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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 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;
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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
Thursday, 25 January 2018
J
J Whitney
12:32 AM

Moving any services to channel 55 seems nonsensical for Rowridge. It has always been a group A transmitter and so surely the vast majority of people will have a group A aerial. So it seems a large number of people will have to pay for a new group T aerial to be fitted if they wish to continue receiving the Com7 and Com8 channels. Rich pickings for aerial fitters and since my aerial is at the top of a 20 ft pole not simple for me and particularly annoying since I frequently watch Ch4+1 HD and 4Seven HD as well as BBC4 HD (but not anymore). What is the point of moving Com7 and Com8 to a single frequency network on channel 55? This seems so unnecessary and costly. Just leave Com 7 where it is and keep its capacity unchanged!!

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StevensOnln1
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10:59 AM

J Whitney: It is necessary to move COM7 and COM8 to single frequency networks on UKF channels 55 and 56 because channels 31-37 are needed to relocate other multiplexes which are being cleared from the 700MHz band. There is no option for Ofcom/Arqiva to leave them unchanged on any transmitter as this would cause massive interference to relocated PSB and COM muxes on other transmitters.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018
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R Murchie
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8:27 PM
Eastleigh

A new wideband aerial has sorted the loss of stations from Rowridge, BBC Four HD etc all back on screen, so I hope the March 2018 frequency changes will go smoothly. However, I wish some simple advice from BBC, Freeview, or Ofcom along these lines had been available to save this unnecessary confusion.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:28 PM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:35 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:31 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 today, Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 today. [BBC]

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4:28 PM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:35 today to 15:21 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:31 today to 13:34 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 today to 13:34 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 today to 13:34 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

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Thursday, 8 February 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:28 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:35 yesterday to 15:21 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:31 yesterday to 13:34 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 yesterday to 13:34 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:32 yesterda [BBC]

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1:28 PM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:04 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:01 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 today, Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 today. [BBC]

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7:28 PM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:04 today to 15:50 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 today to 15:50 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:01 today to 15:50 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 today to 15:50 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

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Friday, 9 February 2018
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4:28 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:04 yesterday to 15:50 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 yesterday to 15:50 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:01 yesterday to 15:50 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterda [BBC]

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Saturday, 10 February 2018
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4:28 AM

ROWRIDGE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:04 on 08 Feb to 15:50 on 08 Feb. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:02 on 08 Feb to 15:50 on 08 Feb, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:01 on 08 Feb to 15:50 on 08 Feb, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 08 Fe [BBC]

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