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Freeview Light on the Inverness (Highland, Scotland) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Inverness (Highland, Scotland) transmitter which serves 2,000 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 Inverness (Highland, Scotland) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Inverness 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.

 V max
C50 (706.0MHz)40mDTG-37W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

 V max
C55 (746.0MHz)40mDTG-37W
Channel icons
3 STV (STV North (Aberdeen micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 V max
C59 (778.0MHz)40mDTG-67W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?

The Inverness (Highland, Scotland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Inverness transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 180km south
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 134km east-southeast
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

TorveanActive deflector2 km SW Inverness Caravan park Caravan park

How will the Inverness (Highland, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1331/7/13-2013-1730th Sep 2017-
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EA B C/D E K VHF

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz 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 6th October and 20th October 2010.

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

Analogue 1-4 35W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.2dB) 6.6W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rosemarkie 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. Inverness 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.

Thursday, 5 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
4:31 AM

INVERNESS transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 02:45 on 03 Apr to 05:31 on 03 Apr HD Digital TV Off Air from 02:13 on 03 Apr to 05:32 on 03 Apr [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 106,936 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 11 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
10:30 AM

INVERNESS transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 106,936 posts Owner Owner xx
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
4:31 AM

INVERNESS transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 16 December 2016
David Lee
11:09 AM

Whilst watching freeview HD the signal drops off for a few seconds then comes back for few seconds and drops off again.Have tried all tests.Any Solutions please?

David Lee

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David Lee's 1 post GB
6:10 PM

David Lee:

We need a full post code for your location so that we can look up what the signal reception conditions are like where you live.

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MikeP's 2,246 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Monday, 18 December 2017
Scott Carrick
10:45 AM Inverness


My parents live in North Kessock just north of Inverness postcode IV1 3XX.

They receive their Freeview Signal from the Inverness Light Freeview Transmitter and can only get 20 of the 77 Freeview TV Channels.

Is there any plans in the next few years to upgrade this Transmitter so that they will be able to get any more Freeview Channels?

If not, what is the reason for this?

Many Thanks


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12:17 PM

Scott Carrick: The Inverness relay is a low power transmitter serving 2,000 homes which don't get a good signal from the main Rosemarkie transmitter. There are no known plans to upgrade it, probably because the commercial broadcasters would not see a return on the costs of upgrading transmitters that only cover a small number of homes. Rosemarkie shows an OK signal for the main PSB channels at the postcode you've given, but is poor for the commercial channels. I would suggest looking at Freesat to get more channels.

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