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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.

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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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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.

Friday, 22 February 2019
Christopher Luckhurst
10:26 PM

The TV signals have been breaking up all today. This evening all the ITV stations went off air from just before 10pm till 10:10.
We had a new Arial with boosters last year to gain the benefits of The Isle of White transmitter?!
Please advise as to how reception can be improved and why we have these problems.

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Christopher Luckhurst's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 24 February 2019

10:23 AM

Christopher Luckhurst:

There are no reported faults at the Rowridge transmitter. However, there are many reports of the high pressure affecting television transmissions again. This happens regularly when there is high pressure around. As it is a well known and completely natural phenomenon there is nothing anyone can do about it. Just be patient and wait for the weather pattern to change.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Graham Dolphin
7:14 AM

On a number of occasions I am unable to get a picture on my TV early in the morning 6am onwards till round 9am, after that it is fine, this does not happen every day but is paticularly bad at this time of the year, usually no problem in winter!!
Why please? I live in Christchurch Dorset and presume Rowbridge is my transmitter.

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Bill Payer
8:21 AM

Graham Dolphin: During the times your central heating is running...?

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Monday, 13 May 2019
Dave Hunt

4:01 PM

Can't get 4 music on ch 29 and others since the update this may rnorning doing a manual search with my LG TV

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Saturday, 8 June 2019
Alan Goreon
1:08 PM

Double Trouble. From here, beyond Rowridge and in direct line, is Brest. In line the other way, beyond Whotehawk is Amiens or thereacbbouts. At 86 I am not strong enough to push my bungalow upmthe hill!. It is usually when weather is fine and there is a lift on that we get interference, particularly Chan 20.

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Sunday, 16 June 2019
Ken Baugh
7:16 AM

PO369BN Sandown Isle of Wight. Presume Rowridge is our transmitter ( I can see it from my widow and aerial points at it)

Very poor reception on BBC 1 and 2 this morning

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Friday, 2 August 2019
David Tyler
6:11 PM

I cant receive bbc4 hd, bbc news hd or anything on com7 or com8. All other channels being received with excellent reception and no picture break up. Home is Southbourne, Bournemouth.

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Saturday, 3 August 2019

6:39 AM

David Tyler:

I can't see any reports of transmitter problems at present, hopefully your signals have returned. If you put your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker it should show the predicted reception at your location. Especially as COMs 7&8 are on lower power compared to the other multiplexes, it's possible that since other transmitter changes on the 31st July now sharing the same channels as part of a SFN (Single Frequency Network) you may have interference particularly with the current weather conditions.

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Chris.SE's 4,076 posts GB flag
Saturday, 10 August 2019
John Hughes

6:37 PM

FreeSports is advertised as being on Channel number 95 FreeSports | Freeview However you have it down as CH 64 here:…dge.
All the usual wipe before rescan has been done several times but still no FreeSports. All comments welcome, even blue ones
Many Thanks.

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