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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

3:11 PM

steve: If your aerial is pointing at Ventor transmitter, then no, it is and will remain a Public Service transmitter only.

If you received Freeview before switchover, then (extremely likely) you were getting it from Rowridge, even if your aerial is pointed at Ventor. In which case, you need to get an aerial for Rowridge, assuming that the signal is reliable enough where you are.

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Kev
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4:00 PM

Thanks for that - yeah Luscombe Valley looks the likely culprit :) - right in line with the aerial!

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Phil K
7:27 PM
Poole

Reception is now much better (here in Holton Heath) on C24 than it was a week ago, although the quality level still wavers. Must have been the high pressure causing co-channel interference. But I'm wondering whether it's worth changing the polarisation of my aerial to vertical to prevent this in future? Can most aerials have their polarisation changed? And how much is it likely to cost to have this done by an aerial engineer?

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steve
10:04 PM

Hi Dave Thanks for you help.

How would I get a aerial for Rowridge.
I don t really know much about this sort of thing.

Thanks

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Dave Lindsay
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10:28 PM

steve: The first question is how likely is it that you can receive from Rowridge? There is no guarantee that you can receive from Rowridge or any transmitter that carries the Commercial channels.

A quick look suggests that the area is very low lying, so in general, if you live at sea level, then your chances are pretty much non-existant.

To give a better indication as to your chances, what is location, preferrably in the form of post code?

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steve
10:50 PM
Ventnor

Hi Im not sure if I can get signal from rowridge there is not much about it on the internet.

But the postcode is PO38 1DN.

Thanks

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:04 PM

steve: The predictor reckons that you will only receive from Ventnor:

Postcode Checker - Trade View

In any case, as you live in a block of flats you would need permission from your landlord. (PO381DN)

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steve
11:13 PM

OK thanks for all your help dave :)

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Thursday, 22 March 2012
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Jean
8:20 AM
Poole

What exactly is happening on 18th April 2012? All I can find is "technical changes". Does it really just mean that channels 30, 33 and 37 will change frequencies and signal strength increase to the same as that currently for 24 and 27, instead of the abysmally low level they are at the moment?

My Panasonic set and recorder both retuned perfectly first time, but my Samsung will not pick up 30, 33 and 37 in spite of several retunes and factory condition reset. From what I've read on here, I'm not the only person having problems with a Samsung set. If the strength of these three channels is to be increased, hopefully that will sort the problem out.

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KMJ,Derby
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8:50 AM

Jean: The frequencies of the COM muxes at Rowridge will change on 18th April 2012 as you said. The power increase for horizontal polarised signals will only increase to 50kw however, so these might not be as robust as the PSB muxes, due in part to the COM muxes sharing frequencies with Stockland Hill and Crystal Palace. In order to address this problem the broadcasters will additionally transmit all muxes from Rowridge with vertical polarisation at 200kW. In order to take advantage of the stronger signals viewers will need to turn their aerials so that the rods are vertical. Wait until 18th April, then see what reception is like to see if this is a necessary alteration!

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