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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-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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 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
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:04 PM

Dave: Has it? It shouldn't have!!!

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Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

1:35 PM
Brighton

Seems I was wrong about this, my rotator has gone out of alighment, so west is not west at the moment etc !

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Dave's 126 posts GB
Friday, 2 March 2012
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Matt
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:06 AM
Oxford

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CHANGES TO COMPLETION TIMES FOR THE ROWRIDGE TRANSMITTER
Rowridge transmitter group

Switchover Stage One (7 March 2012) Planned completion times (might be subject to change)

Westbourne was 12pm, now expected 6am.



Switchover Stage Two (21 March 2012) Planned completion times (might be subject to change)

Bovington was 12pm, now expected 9am.

Corfe Castle was 12.30pm, now expected 12pm.

Winterbourne Steepleton was 9am, now expected 12.30pm.



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Matt's 21 posts NL
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Mr P.J.Ball
6:25 PM
Southampton

Wonder if anyone else has had the problem that, on BBC1 Rowridge, there is no sound at switch on at the hdr and separate tv. After switching off the Humax hdr and the tv the sound came back. Could it be tied up with the changes that are taking place clobbering the tv software?


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Mr P.J.Ball's 11 posts GB
Sunday, 4 March 2012
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Chris_T
9:27 PM

I'm a little confused about the power increase on the Rowridge transmiiter after the digital changeover. Am I right that the power will increase to 200kW from 21st March but only on the vertically polarised signal?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:43 PM

Chris_T: Yes that's quite correct, as Rowridges commercial Mux's on horizontal polarity will only be running with an ERP of 50Kw compared to the main PSB transmitters on 200Kw, as indeed are all of the multiplexes transmitting on Rowridges vertical polarity.

The 50Kw from Rowridge being necessary as Crystal Palace also uses the same channels on their horizontally polarised commercial multiplexes.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 5 March 2012
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Solent-Viewer
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:53 PM

I underrstand switchover is on the 7th, but at what time? I want to set the recorder to run at 10am for 2hrs before I leave at 09:15hrs before I leave at 10:00. Will the switchover be complete by then??

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:08 PM

Solent-Viewer: The first stage of switchover is on 7th and is expected to be completed by 6am (probably before if all goes smoothly).

For a full list of times of Rowridge and its relays, see: Digital UK - Relay transmitter switching times

Having retuned your receiver, you may well find that the timer programmes will be lost.

At the first stage of switchover BBC Two analogue will be switched off and BBC standard definition digital channels will move to being full power. All other channels will stay as they are.

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Adam B
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:10 PM
Dunstable

Solent-Viewer:

Rowridge should be switched (barring disaster!) by 6AM on the 7th. In practise,
it will probably be before that. Don't forget to retune before setting your recorder, as the BBC channels will move to the frequency currently occupied by BBC2 analogue.

Hope this helps,
Adam.

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Adam B
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:13 PM
Dunstable

Dave Lindsay:

Sorry about that, our postings overlapped!

Cheers,
Adam.

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