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The symbol shows the location of the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter which serves 620,000 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 Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge 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
 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 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 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 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 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
320mDTG-6200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South 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 -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
299mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
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 -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
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 -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
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

LSO
 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Rowridge transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 24km north-northeast (20°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

Are there any self-help relays?

Portsmouth DocksTransposer2 km N city centre50 homes Estimate. Group of houses'

How will the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C24BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C27ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C28ArqBArqB
C29LSO
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavescom7
C37com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
PSB1||, PSB1≡, PSB2||, PSB2≡, PSB3||, PSB3≡(-4dB) 200kW
COM4≡, COM4||, COM5≡, COM5||, COM6≡, COM6||(-10dB) 50kW
com7≡(-13.1dB) 24.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
com8≡(-14.3dB) 18.4kW
LSO≡(-17dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Rowridge was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Monday, 13 May 2013
C
Carol
6:05 PM

I live in Bryanston, Dorset (DT11 area/Blandford). Since the digital switchover a few weeks ago, we have been receiving digital TV via Mendip very successfully. Now we cannot tune in any channels successfully, using Rowridge, Winterborne Stickland or Mendip. We have moved the TV aerial every which way to no avail. The signal strength/quality is particularly poor in the mornings but is often very good in the evenings, which makes no sense at all. We can't understand what's happened.

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Monday, 24 June 2013
Alan Rowe
9:57 PM

I work around Southampton and for the most part all
I use now are Vision log 20 Group A(V), they are perfect and in most cases there is enough signal for 4,6, 8 or more TV's.
I seem to spend a lot of time at customers premises
stripping out all the old amps as they are saturating the
signal.
If I am over the West End side then I use group B's
I find it strange how you still see installers using great
big wide band wind catchers pointing them
horizontally at Rowridge. I suppose from a customers point of view
the more metalwork there is, the better the signal.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:40 PM

Alan Rowe: Quite so, and especially the latter comment you made, as although I am not an aerial installer as such I do sometimes get involved with aerials and find that many are initially sceptical about the results expected when their huge piece of metalwork similar to a garden railing is removed and replaced by something a fraction of the size, me of course also referring to log periodic's.

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013
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R.Gregory
8:46 PM

I am new to Freeview can you explain why I'm getting BBC programmes but all others have dropped out this evening. My Freesat has not been effected.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013
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Mark Pyke
7:26 AM

Living in Winchester always received signal from Rowridge after request for retune have lost HD signal - why?

Thanks

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Jamie Stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:06 PM
Portsmouth

MARK PYKE

Have you lost HD on all equipment or just one?

Is your aerial Wideband or Group A

If it is a Wideband you should get it changed as Rowridge is a Group A transmitter, HD is transmitted on UHF 21 which is the first frequency for TV reception, although a Wideband aerial does work from settings 21-68 they actually perform better at the higher end of the spectrum, therefore it can sometimes be difficult to receive the HD reception from a Wideband aerial being used on a Group A transmitter.

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Jamie Stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:11 PM
Portsmouth

R GREGORY

Freeview works differently to Freesat.

If your sat dish is aligned correctly all receptions will work.

Freeview is different in the fact that you have 6 UHF settings which your aerial is receiving the TV channels, all TV channels are split over these 6 settings, if 1 setting is working correctly then all the channels on that setting will work, if a setting is not being received correctly then you will have missing channels or pixilation on those channels.

Getting all 6 UHF settings working correctly relies on the antenna being in good condition, good condition cable and most importantly the antenna located in the correct part of the building, not always the highest point, sometimes even a few feet left or right can make a difference in receiving reception.

:)

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Friday, 12 July 2013
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:52 AM

Mark Pyke: You should also be aware that engineering work is being carried out at Rowridge during the whole of this week and so the service is liable to suffer periods of interruption at any time, your retune having possibly coincided with the HD transmitters down time.

If HD is still missing you should carry out another retune.



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Phil King
12:20 PM
Poole

Well, we're not getting any Freeview channels (from Rowridge VP) working over here in Holton Heath . Is it the engineering work, hot weather, or a combination of the two? Our reception is usually pretty solid on the PSB muxes and COM6, though the others are patchy. Signal strength is fine, but quality is zero.

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john
1:55 PM
Harrow

Phil King: likely you've answered your own question, although it is more likely the transmitter work is to blame. quality is in general more important than strength unfortunately! ideally strength should be 75% quality 100%.

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