dorset . My post code is BH18 8EX
At present I receive signal from the Parkstone transmitter, which does not transmit Freeview Stations I am interested in. Will I be able to receive Freeview transmissions from the Rowridge transmitter?

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Ivan Butters's 1 post GB flag
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5:09 PM

Ivan Butters: You should be able to get the PSB channels from Rowridge, however the COM muxes aren't predicted to have a good signal from Rowrdige at your location. I would suggest that you either talk to a local aerial installer who should know what is likely to be possible or look at getting Freesat.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Rob T
9:35 PM

Further to my previous post about having my group A aerial replaced by Freeview, here is an update.

A really nice guy arrived with some serious testing equipment. He noted the signal I was receiving with my current aerial and proceeded to replace it with a Triax wide band hi gain. He checked the signal again and noted that although I could now see the missing channels (and they are there and use-able)my siganl on 21 had reduced and 55 and 56 were not good. He carried out a site survey with an aerial on a pole and noted if my aerial was moved to the front of the house, I would get a much better signal (currently the aerial is mounted to the back wall with a cranked pole as I don't have a chimney).
He said his report would say that the signal was unsatisfactory and that he would need to return to re site the aerial with a new bracket, pole and cable into my loft.

So currently I have the missing channels restored (BBC News HD, BBC Four HD, PBS America and perhaps a few I dont care about!) but the signal is not great. And he's coming back to re site the aerial and I wont have to pay apparently!

I have lost a bit of signal on ch 21 but no blockiness noted. Ch 55 and 56 are both at sig strength 60, quality 58, sym quality 100 and useable but I suspect if the weather deteriorated they would soon suffer break up.

Further to follow..

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Rob T's 4 posts GB flag
Monday, 18 June 2018
1:10 PM

Hi this is a really good site, the problem my friend in Brockenhurst has a very large tree blocking his signal from Rowridge it is owned by the council who will not do anything about it can anybody come up with any ideas how we can overcome this problem

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Steve's 1 post GB flag

2:00 PM

Steve: Can the aerial be repositioned so that it looks past the side of the tree?

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag

3:34 PM


You may also want to consider mounting the aerial away from the house so it can 'see' past the tree. I had a customer with just that problem and by erecting a slim, but fairly rigid, lattice mast in one corner of the garden, the aerial could easily 'see' past the tree. (Do check the planning rules with your local council though.) The coaxial cables used must be of very good quality and be run where it does not create any risks of being caught up by people or machinery (lawn mower?), etc. Consider running it along a wall or fence perhaps? You should avoid having any joins in the external run so that rain water cannot enter the cables.

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