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17th April 2013 retunes for Scotland from Angus, Rosneath and Selkirk

As part of a rolling programme in the regions that experienced the early digital switchovers, some viewers in central and southern Scotland will need to retune on Wednesday. However, viewers of certain relays will lose some channels during the daytime but are best advised not to retune.

As part of a rolling programme in the regions that experienced
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The original plan for digital-only television services had created a set of cleared (unused, for resale as 4G) frequencies in the range C31 to C40, and a smaller one in the C63-C68 range. However, to align the frequencies with the rest of Europe and to provide the mobile internet companies with more desirable frequencies the allocations were changed - see Digital Dividend - changes to the 800MHz band.

In the regions that switched-over after the decision was taken, the new frequency plan has been used. In the regions that switched before, viewers will have to perform one more retune.

This week, on Wednesday 17th April 2013, viewers of the Angus, Rosneath and Selkirk transmitter groups experienced another minor Freeview change.

Selkirk transmitter and transmitter group

At some point before 6am, Selkirk will change the BBCA (or PSB1) multiple from C62- to C50. This mulitplex carries 1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Three, 8 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 301, plus 14 others. In addition there will be a minor change the Arqiva B (COM6) multiplex.

The following two relays will also change their allocated frequencies:

Bonchester Bridge: PSB2 C49 to C39
Innerleithen: PSB1 C61 to C49

However, the relays of Selkirk that are no changing will be "retuned" to Selkirk at some point during the day. If you find you have no BBC standard-definition channels and you are using on of the other relays, then don't retune, just wait for the service to be restored.

Angus and Rosneath transmitters and regions

The Angus transmitter is having the Arqiva B (or COM6, 15 Film 4, 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 41 Sky Sports 1 (not free), 42 Sky Sports 2 (not free), 47 4seven, 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 Russia Today English, plus 21 others) changed from C61 to C49, plus the minor change of BBCA/PSB1 from C60 to C60-.

This means that you will not need to retune on some relays, but on others there will be frequency changes, which will happen during the daytime.

Auchtermuchty: PSB1 C49 to C39
Balmullo: PSB1 C49 to C39
Balnaguard: PSB1 C49 to C39
Grandtully: PSB1 C61 to C49
Killin: PSB1 C49 to C39 PSB1 C49 to C39
Kilmelford: PSB1 C62- to C50
Kinlochleven: PSB3 C62- to C50
Kintraw: PSB3 C50 to C40
Lindores: PSB2 C50 to C40
Loch Feochan: PSB2 C61 to C49
Lochearnhead: PSB1 C61 to C49
Onich: PSB1 C61 to C49 PSB1 C61 to C49
Perth: PSB1 C49 to C39+
Strathallan: PSB1 C49 to C39
Strontian: PSB1 C49 to C39
Tummel Bridge: PSB1 C49 to C39

At the Rosneath mast, Arqiva B/COM6 is having a slight change, but the BBCA/PSB1 multiplex will changer from C61 to C49. Both of the relays of Rosneath are undergoing frequency changes:

Ardnadam: PSB3 C49 to C39
Garelochhead: PSB3 C49 to C39

Notes about retuning

If you are not on the list, you should scan your box from around 6am.

When you now rescan, you MUST do a "first time installation" or "factory reset" scan (sometimes called "shipping state"), not a simple "add channels". Do the procedure you did on "national retune day", September 30th 2009, see Freeview Retune - list of manuals.

If you can't recall the procedure or find the manual, please see generic clear and rescan procedure.

Some people may find problems with the newly allocated freqncies - if so, please see Single frequency interference.

Cable and satellite

Cable (Virgin Media) and satellite (Sky, Freesat, fSfS) viewers are not affected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set and it might need a Freeview box.

Next to change

The next changes are:

24th April 2013

Rumster Forest: COM6 C62- to C55

1st May 2013

Kings Lynn: PSB1 C49- to C40
Tacolneston: COM6 C50 to C39+ PSB3 C62 to C50

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013
D Russell
3:14 PM

My Freeview reception of BBC One and Two (Scotland) from the Selkirk transmitter was fine until I retuned on 17 April. Now it is completely unwatchable. Why is this? I live in Coldstream. Signal strength is 10 but quality is in the red.

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Dave Lindsay

3:52 PM

D Russell: Confirm that it is tuned to Selkirk by observing the signal strength screen. It is on C50 or it may have tuned to Chatton on C45.

If you have two aerials, one on Selkirk and one on Chatton, and these are combined then the change in channel from Selkirk may mean that your Chatton aerial is being used to pick it up.

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D Russell
9:28 PM

Dave Lindsay: It is tuned Selkirk on C50 but I do have two aerials; one for Selkirk and the other for Chatton

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Dave Lindsay

10:02 PM

D Russell: In which case the diplexer that combines the two feeds may be one that "splits" at C51 and consequently C50 will now be being picked up by your Chatton aerial which is pointing the wrong way for Selkirk:

Television Aerial Boosters / Amplifiers, Splitters, Diplexers & Triplexers

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Thursday, 25 April 2013
D Russell
9:29 PM

Dave Lindsay: Many thanks for your suggestion. I will look into it.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013
Pauline Gordon
5:53 PM

I live at pa23 8tu and since the April 17 retune I am unable to receive any bbc channels nor itv 3 although the other itv's seem to be ok along with most other junk channels. Neither are there any news channels. I am at a loss to know what to do next

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Dave Lindsay

6:14 PM

Pauline Gordon: If the set has manual tuning then try manually tuning to UHF channel 49 for BBC and UHF channel 53 for ITV3 etc.

I take it that your aerial is pointing to Rosneath at 130 degrees rather than Ardentinny at 187 degrees.

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Sunday, 28 April 2013
Jeremy Wilson
10:18 PM

I live at EH36 5PA. Following the 17 April retune, I have had very poor signal strength on SDN, ARQA and ARQB multiplexes, declining to zero in the evening. Have now re-set digibox following procedures recommended on this website, and have lost channels on these multiplexes altogether. Signal quality on remaining multiplexes remains excellent. I am at a loss. Can you help?

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013
derek Angelis
1:37 PM

When tuned-in to the Innerleithen sub-transmitter, not all of the FreeView programmes are available (same in Stow). Can an aerial in Innerleithen (or Stow) be realigned to pick up from the Selkirk transmitter direct so I can then pick-up (say) Film4 et al?
If it needs a 'stronger' aerial then so be it.

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Dave Lindsay

1:43 PM

derek Angelis: It probably depends on where exactly you are as to you chances of success.

Unfortunately the Commercial broadcasters don't have a Public Service obligation and so only pay to have their services carried from the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population). See here for an explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The hilly terrain means that there are pockets that can't receive (well) from the main station, and hence the reason for the relay being installed.

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