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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?

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.

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
Channel icons
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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 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

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 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
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
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andrewp
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

6:56 PM

Barrie - one thing you will not get, unless you use your Skydish for it, is the right BBC regional news for your area. Ridge Hill only carries midlands BBC news (whereas it does carry ITV west).
Coleford has a west relay, and if that is out of reach, then Mendip is receivable in other parts of the town. Both of these transmit BBC West, which editorially covers the Forest.

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andrewp's 38 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:07 PM

Barrie Etherington: Ridge Hill is a full-freeview transmitter (it broadcasts Public Service [PSB] and Commercial [COM] channels).

Sky Sports on digital terrestrial, for use with BT Vision, are carried on one of the COM channels:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

The COM channels from Ridge Hill are on lower power than the PSBs, so if you find them to be an issue you may need to replace your aerial, either with another on Ridge Hill or one on Mendip.

Mendip will give you BBC One West and ITV West. Ridge Hill will give you BBC One West Midlands, ITV Central (South) and ITV West (it carries two PSB2 multiplexes, but only the West Midlands PSB1 one).

If Mendip isn't a possibility and you want BBC One West then you will probably have to pick it up from the Coleford relay, but it only carries PSB channels (so no Sky Sports). In which case, diplex (combine) it with the Ridge Hill one, if you can get the COM channels from there else there's not much point, unless you want to have access to West and West Midlands programming.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Andrew Brown
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:34 PM
Cinderford

Mr Etherington, I live in Cinderford and would be more than happy to discuss anything with you face to face. My advice is free and so it won't cost you a penny!
Regards

Andy

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Andrew Brown's 57 posts GB
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
T
Twoarmadillos
10:15 PM

Signal suddenly vanished! Any reason, do we know?!

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Twoarmadillos's 1 post GB
Monday, 23 September 2013
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R.Thompson
7:46 PM
Ludlow

Post code sy8 3bd. We have no TV signal on any channels date 23 0913 time 17 .45 pm

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R.Thompson's 1 post GB
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P Priestley
8:09 PM
Leominster

No reception on any channel date 23/9/2013 Postcode HR6 0EA

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P Priestley's 1 post GB
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Ray
8:21 PM
Hereford

All COM5 ArqA multiplex is offline tonight hr1

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Ray's 1 post GB
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Betty
9:26 PM
Hereford

Ray: hi been having problems over weekend with channels freezing, tonight it got worse, have tried 4 times to retune at the moment have only 10 channels,when retuned first got retuning via London, Glos/oxon and bucks, then all London I live in Herefordshire. any ideas. When I had problems earlier in year I noticed my channel was retuning to Gloucestershire


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Betty's 17 posts GB
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jamie stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

9:40 PM
Portsmouth

Betty:

You are in a location where your aerial can receive from multiple transmitters.

When this happen the system can get confused about which signal to use.

I would suggest you either get an aerial fitted which is specific to your location therefore blocking all other signals or use a GROUP FILTER to block out unwanted receptions from other transmitters.

As you are also having issues with the amount of channels being received you could have a problem with other parts of the system.

Not really something a DIYer could fix.

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Betty
9:44 PM
Hereford

jamie stevens: Thanks for info the programmes have been ok for sometime its only the last couple of days it has been playing up, my son next door is having similar problems we are quite high up and have roof top aerial, will try and retune in daylight thanks again

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