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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 27/05/2024 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?

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 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.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:17 PM

Tim: I don't know the answer to your question, but you can't pick up Freeview HD services.

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Dave Lindsay

12:19 PM

Kev: That is correct. The three Commercial multiplexes remain on low power and on their pre-switchover channels until 18th April on which date another retune will need to be carried out in order to continue to receive them.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
1:32 PM

Heres the log from the tuning. It finds signal strength, but no quality. So does this mean its definitely not DVB-T2 Compatible?

thanks for the help, looks like ill have to save for one of those tuners!

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1:33 PM


2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@1
2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@2
2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@3
2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@4
2012-03-21 10:23:16.949 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@5
2012-03-21 10:23:16.949 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@6
2012-03-21 10:23:19.390 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@7
2012-03-21 10:23:19.392 [DEBUG][1] Calling LockChannel()
2012-03-21 10:23:19.414 [DEBUG][1] locked=0, present=0, strength=48, quality=0 (took 31ms to check)

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Derek Green
1:50 PM

Sorry to hear some of you have problems, but I am a very happy bunny!

I took my masthead and two boosters OUT and connected a portable TV to the aerial in our loft and got 61% signal strength on all stations and 100% quality. I then rotated the aerial to vertical polarisation and got 91% strength and 100% quality.

Then I wired the distribution amp back in to feed all rooms and wow all Freeview receivers work well (100+ channels). The 4 Freeview HD channels on our Sony Bravia 40inch is perfect, no breakups, solid signal.

Why have we been waiting so long?

I hope others sort out their problems soon. Try vertical polarisation? I did not expect it to be that much better. The April 18th changes will just help on some minor channels. I will not notice any difference.


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Derek Green's 8 posts GB flag

1:53 PM

For interest, I'm on the fringe for Rowridge (due to a hill in the way); I use a diplexer into a masthead amp to combine RR & Poole Transmitters.. and then feed the output from that through my V+ box (so I can see VM TV on all TVs)..

Here are the details of _my_ signal levels, just thought it may be of interest or use to someone. This is on a £18 scart_stb. My Samsung TV appears to only currently pick up a subset of these as I stated earlier...

Also I have no idea what's transmitting on C45(!)

C21 - [HD]
C24 57% 88%
C27 55% 81%
C30 46% 68%
C33 45% 60%
C37 44% 65%

TXER ???
C45 46% 70%

C50 53% 93%
C53 53% [HD]
C57 56% 95%

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Tim H

2:53 PM


I think your possibles for ch 45 might be:

Luscombe Valley --BBCA?

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Tim H's 22 posts GB flag
3:03 PM

I updated my freeview box but cam now only get about 15 freeview channels I thoughti would get dave and quest.
Does any 1 know if we will ever be able to get theses channels in ventnor Isle Of Wight.

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Dave Lindsay

3:06 PM

Kev: Either Luscombe Valley or Canford Heath on C45 as they both use the same three channels and aren't far from you.

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