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The symbol shows the location of the Rumster Forest (Highland, Scotland) transmitter which serves 21,000 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 Rumster Forest (Highland, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rumster Forest 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
C27 (522.0MHz)454mDTG-20,000W
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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

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)454mDTG-20,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV North (Aberdeen 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),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)454mDTG-20,000W
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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 -3dB
C32- (561.8MHz)454mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)454mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)454mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Rumster Forest (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 Rumster Forest transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 281km south-southwest (193°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 154km south-southeast (150°)
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AltnaharraActive deflector30 km N Lairg20 homes
ArmadaleTransposer30 km W Thurso30 homes
BlandyActive deflector50 km W Thurso20 homes
BorrobolActive deflector80 km NE Inverness7 homes
DaviotActive deflector8 km SE Inverness7 homes
GlenmoreActive deflector8 km SE Aviemore25 homes 1000 caravans
KinbraceActive deflector22 km NW Helmsdale20 homes School
MacduffTransposer30 km W Fraserburgh30 homes
Portsoy C/pTransposer10 km W Banff1 homes 60 caravans
Strath HalladaleActive deflectorStrath Halladale (south)20 homes
Strathnaver BActive deflector48km SW Thurso21 homes
Strathy WestActive deflector22 km W Thurso17 homes
SuisgillActive deflector
U.strthnairn BActive deflector20 km S Inverness8 homes holiday

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

1965-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1723 Aug 2017
C55tv_off ArqBArqB

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 2 Jun 10 and 16 Jun 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 A*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rumster Forest 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•
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Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Sarah Crowe
5:39 PM

From about midday today the signal just went, everything was okay until that point then nothing on any channel. I'm in Thurso

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Thursday, 7 March 2013
Sarah Crowe
4:36 PM

In Thurso postcode KW14 7JD. Had no signal since yesterday (Wednesday afternoon i.e. when the weather deteriorated) we have a digital aerial, signal booster in house and a freeview digital TV. Until that point we had pretty much perfect signal on all channels and nothing has changed in the vicinity of the TV to cause any interference.

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Sarah Crowe's 3 posts GB flag
Sarah's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage

5:54 PM

Sarah Crowe: As neither of the two transmitter fault reporting websites are indicating any problems in your area, then have you as yet checked with any neighbours to determine if they also are having problems with reception?

If not, then you should check to ensure that your booster amplifier has not been switched off, and if at all possible try by-passing it just in case its developed a fault.

Further advice dependant on reply.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Magnus Mackay
3:44 PM

Hello, up until a month ago we got a good reception on channel 62 ( ITV4 etc) but now it has started to break up and get a 'no signal' message, will there be a retune to channel 55? Post code KW147SS - Bettyhill

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Magnus's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Dave Lindsay

5:50 PM

Magnus Mackay: I think you're lucky to receive anything from Rumster Forest, so perhaps reception may be hit and miss.

C62 is due to move to C55 a week on Wednesday (24th April).

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Monday, 14 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

11:21 AM

RUMSTER FOREST transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

12:38 AM

RUMSTER FOREST transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Saturday, 3 May 2014
Transmitter engineering

12:29 AM

RUMSTER FOREST transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 15 August 2014
Transmitter engineering

1:31 PM

RUMSTER FOREST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:42 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:32 PM

RUMSTER FOREST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 15:15 today to 15:33 today. [BBC]

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