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The symbol shows the location of the Rothesay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter which serves 5,800 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 Rothesay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rothesay 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
C28 (530.0MHz)218mDTG-400W
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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

 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)218mDTG-400W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 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 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)218mDTG-400W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 103 ITV 1 HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 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 Rothesay (Argyll and Bute, 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! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, 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 TV 2, 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 Rothesay transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 44km east (95°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 45km east (95°)
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

How will the Rothesay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 8 Jun 11 and 22 Jun 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Black Hill transmitter area

Aug 1957-Jun 1997Scottish 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Friday, 10 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:37 AM

ROTHESAY transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 06:53 on 08 Jun to 07:31 on 08 Jun [BBC]

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Saturday, 11 June 2011
Mr Carswell
9:28 AM
Wemyss Bay

PA18 6BJ Wemyss Bay on the Rothesy Xmitter
Re-Tuned on Wednesday morning and got all exected channels. Picture strength was excellent. Friday morning ....nothng !
Can you please help me understand what has happened?

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Monday, 13 June 2011

8:31 AM

Mr Carswell: Please can you see Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice for some suggestions?

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Friday, 24 June 2011
Graeme Coils
1:23 AM

I live in Inverkip and have fitted a Group A log periodic aerial and mounted it vertically to the Rothesay transmitter, done the tune in today and am missing itv3, yesterday and various other channels, was wondering if anyone knows if they are coming online anytime soon. Thanks in advance, Graeme.

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Graeme Coils's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 27 June 2011
David Reid
5:13 PM

I also live in Inverkip (Renfrewshire)and have lost my HD Channels on Ch22 from Rothesay.
Other programmes on Ch25 and Ch28 are being received at full strength.
The HD Channels were working fine up to Friday June 24th.
So my question is What has happened to Ch22 from Rothesay?
I would appreciate any info.
Thanks,David Reid.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011
alan denholm
8:05 PM
Isle Of Bute

i also have lost my hd channels from rothesay
started on friday and still not returned.
have done all the reset my tv box and re-tuned
asked the local tv man and he said there was no
problem, but mr reid seems to have the same problem. i do not even know who to complain
to. as no one else i know has freeview hd via an ariel set up. wait all these months for part of the system and it fails after 2 days.

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alan denholm's 1 post GB flag
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Mike Dimmick

6:08 PM

David Reid, alan denholm: No problems are currently reported, click the 'BBC Reception test' links next to your messages and follow the wizard to report the problem.

Some viewers have found that they have too much signal after switchover. If you have a booster, try removing it, or try adding an attenuator instead.

Also check that the TV has tuned in the correct transmitter - David, you are also predicted to get good results from the Dunoon relay, and alan, you from the Rothesay Town relay, which Digital UK are showing that you're practically on top of.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Friday, 1 July 2011
Keir Byars
6:33 PM

Why do I not get all freeview channels such as filim4
Itv4 ect I purchased a free view+ box if we do not get all channels then I have wasted my money and I would
Feel discriminated agents

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Keir Byars's 1 post GB flag
11:36 PM

Like some others I live in Largs and have lost freeview HD from Rothesay on CH22 since 24th June. Re-tune, factory defaults, arial change and standard checks show same. Good Sig Strength but zero Sig Quality. BBC say everything is fine ref transmitter problems. Any advice?

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Charlie's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 2 July 2011

7:53 AM

Charlie: What you report could indicate that the TV's tuner is being swamped by a strong signal, possibly caused by the Largs transmitter as it must be relatively close to you, differing brands of sets coping differently with this problem.

You haven't mentioned anything about your aerial system but if at all possible try a set top aerial in your set, or (crudely!) even a short piece of wire, and whilst doing so try a manual scan on Ch39 as that's the Largs HD MUX.

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