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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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 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
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12 Quest, 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 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-320,000W
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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, 26 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, 25 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 yesterday to 20:49 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 on 24 Dec to 20:49 on 24 Dec. [BBC]

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Sunday, 14 January 2018
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Mr. R Baylis
10:43 PM

I'm confused by the diagram for Ridge Hill Frequency Changes Over Time. Everything changes massively post 31st March this year and there's no mention of support for com7 and com8. Does that mean we'll lose all the channels listed as carried on those MUX? It certainly looks as though a massive retune will be necessary.

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StevensOnln1
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11:12 PM

Mr. R Baylis: According to Digital UK, the only frequency changes taking place at Ridge Hill are that COM7 & COM8 will move to UHF 55 & 56 on 1st March 2018. On the same day, the PSB3West mux (carrying ITV Westcountry West only) will reduce in transmission power to 2Kw and change transmission mode to QPSK in order to make the signal more robust. All other muxes remain on their current allocations.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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Mr. R Baylis
10:02 AM

StevensOnln1: Thank you for that information. With com7 and com8 simply disappearing from the diagram it wasn't clear what was going to happen to the channels carried on those mux. So am I correct in thinking that UHF 55 and 56 will appear in the list as new entries in the first column in the 700 between the existing C53 and C57? If that is the case, it might be helpful to update the diagram to include those two lines now, and show com7 and com8 in those lines on the column for March 2018 to show they have moved there.

I also notice the aerial group has changed from W back to A & K again as of this date. I've read the linked piece on aerial groups but am none the wiser, although I assume it relates to the transmitter aerial rather than the receivers? Otherwise I'd have thought there would have been a big campaign to alert us to the possible need to change our aerials again. I'm in a marginal signal area so back in 2015 I bought a Labgear LAB450T which has a 15db gain and a signal amplifier to upgrade the existing equipment. I'm assuming this will be sufficient?

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StevensOnln1
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10:24 AM

Mr. R Baylis: I believe the entries for 2018 onwards on the diagram above are based on which frequencies have international clearance for the transmitter after the 700MHz clearance is completed. Your Labgear LAB450T aerial is wide band so won't need to be replaced. Hardly anyone using Ridge Hill will need to replace their aerial unless they are using a group A aerial and loose COM7 & COM8 due to weak signal (many will have fitted a wide band aerial in order to receive Freeview prior to digital switchover).

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Thursday, 1 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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7:29 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today to 03:14 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today to 03:14 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 2 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 yesterday to 03:14 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 yesterday to 03:14 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 3 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 on 01 Mar to 03:14 on 01 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 on 01 Mar to 03:14 on 01 Mar. [BBC]

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