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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
320mDTG-3200,000W
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-3200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
320mDTG-6200,000W
200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
299mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
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

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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302mDTG-850,000W
50,000W
Channel icons
 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

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

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
Monday, 28 June 2021
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Brian
6:46 AM
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Chris.SE
Chris, re your comments about reports of "Tropo" today, it looks more like that is the problem at my address as Ch 28 and ch 37 are really bad today , both are bouncing quality between 0% to 18% , going from bad pixilation to no signal, so guess I'm stuck with it at certain times of the year...

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Chris.SE
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5:04 PM

Brian:

Oh bad luck. If it gets too frustrating, you could consider Freesat. A lot of modern TVs have an inbuilt satellite tuner, so all you'd need would be a Dish and LNB. See Channels List & On-Demand Players | Freesat for the channels currently on Freesat.


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Tuesday, 17 August 2021
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Victor Delta
11:05 PM

If we lose BBC4 HD and BBC News HD etc at some stage, is there a published date for when they should reappear on Rowridge?

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Chris.SE
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11:43 PM

Victor Delta:

There is absolutely no information available about what might/could happen to any of the channels on COM7 at whatever point it closes.
.gov have just announced that the other multiplex licences can be extended to 2034

Future of channels such as ITV2 and Dave secured as Freeview licences renewed for another decade - GOV.UK


But apparently the BBC have yet to confirm if they would apply for renewal of the licence for it's HD multiplex (BBCB HD/PSB3) until it became clearer what the role of the multiplex would be !!
That strikes me that people might want to write to the BBC and tell them - IMHO it should be more HD channels on Freeview, not even contemplating less!

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Friday, 8 October 2021
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2:44 PM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/10/2021 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 11 October 2021
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5:43 AM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/10/2021 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Friday, 19 November 2021
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12:13 PM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/11/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 22 November 2021
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6:09 AM

Rowridge transmitter - Rowridge transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/11/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Saturday, 25 December 2021
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Russ
10:27 AM

Poor signal strength 46% and 0% quality on Ch 25 from rowridge transmitter. Previous Panasonic tv used to play transmission but new LG suffers with dropout. Is ch25 channel owner given lower output?

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Sunday, 26 December 2021
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Chris.SE
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5:54 AM

Russ:

C25 is the SDN/COM4 multiplex and is transmitted at the same power as the ArqA/COM5 and ArqB/COM6 multiplexes. These are the same power as the main PSB multiplexes if using vertical polarisation (200kW) but they are only 50kW in horizontal polarisation.

The Planned Engineering should have been completed and I can't find any faults reported.

There's also the possibility that you may be in a location where that multiplex is not predicted to be received as well as the others but we'd need a full postcode to check that, as well whether your aerial rods (or squashed Xs) are vertical or horizontal.

What signal strength and quality figures have you got for all the other multiplexes?

How long has this problem been happening, is it very recent, ie the last day or two? Or has it been a problem since the new LG, and how long is that? An LG set shouldn't specifically be a cause.

Have you changed anything else around in your installation? Check all your coax plugs and connections for corrosion, bad connections etc. Make sure you haven't got any HDMI leads running close to your aerial or flyleads as HDMI has been know to cause interference.

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