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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.

 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 (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),

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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 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

 H -6dB
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C25 (506.0MHz)
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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

 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 8 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
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 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

 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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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

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.

Monday, 3 January 2022

5:46 PM

Tony Hill: Nothing has been announced regarding what will happen with any of the channels currently carried on COM7. They may all disappear or some could take capacity on other multiplexes, if any becomes available and the broadcaster is willing to pay.

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB
Debbie Edwards
8:05 PM

Why having had good reception on Great TV and Great Movies Christmas I cannot get Channel 49 and 51 despite a new booster being installed

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Debbie Edwards's 1 post GB

10:03 PM

Debbie Edwards:

Without knowing the predicted reception for your locale, it's not possible to give any conclusive answer. Firstly, we'd need a full postcode. Then tell us why did you need a new booster? What happened to the old one? Do you know the make and model number for the old and new ones?
Please give us the rough compass bearing your aerial is pointing in, and whether it's rods (or squashed Xs) are horizontal or vertical. Is the aerial in the loft or chimney mounted?

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Chris.SE's 3,094 posts GB
Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Pauline McCusker
11:05 PM

Checked with transmitter, talktalk provider, no TV, internet , without constant interference, engineer here new box etc, working fine , few weeks, error codes Yvm105, 102,305youview, constant pixels, pic through info saying no ino internet,no issues with transmitter, TV on then off then on then off please help, Ofcom contacted investigating

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Pauline McCusker's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

12:46 AM

Pauline McCusker:

That all sounds very confusing! As you suggest there are no current transmitter faults, but current weather conditions can interrupt reception for some depending on location BUT that doesn't sound like the problem because it wouldn't affect your internet.

Can you get normal Freeview reception with the aerial plugged directly into the TV?

If you have no internet is that just the box, or other devices like computers, smart phones on WiFi etc?
If it's only the box and not other devices, it suggests the box is faulty, but those error codes mean nothing except to TalTalk engineers.

If it's all devices on WiFi, do you have eg. a PC connected to the router by Ethernet? If that works OK it's a problem with the WiFi connection. The Router may be faulty.
If there's no internet on anything, the Router could be faulty or your internet connection is faulty. Does your landline work? If the line is crackly or no dial tone, it's the line.

Whatever the fault it sounds like it's still all TalkTalk's problem to resolve.

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Chris.SE's 3,094 posts GB
Monday, 28 March 2022
Mark Davis
3:32 PM

This channel list for Rowridge is well out of date. You say channel 29 is used? It's not. Channel 29 is from Midhurst
You also don't mention channel 37 for local TV.
My guess is you don't bother sorting out of date data. Not very useful
Why bother with webpage?

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Mark Davis's 1 post GB

4:31 PM

Mark Davis: The owner of the website has been unable to keep up with all of the changes that took place over the last few years as part of the 700MHz clearance programme. There however still a few regular contributors who try to assist people with technical help for reception problems, however nobody apart from the owner of the website can update the transmitter frequency listings.

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB

10:33 PM

Mark Davis:

I often post an updated list of channels on various transmitter pages where the site owner has not found time to do the updates.
As the list at he very top of the page is correct apart from the Local mux, it's a while ago since a complete list was posted. However, the Local mux was mentioned as being on C37 in one of my more recent posts on the page prior to the one with your post (on p198) Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy
It's probably around 12 months or so ago since the other UHF channels were mentioned but C37 has been mentioned a few times since.
C29 is actually used by several other main and relay transmitters (some as an SFN). In just the Meridian region it's used by Midhurst, Haslemere, Tunbridge Wells, Salisbury & Oxford (all for the SDN mux), and Chisbury & Lamberhurst for BBCA.

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Chris.SE's 3,094 posts GB
Friday, 6 May 2022

10:11 PM

Paul Lacy:

The Rowridge transmitter is listed for Planned Engineering with Possible effect on TV reception "Screen may go black on all or certain channels".
This is likely what you experienced and presumably your signals returned later.

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