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The symbol shows the location of the Rosneath (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter which serves 41,000 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 Rosneath (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rosneath transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

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 H -24dB
C39 (618.0MHz)
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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

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C42 (642.0MHz)
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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

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C45 (666.0MHz)
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 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

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C33 (570.0MHz)
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C48- (689.8MHz)
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Rosneath (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

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 Rosneath transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 35km east-southeast (117°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 35km east-southeast (117°)
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

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

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-175 Sep 2018
C49tv_off BBCABBCA
C60tv_off -ArqB-ArqBArqB

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 11 May 11 and 25 May 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
COM4||, COM5||, COM6||, PSB1||, PSB2||, PSB3||(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 200W
Mux A*(-20dB) 100W
COM4≡, COM5≡, COM6≡, PSB1≡, PSB2≡, PSB3≡(-31dB) 8W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rosneath 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

Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

ROSNEATH transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 18:56 on 02 Sep to 22:03 on 02 Sep. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,924 posts xx
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
12:38 PM

For the last few days I have had problems with picture quality - pixelating - and at the same time sound disappears. Are these indicative of fluctuations in signal strength/quality from the Rosneath transmitter?

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3:52 PM


The simple answer is yes, possibly. However, I can't find any reports of any current or recent faults at Rosneath by the BBC or Freeview and it hasn't been recently listed for Planned Engineering.

Depending on your location, you might be able to receive other transmitters and if you retuned at all if there was any brief interuption due to weather conditions etc., you might have inadvertently got tuned to the wrong transmitter. Check in your TV's tuning section that you are tuned to the UHF channels listed at the very top of the page. Those in the 5 Sep 2018 listing lower down are not up-to-date.

If you are correctly tuned, check that your downlead looks undamaged and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction. Also check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads can be a common problem, try swapping them. See what signal strengths (if any) and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section, this might indicate potential issues with your aerial or downlead.
Aerial mis-alignments, problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just AN individual or several multiplexes.

If you've altered anything around in your installation, check that you don't have any HDMI leads close to any aerial or flyleads, especially if the aerial and flyleads aren't high quality double screened types. HDMI is known to sometimes cause interference.

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Chris.SE's 3,282 posts GB
Saturday, 30 July 2022
Dougie Blackwood
1:49 PM

I have problems with the signal from the Rosneath transmitter. Several stations are either not contactable or unwatchable. Diagnostics on my TV (LG) tell me that the signals are varying depending on the carrier channel. Channels 36 and 39 are 100% stregnth and quality; channels 42 and 48 are good to fair. Channel 33 which carries Quest varies from next to no signal to fair from moment to moment. I've retuned the channels several times, only seldom is Quest picked up; when it is openable it comes and goes and is unwatchable. the same problem persists in several TVs in my house. I can see the TV mast from my window and have had a new arial professionally installed.

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Dougie Blackwood's 2 posts GB

4:48 PM

Dougie Blackwood:

Apart from the fact that current weather conditions might periodically be causing some disruption to reception, it's never a good idea to retune if you have low signal quality or large errors, it can result in clearing your correct tuning and possibly tuning to incorrect channels from more distant transmitters receivable because of the weather.

There are currently no listed faults for the Roseneath transmitter that I can find and it doesn't appear to be listed for Planned Engineering.

That said, you mention the correct UHF channels, but not C45 which is the PSB3/BBCB HD multiplex, so am I correct in thinking you don't get the HD channels on 101-105 etc. (your sets don't have a T2/HD tuner) ?

You say you can see the mast but how far away is it?
Are your aerial rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal or vertical?
How old (roughly) is the aerial?
Was the coax from the aerial replaced at the same time as the aerial?
You presumably have a splitter if feeding more than one TV, is it just a passive splitter or an amp/splitter, if the latter, how old?

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