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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
Sunday, 6 April 2014
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:25 PM

Colin1951uk: I don't think the issue is with your equipment.

I have a 4:3 CRT TV with Sony RDR-HXD870 PVR set for 4:3 letterbox and RT has appeared as anarmorphic 4:3 widescreen for several days now - that is the 16:9 picture it fills the 4:3 screen with no black bars, so figures on the screen are squashed and are tall and thin.

A 16:9 LG TV shows Film4+1 as 14:9.

I receive my TV from Emley Moor.

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Martin Spindler
6:39 PM

Dave Lindsay: we live in brookvale runcorn our free view HD signal from winter hill is interupted every time a plane drops low to land at Liverpool airport have checked on flight radar and visually out of our lounge window.

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Colin1951uk
9:00 PM
Eastleigh

Dave Lindsay: Thanks very much for he check.

It appears this is a nationwide glitch then so I wonder what's going on?

I'll try a bit of Googling and see if I can find anything that might throw some further light on it.

Bit of a relief to know it's not only me anyway.

Thanks again.





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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:46 PM

Colin1951uk: As I said on another thread, my CRT/digibox setup seems to be going to widescreen as standard, rather than 4:3. Thats fine. However, my wife was recording a programme on 4-7 (Com 6) earlier this evening , and my Sony HXD895 was recording it in exactly the same way that Dave Lindsay described. Since I'm getting signals from Waltham, I think your right, its a national thing.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Rob James
7:34 PM
Bognor Regis

What are the pros and cons of vertical v horizontal polarisation for Rowridge please?

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Rob James's 7 posts GB
Sunday, 18 May 2014
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Stuart
7:48 PM
Southampton

Hello all,

I'm in the SO30 (Hedge End) area and have had good reception from Rowridge until recently when all COM 5 (ArqA) channels I watch started pixelating and then dropped out. I have tried the full re-install on both the Samsung TV and Sagem HDD recorder without sucess. I have looked for causes of single channel interference but found nothing wrong.

Has anyone else using this transmitter experienced the same problem?

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Stuart's 5 posts GB
Friday, 23 May 2014
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jamie stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

9:58 PM

hi,

all muxes have been working fine.

if an obstruction has been built in your line of sight to the transmitter this could be causing the issue you are having. if you can access your aerial you should try to move it, even a few feet left or right can clear the view of an obstruction.

from

local digital approved installer :)

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jamie stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:04 PM

ROB JAMES

I am a local installer and would say its better to use VP rather than HP.

HP will be having more channels available than VP, however these channels are outputted at very low strengths so you may struggle to receive them without a high gain aerial and amplification.

VP is far superior in reception, you are now able to fit much smaller aerials without the need for amplification, which in turn means less wind load, less chance of storm damage and less chance of issues such as amps tripping out.


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jamie stevens's 207 posts GB
Sunday, 25 May 2014
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Rob James
5:16 PM
Bognor Regis

Many thanks Jamie Stevens. That is very helpful.

Rob

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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Nick Taylor
4:48 PM
Chichester

The problem with VP and the Rowridge transmitter is that if you want to watch BBC FOUR HD (and others on the com7 mux / C31), then you have to have HP. This I realised was the problem with my aerial in my loft, as it was set up as VP and so I would never have got all these great HD channels. So I shifted my aerial from VP to HP, and can now watch C31. The only downside to this is that my hard-drive tuner cannot now tune in to Channel 5 (although it can see Channel 5 +1) although my TV tuner CAN still see Channel 5... go figure!


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