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The symbol shows the location of the Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) transmitter which serves 9,900 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 Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Eitshal 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)367mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
7 BBC Alba, 82 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)367mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (SD) (STV North (Aberdeen micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)367mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 115 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)367mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C22 (482.0MHz)367mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)367mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 294km south-southeast (154°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 293km east-southeast (115°)
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

CulkienActive deflector40 km N Ullapool18 homes
DurnamuckTransposer10 km W Ullapool21 homes
Glascarnoch BActive deflector40 km NW Inverness
KinlocheweTransposer
Staffin BActive deflector
StrathkanairdActive deflector8 km N Ullapool15 homes
Torridon BActive deflector80 km W Inverness15 homes (second level)
Torridon V/pTransposer80 km W Inverness110 homes

How will the Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1720 Sep 2017
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C22-AArqAArqAArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C25-BSDNSDNSDNSDN
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C28-CArqBArqBArqBArqB
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C30+2
C32-D
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C34+1

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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 Jul 10 and 21 Jul 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 800W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Eitshal (Lewis) transmitter area

Sep 1961-Jun 1997Grampian Television
Jun 1997-Dec 2014STV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Eitshal 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

Comments
Friday, 9 January 2015
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Paul Williams
9:24 PM

Jacqueline: Only BBC and HD channels available over in Bernera so you are are not alone. All was well yesterday so I suspect the storm is the culprit. We have line of site to the transmitter and the signal strength is usually 100%. This is the case here at the moment for BBC channels with all others at zero.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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maggie
6:46 PM

Hi I have no bbc channels for a few days now they stopped whe we lost electricity and advice welcome ,

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maggie's 1 post GB
Monday, 10 October 2016
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Alan Ross
6:49 PM
Isle Of Lewis

Is there any likelihood of a stronger freeview signal being implemented in Ness, Isle of Lewis. HS2 0TW

Regards
Alan Ross

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:34 PM

Alan Ross: Your postcode is already predicted to receive good coverage from the Ness of Lewis transmitter and almost as good for the PSB muxes from Eitshal. There are no plans to increase power on any transmitters and why would there be any reason to when all transmitters have been at their full power levels since digital switchover was completed over 4 years ago?

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Saturday, 7 October 2017
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Ian Hammons
2:53 PM

Why does Eitshal freeview transmitter not transmit BT Showcase since it moved to HD?
Can you please put it back on as it is free to air?

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