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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

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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, 10 March 2012
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Chrissie
9:37 AM
Gosport

I bought new TVs two years ago, but have had two years of with poor signal, I expected good reception after switchover, and yes, BBC is great now but I have no ITV channels at all, I live in PO12 3NR. I have two indoor digital aerials, and on my main set I have ITV 1 and BBC and Ch4 +1 through my old NTL box, I am no longer an NTL customer (they kept putting the prices up)but the box does bring in ITV (Corrie fan) How do I get the ITV channels? I could afford a new aerial but last time I had one fitted (Last house, 10 years ago) it cost me £250, there is no way I could afford to get another one fitted, I'm petrified of heights or I would have fitted an out door one myself. If BBC is so good on the aerial why is there no ITV at all?

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Dave Lindsay
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9:56 AM

Chrissie: The first phase of switchover at Rowridge occured on 9th March only affected BBC channels. On 21st March ITV will go on to full power (as BBC is now).

Until then, ITV1, C4, C5 etc are on UHF channel 32. If your set allows, manually tune to C32. Depending on its design, it might tell you the signal strength on that channel. It could be too low to produce a picture and you may find that moving your aerial whilst looking at the strength indicator might help you receive these services.

As I say, on 21st March, they will go on to full power (and will move to UHF channel 27).

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Dave
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12:09 PM
Brighton

Twas atually 7th March 8 mins after midnight :)

I'm wondering during tropo lifts how the Caen (France) transmitter will be affected as they share chs 22, 25 and 28 I notice

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Chris
12:58 PM
Chichester

North Chcichester. I have lost BBC1 and 2. I cannot lock onto ch 24 where they are meant to be. Any ideas?

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Colin T
7:16 PM
Winchester

Otterbourne north of Southampton at SO21 2EE. This is a care home with a communal aerial where all the other TVs have been successfully returned at first stage DSO except my Mother-in-laws Toshiba 17WLT46B. As with several of the above, Ch 24 seems to be empty and there is no sign of BBC1&2. I tried a variable in-line attenuator (2-20dB) but that made no difference, and I tried a piece of wire instead of any aerial - no signal at all! The Toshiba help-line says keep trying and wait until after DSO 2 on 21 March, but that leaves my Mother-in-law with no BB1&2. Any ideas?

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Sunday, 11 March 2012
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Colin T
10:12 AM

Dave
Many thanks for the prompt reply. Looking at the references you gave me, it seems I am not alone. No one has reported a solution, but I will try the full factory reset someone has suggested (60 sec push of the menu button on the set). It is supposedly an 8k set, so that cannot be the reason. It has been quite troublesome over the years, with repeated loss of sound, which I eventually learnt how to fix through the engineering menu.

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Rod Darling
2:57 PM

Hi have bought a new DVB-T receiver and connected to my TV and have a great reception but have one problem I can only receive BBC channels no ITV etc and no Freeview channel line-up multiplexes have also followed your Freeview reset procedure with no luck also have tried the manual scan but can only get started on channel 21 and no further than channel 68 as we are OAP any help will be appreciated
We do have a type 2 high signal outdoor ariel thanks

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:37 PM

Rod Darling: What you have reported could suggest that you are not in a particularly good area for reception, this being why you can only receive BBC and nothing else, as the BBC multiplex is the only one presently operating on high power.

This situation should change as far as ITV1 and the HD service is concerned come March 21st when they also switch over to high power, but the remaining three commercial transmitters will not be increased until April 18th when a further re-tuning event takes place.

You should really provide your location (pref: post code) with any query involving reception, as this would enable the signal level expected in your area to be assessed, my reply being based on you being served by the Rowridge transmitter(s).

By the way, UHF TV channels only start at 21 and end at 68, so there isn't anything wrong.

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Nicholas Willmott
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8:54 PM

Rod Darling: The UHF band runs from channel 21 to channel 68 (it always has done). Freeview TVs, boxes, etc therefore scan the UHF band from channel 21 to channel 68, therefore your receiver is working correctly in starting at 21 and ending at 68.

Good luck getting the ITV1/ITV1+1/ITV2/C4/E4/More 4/C5, (plus HD channels if you have a HD receiver) on 21 March, and more channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday etc) on 18 April. N.B. The commercial muxes (channel bundles) will be stronger in vertical polarisation than horizontal, therefore for best reception of all channels you may want to get your aerial remounted vertical after 18 April.

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