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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.

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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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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

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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
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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
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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.
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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;
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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.

Friday, 29 June 2012
Stu Seddon
4:34 PM

Is it normal for Lymington not to receive any of the Five channels?
My girlfriend needs her Home & Away fix :/

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6:19 PM

Stu Seddon: You should be able to receive the full set of Freeview channels. If you have ITV1 and C4 you should also have Channel Five as this is on the same mux, available from all UK TV transmitter sites after DSO, Additionally, if you can receive QVC you should have the remaining Channel Five group channels. Try a manual tune on C27 for D3+4, and C25 for SDN from Rowridge. If you have a non functioning Channel Five in the channel list, do a factory reset to clear the old data before retuning.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
9:09 PM

I guess the Rowridge engineering works are affecting Film4? It's disappeared off channel 15 and reappeared on channel 810 with a really weak signal.

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Snarf's 1 post GB flag

9:36 PM

Snarf: What do you now have stored in position fifteen of the channel list? I would suspect that the inversion effect could have been at work delivering out of area signals, unless an automatic retune took place which coincided with Rowridge being off the air, resulting in an alternative frequency being stored for ArqB.

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Louis Lawrence
12:24 PM

Can anyone tell me whether it would be possible to broadcast a digital TV channel from the satellite or repeater station on St Boniface Down, Ventnor, Isle of Wight? OFCOM is a bit vague on this.

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Louis Lawrence's 3 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
1:39 AM


I've lost the COM6 mux completely, I'm in the bh23 area.

itv4 seemed to be choppy and in the last week or so it went completely.

Is it worth doing a swap from horizontal polarization to vertical ?

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Taras's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 20 July 2012
5:09 PM

I live in BN12 6QA with a roof top aerial pointing to Rowridge. I am experiencing occasional picture break up of varying severity on sky sports and other commercial channels through my BT Vision box. I was wondering if I should switch the aerial to vertical polarization or would this cause other problems with interference from France, or possibly the Midhurst Transmitter ? Many Thanks.

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Keith's 1 post GB flag
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Sunday, 22 July 2012
6:10 PM


If you have a red tipped aerial which is grouped for rowridge, then you should not be getting interference from midhurst, only if you have a black tipped aerial which is wideband, would you receive interference from other transmitters.

Changing to VP for the aerial could cure your problems, however this is not always the case, although you need enough power for the signal to work correctly, you also need the quality of that signal to be good.

As an aerial installer I usually fit aerials now on VP, but have found the odd job that requires HP install.

So I would say give it a try and see if it helps.

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Jamie's 1 post GB flag
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7:18 PM

Keith: If your aerial is still mounted horizontally then please note that the commercials only transmit on 50Kw on that mode whereas the vertically polarised transmissions are radiating on 200Kw.

By the way Midhurst cannot cause interference to signals from Rowridge as the latter spans channels from 21 - 28 whereas in the case of Midhurst its 50 - 62, and so if you do get interference at any time it has to be from somewhere else or possibly even from continental stations, your reception of commercials being much more susceptible to being interfered with as you are predicted as only being able to receive them with the status of variable even although they are radiating on 200Kw.

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Barry Quinn
10:57 PM

I have lost many of my Freeview channels from the Rowridge transmitter. All seemed to be ok till late last night 21 July..

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