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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.

 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
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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

 V max
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
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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),

 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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

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

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.

Saturday, 22 November 2014
Chris Shaw
2:01 PM

Dave Lindsay:

Sorry, to answer your question, there is virtually no signal on channel 31, about 1.5 at the most.

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Dave Lindsay

11:44 PM

Chris Shaw: In answer to your question of a dual-pole aerial: Possibly, but not one for UHF television reception.

If it's vertical (elements up/down) then turn it to horizontal (elements flat) and see what you get on UHF channel 31.

If it's a log periodic aerial then it won't have a reflector. See:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

If you do get a new aerial then I would get a log periodic one. Mount it horizontally in the loft. If you don't have a good enough signal anywhere in the loft then your plan B is to have it fitted outside.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Chris Shaw
12:52 PM

Dave Lindsay:
Thanks, it's definitely a log periodic aerial. The way it's fixed at present, it would be difficult to turn it the other way. However, without worrying about BBC4 HD very much, I think I'll leave it alone until other programmes start to disappear!


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Chris Shaw's 16 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
4:16 PM

Com 7 is being transmitted on VP , direct observation - Ringwood / New Forest, but very low power.

Aerial being used is an external Antiference XG8 into a Maxview variable gain distribution amp in the roof.

But note that Channel 31 can be blocked by box output on HDMI at HD resolutions, 720 and 1080.

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MRH15's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

4:33 PM

MRH15: Is it or is it the HP signal being picked up by your VP aerial?

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Thursday, 27 November 2014
9:33 AM


Vertical Polarized , changed earlier in the year to get all six muxes at full power.

Signal good enough to record Motors TV when my Humax HDR is in stand by.

Signal varies 30-40%

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MRH15's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 30 November 2014
m campbell
2:12 PM

why can I not receive ch8 in Christchurch from Rowridge? . I am told folk in Southampton can and supposedly looking at rowridge

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Dave Lindsay

5:48 PM

m campbell: Because the signal is not beamed in your direction. See the above map and click "LSOH". Also click "Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?"

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 4 December 2014
9:29 AM

Hi, I have been having trouble with break up on all BBC channels (C24), until yesterday, when I have lost them completely. I am at PO9 6HG, so I believe my local transmitter is Row ridge. All other channels are perfectly ok, no break up at all.
I have tried retuning my HDR-FOX-T2, have tried retuning without the aerial connected to clear the channels, but no luck. I have also just used my Freeview tuner on my TV, but with the same results. My aerial is on the roof, but I couldn't tell you what type it is.There doesn't seem to be any transmitter work going on, so I'm not sure where to go from here.

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Chris's 1 post GB
Sunday, 14 December 2014
11:13 AM

I'm having reception problems. I can't receive the ITV Programs (Channels 3,4,5,6)
I use a Philips DTR 1500 Set Top Box connected to a Philips TV.
I've reset the Digital Box to its Virgin State as supplied by the factory.
My Postal Code is BH6 3HS. It is shown as being in a Good Reception Coverage Area.
The picture quality on all other installed channels is Excellent.
Your Service Notice for the Rowridge Transmitter is not reporting any problems

I'm not sure what my next steps should be. Any help appreciated.

Thanks P.Egan

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