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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 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-620,000W
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
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 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-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;
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, 5 June 2019
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Graham
5:25 PM

Andrew: If your Internet connection is good enough to stream video, Points West is now reliably available on BBC iplayer either live and for an hour or two later or, possibly after a gap, on catch up for up to 24 hours after the original transmission. (Other BBC West regional opt-outs might also be available but I generally don't watch them.)
It is also available on the basic VirginMedia cable TV package.

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Thursday, 6 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 08:20 on 04 Jun to 08:23 on 04 Jun. [BBC]

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Sunday, 23 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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11:09 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 22:26 today to 22:34 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 24 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 22:26 yesterday to 22:34 yesterday. [BBC]

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2:09 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 22:26 yesterday to 22:48 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 22:26 on 23 Jun to 22:48 on 23 Jun. [BBC]

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Friday, 28 June 2019
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Glenn
7:50 PM

Freeview completely off all channels. Showing a date of 2032 and no information for each channel i was watching star trek earlier so have l time warped Help

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Saturday, 29 June 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:53 PM

Glenn:

It is likely to be due to the very hot weather we are currently experiencing. There is no cure as it is not a fault and DO NOT RETUNE.



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Tuesday, 9 July 2019
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Richard Sutton
11:31 AM

For years I have had tuning problems using Ridge Hill because of the West and Central transmission which have always confused the various tuners where I live as I'm in a tricky reception area. However, Ridge Hill has always been shown in the Digital UK Coverage Checker as being my best transmitter so I've stuck with it.

Something seems to have changed in the last few weeks and I cannot now receive ITV4 (for BSB bike racing) on either mux 25 or mux 29. The signal quality on both appears to be 30% or less on all my devices and the picture constantly breaks up.

I've just checked the Digital UK Coverage Checker and, after being Ridge Hill all these years since switchover, the recommended transmitter for my post code (which is only 4 houses) is now Sutton Coldfield.

I guess that I will have to ask an aerial fitter to come and swivel my aerial 100-ish degrees so I hope that my current aerial is still suitable unless someone can advise whether this 25/29 problem is likely to be a temporary issue.

I always watch the main channels in HD and the HD muxes are fine.

Richard

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StevensOnln1
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1:02 PM

Richard Sutton: ITV4 is only broadcast from Ridge Hill on UHF channel 25 (UHF 29 only carries ITV West with no other services). Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections? Do you get the same results on ITV2 and ITV3 (both are on the same PSB2 mux as ITV4)? If you provide a full postcode someone may be able to offer more specific advice.

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