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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
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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

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 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
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3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
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72 Shopping Quarter , 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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

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

 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT 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-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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.

Monday, 3 September 2018

11:10 AM

Paul Cohen and PercyH:

Please check the signal strengths reported by your TV sets. It needs, ideally, to be between 60% and 85%. andy more or any less will cause problems of pictures breaking up, loss of picture and/or sound, etc.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Monday, 24 September 2018
brian barnes
6:05 PM

At present time my channel 22 which I view Dave TV on says no signal this seems to occur when we have a high pressure system over the uk , other times when we have different weather signal is strong any advice would be welcome .regards Brian.

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brian barnes's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

10:55 AM


High pressure often causes this type of signal loss and there is nothing anyone can do about the perfectly natural phenomenon. All you can do is check that all the aerial connections are in good condition, even unplugging any coaxial plugs/sockets and then refitting them. DO NOT RETUNE.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Neil Hasted
11:04 AM

Last evening l lost several programmes, including Drama. I retuned and had a total of 29 programmes as compared with the normal 113 that'll have. Tried retuning this morning and now have my normal 113.
This was on my terrestrial aerial, on satellite everything normal.

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Neil Hasted's 1 post GB

12:00 PM

Neil Hasted : Retuning is the worst thing to do when you loose channels as you are deleting all of your correctly tuned channels and searching for them again, it will never fix a sudden loss of signal.

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StevensOnln1's 3,080 posts GB
Friday, 28 September 2018

2:40 PM

Neil Hasted:

As StevensOnln1 says, retuning was the wrong thing to do. What you should have done was check all your aerial cables and connections. A poor connection can cause loss of one or more channels. If there are coaxial plug/sockets, unplug them and then refit. That will clear any corrosion/oxidation that is known to cause such problems.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Sunday, 30 September 2018
8:52 AM

Lost sky news on 233. All efforts to find again are negative.
Using Rowridge on IOW from Blandford.
Had it when I first installed this brand new Toshiba Smart TV
Have reinstalled various times but no Ch 233
Any advice please

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Cliff's 1 post GB

11:07 AM


Please provide your full post code, as is requested in the text above the entry box you used. Then we contributors can look at the expected reception conditions at your location.

You should also check all the aerial connections and cables. If there are coaxial plugs/sockets then unplug those and then refit. That will clear any corrosion/oxidation from the contacts, which is a common cause of the type of problems you describe. Retuning is a bad idea when one channel is lost as you are likely to lose others that were perfectly tuned before.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Saturday, 6 October 2018
Stuart Grant
6:56 PM

Aerial is on the roof.
Signal strenght is 100%
TV model no: Philips 50PUS6703

Missing BBC 1, BBC 2 and various other channels.
TV is up to date.
Tried indoor aerial, outdoor aerial both with and without a signal booster. Nothing i try is giving me all the channels. I have tried the reset procedure the best I can not having a box.

Any advise please?

Thank you!

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Stuart Grant's 1 post US

7:06 PM

Stuart Grant: What signal quality reading do you get? 100% signal strength could well be overloading the tuner with too much signal so it may be worth trying an attenuator. Resetting/retuning will never fix a signal problem and often just makes things worse by deleting channels which were correctly tuned to begin with.

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StevensOnln1's 3,080 posts US
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