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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 (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;
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
Monday, 5 March 2012
V
Vialli
5:51 PM
Fareham

When will the HD channels become available to the Rowridge area is it the 7th or 21sty March?
Apologies if this has been answered already, I couldn't find an answer.

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:59 PM

Vialli: As it says above

"Wednesday 21st March 2012 ... Multiplex Freeview HD (BBCB) starts on C21. "

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012
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Kev
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

3:22 PM

I currently have a class A horizontally polarised aerial picking up freeview from Rowridge along with a diplexer (switching at c38) connected to a vertically polarised aerial to pick up analogue from the Poole transmitter (which I can physically see.. the analogue from Rowridge is bad).

After the switchover I guess this will still work, but would it be sensible switching my Rowridge aerial to vertical polarisation to get the higher power or leave as-is..?

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Mark Fletcher
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:37 PM
Halifax

Kev.I take it you reside near Poole itself as you did not leave a full postcode or nearby town/city to ascertain your situation as such.Your best bet for now is to leave it as it is until Wednesday 18 April 2012 once Crystal Palace goes all digital TV,and from then onwards you may consider that realigning your presently horizontally polarised diplexed aerial on Rowridge to vertical will be the better option.By the way is your class A (Yagi or X-Beam) aerial which is horizontally polarised at present (the diplexed signal aimed at Rowridge) a group A antenna (tipped red facing Rowridge).If it is black tipped (the one facing Rowridge that is) then it is a group W wideband aerial and the wrong antenna to use on Rowridge (all group A mast) hence the bad analogue reception on the Rowridge diplexed signal you stated as such.On no account should a group W wideband aerial (tipped black) be used on an all group A transmitter/relay such as Rowridge as an example within a bad/marginal signal area of that particular mast itself due to their poor/inferior performance.If you decide to realign the diplexed Rowridge received antenna from horizontal to vertical check that the tip is coloured red if it is then it is a group A aerial and retain this aerial as such,if it is coloured black (facing Rowridge that is) then it is a group W wideband aerial and the wrong aerial.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

12:17 AM
Brighton

BBC 2 gone at 0.08:07 this is 12 seconds AFTER my local relay though !

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jay
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:04 AM
Brighton

what a mess.. now getting psb1 from rowridge (24) and whitehawk hill..



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Kev
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:08 AM
Poole

Thanks Mark.. Yeah it's a group a (not class a pointing at rowridge).. Guess I'll best just wait and see how things work out, but if power or quality lacking, I'll try realigning it vertically. BH15 3RH by the way.. My aerialpoints at rowridge to the left of constitution hill.. Luckily.. Figured out using Google earth :)

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Lynda
4:36 PM

I've only lost BBC2 on analogue right now. Was less than impressed that my Freeview PVR didn't record anything I had set up overnight from midnight till I retuned though !!!

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:58 PM

Lynda: BBC Two analogue has been switched off and the frequency is used to occupy is now used for full power BBC standard definition digital.

Your receiver was quite correct not to record because there was nothing to record due to the fact that the transmitter was switched off overnight just after midnight!

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