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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?

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.

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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, 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
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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?

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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, 29 March 2012
10:38 PM

Sorry about the rubbish at the bottom of my previous posting, finger trouble!

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John's 5 posts GB flag

11:07 PM

John: To be quite honest about it I wasn't in any way disputing what had been said by anyone, I was simply stating that the procedure used should have been unnecessary to receive an HD channel, however on the basis of what you have said then it now strongly suggests that the reason for you not picking up Ch21 on the manual scan was most likely because you had accidentally omitted to select DVB-T2 during the setting up procedure for the scan, something which the Humax customer advisor you spoke to had possibly overlooked.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 March 2012
12:46 PM

Hi I seem to be missing bbc channels and a few others in the morning but by the evening they are working. Could any advice be given? Reallign? Upgrade aerial? Or will this sort itself after mid-april

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paulw's 1 post GB flag

7:05 PM

HI PAULW---------what is your address including postcode??? thanks

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jamie's 207 posts GB flag
jamie's: mapJ's Freeview map terrainJ's terrain plot wavesJ's frequency data J's Freeview Detailed Coverage
8:08 PM

@ Paulw. I had channels missing after switchover. I replaced the flylead between the TV and aerial socket with another and the missing channels came back (they were ok elsewhere in the house which was off the same aerial). Doing the same may not cure your problem but it is worth trying.

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MC48's 4 posts GB flag
Gerald C. May
11:45 PM

jb38: I came across this before when someone else asked about the manual tuning procedure,it was not an HD query on that occasion.
The person concerned was unaware that the regions could be selected after the scan. The Humax had selected a stronger Wales Mux instead of England at that time and moved their preferred channels up in 800s.
They wanted to know how to do a manual tune
to get their channels back.
I was just advising John what to do.
Hope this helps.

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Gerald C. May's 8 posts GB flag
Saturday, 31 March 2012

10:02 AM

Gerald C. May: Thank you for clarifying and indeed confirming that you were just advising John on a way to overcome his problem rather than having had to carry out this procedure yourself, my interest purely being for the notebook in case there were any new issues springing up with that particular model that I wasn't aware of, albeit of course if there had been then no doubt postings to this effect would have been seen made on other sites, which according to checks there haven't been.

Thanks again for clarifying the issue.

Regards / jb.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
3:46 PM

Hi all

Since the recent retunes, my HTPC is picking up a bunch of frequencies it shouldn't be for where I am (Gosport - PO12). I'm getting duplicates of all the BBC channels (on the wrong frequency) and various others as well.

From the HTPC logs

482.167 MHz - Duplicates of 602.000 MHz
506.000 MHz - Duplicates of 545.833 MHz
674.000 MHz - Duplicates of 498.000 MHz

Prior to the retune at the start of March, everything was fine, it's only since the new transmitter came into action that all these unwanted entries have started appearing on a scan.

Any ideas?

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Sean's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Rob Hayward
3:05 PM

The list of channels is confusing me.
Can some one please explain why the list of channels on the main section under the title "Rowridge transmitter Freeview broadcasts" are listed as:

24, 27, 31, 30, 37, 33
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB, SDN, ArqA, ArqB

But further down under "Transmission frequencies" for "After Wednesday 21st March 2012" they are listed as:

C21+,C22+,C24,C25,C27,C28,C30,C31,C36,C37 BBCB,ArqA,BBCA,SDN,D3+4,ArqB,local,com7,com9,com8

As we are now in April shouldn't these be the same channels, which is the correct set?

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Rob Hayward's 4 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:17 PM

Rob Hayward: The channels listed under "Rowridge transmitter Freeview broadcasts" are correct now, up until the end of 17th April.

Those shown under "Transmission frequencies" for "After Wednesday 21st March 2012" are in fact those that will be used from 18th April onwards (with the exception of 30, 31, 36 and 37).

The significance of 21st March was that was when the second stage of switchover occured. In many cases there are now further changes. However, in the case of Rowridge, the Commercial multiplexes stay on their pre-switchover channels until 18th April.

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