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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) mast?

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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.

 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

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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),

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C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
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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

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C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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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

 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

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C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-20,000W
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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?

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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 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

Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Mike Barrett
11:18 AM

I mostly have no or bad signal on Ridge Hill Ch27 on my Humax Freeview recorder.(Film 4, ITV4). I always have good reception on other channels and no problems on the TV itself. Connections are high-grade SCART. I had no problems before digital switchover. Aerial is in loft. I have received digital via the Humax PVR8000T for about 6 years.

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Mike Barrett's 2 posts GB

12:21 PM

Mike Barrett: Loft aerials are often a problem for reliable reception - but please see Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

I note you can receive signals from Ridge Hill, Mendip, Malvern, Sutton Coldfield, The Wrekin and Bromsgrove, so you should be able to get a signal for the ArqB multiplex.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 20 February 2012
Transmitter engineering

12:38 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Over the next week Ridge Hill main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,888 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

12:38 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Over the next week Ridge Hill main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Friday, 9 March 2012
Mike Barrett
2:46 PM

Sound volume is much lower on the HD channels than the normal channels, requiring increased amplification. What is the reason for this?

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Mike Barrett's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

2:08 PM

Hi guys! I am an aerial installer and have come across a few problems in the last few days with reception from Ridge Hill. 3 weeks ago I installed a log periodic aerial on a property with a short mast and had perfect signals. The customer rang me a few days ago and said that between 11am and 8pm they had lost a majority of their channels (BBC especially). So I go back and lo and behold the signals had dropped off.
So first thing was to change the aerial and replace the mast for a longer one, signals still the same (UHF 21 and 24 being bad however 28 was perfect).
Added a masthead amplifier to increase strength on 21 and 24 which helped.
Customer has called again today to say she has lost channels again (Dave, Really, E4+1, Challenge, Sky news Food network in particular)
Now I have checked the transmitter as has the customer and there are no problems there!
I have had a second customer now who has had exactly the same problem!! Same transmitter but in a different area. It definitely feels like something is going on somewhere!
Thanks in advance guys


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Andrew's 57 posts GB
5:31 PM

We have been receiving poor reception from Ridge Hill for about 2 weeks and are in Post Code area SY83PP. about 10 houses are effected.

Has anyone had the same problem?

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Richard's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
4:07 PM

Richard: I am an aerial installer from gloucestershire and we were getting odd problems just recently. I installed a new aerial 4 weeks ago it was working perfectly then all of a sudden some channels would go then all channels, usually at night! I believe that there was a problem with high pressure causing an inversion effect. That should have passed by now though.
Are you still having the same problems?


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andy's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 5 April 2012

8:43 PM

Mike Barrett: The HD channels do not use the "make everything as loud as possible" audio compression system used on the SD channels. This provides for a more subtle listening experiences, as well as 5.1 surround-sound.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 6 April 2012

12:09 PM

Andrew: Could be co-channel interference. Other transmitters using those channels are Rowridge, Blaen-Plwyf, and Caradon Hill. As it sounds like a "recent" problem, Rowridge would seem to be the most likely culprit, and even though the log period aerial has a good front-back ratio, it can still pick up reflected signals from buildings in front of the aerial (especially if they have big sheets of Celotex in the walls).
Typical readings on your meter would show plenty of received power (from Ridge Hill without amplifier) but low quality.
The high pressure weather may also be a factor.

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