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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

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 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),

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 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
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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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?

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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.
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.

Sunday, 19 February 2012
David Wilson
11:14 PM

I live in postcode RG25 2EE. Hannington is the recommended transmitter, but since we are in a valley Rowridge is the one used by most. We have 2 aerials on roof - one for each transmitter. These are combined to a single downlead (using a proper combiner) and it served well for analogue since Rowridge signal degrades under some weather or atmospheric conditions and Hannington is better for some Analogue channels, but we had both tuned on the TV's. With Digital, TV's seem to tune only to Rowridge (~C28-34). Do we really need to choose a transmitter, and unplug the other Rowridge aerial if we want to tune to Hannington?

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Monday, 20 February 2012

12:40 AM

David Wilson: It is a feature of most boxes that, during the scan, the first set of channels found for each mux (in your case Rowridge) will be stored. The only other channels to be stored would be any regional variant which is different to that already found. In the case of Hannington this could be ITV1 which would usually be placed in the 800s. Some receivers actually store all the channels in the mux containing a regional variant, others store only the actual channel(s) with different content. As the BBC channels and COM muxes are identical for Rowridge and Hannington the only way of storing the Hannington channels would be as you suggest, to unplug the Rowridge aerial before scanning, or do a manual tune for each of the Hannington frequencies after first clearing the channel list. Note that during the switchover period the 2k and 8k versions of the muxes are often seen as a variation, so for a short time you might see many extra channels being stored. This situation will revert to what you have seen previously when switchover is completed fully on 18th April 2012.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
9:00 PM

Dave Lindsay: So it's only mandatory for the COMs is it?

We get everything else running on the 21st March if I understand you correctly.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:41 AM

colin1951uk: I'm not sure of the use of the "mandatory" !

But yes, it only affects the COMs. There are other transmitters that go through such changes for the same reason.

It is because the PSBs are allocated channels previously used by three of the four analogue services, hence they are available for use at full power (equivalent to that of the analogue services). But the COMs often use three channels that have not previously been used at a particular station, hence they only become available once any other transmitters whose signals might be interfered with have vacated those channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
8:17 PM

Dave Lindsay: Thanks a lot for the I understand what's going on.


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Wednesday, 22 February 2012
2:05 PM

This is on behalf of my elderly aunt who has no computer. She has had freeview for several years with no problem and is using a panasonic tv and humax digital recorder. For the last few months she has struggled to get itv1 and quite often the rest of mux2. On a recent visit I tried both auto and manual tuning of the tv and I can't get them either even though until the last few months she had no problem. With the humax the situation is better then the tv but often no itv1 or it is unwatchable. She is (and always has been) using a loft aerial and I have checked all the connections. Sometimes when she tunes it all comes back and then a few days later goes again. The opposite side of her road have no problem. Will this get better after retune?

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trish's 1 post GB flag
2:11 PM

no itv itv1+1 @ 14.11 22/02/12
aerial is on the roof
carried out all reset procedures?

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Thursday, 23 February 2012
12:10 PM

working on the isle of wight and I'm having real trouble trying to get ch32 off the rowridge transmitter. Any ideas?

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

3:06 PM

Advice for Freeview users. aerial position is key to success.even putting the aerial on a different side of a chimney can make a difference. just because your neighbour has a loft aerial doesnt mean you can. signal can be different even to the sensitivity of signal in one location and then nothing literally 2 feet along. i recently installed a 10ft mast on a house but the neighbour had a loft install.!! if you have a loft install and things have been OK upto now then it May be than something has been built in your patway to knock the signal. advice given by Jamie of WWW.jayscabling.Co.UK

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

11:41 AM

Why has Rowridge swicthed to Vertical polarization on analogue ?

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