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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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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

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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.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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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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).

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Saturday, 23 June 2018
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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Tony Dix's 7 posts GB flag

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 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 24 June 2018
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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Simon L Bradfield's 2 posts GB flag

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 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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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John - Hants's 14 posts GB flag

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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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
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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John - Hants's 14 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Mick Pope
12:28 PM

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

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