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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-200,000W
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-200,000W
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-200,000W
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
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

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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
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

LSO
 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
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
Saturday, 24 March 2018
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Nick H
10:31 PM

I now know the problem
Forces TV etc is on COM8 or multiplex 8 on ch56 and I'm showing only 10-20% signal
So new aerial here we come

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Nick H's 4 posts GB
Sunday, 25 March 2018
MikeP
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1:25 PM

Nick H:

You can get advice and possibly a 'free' aerial by consulting Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview As long as you don't have cable or satellite, they can usually offer a free replacement aerial.

Any new aerial should be a wide band type so it can receive all the signals now and into the foreseeable future.



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Greg Stewart
2:14 PM

HI Mike,
I searched various pages on Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview and could find no mention of free aerial upgrades only links to paid aerial engineers. Do you have a direct link to the page mentioning free aerial upgrdes?
Ta

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StevensOnln1
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2:41 PM

Greg Stewart: It's in the FAQ section on that page - call the Freeview Advice Line on the number given at the top of that page and they can arrange a free replacement wideband aerial where required.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018
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Michael Willis
3:10 PM

Our new Panasonic 58ex700b TV only accepts Freeview and freetime - no Freesat that gave us many more channels than Freeview here in Brighstone. The range of channels is limited to the main BBC and ITV programmes. How and when can I get a better signal?

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StevensOnln1
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4:30 PM

Michael Willis: Please provide a full postcode so that we can see your predicted coverage. Were you using a Freesat box before? If so, which make and model?

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MikeB
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4:41 PM

Michael Willis: Steve's right - without a postcode, we have no idea what signal you should expect.

But if you live in an area with just a Light transmitter, you can't get any more from an aerial. The area just isn't worth transmitting too with most commercial channels - the cost of the 1000 or so Light transmitters is the same as doing perhaps 20 main ones, for only 8% of the population.

The Panasonic EX700 is a very decent set, but its not equiped with Freesat, unlike its more expensive cousin, the EX750. However, you can buy a Freesat receiver or PVR easily, put up a dish and off you go. Humax is the choice for PVR, and will be about 200 pounds, with the reciever being half that. Freesat will allow you to get far more channels, albeit not C4 HD at present.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
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Jeddy S
10:32 AM

Do I understand the above correctly? From 31st Mar '18 (which I'm guessing was in reality last week) Rowridge will no longer be broadcasting the LSO, com7 and com8 multiplexes? So no BB4 HD, BBC News HD or 4-7 HD (I don't care about the rest of them).

Certainly since I retuned last week I can't get the above. (SO30 postcode).

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MikeP
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12:13 PM

Jeddy S:

Is your current aerial a Group A type? If it is then it needs to be changed to a wideband type so it can receive all the available signals from Rowridge.

Take a look at hhttps://www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges and look in the FAQ section. You may qualify for a free aerial replacement if you do not have satellite or cable services.



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Jeddy S
12:26 PM

MikeP, my aerial is wideband, although looking at
'How will the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmission frequencies change over time?'
from 31/3/18 only channels 21-28 are used anyway, so I don't understand why wideband would be required.
Which multiplex should BBC Four HD be on after 31/3/18?

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