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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-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 Player, 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 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, 21 March 2012
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:17 PM

Tim: I don't know the answer to your question, but you can't pick up Freeview HD services.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:19 PM

Kev: That is correct. The three Commercial multiplexes remain on low power and on their pre-switchover channels until 18th April on which date another retune will need to be carried out in order to continue to receive them.

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Tim
1:32 PM
Southampton

Heres the log from the tuning. It finds signal strength, but no quality. So does this mean its definitely not DVB-T2 Compatible?

thanks for the help, looks like ill have to save for one of those tuners!

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Tim
1:33 PM
Southampton

<tuning>
<type>DVB-T</type>
<locator>
<frequency>474200</frequency>
<bandwidth>32</bandwidth>
</locator>
</tuning>

2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@1
2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@2
2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@3
2012-03-21 10:23:16.941 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@4
2012-03-21 10:23:16.949 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@5
2012-03-21 10:23:16.949 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@6
2012-03-21 10:23:19.390 [DEBUG][1] DigitalRecorderDVBT::Tune@7
2012-03-21 10:23:19.392 [DEBUG][1] Calling LockChannel()
2012-03-21 10:23:19.414 [DEBUG][1] locked=0, present=0, strength=48, quality=0 (took 31ms to check)

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Derek Green
1:50 PM

Sorry to hear some of you have problems, but I am a very happy bunny!

I took my masthead and two boosters OUT and connected a portable TV to the aerial in our loft and got 61% signal strength on all stations and 100% quality. I then rotated the aerial to vertical polarisation and got 91% strength and 100% quality.

Then I wired the distribution amp back in to feed all rooms and wow all Freeview receivers work well (100+ channels). The 4 Freeview HD channels on our Sony Bravia 40inch is perfect, no breakups, solid signal.

Why have we been waiting so long?

I hope others sort out their problems soon. Try vertical polarisation? I did not expect it to be that much better. The April 18th changes will just help on some minor channels. I will not notice any difference.

Whooppeeee..........

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Kev
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:53 PM

For interest, I'm on the fringe for Rowridge (due to a hill in the way); I use a diplexer into a masthead amp to combine RR & Poole Transmitters.. and then feed the output from that through my V+ box (so I can see VM TV on all TVs)..

Here are the details of _my_ signal levels, just thought it may be of interest or use to someone. This is on a £18 scart_stb. My Samsung TV appears to only currently pick up a subset of these as I stated earlier...

Also I have no idea what's transmitting on C45(!)

ROWRIDGE
C21 - [HD]
C24 57% 88%
C27 55% 81%
C30 46% 68%
C33 45% 60%
C37 44% 65%

TXER ???
C45 46% 70%

POOLE
C50 53% 93%
C53 53% [HD]
C57 56% 95%

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Tim H
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2:53 PM

Kev

I think your possibles for ch 45 might be:

Luscombe Valley --BBCA?




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steve
3:03 PM

I updated my freeview box but cam now only get about 15 freeview channels I thoughti would get dave and quest.
Does any 1 know if we will ever be able to get theses channels in ventnor Isle Of Wight.
Thanks

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:06 PM

Kev: Either Luscombe Valley or Canford Heath on C45 as they both use the same three channels and aren't far from you.

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