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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.

 V max
 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

 V max
 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),

 V max
 H max
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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
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
 V -6dB
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
 V -6dB
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
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.

Friday, 1 December 2023

5:50 PM


My observation regarding your reception problems first thing in the morning, quote "I get no reception or pixilation in the early morning 6 to about 9.30 especially in spring or early summer"
is that this is unusual that you'd get this on a regular daily basis if it were directly related to things such as trees or weather.

Steve has done a very thorough analysis. Both the Freeview and BBC reception predictors show variable reception using Horizontal Polarisation, and changing to Vertical may solve that problem. If however, your aerial is already vertical (rods or squashed Xs vertical) then it could be your aerial system is marginal for one reason or another.
There's no weather related tropospheric ducting issues at present, but you may have noticed in the post before yours, that the transmitter is having Planned Engineering.
This might have accounted for your loss of reception.

However, it would still be wise to check that your aerial points correctly - compass bearing 106 degrees - that's almost ESE.
How old is the installation, the aerial connections may have deteriorated - water ingress, likewise your coax downlead. Check your accessible coax connections for corrosion or water.

RestoreTV should have sent you a postcard, you can confirm at…ure/
As Steve mentioned, ring them up and request a free filter if you don't have one already. If you have a masthead amp make sure you tell them that.
If at any future date you replace your aerial of your own volition, it should be a Group A for Rowridge or possibly a Group K if you think you may change to Winterborne Strickland at any point as Group K will do for both. It certainly should NOT be a Group T/Wideband.

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Chris.SE's 4,075 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 December 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:11 AM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

5:11 AM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,786 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 December 2023
Transmitter engineering

10:33 AM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Sunday, 17 December 2023
Craig William simm
5:21 PM

Can you please inform me of the bearing of the Rowridge transmitter from SO32 2EA (Number 5 stock dove gardens, boorley gardens). With a loft installed aerial with a splitter for two rooms am i better orientating in vertical or horizontal polarisation?

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Craig's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage

5:40 PM

Craig William simm: Rowridge is 29km away on a bearing of 190 degrees (slightly west of due south). I would try horizontal first as you are predicted to get the local mux, however the COM muxes are broadcast at a might higher power in vertical polarisation, so you may find vertical works better if the COM muxes have a weaker signal on horizontal.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Monday, 18 December 2023
Steve Donaldson

1:36 PM

Craig William simm: Vertical polarity, so as to reduce susceptibility to interference from distance transmissions, particularly from France. However, the local multiplex on channel 37 broadcasts only horizontally so using VP may sacrifice the local mux, or may make it poor or variable.

The multiplexes of Rowridge are:

PSB1 - C24
PSB2 - C27
PSB3 - C21
COM4 - C25
COM5 - C22
COM6 - C28
Local - C37

Transmission powers are 200kW for the HP PSBs, 50kW for the HP COMs and 200kW for the VP PSBs and VP COMs. The local multiplex is 10kW, although this uses a signal mode which offers greater coverage for less power, so in a way it's actually more powerful than it looks when compared to the others.

In respect of the COMs, 50kW is in no way insignificant. At 200kW Rowridge is among the highest power transmitters in the country. Some of the main transmitters that aren't as powerful are less than 50kW.

I have been unable to find Stock Dove Gardens. I suspect it's in the new development at Boorley Green. While the Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker suggests good reception at the postcode, there are two points to bear in mind:

1. There is the question as to whether the Checker has the correct geographic location for the postcode, being that it appears new. For example, some maps I tried plotted it at Durley.

2. Even if it is the correct location on the ground, the predictor may not be taking into account the fact that there are houses on the ground because it might not have been updated to reflect this yet. Unless you happen to be on the edge of the development facing the transmitter (where there is clear space in that direction) then you may have bricks and mortar of other properties causing some level of shadow which the predictor might not be factoring in.

