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4G at 800MHz (at800) Freeview reception issues

Tests now show that SOME households that use masthead amplifiers (and some communal aerial systems) AND are in poor signal areas AND that are very close to a 4G phone mast MAY have their Freeview service disturbed: C22: ArqA, C21: BBCB
See Expecting 4G interference? Tests now show that you have a one in 300 chance.

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. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter which serves 620,000 homes.

Other mapsRowridge DABRowridge AM/FMRowridge TV regionBBC South
Meridian (South Coast micro region)DAB in Isle Of WightAM/FM in Isle Of Wight

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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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 Rowridge transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
 vertical max
 horizontal max
C24 (498.0MHz)
320m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
1 BBC One South, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

 vertical max
 horizontal max
C27 (522.0MHz)
320m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 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 (Meridian south coast),

 vertical max
 horizontal max
C21+ (474.2MHz)
320m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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 BBC Three HD, plus 1 others

 vertical max
 horizontal -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)
299m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 38 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 ITV 4 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

 vertical max
 horizontal -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)
302m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 57 Quest +1, 63 Community Channel, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 11 others

 vertical max
 horizontal -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)
302m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

 horizontal -13dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 8 Thats Solent, 64 Bonanza Bonanza, 75 Pop,

 horizontal -9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)320m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD,

 horizontal -9dB
C37 (602.0MHz)320m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:

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

BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north
to BBC South region - 39 masts.

ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 24km north-northeast
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?

aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KA K

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th March and 21st March 2012.

  • Ofcom have projected that a local television service for Southampton including Eastleigh, Fareham, parts of Isle of Wight, parts of Portsmouth, Winchester could use an Interleaved Frequency on the Rowridge transmitter using C30

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
COM4||, COM5||, COM6||, PSB1≡, PSB1||, PSB2≡, PSB2||, PSB3≡, PSB3||(-4dB) 200kW
COM4≡, COM5≡, COM6≡(-10dB) 50kW
com7≡, com8≡(-13dB) 25kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
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.

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Monday 5 August 2013 7:14AM

Cyril Teed: I'm not sure why you say that you are "not a good freeview reception area".

All indications show you should have excellent reception.

Perhaps you have a problem that looks like poor signals, but isn't - <img src="" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt=" link icon"> link iconFreeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | Digital switchover | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice ?

Phil King
Monday 5 August 2013 7:35AM Poole

Update: we've finally got Freeview reception again. Turns out it was something to do with the masthead amplifier (I didn't even know we had one). I found a Visioin power supply for it in the loft. Upon unplugging it and plugging it back in, the green light came back on and so did our Freeview! Fingers crossed it carries on working. Maybe it just needed a reset?

Cyril Teed
Monday 5 August 2013 4:42PM Brockenhurst

for Briantist
Brockenhurst is low lying, there are hills between us and the Rowridge Transmitter, and I understand a number of people have had reception difficulties.
However, my digital signal was adequate with before the frequency changes.
Several months ago I made several checks putting a TV directly on the antenna feed (it normally goes through a distribution amplifier in the loft) but this had negligible effect on the picture break up. The antenna was OK before the frequency changes and still seems to be pointing in the right direct. There could be a problem with the antenna or cable or maybe I need a better antenna. Your opinion would be welcome.

Dave Lindsay
Monday 5 August 2013 5:09PM

Cyril Teed: Turn your aerial for vertical polarisation.

Rowridge broadcasts PSB channels at 200kW horizontally and 200kW vertically.

It broadcasts COM channels at 50kW horizontally and 200kW vertically.

A different aerial is not likely to be required - unless it is broken - because all channels are Group A.

Cyril Teed
Wednesday 7 August 2013 8:05PM Brockenhurst

For Dave Lindsay

Thank you - good point - I'll get it turned to vertical polarisation.


James Lewis
Wednesday 7 August 2013 9:08PM

For JB38

Yes my older Samsung upstairs doesn't experience any problems now although it used to experience some signalling problems when downstairs previously, but can't recall the channels.

The newer Samsung downstairs is perfect most of the time its generally in the evenings that we experience the problems but then that's when we're watching the TV, our kids monopolise it before then on different channels.

So from what you're saying the signal strength is lower downstairs? Do you have an suggestions? Our ariel is internally mounted currently but needs to mounted outside soon as we're looking at having the loft converted. This feeds into a splitter which feeds a number of rooms.

Channels affected are all ITV/CH4/CH5 variations (e.g. plus one etc).

Wednesday 7 August 2013 10:07PM

James Lewis: JB38 suggestion about putting the upstairs TV downstairs just to check the signal makes sense in view of what you've said - 'although it used to experience some signalling problems when downstairs previously'.

If two TV's are getting a similar problems from the same aerial socket, then there is a problem with that feed. On the other hand, different TV's have different tuners, and they can react in slightly different ways. Samsun might have changed the tuners slightly over the years, which might account for the different signal strength (BTW - is your signal too strong - that can also cause problems).

Your coax to the main room might be corroded, your splitter might not be working perfectly, have dodgy connections, or the socket might be loose, have interference, etc.

Frankly, being in Tucton, you should get great reception from Rowbridge, and if you put the aerial externally, it should be spot on. But if there is a fault in the chain, then there is always going to be a problem.

Thursday 8 August 2013 12:40AM

James Lewis: Although that said by MikeB is roughly in line with my own views on the subject, I feel that your problems could simply be caused by the signal being fed to the TV's running at a level that's a tad under what would be considered as ideal (i.e: with a good safety margin) hence any slight drop in the level is liable to result in picture glitching problems, you having reported that the problem tends to occur in the evenings somewhat backing this up, of course with variations in the sensitivity between tuners exacerbating the problem.

Another aspect concerns your aerials polarity, as although the signal predictor does not really indicate that much of a difference in reception from the aerial being mounted horizontally to that of vertical, considering the fact that you are using a loft aerial and as such possibly easy to access? then its certainly worth trying it swivelled around 90 degrees to the opposite polarity of whatever way its presently it mounted, as signal propagation can vary between these two polarities and Rowridge does transmit in dual polarities, COM channels being of a considerably higher power on vertical radiation. (H - 50Kw / V - 200Kw)

With regards to loft Vs outdoor aerials, although some of the newer properties fitted with high tech roof insulation can cause problems with reception, however in most cases very little difference is seen in signal strength if the aerial is facing directly through the tiles, even in cases where the tiles are actually wet, that said it does have to be admitted that loft aerials are never that far away from electrical cabling and which is a potential source in electrical impulse interference being picked up, gutter mounts (on soffit or facia boards) being ideal especially if used in conjunction with a Log periodic type aerial.

James Feest
Saturday 31 August 2013 4:13PM Worthing

I have re-tuned both of our TV sets and I find thast several channels are no longer available .
ie - Yesterday -freeview 19, Dave Freeview 20, and othes. When can I expect these & other channels to be re-instated?

Saturday 31 August 2013 5:08PM

James Feest: You will have to carry out a "first time installation" on both sets as Dave is now on (12) and with Drama on (20) although Yesterday still uses (19), and so if after having carried out the aforementioned you find that its still missing can you receive ITV4 (24)? as that is on the same multiplex as Yesterday.

By the way "first time installation" is also known as "factory reset" or "default setting" or similar dependant on the brand of equipment.

The other point being, that if you use Rowridge for reception then engineering work has been taking place there since 27th and you might have retuned whilst the transmitters power had been reduced.

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