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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) mast?

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 05/06/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

 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 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),

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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 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

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C25 (506.0MHz)
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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

 H -6dB
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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 9 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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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

 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

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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.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
11:11 PM

Idris from Weymouth logging in.
All channels bar 22 seem ok, 22 poor signal strength & very poor quality of signal.
Picture on Sky News & Dave break up.
Will try to fine tune the aerial direction over the weekend, otherwise all seems to be ok.

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Idris's 16 posts GB
Thursday, 19 April 2012
5:44 PM

Hi again
Wife said she was watching Really this afternoon which is on channel 22 & a prompt to retune came up she did & now all seems to be ok.

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Idris's 16 posts GB
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Paul H
9:40 AM

Film4 has disappeared from Rowridge on both my internal TV tuner and my Humax over the past 24 hours. Says channel 28 " no signal" Is it just me ?

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Paul H's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

11:58 AM

Paul H: See
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works

Rowridge digital TV is presently "liable to interruption".

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Judy Clews
4:45 PM

my postcode is bh20 5au my transmitter is rowridge, from 18/04/12 I have lost several channels that I previously had itv3 ETC. I have done a retune several times but no luck, is there a problem I miss my channels

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Judy Clews's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

5:10 PM

Judy Clews: On 18th April these services changed channel/frequency and their transmission powers were increased. However, the Stockland Hill transmitter uses the same three channels/frequencies and on that date they also went up. Coincidence? Perhaps the Stockland signals are acting to make the Rowridge ones unusable.

Since 18th April, Rowridge has been transmitting all channels horizontally and vertically. Before switchover it was horizontally only.

You may benefit from switching your aerial to vertical polarisation. The reason I say this is probably two-fold:

1. If the problem you have is interference from Stockland Hill, then it transmits horizontally only. So having the aerial at right-angles to that signal will help reduce the level of interferance.

2. The transmission power of the Commercial channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film4, Dave etc) from Rowridge is lower horizontally then vertically.

Thus the combination of increased rejection of Stockland's signals by mounting the aerial vertically and increased signal strength should improve matters for you.

If it doesn't improve matters enough to allow reception of these channels, then a change of aerial may help.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

5:24 PM

Judy Clews: If your TV has a manual tune function, then try using it to restore the missing channels.

See "Final switchover configuration" on this page:

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

Work out which one(s) you are missing and then attempt manual tuning for each.

For Rowridge they are:

SDN (ITV3 etc) = C25
ArqA (Pick TV etc) = C22
ArqB (Yesterday etc) = C28

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
8:11 PM

I was receiving HD signals perfectly well this afternoon from Rowridge on channel 21 with a new tuner. Since then I have lost the signal and retuning doesn't help. Is anyone else having a problem?

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MJ's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

8:16 PM

MJ: Digital UK reports that Rowridge digital TV is "liable to interruption":

Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 23 April 2012
4:13 PM

Post Code SP11 9QD

The aerial points to Rowridge (Hannington signal is not so good) and its horizontal.

Channels on 200,000w mux are fine, so are those on SDN.

ArqA and ArqB channels vary from poor to unwatchable.

My guess is mux need to send more power. Is there a chance that the wick can be turned up?

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Ray's 12 posts GB
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