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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.

 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

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 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),

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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
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C25 (506.0MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
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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 8 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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 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

 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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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.
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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.

Friday, 12 August 2016

9:24 AM

Nigel : Yes, high pressure certainly does have an affect on reception, and in most cases one of a dastardly nature, although occasionally (very) it can be positive by enabling a signal to be received from a transmitter normally just out of range.

I had a quick look at the pressure maps before making this reply, and judging by that seen it would appear that the UK is in for a rough time of it for the whole of next week as far as reception problems are concerned, as a series of waves of high pressure are seen to sweep across most of the UK excluding the Northern areas of Scotland, with the South Western area's being severely affected at times.

Needless to say, high pressure is the most likely reason for the problem mentioned.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Richard Cooper

4:42 PM

Nigel : Hi, Nigel I totally agree with jb38, regarding Solent TV. It is not listed as being receivable at your location. On the other hand, BBC Radio Solent should be receivable at yours, because that is transmitted on a high power multiplex. The Freeview channel number for BBC Radio Solent is 722 for you, should you wish to hear local news through your television set. Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 462 posts GB
Richard Cooper

4:46 PM

Tony Dix: Hi, Tony. Remember that COM5 is 6 decibels lower on its horizontally polarised signal compared to multiplexes PSB1 PSB2 and PSB3!!! Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 462 posts GB
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Margaret Baker
10:46 AM

Every night at precisely 1am I lose the TV and get a No Signal message. Does the transmitter go to reduced power or what?

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Margaret Baker's 1 post GB

11:30 AM

Margaret Baker: Freeview transmitters do not reduce their broadcast power overnight. If it is happening at the same time each night then you are likely suffering from electrical interference caused by something operating on a timer switch.

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StevensOnln1's 3,397 posts GB
Saturday, 3 September 2016
8:23 PM


Apologies if this is covered elsewhere and I'd be grateful for a signpost if it iis. I am very confused about BBC News 24 HD reception in my area. I moved here last November and received the HD channel sporadically (signal strength was variable). Then it just vanished completely for no reason.

I'm receiving BBC1, 2 and 4, ITV, Channel 4, 5, QVC, CBBC all in HD without any problems. Postcode is SO18 and set to Rowridge transmitter. Any ideas on how to get BBC News 24 in HD?


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JM's 1 post GB

9:20 PM

JM: Apart from the possibility of an iffy aerial connection, double check any jumper leads used, the other thing that springs to mind is whether your aerial is mounted vertically (elements up/downwards) or horizontally? as some viewers have aerials mounted vertically to take advantage of the TX power being higher on COM4/5/6 on vertical over that on horizontal, whereas BBC News HD is only transmitted on horizontal polarity at a much lower power that even the three COM's mentioned on horizontal, BBC News HD on COM7 at 24Kw, the other three COM's being on 50Kw.

Apart from having a look up the aerial to check the polarity, try manually tuning in COM7 on C31/554.0Mhz, but do not press search after having entered 31, because if anything is being received the level the signal is being received at will appear in the signal strength bars.

Further advice as required.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Thursday, 15 September 2016
9:42 AM

Our freeview box has ceased to work as before Is there a problem with the freeview box ? Do we need to use the Sky TV Guide button on the remote control. Could you please advise . My Postcode is PO17 5HA.
Many thanks.

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Juliette's 1 post GB

10:09 AM

Juliette: Check the box by plugging it into another tv - if its not working, then its the box, but check first if its your aerial system at fault.

However, if itsa sky box (you mentioned the remote), then thats skys problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
6:47 PM

This site is now showing vertical polarity of COM4/5/6 as being derated to 50Kw rather than 200Kw. This was the reason for vertical polarisation of the aerial. Has this really been derated as if so, it would make sense to change back to horizontal to get the additional 2 MUX?

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