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Full Freeview on the Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter

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

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tx1BBC West Midlandstx3Central (West micro region)txdabxxDAB in HerefordshiretxradioxxAM/FM in Herefordshire

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C28 (530.0MHz)363m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C25 (506.0MHz)363m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C22+ (482.2MHz)363m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
20,000W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 horizontal -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)361m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C24 (498.0MHz)366m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Pop +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -3dB
C27 (522.0MHz)361m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 others

com7
 horizontal -2.8dB
C32 (562.0MHz)363m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
10,500W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014: 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -6.8dB
C34 (578.0MHz)363m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
4,200W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:

PSB2
D3+4
west
 horizontal max
C29 (538.0MHz)352m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (West), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West),



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
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 69km northeast
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?

years1968~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFA KA KWWWW
C6ITV
C21+SDN+SDN+SDN
C22BBC1BBC1BBC1+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C24ArqAArqAArqA
C25ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C27ArqBArqBArqB
C28BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
C29D3+4D3+4D3+4
C30_local_local_local
600C32C4C4C4com7
C34com8
C35C5C5
C42C
C45D
700C51_local_local_local
C531
C572
C60A
800C63B

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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 6th April and 20th April 2011.

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(-13.8dB) 4.2kW
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.



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Transmitter engineering
Sunday 5 October 2014 4:33AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 yesterday to 17:40 yesterday, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 yesterday to 17:40 yesterday. [BBC]

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DavidB
Sunday 5 October 2014 12:20PM Cheltenham

The EPG on my Sony RDR-HX970 recorder has lost all BBC channels in the past few days. All other channels are showing normally, and the EPGs are fully poopulated on two (Panasonic) TVs connected to the same aerial - one of which gets its signal via a pass-through socket on the recorder. And yes, I've cleared and re-scanned the tuning.

Any ideas, anybody?

T
Trefor Owen
Sunday 5 October 2014 6:52PM Leominster

DavidB: I have experienced the identical problem with my Sony HXD870 recorder. In the past few days, I have lost the EPG to all BBC channels, which are all linked with the same BBCA Multiplex. Aerial is on the roof, and has been working fine for the past few years. The EPGs are fully populated on 2 Sony TVs connected to the same aerial. I have deleted and rescanned the tuning. Location is Leominster
Also, grateful for any help.

K
KC
Sunday 5 October 2014 8:04PM

Dave Lindsay, responding to your question about overcoming the undesirable transmission competition. I would expect a standard solution to be incorporated in to the DVB standard for use during automatic re-tuning of a DVB receiver.

In my case, my PVR reports this table of tuned in frequencies:

Channel Frequency Strength Quality Network Mux Type Channels
21 474.0 MHz 60% 100% Gloucestershire COM4/SDN DVB-T(SD) 32
22 482.0 MHz 61% 100% Gloucestershire PSB3/BBC B DVB-T2(HD) 6
23 490.0 MHz 31% 100% West Midlands PSB2/D3&4 DVB-T(SD) 9
24 498.0 MHz 57% 100% Gloucestershire COM5/ARQ A DVB-T(SD) 32
25 506.0 MHz 61% 100% Gloucestershire PSB2/D3&4 DVB-T(SD) 9
26 514.0 MHz 33% 100% West Midlands PSB1/BBC A DVB-T(SD) 22
27 522.0 MHz 55% 100% Gloucestershire COM6/ARQ B DVB-T(SD) 29
28 530.0 MHz 61% 100% Gloucestershire PSB1/BBC A DVB-T(SD) 22
29 538.0 MHz 60% 100% Gloucestershire PSB2/D3&4 DVB-T(SD) 1
30 546.0 MHz 30% 100% West Midlands PSB3/BBC B DVB-T2(HD) 6
32 562.0 MHz 51% 100% Gloucestershire COM7/ARQ C DVB-T2(HD) 10

The undesirable ones received from the Wrekin have the "West Midlands" network id. Only the C23 and C26 instances cause me an issue because the automatic re-tuning (on both TV and PVR) see them before their (more preferred because of less noise) Ridge Hill brothers: i.e. PSB2/D3&4 on C25 and PSB1/BBC A on C28.

So arbitration logic based upon scanning for multiplexors and comparing their network and muliplexor id info, along with signal strength and quality (to me) does not seem beyond the processing capability of a DVB receiver's CPU.

The question should probably be: how big is this problem across the DVB user community? Including the bulk of users that never go passed automatically retuning their sets. Will changing the automatic re-tuning algorithm be cost effective?



Transmitter engineering
Monday 6 October 2014 4:33AM

RIDGE HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 on 04 Oct to 17:40 on 04 Oct, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 17:32 on 04 Oct to 17:40 on 04 Oct. [BBC]

Dave Lindsay
Monday 6 October 2014 11:45PM

KC: I believe that this is addressed with the latest DVB-T2 (Freeview HD) devices. I don't have a copy, but it's been discussed on here a while back about the "D Book" which carries requirements for Freeview equipment:

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One such requirement is, on completion of the automatic tuning scan, for the user to be presented with a choice of region/network in cases where more than one has been picked up. Does your receiver not have such a preference, either presented on completion of the scan or buried in the menu?

K
Ken H
Tuesday 14 October 2014 7:27PM

Like David B and Trefor Owen, I have recently lost the BBC channels from my EPG on my Sony DVD Recorder. The channels are ok but I now have to record programmes manually.

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