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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 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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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 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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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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -6dB
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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.
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.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

2:05 PM

Is there any usual order for the remaining analogue channels to go off air or not anyone know ?

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Dave's 126 posts GB flag
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3:43 PM

Thanks Dave Lindsay, but I was recording on Freeview's was it still right not to record it ? No biggie as last night's worked as usual, I was just wondering.

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Lynda's 10 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

3:58 PM

Lynda: the old location for BBC digital channels, on UHF channel C34, was closed down shortly after midnight. The new location, UHF C24, didn't start up until several hours later. Your recorder wouldn't notice the change until you retuned, or until it did its own automatic retune scan, but the service could still have been off-air at the scheduled recording time anyway.

You're lucky that your recorder apparently preserves its recording schedule across retunes! Most don't.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

5:06 PM

After y'days fiasco, I retuned again this morning and got everything just fine, but at 16:30 every station within MUX-C went off air. Any ideas as to why this occured.

I notice that from the above chart, some MUX's are still on very low power, so when will this increase to the full 200KW??

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Solent-Viewer's 39 posts GB flag
Darren Jones
6:27 PM

200kw will be from 21st on mux 1-3, the others will go to 50kw, I think on April 18. All are horizontal. however, it will be doing all 6 in vertical at 200kw, I think from 21 Mar but could be 18 April...

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Darren Jones's 1 post GB flag
9:01 PM

Since yesterday I lost all digital channels (Fareham, rooftop antenna pointed at Rowridge, reset/retuned). However today I found I can get perfect reception on BBC channels (BBCA) and tolerable reception on all others with a metal coathanger balanced on the antenna input socket, about 1 metre off the ground! I can only guess the 200kW on BBCA is overwhelming my tuners with the antenna gain. I tried a variable attenuator on the rooftop antenna feed, nowhere in the spec'd range (0-20dB) would it tune in.

Signal looks way too strong from here.

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Chris's 1 post GB flag
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Friday, 9 March 2012
Mark Fletcher

4:07 AM

Dave,Brighton.The remaining four analogue channels BBC1,ITV1,C4,C5,will be switched off in no particular order depending on which mast you're using.Sometimes the ending of a programme could be an indicator but no guarantee can be given.The word suspense should be the norm as say C4 could go first,then BBC1,followed by C5 and finally ITV1 possibly.One indicator before analogue signal goes permanently is a sudden decrease in analogue signal strength and if you blink you could miss it,the analogue signal is turned off suddenly.Keep flicking the analogue channels quickly that's all i will say ?

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
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11:53 AM

Chris: Thanks for that report, the content of being extremely helpful for reference purposes as on-site reception reports of the type given by yourself that include info on the exact location (or as near as) enable a much better picture to be built up of what's liable to be expected in a particular area over that given in the reception predictor charts, these always having elements of educated guesswork involved hence in many cases being totally misleading if taken too seriously.

That said though, admittedly they are handy for the other info they provide regarding channel numbers, changes taking place on switchover dates, TX powers and distances / headings from post codes etc, in your case you being located at 15 miles from the station with it being located on a heading of 213 degrees.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
rowland davies
9:50 PM

I have a nearly new Sony ( LCD KDL) with inbuilt FREEVIEW.

Is it possible to tune to S4C and other programmes transmitted by the Cardiff transmitters ?? - I am anxious to tune to
Welsh Rugby programmes ( in English
If so, how do I go about it??

Rowland Davies

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rowland davies's 1 post GB flag
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11:14 PM

rowland davies: As far as I can see there is no chance whatsoever of picking up any of the Welsh transmitters, so the only chance of getting what you wish is by using Freesat.

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