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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
320mDTG-6200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
299mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LSO
 H -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

com7
 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 72 Quest Red +1, 74 Shopping Quarter , 86 More4 +1, 92 Pick +1, 94 Paramount Network +1, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -10.4dB
C56 (754.0MHz)320mDTG-618,400W
Channel icons
55 5STAR +1, 64 FreeSports HD, 69 CBS Justice +1, 83 NOW 80s, 89 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-172 May 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C24BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C25SDNSDNSDNSDN
C27ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C28+BArqBArqBArqBArqB
C29LSOLSO
C30-A
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavescom7com7
C32+2
C33+D
C341
C37+Ccom8com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

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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.

Comments
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
F
Frank
6:28 PM
Hayling Island

Hi, unable to get Forces tv, from the map above it appears to transmit in a very narrow corridor is that the reason for my problem. Before the recent changes I could get the channel.
PO11 9JH, No 24

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StevensOnln1
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6:59 PM

Frank: If you can't pick up Forces TV from Rowridge by manual tuning on UHF channel 56 then you most likely have a Group A aerial which is not designed to receive the higher part of the UHF band. If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, 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 2,750 posts GB
Saturday, 23 June 2018
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Tony Dix
1:52 PM

I am now very confused! I read that Forces Tv Rowridge is on channel 37 Com8.
This is at the high end of these bouquets so perhaps a group c antenna would be appropriate.
I bought a high gain group a which I regretted because the pbs1,2,3 bouquets are broadcast at much higher power. A band c antenna in a fringe area might receive a larger group of stations

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MikeP
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3:21 PM

Tony Dix:

Forces TV is on COM8 but that moved some weeks ago to channel 56 and requires use of a wideband aerial. A Group C/D aerial will not receive the lower channels properly and neither a Group A nor a Group B aerial will receive the higher channels properly. Only a good wideband aerial will cover all the possible channels.

If you got to the Digital UK Coverage Checker, at Digital UK - Coverage checker you will be shown all the current channels being used.



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MikeP's 3,050 posts GB
Sunday, 24 June 2018
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Simon L Bradfield
3:26 PM

I live at Romsey in Hampshire and since 4 May 2018 I have been unable to receive the Al Jazeera station and other stations on COM7 HD (ch55). The Rowridge list of stations shows that I should be able to receive this OK. Is there a reason for this?

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MikeP
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3:46 PM

Simon L Bradfield:

It means that you are likely to have an 'old' aerial that is not suitable for the new channel settings. You need a good quality wideband aerial so you can receive channel 55 and 56 as well as the lower ones. A group A aerial as used to be used for Rowridge is no longer suitable.

If you do not have satellite or cable, you may qualify for a free aerial replacement. Call 0808 100 0288 which is the Freeview Help Line. Tell them you have an older aerial and con no longer receive COM 7 and COM 8 from Rowridge.



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MikeP's 3,050 posts GB
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
J
John - Hants
8:23 AM

Good morning all,

I'm in the Southampton area, and my transmitter is Rowridge, on the Isle of Wight. I use an indoor aerial and experience no problems receiving the full compliment of channels in my area.

Last night I lost BBC1, BBC2 and a host of other channels. It was late and I switched my television off. As I usually watch BBC News very early in the morning, I switched on this morning. The channels were still missing. I then did something rather stupid. I did a re-scan.

Result: total number of stations was 68; number of radio stations: 3.

BBC and the other missing channels completely wiped. Oh, not every BBC channel. I still have BBC1 HD.

Re-scan number 2...

Total number of channels: 28; number of radio stations: 0

In my channel list I now had London Live AND That's Solent. Maybe there'd been some work done to the main multiplexes. According to this web page, "This transmitter has no current reported problems".

Can anyone throw any light on this?

I'll do another scan this evening when I get home. Fingers crossed...

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:20 AM

John - Hants: That sounds like you are experiencing lift conditions caused by the current hot weather, allowing signals from more distant transmitter to be received which interfere with the wanted signals from Rowridge.

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John - Hants
12:46 PM

Thanks Steven,

I'm hoping that's what it is. I'll re-scan again when I get home, though I'm not confident that I'll get the missing channels back today.

*note to self* scan for channels ONLY when absolutely necessary! :-D

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018
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Mick Pope
12:28 PM

Hi. Bh11 area. Can no longer receive any stations on ch 25. What has changed...?

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