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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

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
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:54 PM

Ken: COM7 & COM8 were never broadcast with vertical polarity from Rowridge, they were only ever horizontal before the recent frequency changes. Perhaps your aerial was just less effective at rejecting the horizontally polarized signal on the old lower frequencies when mounted with the elements vertical.

Martin G Nash: If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge if the missing channels cannot be restored by manual tuning. This can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,397 posts GB
Friday, 11 May 2018
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Colin Hobbs
8:37 AM

I have lost channels 106 to 201 and retuned several times including complete retune by Freeview staff i.e. Removing aerial etc. Tv is only 12 months old and new aerial installed in loft with no effect. Please advise if I need a wide and aerial. Regards
Colin Hobbs

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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:35 AM

Colin Hobbs: You are missing the com7 and com8 multiplexes. This page still shows these as on UHF channels 31 and 37 respectively but they have moved to UHF channels 55 and 56.

This change means a wideband aerial is now needed.

If you look at the top right of this page you will see an envelope icon, and next to it a link with the postcode of the Rowridge transmitter.

Clicking that link will take you to a coverage checker page where you can enter your own postcode by clicking "Change address" and see the predicted coverage for your location.

The message above yours from StevensOnln1 details how you might qualify for a free aerial.


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js's 792 posts RO
Saturday, 12 May 2018
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Tim Forsyth
9:43 AM

Hey StevensOnln1,

Do you know if anyone has been successful getting a replacement aerial / engineer visit from freeview?

I have tried phoning twice and both times (oddly I seem to have got the same guy) was told the same story about low power and there's no way I would be able to get COM7/8.

I feel like I'm being fobbed off. I asked directly about an aerial upgrade last time and was told it wouldn't help.

Thanks,
Tim.

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Tim Forsyth
2:09 PM
Lyndhurst

Hey Mike,

Thanks for your reply,. I'm in SO40 8DZ. Always used to get excellent signal from com7 and 8 before they moved.

I'm definitely on rowridge, also my aerial is pointing towards the Isle of Wight so it's s definite yes,.

If you think I should get good coverage for channels 55 and 56 from here, I'll be more direct with freeview.

Thanks,
Tim.

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Sunday, 13 May 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:48 PM

Tim Forsuthe:

Look at the blue box at the bottom of your posting titled 'digitaluk trade' (http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/SO40+8DZ/NA/0/) and then look at the expected reception from Rowridge.

That shows that currently your location gets variable coverage of the SDN, ARQA, COM7 and COM8 multiplexes, even though you are only 28km from the transmitter. It also shows that from April next year reception of COM7 and COM8 is expected to improve. Further, it shows that COM7 and COM8 use channels 55 and 56 - which is way outside the reception ability of any Group A aerial. So you need a good wideband aerial fitted. So go ahead and talk more firmy with the Freeview service on 0808 100 0288.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
M
Miss karen alison young
9:37 AM

Please please help me get channel 108 for Aljazeera.
Since the update this channel is lost but its states I'm still supposed to receive it?!!
I can't keep resetting my box and retuning everyday it's ridiculous.
Help x karen

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:35 AM

Miss karen alison young: Continuously resetting/retuning isn't going to suddenly make a channel appear if it didn't the first couple of times. You most likely have a Group A aerial which isn't designed to receive the higher frequencies which the COM7 mux carrying Al Jazeera HD has moved to. If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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Saturday, 19 May 2018
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Tony Whyman
10:18 AM

Well this is interesting. Looks like the power level has been increased on ch55 (COM7) from Rowridge. As I posted earlier, COM7 disappeared here in SO24 when it moved to ch55. This was no aerial problem as I had a new group T aerial and ch56 (com8) comes in at 90% signal strength, while ch55 was showing zero.

Checking ch55 again yesterday evening and lo and behold it's there with a signal strength of 86/90% and signal quality of ~70%. Indeed, better than the old ch31 and very similar to the COM8 figure. I have changed nothing here, so the improvement must be upstream.

If someone was listening and upped the power level or changed the directional mask, then a big thank you.

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MikeP
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1:03 PM

Tony Whyman:

It is quite possible that you had too much signal, 90% or more is too high - the ideal being between 60% and 85%. The effect of too much signal is to overload the tuner so it then claims there is no signal. The atmosphere absorbs some signal and that varies with the humidity of the air, amongst other factors. So it would seem that the signal level has actually reduced as there have been no increases nor decreases in the transmitter output power.



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