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The symbol shows the location of the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter which serves 270,000 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 Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ridge Hill 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Ridge Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 69km northeast (39°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 69km northeast (39°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

WhittonTransposer35 km NW Hereford40 homes

How will the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27ArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29D3+4
C30_local
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C34com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C51tv_off_local_local
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, PSB2 iw, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
com7(-9.8dB) 10.5kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
com8(-10.1dB) 9.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Ridge Hill transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Sunday, 2 January 2011
G
Geoff
1:02 PM

Hi
Moved to Stroud area in 2004 to a new house which has TV points throughout. A local contractor installed an aerial pointed at Ridge Hill (because trees and a large building left no option) with a signal amplifier and all TV points work, but the analogue signal is very poor - a problem of the area!
Have converted main TV to Freesat with very good results and a new digital TV in the kitchen also receives BBC 1,2,3,4,Parl,CBBC etc but nothing else. From the detail on this site it appears that the answer lies in the MUX/aerial replacement, but which one? I do not really want to convert all points to Freesat from both the cost and aesthetics angles.

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KMJ,Derby
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1:46 PM

Geoff: It would probably be better to wait until after switchover before doing any work on the aerial, if this proves to be necessary.The transmission will be 10 times stronger on the PSB muxes and 5 times stronger on the COM muxes. After switchover it is best to use a Group A receiving aerial, especially in poor signal areas for Ridge Hill. At present, if it is Ridge Hill you are receiving for freeview (BBC1 Midlands)it would appear that you have a wideband aerial.

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Geoff
3:20 PM

Thanks KMJ: I would confirm that the signal is from Ridge Hill, firstly because it is the only transmitter that we have ever received analogue from and it is BBC Midlands.
It seems strange however, that if we do have a wideband aerial, that the only channels that can be received, after numerous "re-tunes" are the ones mentioned - and these are exactly as the "MUX 1" details near the top of this page!

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Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Transmitter engineering
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3:11 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:50 today to 12:53 today [BBC]

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3:11 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:50 today to 12:53 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 5 January 2011
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6:14 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:50 yesterday to 12:53 yesterday [BBC]

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RIDGE HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:50 yesterday to 12:53 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 7 January 2011
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8:26 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - ge Hill Transmitter group works on 24 and 25 November 2010: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 00:01hrs and 06:00hrs on each date and will affect all the transmitter groups relays. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2 and ITV will be subject to periods of shutdown between 00:01 and 06:00. Channel 4 will be subject to service interrutpions. Digital services - Not affected. [DUK]

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RIDGE HILL transmitter - ge Hill Transmitter group works on 24 and 25 November 2010: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 00:01hrs and 06:00hrs on each date and will affect all the transmitter groups relays. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2 and ITV will be subject to periods of shutdown between 00:01 and 06:00. Channel 4 will be subject to service interrutpions. Digital services - Not affected. [DUK]

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011
M
Mike
5:43 PM
Cheltenham

I live in Cheltenham and at present seem only able to get ITV Central evening news rather than ITV West. I checked for the Ridgehill ITV HTV transmitter and that seems even after April 20 to offer a weak transmission.

How after April 20 will Cheltenham viewers be able to see ITV West?

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