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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-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
Channel icons
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
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 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
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, 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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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
Saturday, 17 March 2018
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Barry Sharples
9:52 PM

Channels 55 and 56 have no signals when I do a manual retune.

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Barry Sharples's 4 posts GB
Sunday, 18 March 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:31 AM

Barry Sharples:

It could be that your aerial is unable to receive channels 55 and 56. If it is a Group A type, that will not be any use for those channels.

Freeview have some advice about getting your aerial changed (if you do not have Satellite or cable) and you should ask them.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
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Barry Sharples
12:58 PM

Thanks MikeP, I read now on aerialsandtv.com that the HD MUXes 7 & 8 on channels 55 and 56 are due to be switched of around 2022 ie 4 years time with no clue as where BBC 4 HD, BBC News HD and Al Jazeera HD might go. Someone else said it doesn't.matter because so few people watch these channels. I guess I'm one of the few.

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:31 PM

Barry Sharples: If the BBC switch off their SD channels and go HD only it would free up enough capacity for all of the BBC channels to broadcast in HD using the BBC's own capacity on the PSB1 & PSB3 multiplexes which are broadcast from every transmitter. If all muxes were converted to DVB-T2 there would be sufficient capacity for all the channels currently on COM7 & COM8 to move to other multiplexes (although whether all of the broadcasters could afford the additional costs of having their channels on a mux with higher coverage is another question). Unfortunately there has been no announcement by any broadcasters, multiplex operators or the government/Ofcom to indicate when any of this will happen.

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB
Monday, 19 March 2018
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Nigel Bufton
3:36 PM

Hi on all my TV's there's a lot of channels not there I have 115 b for work was ddune on ridge hill i had 130 before that work ot sure if work is still going on or not I tried rescanned and factory resets still 115 my aerials are ok I rely on my TV beig disabled ayway thank you n b Bufton ps my postcode is hr1

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Nigel Bufton
3:41 PM

Hi on all my TV's there's a lot of channels not there have 115 b for work was dune on ridge hill i had 130 before that work not sure if work is still going on or not I tried rescanned and factory resets still 115 my aerials are ok I rely on my TV being disabled anyway thank you n b Bufton ps my postcode is hr1

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Nigel Bufton's 2 posts GB
Monday, 26 March 2018
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Grahams
9:19 AM

Com7 com8 on channels 55 and 56 seem to be ok now. I retuned yesterday and picked up bbc 4 hd,, bbc news hd, ch4+1 hd and 4/7 hd without any problems. Suggest anyone who had issues after the channel changes tries a retune now.

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Grahams's 7 posts US
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:07 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:47 yesterday to 22:51 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 23 April 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:07 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:47 on 21 Apr to 22:51 on 21 Apr. [BBC]

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Sunday, 29 April 2018
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Mr B Smith
9:54 PM
Gloucester

Since April 2018, I lost several useful HD channels and VintageTV(SD), Gloucester GL4 5FJ. Re-scanned my Sony Bravia many times, missing channels are never found. Disappointed and not happy. Subscribed here for updates and awaiting a resolution.

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