Another factor to consider is possible interfering transmitters -- those which are on the same channel(s) (co-channel) and which may carry further than normal at some times, thereby degrading reception. The two closest and most obvious potential occasional interferers are Mont Pincon and Saint Pern. The thing is that in pointing your aerial at Rowridge, you are also pointing it the direction of these other transmitters (albeit much further away) which are on the same channel.

Mont Pincon is in Normandy, around 20 miles south west of Caen. It uses channels 22, 25 and 28 with horizontal polarity and with an effective radiated power of 100kW. So it is co-channel with Rowridge's COMs. It is about 25 degrees anti-clockwise of Rowridge from the Boorley Green area and around 139 miles out.

Saint Pern, near Rennes, uses 21, 24 and 27 at 80kW with HP, so co-channel with Rowridge's PSBs. It is 185 miles out and on the same bearing as Rowridge from Boorley Green (give or take a degree or two).

The advantage for using VP is not only to get a stronger signal on the COMs but to reduce susceptibility to co-channel interference. The objective is twofold. It is to increase the ratio between the wanted (Rowridge) and the unwanted (other transmitters which are co-channel). This is done by increasing the level of the Rowridge COMs by using VP, while at the same time VP lessens the level of the HP signal you will pick up from unwanted distant transmitters (should they reach you), of which I think I have identified the two closest and most obvious.

The only problem with all of this is that the local multiplex is HP only. How important is this to you? VP may provide for more resilient reception of the main Freeview channels at the expense of the local mux, which may or may not be receivable to some degree because the aerial is at the opposite polarity to its signal.

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Steve Donaldson's 185 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 December 2023
Jon Henderson
9:31 AM

Have had various issues with Sky News over the years, with pixelation at various times, mainly in the morning. Lost it completely a few days ago and did a retune with no improvement. Came back yesterday but gone again this morning. It's the only channel we have issues with, is there something different about Sky on 233?

We're in Worthing and link to Rowridge as we get BBC South which we prefer to BBC South East

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Steve Donaldson

3:21 PM

Jon Henderson: Sky News is carried on COM5 / Arq A multiplex, which means all programme channels on the multiplex will have the same issue. The full list of Freeview programme channels is here:

Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview

Is your aerial horizontal, meaning elements flat? Or is it vertical, meaning elements up/down (just as they are for aerials facing eastwards towards Whitehawk Hill next to Brighton Racecourse)?

As per my reply to Craig William simm immediately prior to yours: use vertical polarity. Since digital switchover in 2012 Rowridge has been transmitting with both horizontal polarity (HP) and vertical polarity (VP) for the six main Freeview multiplex channels.

Craig is near Southampton and in that area there is an additional multiplex which is HP only. This doesn't apply in the Worthing area. In Worthing you receive only the six main multiplexes, and all are HP and VP, with the COM channels (which includes Sky News) having lower power for HP.

Also explained in the reply, Mont Pincon is a high power transmitter about 25 miles south west of Caen, and it broadcasts on the same three UHF channels of Rowridge for its COM channels (the ones that are lower power HP).

Mont Pincon is 127 miles or so from Worthing, a little clockwise of south. It broadcasts HP only, hence using VP helps with rejection of the unwanted signals, when they come in stronger. The benefit is therefore two-fold: increase the level of the wanted Rowridge signals (picked up by your aerial) and decrease the level of the unwanted signals from distant transmitters which are HP.

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Steve Donaldson's 185 posts GB flag
Steve Donaldson

3:33 PM

Jon Henderson: In terms of retuning, it's a total and utter waste of time. Unless the tuning is incorrect, as in the TV is tuned to another transmitter, then don't do it for a reception issue.

If the TV is tuned correctly, then this means it has stored in its memory the channels of the designated transmitter. If the picture breaks up or disappears completely, then that is an issue with the signal from the transmitter not getting to your aerial and coming down the aerial lead into the TV. Retuning will not have any effect whatsoever on such an issue!

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