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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.

 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
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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

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 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)
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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),

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 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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 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

 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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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?

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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

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.

Monday, 19 March 2012
Derek Green
11:14 PM

Thanks to Stevem for pointing me to the A.T.V Aerials site. This is the first time I have seen the timetable so clearly produced. I will now wait until 18 April for the vertical test. It was also nice to see that the "unique" polarisation was indeed for minimising co-channel interference, just as I presumed! But it would have been nice if those in the Rowridge are had been told, or is it only the trade who find out about such things?

Thanks to Dave Lindsay for pointing out the timing too. And in answer to your question. I can get a weak analogue signal from the Parkstone relay, but it is not transmitting Freeview yet. I presume it will transmit Freeview "lite" after switchover???? Is there another Poole relay? Please enlighten me?

Kim V. Today I have had virtually perfect BBC MUX signals from Rowridge. Just a few brief bits of pixellation at lunchtime. The high pressure zone has moved away from the critical area of northern France that causes the "lifts" and co-channel interference. You may have variable gain from different frequencies from your aerial system? The move of the BBC MUX may have caused you to get a lower signal. Again, waiting until Wednesday and, now thanks everyone, April 18 for the extra power and other MUXes on vertical polarisation, will be the time to try to get things working properly?

Oh what fun!?

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Derek Green's 8 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
9:49 AM


I have read with interest the comments re the COMS power up on the 18th April. What exactly are these COMS?

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Mike's 3 posts GB
10:24 AM

The power will be boosted to the muxes A,C,D listed at the top of this page and which contain what I would call the minor channels.
This delay is to wait for the switchover at Crystal Palace to complete (4th and 18th April) and to avoid Crystal Palace users getting interference before then.

The table at Rowridge Transmitter gives the details and the link just above the table labelled "Digital UK`s installer guide ..." says that a retune 'may' be required on 18th April.

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Stevem's 3 posts GB
11:33 AM


Thanks Steve, someone else had lead me to believe that all the muxes were increasing in power then, I am currently experimenting to find the best place for my old yagi 18A aerial. So far I have got a weak but usable signal from the BBC using the Rowridge V. (I hope to be the first user in Poole with a V polarised aeriel on my roof pointing to Rowridge!)

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Mike's 3 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:36 AM

Derek Green: The "Poole" relay I referred to is at Parkstone. It will be a "lite" transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Nicholas Willmott

1:14 PM

When do the COM muxes at Rowridge go from being A (64 QAM 2K), C (16QAM 2K) and D (16QAM 2K) to COM4 (64 QAM 8K), COM5 (64 QAM 8K) and COM6 (64 QAM 8K)? Will it be tonight, or will it be when they adopt their final powers and UHF channels on 18 April 2012?

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Derek Green
1:41 PM


I will not be able to claim any kudos, but might I be the first in Poole to have a VP aerial in my loft (unverifiable unless I give you permission to go in my loft!)?

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Derek Green's 8 posts GB
Derek Green
1:44 PM


I think your answer is here….pdf

You have to scroll down a bit....

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