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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 15/04/2024 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, plus 17 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, 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -6dB
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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

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, 10 July 2018

3:18 PM

Mich Pope:

The weather! There have been no changes at the Rowridge transmitter for several weeks now.

Put your full post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker That will tell you what che=annels are in use from Rowridge and give an indication of the expected reception conditions.

Bear in mind also that the current hot weather is causing a lot of reception problems and there is no cure, so please DO NOT RETUNE.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Richard H
9:23 AM

Hi - I am located in BN16, 1sj for the last few months (before heatwave) I have been unable to get bbc4 hd and BBC news hd on my bt box its ok on Freeview TV. I can see online that changes to the crystal palace transmitter has affected other users, have any changes been made to this transmitter that could have caused this issue?

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Richard H's 1 post GB flag

3:47 PM

Richard H:

There were changes made to the Rowridge transmitter a few months ago. You now need a wideband aerial to be able to receive all the available channels. Put your post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker to see what chanels are now being used.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 July 2018
Paul Cohen
9:33 AM

I am no expert, but I believe that Rowridge COM8 is now Channel 56, not 37 as listed.

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3:29 PM

Paul Cohen:

To check, please put your post code into the Digital UK Coverage checker and scroll down to the transmitter listing section. That will show which channels are being used for the available multiplexes.

We contributors are aware that the details given on these pages for the many transmitters is now out-of-date, but the site owner has not yet updated them for a few months now. Only he can perform the uopdate needed.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT flag
Monday, 20 August 2018
Percy H
3:26 PM

My post code is PO9 2FX and we and many friends have lost several channels on the new 55 & 56. Freeview are being evasive. They admit to lots of complaints. We moved into a new house 2 years ago and I paid to have a wide band log periodic fitted. I have checked all my cables are short and low loss coax. I have tried a 16dB gain amplifier. Using the power monitor on my Panasonic TV I have found good signal strength up to 28 I get 10, to 37 I get 6 and nothing on 55 or 56 without the amplifier. With the amplifier I get a small signal on 55 and even smaller on 56 but no signal quality on either. Looking at the quoted power transmission there is considerably less power on 55 & 56 and I believe this is the cause of the problem. I have contacted the antenna supplier who confirmed he has had lots of complaints and he agrees it is power. He also said that he believes the power is reduced because 55 & 56 are in the Midhurst transmitted frequencies and the power was reduced to avoid interference with Midhurst. How many people are being conned to but a new aerial ?
What do you think

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Percy H's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 23 August 2018
R Murchie

11:22 AM

Percy H: Like you, I've had problems with C55 and C56 this year in Hampshire, although DigitalUK predicts 'Good reception' for my location. I've complained to BBC, Freeview and Ofcom but, as you say, their replies are evasive. They probably look at relative audience figures, so C21 (BBC One HD, ITV HD, etc) is broadcast at 200kW from Rowridge, while C55 and C56 are at 25kW and 20kW respectively, ignoring the fact that it is pointless producing high quality documentaries, wildlife programmes and dramas on BBC4 if they are not broadcast properly in HD. I know several people frustrated by this thoughtless behaviour, but others watch via satellite or streaming services, or are unconcerned. So I installed a log36 antenna and now get 50% signal strength from 55 and 56 on a Humax box, but zero on a two-year old Samsung TV which is puzzling.

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R Murchie's 24 posts GB flag
Friday, 24 August 2018
10:13 AM

i have just had a new wide band aerial fitted and cannot get channels 55 and 56 from Rowbridge.
As mentioned wrong channels listed
i have also seen that these MUX are due to be switched off 2020/22
i'm in the PO20 area East Wittering with a pretty direct unobstructed line across to IOW

the aerial was replaced and suggested to be put in the loft, as there was a really strong signal and that would avoid future maintenance due to wind and salt deterioration. the existing aerial on the roof failed with metal fatigue

anyone else having issues on COM7 & 8 from rowbridge?

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

5:51 PM

Paul Cohen: Check if you are on the same transmitter - Sony tuners are normally pretty sensitive but a bit more robust than Humax ones, they tend to withstand higher transmitter outputs before breaking up.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 2 September 2018
Paul Cohen
10:40 AM

Percy H: I too could view BBC4 HD on my Humax, but not on my fairly new Sony Bravia TV, despite the fact that the Humax feeds the TV via a coax. I assume the Humax requires less signal than the TV to operate.

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