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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?

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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
 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 (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 ITV +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 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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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 9 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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LSO
 H -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

com7
 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
Channel icons


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
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
M
mort
8:12 AM

having read, sworn, ignored, then re-read.

It could be the 4G Interference.
I would say is my HD reception is also weaker

as CH19 is on ARQa I thinks this might be the route cause.

I have however noticed that I can tune in the channels during the day, but they are un-viewable by the evening.

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Sean
6:37 PM

The real answer is probably to switch to VP. I'd be interested to know why you got a HP aerial a year ago. I haven't seen many, so wondering if the average fitter knows about it.

See the info above - the Com muxes are much lower power on hp. We got crap channels subject to interference from France at DSO so the important people in London could have the decent ones. Hence all the VP nonsense.

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jamie stevens
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7:51 PM
Southampton

I have seen some fitters installing aerials HP still even today.

They must be from a national company and not local to the area.

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jamie stevens's 207 posts GB
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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Rocknerd
9:05 PM
Brighton

I think it's a strange choice not to broadcast Com 7 and 8 in VP as well as HP, but if you are going to only use one or the other of HP or VP from a business point of view it makes sense.

Rowridge was traditionally an HP transmitter and therefore the vast majority of aerials are still orientated in HP. The VP option was put in place for areas struggling with the lower powered Com muxes. Therefore if you are not in an area able to receive those adequately, then there would be little chance receiving the new HD channels which are broadcast at half the power of the already low powered muxes.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014
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Brian Baverstock
2:34 AM
Portsmouth

Why am I getting Meridian south east instead of Meridian south when I live in Portsmouth? Can I retune my Freeview box to get the correct station

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:13 AM

Brian Baverstock: If you are talking about ITV HD there are only a few ITV regions at present which are equipped to deliver HD content on the local news broadcasts. The whole of the Meridian region is currently fed the South-East option in HD. Meridian South news is transmitted in SD only for the time being.

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Dave
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7:17 PM

> The whole of the Meridian region is currently fed the South-East option in HD. Meridian South news is transmitted in SD only for the time being.

How much longer will this be the case ie when will we see Meridian Tonight in HD ?

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Dave's 126 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:22 PM

Dave: I doubt any time soon. See here for an explanation as to why ITV HD has more than one variant in the first place:

On the tenth day of Christmas Auntie brought to me ... five more HD channels | High definition | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:30 PM

I see the new HD mux'x are only 25kw, is this for good or will they go to the same power as the rest of 200kw ?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:43 PM

Dave: No, it will stay as it is. Digital UK indicates that it is at 23.4kW. Unusually the power is apparently slightly lower than previously anticipated (the owner of this site is waiting for confirmation as to the powers).

The new HD multiplex is available from 30 transmitters only, and on lower power than the other channels. There is a second "new" HD multiplex to follow.

The plan for these 30 transmitters has been drawn up and will not change before the end of 2018 at the earliest. At that point frequencies for TV may be replanned which might increase coverage of these quasi-national HD services.

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