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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?

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.

 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 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?

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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.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012
9:52 PM

Clanfield Hants. PO80XL address. Rowridge transmitter (assumed). I visited parents this (Wednesday 7th) evening to retune their HUMAX PVR freeview. They reported loss of BBC2 during the day but apparently all other digital channels were ok. Performed retune and box found 63 channels, including BBC 1 & 2 CBBC etc., but no ITV, Ch4, Ch5, ITV2 (complete mux channel ?). Undertook full reset and auto tune several times but no change.
If the Humax received ITV on Freeview ok before I rescanned why won't it find it again ? Has something changed that I need to cater for post retune ? ie. aeriel change ?

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Prue King
10:25 PM

SO224HH. I have a HUMAX box and aerial in the loft. I have retuned several times today but always get BBC1 to 4 on 800, 801, 802, 803. Is there anything I can do to correct this?

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Jeff White
10:49 PM

I went to Portsmouth (PO2 0QD) this morning to re-tune an elderly relatives Sony TV(old roof aerial). Its digital performance since it was bought a few years ago has been absolutely solid. On re-tuning it has lost BBC1&2 and this evening can receive BBC4 but not BBC3. Initially I used auto re-tune and then just re-tuned the digital channels - no change.

Before I drive to Portsmouth again do you think your Freeview reset procedure will help? I understand its logic but had not heard of this problem before.

All our 3 TVs re-tuned this morning without a problem and we live in what has been a difficult area for Rowridge. (PO2 0QD)

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10:57 PM

I did the retune this morning at 9 and all went well. I returned home this evening and everything was sitll OK. However, I watched CH80 (BBC News) at 10 then turned over to CH1 at 1030 and all went blank. Then all that would show was the analogue. I tried a retune and was left with absolutely nothing other than analogue. This is totally unacceptable!!!!!!

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11:23 PM

Jeff White: There is a great possibility that the signal being received on the now high powered BBC mux is excessively strong whereby is blocking its reception, with this type of problem showing up much more on some tuners more than others.

Another side effect of this problem is that it can slightly desensitise the tuner whereby its difficult to receive lower powered muxes such as presently exist until changeover is complete on April 18th.

As they only cost a few pounds (approx £4.00) I would be inclined to purchase an attenuator of about 10 db or so before paying the area another visit, with the attenuator being placed in line with the TV's aerial socket.

If though you see a variable type with a range of 0-20db these are even better, as they can be finely tuned to obtain the desired results.

There is always an element of hit and miss involved with these things, but that's the procedure I would use as what you have mentioned suggests the problem is one of an over powerful signal.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 March 2012
8:24 AM
New Milton

Performed retune yesterday and have no BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC News or 301. This is on both of my freeview receivers. The chap on BBC local radio who lives 5 minutes down the road said on air he had the same thing but I haven't heard any solution. I rescanned again this morning and the same channels are still missing.

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9:29 AM

Stephen: As nothing is seen mentioned as yet about any fault being in existence on Rowridges BBC mux you should consider the possibility of the signal you receive being excessively powerful thereby blocking your tuner on that channel, as its presently only the BBC mux that's operating on 200Kw, ITV still only being on 20Kw until March 21st, needless to say that if you use an aerial amplifier temporarily try by passing it.

Should you not use an aerial amplifier then if you have access to a set top aerial give your TV or whatever a re-tune (essential) with that plugged in, as it doesn't matter if any picture received is iffy as its really more the case of if you get it at all. Should a set top aerial not be available then just use a small length (about 600mm or so) of wire pushed into the middle part of the TV's aerial socket and carry out a re-tune, as if your problem is being caused by a high level of signal this test will prove it one way or the other.

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Christopher Gray
11:30 AM
New Milton

I'm trying to help my Dad re-tune - he is in New Milton on the Rowridge transmitter. He can't get BBC1, BBC2, BBC News, which should be in 24. Anyone help?

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1:04 PM

Interesting issue with my ondigital tv.. can pick up all but the new (moved) BBC mux, which has moved to an 8k signal...
I have the Philips 32dw9625 which on this site says does not support 8k, but the spec says it supports DVB COFDM 2k/8k ..?
Are all the muxes moving to 8k? I had read that some TVs cannot support both 'at the same time'...
Any ideas? I know I can easily get a box and plug that in, just interested from a tech perspective why it's not working.

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Kev's 24 posts GB flag
1:43 PM

Have had problems receiving MUX2 (ITV1, CH4, CH5, ITV2 etc) even before yesterdays switchover, but now I have retuned (3 or 4 times) MUX2 does not even register on my TV. How come every other MUX ecept the BBC one is on low power, is that why I'm not receiving these channels? (I'm at Alum Chine, BH4 8HZ) 

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