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Freeview Light on the Rothesay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)218mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)218mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)218mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 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, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Rothesay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5Action, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, YAAAS!, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, 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?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1330 Sep 2018-
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C8ITVwaves
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCB
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 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

Comments
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Thursday, 5 July 2012
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Brian
5:50 PM

Why do we have so few channels broadcast ? in england NW my relatives have over double the amount of channels, including Dave, Quest, Yesterday, Sky Sports, Espn, why are they missing from our reception in Rothesay!

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Mark Fletcher
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6:12 PM
Halifax

Brian.That is because the Rothesay relay is a freeview lite mast broadcasting only the public service broadcast multiplexes BBCA,D3+4 and if you have a DVB-T2 tuner the BBCB (HD) multiplex too.All freeview lite relays have no obligation to transmit SDN,ArqA and ArqB commercial multiplexes due to cost,hence why only two or three PSB (only) and zero COM multiplexes as such !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
Saturday, 30 March 2013
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Kenneth Fraser
3:31 PM
Wemyss Bay

When is the transmitter getting updated to include all of the freeview channels ??

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Dave Lindsay
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3:40 PM

Kenneth Fraser: The likely answer is "never". See here for an explanation:

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You may be lucky and be able to receive the full service from Rosneath, subject to the expense of a new aerial.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
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stevie
2:50 AM

I would like to know if rothesay isle of bute will ever recive all the digi channels as wee only recive 34 max were I am?

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stevie's 1 post GB
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:23 AM

ROTHESAY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 10 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:24 AM

ROTHESAY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 18 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:24 AM

ROTHESAY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 27 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:24 AM

ROTHESAY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 04:38 today to 04:53 today. [BBC]

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