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The symbol shows the location of the Rosemarkie (Highland, Scotland) transmitter which serves 63,000 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 Rosemarkie (Highland, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rosemarkie 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
C45 (666.0MHz)327mDTG-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

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)327mDTG-320,000W
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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,

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)327mDTG-620,000W
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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,

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)327mDTG-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

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)327mDTG-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

 H -3dB
C40+ (626.2MHz)327mDTG-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 Rosemarkie (Highland, 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 Rosemarkie transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 198km south (186°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 132km east-southeast (116°)
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

BhlaraidhActive deflector40 km SW Inverness5 homes
CullodenTransposer10 km E Inverness25 homes Caravan site
U.strthnairn AActive deflector20 km S Inverness25 homes
Upper FoyersActive deflectorUpper Foyers42 homes

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-1331 Jul 132013-176 Sep 2017
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves D3+4D3+4D3+4
C40 ArqBArqBArqB

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 6 Oct 10 and 20 Oct 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-11dB) 8kW

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. Rosemarkie 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, 23 October 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:56 PM

M. Partington: Yes. For C39+, for example, just specifying C39 will tune it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 12 November 2012
Mairi Maciver
8:36 PM

I have just bought a new car 2 months ago and the radio reception in and around Inverness is terrible, with a continuous background crackling. Is there some problem with radio reception in Highland. If yes, can you suggest a solution?

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Mairi Maciver's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Paul Warrener
9:12 AM

How Long are the rosemarkie transmitter engineering works going to continue?

The information mentions 2nd December engineering information but it is flagged up 3rd Dec and now 4th Dec. I can confirm poor reception or non existence/low signal strength on the PSB1 set on 4th DEC.

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Paul Warrener's 4 posts GB
Sunday, 9 December 2012
Paul Warrener
9:03 AM

This transmitter is showing serviceable here. SINCE the work was carried out 2-4 Dec I have found a great number of people in my location that are suffering from a dreadful service.


I would like to see some action taken please.

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Paul Warrener's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Charles Wilson
12:48 PM

My post code is IV2 4LB and my aerial is roof mounted.
Yet again I find this morning between 11am and noon that while rosemarkie claims to have no problems I have no signal or bad signal on my COM6 ArqB channels. This happens every now and again and is very annoying.
Since I regularly take steps to ensure that none of the other potential causes (need to reset/mobile phones/etc.) are ruled out the only possible cause is inversion due to high pressure weather conditions.
However, it is my understanding from reading the notes that the potential disturbance caused by nearby analogue transmitters should only affect the weak digital signals used for freeview prior to digital switchover. Since digital switchover has happened does this explanation no longer hold water?
I can practically see the Rosemarkie transmitter from my home in Inverness so why is this still happening?

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Charles Wilson's 3 posts GB

1:18 PM

Charles Wilson: Having checked the William Hepburn tropospheric ducting forecast for today, there is no indication whatsoever of inversion taking place, however at such times as this does take place out of area digital signals will interfere with your normal service as much if not more than analogue signals used to. There is of course the possibility of locally originating interference from the RF modulators of Sky boxes, VCRs or games consoles. It is also possible that engineering work is taking place to prepare for frequency changes later in the year on PSB2 and ArqB. Such work might not be notified, as much of the engineering information originates from the BBC and deals mostly with their own services.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

1:30 PM

Charles Wilson: You live in a bungalow which puts your aerial lower down than with a house and you also appear to be well-hampered by some large oak trees on your road.

My feeling is that this is a signal quality issue rather than a signal strength issue. If so, then it starts at the aerial and, for example no amount of amplification will make the slightest bit of difference.

I see that you made a posting last July complaining of the same issue with the same channel. In July this year C50 is due to move to C40, so if it is a particular frequency that is being hit, as it appears to be, then it might go away when it changes channel.

Granted, you would put up with it until then, but if you do do something to try and solve the issue, be mindful that that work may only be required for the next five months.

I'm not an aerial installer; just a technical bod. Perhaps, if you can do so, turning your aerial a little, preferably so it's pointing nearer to the edge of the tree might help.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Vicky Goss
1:03 PM

I live beside the Invergordon distillery and i am having problems tuning in the BBC4 TV channel. I can get all 77 other channels but always have problems getting the BBC4 channel every time i retune.

Why is this?

thanks in advance

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Vicky Goss's 1 post GB
Friday, 2 August 2013
4:15 PM

From 01/08/2013 there is no signal on channel 14 (film4) and a few other channels. What has happened?

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Bronislaw's 3 posts GB
4:18 PM

from yesterday the film 4 signal (channel 14) disappeared? What is going on?
I live Inverness IV2 3DL

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