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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
320mDTG-200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
320mDTG-200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
320mDTG-200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
299mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
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

LSO
 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
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C24BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C27ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C28ArqBArqB
C29LSO
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavescom7
C37com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
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Heavenscentrose
9:03 PM
Brighton

Thank you for letting me know, Mike.

Hope they soon sort out the engineering works and we can see all the channels again!

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Heavenscentrose
10:17 PM
Brighton

Hi

I've just re-tuned and everything appears to be OK.

Once again, thank you for your help, Mike.

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Friday, 23 September 2011
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Jack Johnson
4:27 PM
Eastleigh

Hello Brian and everyone here. My aerial has only 7 out of 8 reflectors, but this SHOULDN'T change anything. But it has. When I had all 8 reflector bars, BBC News on DVB-T was watchable - a few freezes and blocks now and then, but on the whole pretty good. Now, I know how MPEG-2 works (thanks to WP and ukfree.tv and YT), but I cannot receive a DVB-T multiplex anymore. I used to have multiplex 1 and one of the COM multiplexes, but now, on C34/1, Signal Quality is poor and signal strength is low. Mind you I can no longer receive anything after the aerial damage (which also required a few clips lopped off). I still get analogue, by the way, so DSO is not here yet.

My aerial is in a strange place - on top of a wheelie bin - because that worked until the damage! The aerial is an X-Clip type.

Can anyone give me any advice on aerial placement for a damaged aerial that still receives a nearly usable analogue picture?
Should I remove the boom with the damage?

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Sunday, 25 September 2011
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John Ormerod
1:30 PM

HD on Freeview
Hello
Until a few weeks ago, I'd assumed that HD would need extra bandwidth and was limited to satellite. It seems that's not the case. What I am not clear about is what exactly is available? Yes, I have just looked at the FreeHD page, and am not much the wiser.

We don't have a HD-capable TV or digibox, but we could make the move, if the content is worthwhile.

We just had a couple of weeks holiday in France, and the TV in the flat had 4 or 5 of their main freeview channels in HD and standard.

The impression I have been under is: there is just one BBC HD channel that shows selected programmes from BBC1 and 2. Though a glance at this week's listings showed some programmes in HD on 1 and 2 being broadcast at the same time... hence my confusion.

The FreeHD page suggests that there will be a BBC1 HD service starting in Nov... so now am even more confused (and disappointed as there is little worth watching on BBC 1 these days). How about BBC4 HD - if the French can do it...

If this is explained somewhere, I'd be grateful if someone could provide a link to the site.
Regards, John

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Monday, 26 September 2011
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Jack Johnson
7:16 AM
Eastleigh

Also, I can only receive freeview at night. And only 30-so channels of it. I'm not in a Lite area, so I do not get this. My aerial at so50 9ns is on a wheelie bin at no. 12.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:45 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 02:37 today to 02:44 today [BBC]

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9:45 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 02:37 today to 02:44 today [BBC]

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Jack Johnson
5:26 PM
Eastleigh

They should make Fawley a retransmitter of Rowridge, for all muxes and channels.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:01 PM

Jack Johnson: There will be no need whatever to do that after switchover, and there is no prospect of any changes being made before switchover.

There are no free channels in this area - Fawley Channel 5 had to close to allow Rowridge to take over C37 - and the 2K mode doesn't lend itself to Single Frequency Network operation.

You should replace the aerial entirely. They are not designed to work with elements missing and are not designed to have parts replaced, either.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:08 PM

John Ormerod: HD services start from Rowridge at the second stage of switchover, 21 March 2012. I don't know where the November date has come from, perhaps you are close enough to a West or Westcountry transmitter that the Freeview HD site (which scrapes the Digital UK predictor results) thinks you can get it from there - though this would be November 2009 or November 2010. The only transmitter site switching over *this* November is Tacolneston near Norwich.

The line-up for regions that have switched over is currently:

BBC One HD
BBC HD
ITV1 HD
Channel 4 HD (4hd)

BBC One HD, ITV1 HD and 4hd are all simulcasts - they broadcast exactly the same as the SD version of the channel. If the programme was made in HD, the HD version is broadcast, otherwise the SD programme is 'upscaled' to 1080 lines. The exception is that BBC regional news is not yet carried on BBC One HD - when this is on, BBC One HD broadcasts a caption telling you to switch to BBC One.

BBC HD always broadcasts HD content. This might be a simulcast of something on BBC Two, BBC Three or BBC Four, or it might be another programme made originally for one of those channels in HD.

It is expected that by the time Rowridge switches over, a fifth HD channel will have been squeezed in, but the decision process of what it will be has only just started.

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