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The symbol shows the location of the Torosay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter which serves 2,800 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 Torosay (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Torosay 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)480mDTG-4,000W
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

 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)480mDTG-4,000W
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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)480mDTG-4,000W
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

 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)480mDTG-84,000W
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

 V -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)480mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
 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

 V -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)480mDTG-82,000W
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 Torosay (Argyll and Bute, 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 Torosay transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 112km southeast (129°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 112km southeast (129°)
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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Loch CaolisportActive deflector20 km SW Lochgilphead (second level)
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Loch CaolisportActive deflector20 km SW Lochgilphead (second level)
Loch SunartActive deflector
PortuairkActive deflector68 km W Fort William12 homes
StrontianActive deflector32 km WSW Fort William14 homes

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

1984-971997-981998-20102010-134 Oct 2017

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 13 Oct 10 and 27 Oct 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 20kW
SDN, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 4kW
ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-22dB) 125W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Torosay 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. Torosay 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

Monday, 30 January 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

Torosay transmitter - Torosay transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 30/01/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Wednesday, 15 March 2023
J G Lobb
9:50 PM

My postcode is Pa384bs and suspect I need to replace my aerial. What type of aerial is suitable? The aerial is 130 metres from the property.

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Thursday, 16 March 2023

3:37 AM

J G Lobb:

Do you really mean 130m? That's an extremely long distance - more than the length of a 100m drum of cable!
I assume you maybe in a bit of a valley, and the aerial is mounted up on top of a nearby hill if so.

You will need a Group A aerial BUT the rest will depend on the rest of the installation and what you intend replacing, if anything.

I assume you have a masthead amplifier. What type/model is it? (I'd be thinking about something like the LABGEAR KIT125VK which has 5G filtering as well as variable gain upto 25dB)

You should have the filtering as there is at least one mobile phone mast nearby and future upgrades may give you a problem with interference due to mobile use of the 700MHz band.
If interference is something that's started recently and this is what has prompted you to think about replacing the aerial not realising what the issue is, then you should be able to get a free filter from (put that into your web browser for information).

What coax are you currently using? You really should use CT100 type cable (double screened copper coax).

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Tuesday, 4 July 2023
G Lobb
9:58 AM

Chris.SE: I live west coast Scotland. Torosay transmitter 30 miles away. Aerial 150 metres away with Proception masthead amp 27 dB receiving 12 v from distribution amp in loft.All 3 tvs show no no signal. Please could you advise steps to check system?

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G Lobb's 2 posts GB flag

1:29 PM

J G Lobb:

Now that is a tricky one!
I trust you haven't retuned whilst you had no signal, if so, this may have cleared your correct tuning, so try a MANUAL tune of Torosay's UHF channels as listed at the very top of this page.
Other than that, it's possible there is unlisted Engineering, but feel free to proceed with any checks you want.

Firstly check the aerial is intact and still pointing correctly but do a visual check of the cable en route to see if there is any obvious damage. Check the aerial and other connections whilst you are there for corrosion etc.

Do you have a (digital ideally) voltmeter so that you can check that 12v supply.
First unplug the feed to the masthead and check that 12v is present on the output of the distribution amp. If it's not, there's the problem.

Even if it's there, the distribution part of the amp may have failed but checking that will either be by taking it somewhere where there is a signal (a friend's) and connecting it to their aerial output and see if the outputs provide signal to their TV. Alternatively by substitution, but that means buying or borrowing another so probably best left as a last resort, or of course getting it professionally checked! Probably best to check the rest of the system first.

If 12v is ok, then check if it is arriving at the masthead amp,

If it's arriving at the masthead, and all other checks are ok, the masthead itself may have failed.
In your situation I cannot think of anything other than get it professionally checked, but read on first.

If it's not arriving at the masthead, there could be a break in the coax cable somewhere. Finding that may be difficult. You'll probably need someone to help and an ohm-meter or continuity tester.
Disconnect the cable at both ends and then short together one end and put the ohm-meter or continuity tester on the other, then work your way along the cable flexing it slightly to see if you can find a break where your friend sees a reading which wasn't there to start.

If everything else checked out ok, then if you still have no signal you ideally need a signal strength meter you can connect direct to the aerial so see what you are receiving. There are currently no reported faults that I can find, and as previously mentioned the transmitter is not currently listed for Planned Engineering but there could still be work in progress in which case i would expect signals to retune later in the day.

I don't know if anyone else has any bright ideas about checks that I may not have thought of.

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Chris.SE's 3,707 posts GB flag

1:35 PM

Typo "I would expect signals to Return later in the day", NOT "Retune later in the day"

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Friday, 15 September 2023
Transmitter engineering

10:48 AM

Torosay transmitter - Torosay transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 18 September 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

Torosay transmitter - Torosay transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 18/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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