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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-320,000W
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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-320,000W
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3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 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
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

com7
 H -2.8dB
C55 (746.0MHz)363mDTG-610,500W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014:  Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West),

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
Monday, 29 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:33 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:11 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today, Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:34 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:11 today to 13:58 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today to 13:58 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today to 13:58 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 today to 13:58 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:33 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:11 yesterday to 13:58 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 yesterday to 13:58 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 yesterday to 13:58 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 yesterda [BBC]

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:34 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:11 on 29 Sep to 13:58 on 29 Sep. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 on 29 Sep to 13:58 on 29 Sep, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 on 29 Sep to 13:58 on 29 Sep, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 12:11 on 29 Se [BBC]

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Thursday, 2 October 2014
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rob lucas
8:10 PM

Very weak signal at Ross-on-Wye from Ridge Hill on BBC 1, 2 and 3,. Allelse seems ok

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Saturday, 4 October 2014
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KC
6:56 PM

I live in Cheltenham and have a high-gain wideband ariel directed NW at Ridge Hill. Unfortunately (as well as receiving DVB transmissions from Ridge Hill on C21, C22, C24, C25, C27, C28, C29, C30 and C32) transmissions from the much further away Wrekin transmitter on C23 and C26 can be decoded which throws the channel allocation in my TV - i.e. weaker Wrekin-sourced versions of channels are given preference over stronger Ridge Hill multiplexer-transmissions of the same channels.

So I no longer retune the TV using automatic mode and have resorted to nominating individual channels (not including C23 and C26) when retuning the set.

Are there plans to overcome this undesirable transmission competition from weaker further-away transmitters?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:26 PM

KC: You have overcome it by manually tuning!

I presume your question about "plans" relates to the automatic tuning sequence. How could it possibly be overcome??!!

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:31 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 today to 17:40 today, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 today to 17:40 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 5 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:33 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 yesterday to 17:40 yesterday, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 yesterday to 17:40 yesterday. [BBC]

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DavidB
12:20 PM
Cheltenham

The EPG on my Sony RDR-HX970 recorder has lost all BBC channels in the past few days. All other channels are showing normally, and the EPGs are fully poopulated on two (Panasonic) TVs connected to the same aerial - one of which gets its signal via a pass-through socket on the recorder. And yes, I've cleared and re-scanned the tuning.

Any ideas, anybody?

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