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The symbol shows the location of the Cambret Hill (Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) transmitter which serves 8,400 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Cambret Hill (Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) mast?

Cambret Hill transmitter - Cambret Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Cambret Hill 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.

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)409mDTG-2,800W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 others

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)409mDTG-2,800W
Channel icons
3 STV (SD) (Border (Scotland)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor), 35 STV+1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)409mDTG-2,800W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 103 STV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Cambret Hill (Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's Christmas, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 107km north (2°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.1m homes 0.4%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 90km east (92°)
to ITV Border Scotland region - 27 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

Are there any self-help relays?

GlentroolActive deflector15 km NW Newton Stewart50 homes School
NewluceActive deflector12 km NE Stranraer50 homes School

How will the Cambret Hill (Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1330 Sep 2019-

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 24 Jun 09 and 22 Jul 09.

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

Analogue 5 20kW
Analogue 1-4(-1dB) 16kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-8.5dB) 2.8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caldbeck Scotland transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border 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. Cambret Hill 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:35 PM

CAMBRET HILL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:26 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

12:40 PM

CAMBRET HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:45 today to 11:46 today [BBC]

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j costello
5:25 PM

at the moment i get all freeview channels
i am changing to sky ,will i get the same signal strengh

thank you

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6:33 PM

j costello: Having satellite makes no difference to your Freeview reception whatsoever.

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Briantist's 38,902 posts GB flag
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

CAMBRET HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:45 yesterday to 11:46 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 8 July 2011
Peter Henderson

11:34 PM

The Cambret Hill transmitter seems stronger recently, and I've been getting signal strengths of between 95-100 % on my Philips freeview box, even during the heavy rain and bad weather over the last few days.

This evening I decided to have a go at getting the HD channels on my Humax Freeview HD box. Low and behold, they were all there (even though they don't show on my Philips SD box). Strangely, I'm also receiving the HD channels in the 800's as well.

Not sure how long this inreased signal strength will last for but the Freeview HD does look good, although I think the HD channels on my Amstrad Sky box seem better.

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Saturday, 17 September 2011
terence blackwell
10:12 AM
Newton Stewart

Why does freeview advertise up to 50 channels when you only get the basic 11 channel no itv3 itv4 5live 5usa food channel dave quest the list is endless , Why advertise these channels when they are not available in the borders and this part of scotland but shops are trying to sell you boxes and tv's saying you will get all these channels.

thankyou Terry DG8 0NZ Glenluce

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Peter Henderson

2:13 PM

Does either Caldbeck or Divis reach Newton Stewart Terence ? If you can't get Divis a the moment you may possibly get it after DSO next year when there is quite a significant power increase.

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Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
9:56 AM

Since switchover we have experienced ever increasing "atmospheric issues". I have a High gain aerial, humax twin tuner decoder, and a signal amp. When we first set it up everything was fine. However each month seems too have more pixelated pictures or completely lost signal than the last.
Is anybody in kirkcowan experiencing similar issues with freeview. I spoke to a friend in Sorbie and he has no issues as he can pick Caldbeck and gets significantly more stations.

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