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The symbol shows the location of the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter which serves 270,000 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 Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ridge Hill 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands 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 -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366mDTG-810,000W
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 -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361mDTG-810,000W
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

PSB2
D3+4west
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)352mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 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 (West),

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Ridge Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 69km northeast (39°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 69km northeast (39°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

WhittonTransposer35 km NW Hereford40 homes

How will the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27ArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29D3+4
C30_local
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C34com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C51tv_off_local_local
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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, PSB2 iw, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
com7(-9.8dB) 10.5kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
com8(-10.1dB) 9.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Ridge Hill transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Sunday, 3 January 2016
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:32 PM

Richard Sutton : Thanks for your update on the situation, the informative nature of same having somewhat clarified the issue, at least that is with the exception of the issue relating to Ch4 and Ch5, insomuch having stated that they have to remain on Mux25 because of them not being transmitted on Mux29, maybe you could clarify on this, as its at variance with what you stated in your first paragraph (in answer to my confirmation request) that all channels were being received on Mux29.

I do have a particular reason for enquiring about this, as the only programme seen on the DTT channel list for RHW2 / Mux29 is (3) ITV. (link for below)

Freeview HD local/regional channel list | British Isles


On the subject of your aerial, yes! as multiplexes are not necessarily always received at the same levels as each other anyway, and especially so in non line-of-sight situations such as yours, in many cases the best signal being achieved with the aerial positioned a few degrees to the left or right of what's considered to be the angle facing directly towards the transmitter, the exact angle purely being used as a reference point.

By the way, your reference to the low hill in the way appears mild compared to the obstruction seen on the terrain indicator for your location, once again link for below.


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location







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Richard Sutton
8:40 PM

jb38: I think I've confused matters! What I mean is that the only channel being broadcast on C29 is ITV ..... but it's not just the news on ITV, it's all the content on ITV, news, drama, comedy etc.

I'm not sure how to read your link as it doesn't seem to give the mux C numbers but if Mux RHW2 means the same as mux C29 then it finally confirms what I have suspected - that only ITV is now being broadcast on C29. It's a pity the technical help people at Freeview aren't aware of this. Presumably the Ridge Hill transmitter mux listing above also needs to be updated.

Thank you for also clarifying the mux reception question. I clearly need to either re-establish a good signal for Ridge Hill C25 as C29 is no good for me as it only carries ITV ...... or try a different transmitter altogether.

Anyway, than you for your help with this.

Richard

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Monday, 4 January 2016
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:24 AM

Richard Sutton: Not really, as what you have said is quite correct, insomuch that the only LCN (EPG) guide number listed as being carried on Ridge Hill West's Mux29 PSB2 (RHW2) is LCN3 (Ch3) out of the ten normally carried on PSB2 Muxes, this being why you are unable to receive Ch4 / Ch5.

The easiest way to verify this is to open the link previously sent with the box already checked for RHW2, uncheck same and change it to PSB2 followed by pressing "List" on the right hand side of the screen, this will then show all ten (+1 Freeview info) LCN numbers carried on Mux Ch25's PSB2, which of course you will already be aware of.

The problem that this sort of arrangement creates is that, if a normal auto tune is carried out on Ridge Hill the programmes carried on Mux25 / PSB2 will obviously populate the electronic programme guide, the difficulty only arising if anyone prefers to view news associated with ITV West area's Ch3 via carrying out a manual scan on Mux29, as the LCN3 (Ch3) accessed from the scan will be placed up in the 800 channel range, as the EPG listings will already be populated by Mux 25's Ch3.

Hope this helps to clarify the issue.



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Thursday, 4 February 2016
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Pete Crawford
1:07 PM

Hi

I live in Gloucester and would like to know if I can receive BBC1 WEST (i.e news from the west country Bristol etc) from the Ridge Hill transmitter.

At the moment I can only seem to receive BBC1 WEST MIDLANDS.

If its possible what is the channel (and frequency) number so that I can retune.

Many thanks
Pete

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Andrew Beown
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:33 PM

Pete Crawford: Hi Pete, unfortunately only itv west is available on the ridge hill transmitter on UHF channel 29. Freesat would be the only way to receive the west on BBC.

Andy

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Andrew Brown
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4:39 PM

KC: it can be overcome by reducing the size height and possibly location of your aerial. There is no need for an high gain aerial where you are and so a smaller one would give you the channels that you want and omit the ones you don't!

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Andrew Brown
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4:41 PM

Trevor: I live in ruardean and we have perfect signal (I am an installer so you would hope if have a good signal!) let me know if you can't resolve the issue! www.absatelliteandaerial.co.uk

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:31 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:39 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today, Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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5:32 PM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:39 today to 13:40 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today to 13:41 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today to 13:41 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 today to 13:41 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:39 yesterday to 13:40 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 yesterday to 13:41 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 yesterday to 13:41 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:34 yesterda [BBC]

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