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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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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, 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
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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.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Phil K
1:14 PM

...Thinking about it, could it be co-channel interference from France?

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Phil K's 9 posts GB flag

5:39 PM

when rowridge switches on the 21march will will the three main muxs be in vp and full power . and what power will the non main muxs be until april 21

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david's 66 posts GB flag
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10:20 PM

The whole of MUX-C has gone walkabout again. Everything else is fine but C is non existent and has been all day.

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Solent-Viewer's 39 posts GB flag
Mark Fletcher

10:39 PM

Solent Viewer.I would look up inversion effect.Also there is a possibility as you mentioned that Rowridge's Mux C on channel 37 may have been temporarily swamped by the analogue Channel 5 signal from Crystal Palace.It is a possibility !

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Mark Fletcher

10:42 PM

Solent Viewer.What i forgot to add is that the analogue Channel 5 signal from Crystal Palace uses channel 37 as well !

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Colin T
7:23 PM

jb38 I think you are right about not getting Hannington on the old Tosh. Here in Winchester we can get both Rowridge and Hannington, and looking at the signal strength I think I was probably getting Rowridge (after DSO1 but before DSO2)from the back of the aerial pointing at Hannington, rather than anything from Hannington post DSO2. Anyway, the Tosh is now definitely for the tip, and many thanks for your knowledgeable and timely advice

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Colin T's 5 posts GB flag
8:46 PM

Solent-Viewer I think Roweridge has been having intermittent problems since Monday (the 12th.)

On that Monday afternoon (14:00hrs) I was watching a film on 4+1 and after about twenty minutes started getting pixelation and the 'no signal' warning problems forever appearing. I thought it was just that channel but after about five minutes I flicked through every station and found everything was screwed up in a similar way (and the only channel I could get was Film 4.) I had to give up watching but left my set on and checked it from time to time and at around 17:00hrs everything was back to normal.

Now weather would not have affected every channel with interference as I experienced it and my belief is something is wrong with the transmitter and they try to fix it outside of peak time viewing which is why you could well be having some reception problems.

I may be wrong..and if I am good..but my feeling is all will be sorted out come the next retune on the 21st..we'll see.

Just thought I'd mention my experience in view of your troubles.

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9:32 PM

Colin T: Thanks for your update, as I am always extremely interested to know the outcome of situations such as yours, and with this irrespective of whether or not it might confirm my suspicions about the cause of a problem.

Its a bit unfortunate about your Toshiba as its one of the brands I rather approve of, but it would still make a good monitor if used with a cheap Freeview box coupled into it via a scart lead, or alternatively it being used on its analogue setting to view a Sky boxes RF modulators output.

Anyway, much obliged for your update.

Regards / jb.

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Saturday, 17 March 2012
Kim V
11:08 AM

Hello, I am in Dorset, near Wareham. Since the change to full digital early March, I am expediency many reception problems I didn't have before. Loss of quality on all BBC channels, no signal popup showing forever on some days, pixelisation, jerky image and sound. On the day I retuned, all seemed fine, the problems started on the next day. I have a topup TV account with a dedicated box that shows all channels, with the loss of quality described earlier. My TV set is less than 3years old, with all the modern trappings, but I have lost half of the channels on the day after retuning. (it was showing 125channels on that day). For several days I had 0 channels on the TV set. I Have lost most BBC, ITV, channel 4, 5 etc. I fail to understand why on the d day it was fine to subsequently end with the loss of reception? Can you help?

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Kim V's 5 posts GB flag

11:33 PM

Kim V: Could you give more information with regard to which transmitter you should be using, your postcode would be most useful so that a check on predicted reception can be made. If you are using Rowridge remember that it is only the standard definition BBC channels that have switched to high power working at this stage. ITV1&2, C4/C5 etc follow on 21st March 2012 (and HD channels start too).The COM muxes switch to high power working on 18 April 2012. The Wareham area receives rather patchy coverage from Rowridge, Mendip, Stockland Hill and Hannington so it is possible that you might have found signals from a different transmitter to the one that your aerial is pointing to, resulting in unreliable channels being stored.

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