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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

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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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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

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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?

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BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
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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, 30 June 2020
5:38 AM

According to the Freeview detailed tuning page for Rowridge COM8 is getting switched off today.
Channels like BBC 4HD/CBeebies HD have already been moved to COM7.

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RichardS's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
4:35 PM

So now they have switched off com8 and moved the channels affected around, deleting some,
it would be nice if they could increase the power on com7 so that it could be made watchable.
I live in New Milton ,some 13 miles from the transmitter and the reception on com,s7/8 have been average at best, sadly it would seem that revenue is more important than signal quality.
British broadcasting used to be the jewel in the crown across the world, now it has decended to the level of US TV that we used to laugh at years ago,a mish-mash of endless repeats and poor US programes, just to fill the gaps between the money-making adds,
A programe first aired on BBC ,filling an hour now takes from 100-110 mins when you include the add breaks.
Let have freeview sorted out once and for all with OFCOM taking a lead so we can cut out this constant retuning mess

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TIMOTHY WARDLAW's 8 posts GB flag

5:05 PM


You should have absolutely no trouble receiving COM7 at your location, do you have a wideband aerial?

Rowridge was a Group A aerial transmitter (it still is for the 6 main multiplexes) but with the move of the temporary COMs 7&8 to UHF55/56 as part of the 700 MHz clearance, many locations would need a wideband aerial for satisfactory reception. If you've had an aerial replacement in recent years, it ought to have been a wideband.
There is little chance that there will be any power increase of COM7 because of the way SFNs work it would just create different "not" spots from those that exist currently, and probably cause more interference to other countries and be in breach of existing International agreements.

I take it your read the linked post in the post that's immediately before yours.
If you don't have a wideband aerial, noting the comment at the end of the linked post, it is your choice as to whether to take a chance changing your aerial. COM7 maybe here until June 2022, commercial reasons may cause it to close sooner, we don't know.

The (what appears frequent) movement of a number of channels is only around the COM multiplexes and is entirely down to the Broadcasters deciding to change/withdraw/move services between multiplexes and is subject to the commercial agreements between the Broadcasters and Multiplex operators, there is no legislation that can prevent these commercial choices.
The PSB multiplexes however, are defined in legislation, but there is a small amount of "commercial space" on PSB3 which has recently been occupied by two SD channels.

As for OFCOM taking the lead, my personal opinion is "Don't make me laugh".

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Chris.SE's 4,139 posts GB flag

5:13 PM


Just to add to the above, there was this information that came from Arqiva that a user posted, which I believe your attention was drawn to at the time, and I take it you read.
Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy

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Chris.SE's 4,139 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Simon Cole
10:00 AM

I live on Hayling Island and receive my Freeview signal from the Rowridge transmitter.

A few years ago I was able to receive BBC 4 in High Definition. Then comeone moved the BBC 4 HD signal to a different channel and I lost the signal.

Are there any plans to reinstate BBC4 HD to my area?

Also, when will local programmes, like South Today, be broadcast in HD?

Many thanks,


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Simon Cole's 9 posts GB flag

3:42 PM

Simon Cole: BBC Four HD is still broadcast from Rowridge on the COM7 multiplex on UHF channel 55. COM7 is due to close within the next 2 years (no date has yet been announced) and there has been no announcement regarding what will happen to BBC Four HD. There has been no announcement of any regional version of BBC One HD being launched in England, mainly due to the cost not just of equipping all of the regional studios for HD broadcasting, but also the cost of having to get each different region to the correct transmitters and the additional capacity required to make them available on satellite.

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StevensOnln1's 3,622 posts GB flag
Monday, 31 August 2020

2:19 AM

Simon Cole:

BBC 4HD has continued to be transmitted since your posts in 2018, no HD channels were "removed" at the time. I note you did get one rather ignorant response from one poster saying this was due to the "government trying to screw as much as possible from the mobile phone companies for releasing bandwidth" when this is part of a European wide change subject to International agreements - the 700MHz clearance programme - What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview
Did you speak to the Freeview advice line as advised in 2018?
If you provide a full postcode, we can advise if you are predicted to receive COM7 subject to having the correct aerial.
If you didn't speak to them and if you still have a Group A aerial, then that is why you can't received COM7.

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Chris.SE's 4,139 posts GB flag
Friday, 18 September 2020
11:01 AM

Our TVs and video recorders have the same problem with all channels on COM4. The signal on all COM4 channels is very weak but in most instances the reception is stable, but from time to time there are periods of intermittent instability. This only occurs on COM4 channels.
Can you suggest a fix?

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Ray's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 19 September 2020

11:27 PM


Without a full postcode we can't advise what the predicted reception is likely to be at your location.

If this is a recent problem this last few days then there's two things that might be causing your problems.
The Rowridge transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal".

Also there's been a lot of "Tropospheric Ducting" around causing interference, see Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | RTIS for a simplistic explanation.
It's likely to continue for a day or two more.

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