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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 25/09/2023 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.

 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Thursday, 22 March 2012
8:55 AM

I cannot get a signal on AV1---AV2 is fine and I have tried retuning.Any help?

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metcalfe's 1 post GB flag
9:01 AM

KMJ, Thanks for that. Why hasn't that been explained elsewhere? Some of us aren't technically minded, but can easily retune a TV set - so simple an explanation.

I'd go for Freesat, except I want 'Dave' and 'Yesterday' and they're on two of the missing channels!!

Thanks again - we'll see what happens on the 18th.

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Jean's 4 posts GB flag
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Richard Smallcalder
1:08 PM

BH9 area. Since changeover I have lost some channels on my Panasonic TX-28DTX1 (including all BBC channels). Retuning repeatedly has made no difference. To eliminate aerial/connection problems being the issue I moved the TV and used the same aerial connection as my other TV which has successfully been retuned and receives all the freeview channels. Logically the signals for all channels are available but still the same channels still cannot be picked up on my Panasonic! I have tried tuning the TV with no aerial and then re-tuning still no luck. We lost BBC channels only on 7 March but hoped things would improve after 21 March. Alas things have got worse. Vital normality is restored as sanctuary for Match of the Day etc is required! Any ideas? TV has analogue/digital switch on remote. Would Freeview box help?

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Richard Smallcalder's 1 post GB flag
2:05 PM

I was looking forward to a nice strong signal only to find out C30, C33, C37 are staying on low power so I now have two extremes 21, 24, 27 are to strong and C30, C33 are fluctuating/unstable if I attenuate the strong I loose the low power commercials

Hopefully when they go up to 50kw it will solve my problems if it doesn't I guess I'll have to use the vertically polarized

One question can you use a wideband aerial in the vertical polarized position ?

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Jaz's 4 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

2:08 PM

Richard Smallcalder: WARNING - Panasonic CRT IDTV problem with latest channel launches - Freeview - Digital Spy Forums has some information about this set. My suspicion is that it may not support 8K mode, or not without a firmware update. Contact Panasonic to see whether it is compatible, and whether a firmware update is available.

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Mike Dimmick

2:14 PM

metcalfe: AV1 and AV2 will be devices connected to the TV's AV1 and AV2 sockets. Check that whatever is plugged into AV1 is turned on.

If AV1 is an analogue video recorder then no, it won't receive anything over the air. You can still play back previously-recorded programmes. Some VCRs are able to record whatever programme you're watching, from the SCART connection. To record a different programme or do scheduled recordings, you could make the VCR record from a separate set-top box, again recording from the SCART connection, but this is quite difficult to set up. It's far easier to replace the VCR with a hard-disk-based Personal Video Recorder.

If there is nothing plugged into AV1, you shouldn't expect to see anything.

If there is something else plugged into AV1 and it's not displaying even when it's on and operating, try disconnecting the SCART cable and plugging it back in.

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Derek Green
5:22 PM

Quite a few have asked about changing from horizontal to vertical polarisation. I am lucky in that I have a loft aerial. It is a wideband, although this is not recommended, however, it works and if it it ain't broke it doesn't need fixing! I get enough signal now anyway.

I rotated my wideband aerial through 90 degrees so that the elements are now vertically aligned but obviously the whole thing still points towards Rowridge. All it took was to release the clamp holding the bar (which points to Rowridge)on which all the elements and reflectors (at the back) are mounted. As it is easily accessible in my loft, it took a few moments with an adjustable spanner to release the clamp, pull out the bar, twist through 90 degrees and push back in the clamp and retighten the two bolts on the clamp. All the elements are now vertical. As I said in a previous posting my personal signal strength went from 61% to about 91%, with 100% quality. I will be watching to see if the co-channel interference will be less than it used to be from the French transmitters. There seem to be some high pressure areas floating around. It may not be too long before we can all see the improvements or not?

From my background any aerial can be rotated simply in this way. I changed from roof mounted aerials to loft many years ago, having had rusting and bird damaged aerials too many times before, despite having a slightly lower signal. It is worth it because you avoid having to use a ladder or any aerial company's engineers!

Engineers should not charge much at all for rotating the aerial from horizontal to vertical polarisation if roof or chimney mounted. It should be very easy indeed. If in the loft, do it yourself?

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Mark Fletcher

5:51 PM

Derek Green.If you reside in a strong/medium reception area within Rowridge itself then a group W wideband aerial on an all group A frequencied transmitter such as Rowridge is ok.It is only in a weak/poor/marginal signal area within an all group A transmitter again Rowridge being an example,plus the likes of Crystal Palace,Durris,Caradon Hill,etc,that a group W wideband aerial are not really recommended due to their inferior response on the lowest frequencies such as low signal gain and occasional pixellations and worse still sometimes unable to receive multiplexes as such,common with cheap inferior contract aerials.If as you state it works for you,dont change it !

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Friday, 23 March 2012
Justin Smith

8:56 AM

"Engineers should not charge much at all for rotating the aerial from horizontal to vertical polarisation if roof or chimney mounted."

Not necessarily, particularly if the aerial is mounted on the roof.
Think about it, the installer still has to get in his van, drive over to you, get out all his ladders, get on the roof, do the job, get all his ladders back down on his van again, then drive home.
There are a few interesting things to consider about aerial installs and there pricing here :
Prices etc
I`ve no axe to grind with this one, we don`t really do aerial installs anymore, and definitely not out of the Sheffield area !

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Justin Smith's 41 posts GB flag
10:02 AM

On retuning 21st March, I lost all Mux 33 channels including Sky Sports 1 and 2. UK Digital tell me my signal on Mux 33 is now variable but will boost on 18th April ! A warning would have been nice or perhaps they can pay for month subs ! By variable, it seems that means so far numerous tunes per day, either Mux not detected at all, or detects mux but no channels ! I asked them if they can get engineers to put signal strength back to level it was from 7th march as it worked perfectly then.

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