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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
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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

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 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, 24 February 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:23 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - Over the next week Rowridge main transmitter: TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:24 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - Over the next week Rowridge main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Saturday, 8 March 2014
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Nicholas Willmott
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

3:42 PM

Why has Rowridge so far got COM7, but not COM8? Will COM8 come to fruition or not? If they've abandoned COM8, why not use the equipment and frequencies originally intended for COM8 to increase COM7 to all the 80 "full Freeview" transmitters - i.e. ones that carry SDN, ArqA and ArqB?

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Nicholas Willmott's 80 posts GB
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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bryfly
4:03 PM
Waterlooville

Turned my aerial back to horizontal with masthead amp, so now I can receive the channels on com7, Im in post code po7 6be using Rowridge transmitter, the signal strength is not very good though, guess this is due to the 25,000W power, is this the maximum it will transmit in.



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bryfly's 8 posts GB
Thursday, 13 March 2014
J
jamie stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

7:57 PM
Petersfield

bryfly -

in your location you will end up with issues on other muxes too, I find installing near you difficult for reception on HP so always use VP.

I would put it back to VP and sacrifice the new coms.

:)
:)

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bryfly
9:01 PM

@ Jamie . thanks for the tip, will see how it goes, no problems so far, in the loft with amp ,guess I must be in a better part of my post code. Do you know if the output is going to remain at 25000 w

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bryfly's 1 post GB
Friday, 14 March 2014
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Ginger
3:52 PM
Brighton

Up until now I have not had any problems receiving Rowridge on HP.

The new COM7 came on air and again, no problem, all channels including the weaker COM7 coming through clear with good signal quality.

According to this site, engineering works were going on and as predicted I had some loss of channels at times. However, according to site information, the engineering works have now finished, but I am getting big fluctuations in signal quality (interestingly not strength which still remains good). It can go from 100% to nothing and just stay like that for hours.

Is anybody else having this problem? Does anybody know if the engineering is overunning, or is there another problem here.

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Ginger's 3 posts EU
Friday, 21 March 2014
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steve baker
2:16 PM

Bryfly. If you're not having any problems then just leave it and enjoy. I think the 25,000W is the final power for Com7, at least for now.

Ginger. Yes I has problems with COM7 signal sporadically disappearing through the day last week. I originally thought it was the high pressure weather, but it seems to have been fine again all this week, so perhaps they were doing some engineering after all?

It's something I'm monitoring anyway, so we'll just have to see. :)

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steve baker's 3 posts GB
Monday, 24 March 2014
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Bob Eades
12:41 PM

Briantist:

Not sure what's happened but retuned set and got additional HD channels, aerial set to vertical polarity as had problems Comm4 with HP, thought only TX on HP?

Bob Eades

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Bob Eades's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Idris Martin
10:13 PM

I have given up trying to get my full Freeview service from Roweridge transmitter & turned my aerial around & scanned until I received a reasonable signal.
However, unless my geography is way out my aerial seems to be pointing in the wrong direction from my house in Weymouth and to the south west not towards the Stockland Hill transmitter which would be more to the north west , but the channels 22,23, 25, 26 & 29 seem to tally with Stockland.
Is there any way I can tell where the signal is coming from?

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