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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.

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 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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -6dB
 V -6dB
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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 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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
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from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)320mDTG-624,400W
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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?

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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, 21 March 2011
Simon Pain
8:58 PM

We have just turned everything off,(Reset Procedure,) and done a search with ariel unplugged...then retuned with the ariel in and we have TV, recommend you try.

There seems to be some new channels how nice of them to tell us!!! B*stards

Simon, Colehill/ Wimborne Dorset

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Simon Pain's 2 posts EU
9:32 PM

Just tried rescanning as I had probelms with ITV. Now the ITV channels and channel 4 have disappeared. My post code is BH6. Any suggestions ?

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rosserd's 2 posts GB
9:44 PM

Tried full scan again and all OK

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Mr N Pyke
10:05 PM

Lost BBC 1, 2 ITV Channels 4 and 5 and other channels (only 40 channels found. Aerial in loft. Have tried turning everything off full scan and now have 46 channels but not ITV channels 4 and 5 and others.

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Mr N Pyke's 1 post GB
Paul G
10:11 PM

Lost all channels until 25 minutes have 46 channels but no itv and ch4. In PO10 area.

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Paul G's 1 post GB
Cameron Cooke
11:09 PM

No BBC channels tonight. Have tried retuning, A scan of MUX 1 returns no channels. Other multiplexes are very weak signal. What is going on?

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Cameron Cooke's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
2:04 PM

Last night in Bransgore - lost channel 37 almost entirely - some programmes just working e.g. BBC News but others no signal e.g Sky News.
All OK this morning.
Was Channel 37 on low power after 10pm last night?

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Colin's 19 posts GB
Monday, 28 March 2011
David Cusworth
1:41 PM

No signals in Brighton now. Why?

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Honest John
6:14 PM

For the past few days my father at BH15 2QE and I at BH14 8HJ (Poole) have both lost all BBC Freeview TV and radio channels for long periods of time. We both have new Panasonic Viera TV's, his connected to a newish communal aerial - not sure where it is pointing, and mine to a newish aerial which I thought was picking up Rowridge. Strangely my old Sony connected to a small aerial sticking through the bedroom wall is much less affected. I have been told the problem is because the French have turned up their signal strength and there are no plans for us to do likewise until next year. In the meantime it may be possible to retune on to Mendip aerial but this means I will lose local news programmes. This seems no way to run a switchover. It would have been nice if someone official had publicised what is going on - but perhaps this was done on the BBC South News when I couldn't receive it!

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Honest John's 5 posts GB

8:43 PM

Honest John: According to the Digital UK postcode checker reception from Rowridge is marginal to poor at your location with no reception at all shown for MuxB. As you say, Mendip is shown as offering good reception on all six muxes. It is interesting to note that after switchover you are not expected to receive the COM muxes at all from Rowridge due to co-channel interference. You might find that an aerial on Mendip linked via a group A to E diplexer to a second aerial on Rowridge will be needed to receive all services and the correct local news! Regarding your father's location reception from Rowridge is somewhat better after switchover,the COM muxes being shown as variable, although if he still has reception problems then, his aerial could benefit from being set to a new vertically polarised signal which is due to be added at Rowridge after switchover in 2012. There is no alternative signal from Mendip shown for BH15 2QE.

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