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The symbol shows the location of the Cupar (Fife, Scotland) transmitter which serves 4,500 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 Cupar (Fife, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Cupar 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
C41+ (634.2MHz)79mDTG-34W
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
C47 (682.0MHz)79mDTG-34W
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3 STV (SD) (STV North (Dundee 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),

 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)79mDTG-64W
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?

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the effected channels
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The Cupar (Fife, 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 Cupar transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 95km west-southwest (239°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.2m homes 0.8%
from Dundee DD1 4QB, 16km north (7°)
to STV North (Dundee) region - 24 masts.

How will the Cupar (Fife, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 4 Aug 10 and 18 Aug 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 20W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 4W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Angus 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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Cupar 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.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

12:19 PM

just had a new channel added to freeview today and i live in cupar with a relay transmitter
and the new channel is FILM 4 a channel previously not available through the relay transmitter
is this a mistake or is cupar getting more freeview channels?
annoying thing is the epg says no information for film4 despite rebooting the freeview box 3 times including removing the ariel to completely wipe its memory then rebooting after putting the ariel back in its still the same

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DONALD's 37 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

12:48 PM

DONALD: I imagine that the EPG might populate eventually and perhaps could be speeded up by switching to Film4.

Film4 is not and is never likely to be available from the Cupar relay.

Judging by the postcode supplied on a previous posting of yours I would suggest that Film4 is coming in on UHF channel 49 (it will probably say this on the signal strength screen) which means it's coming from Angus.

Overnight the frequency of this channel changed to C49, as part of the clearance for 4G mobile services. As such it is on a lower frequency which your aerial may be more sensitive to (as it is within the range of frequencies used by Cupar and therefore within the frequency range of your aerial if it's not a wideband one).

It is also worth adding that you are managing to receive Film4 with your aerial vertical when the signal is horizontal. It really could be intermittent.

I think you could possibly be in with a shot of receiving all channels from Angus. The Digital UK predictor scores favourably. You don't quite have line-of-sight owing to Myrecairnie Hill but it isn't far off:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

12:55 PM

DONALD: I eat my words. The change to C49 happened on 17th April this year.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:21 PM

DONALD: This isn't looking good - not looking good for me!

Whilst it is true that Cupar will never carry the Commercial (COM) multiplexes, it is probably carrying Film4 now.

I am in another region and have just checked. I now have two Film4s - the one carried on the COM multiplex which you don't get and the one on the Public Service (PSB2) multiplex which you can get.

So it appears that Film4 is now available from all transmitters!

I don't know why the EPG hasn't built up for it. It has populated for both instances of Film4 for me. As this has only just happened I suggest that you leave it for now and hopefully it will right itself.

For listings, see

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

2:27 PM

Dave Lindsay: I have had other people say that Film4 has moved to PSB2, with Film4+1 being listed for the service on COM6.

I would love to confirm it, but I only have a YouView box and it won't let you see changes until YouView approve of them.

I don't know if they are going to just squash Film4 into the existing capacity, or if Channel 4+1 is going to be ejected (or something).

Digital UK Industry - Listings
shows nothing as yet (of course).

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:56 PM

Briantist: Channel 4+1 is still broadcasting on PSB2. I wouldn't have thought that it would be moved to one of the COMs because it has regional variations.

Film4 on PSB2 and that on COM6 are broadcasting the same programme, so the latter isn't the +1 stream, yet. Both are titled "Film4", so no "Film4+1" just yet.

I have carried out a retune and PSB2's Film4 has assumed LCN15 and COM6's Film4 has moved to LCN791. LCN790 is "Test" on COM4.

BT Sport has moved to COM4, but BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 2 remain on COM6. (Can they not make up their minds where they are?!)

The rumour-mill is that a ninth stream has been fitted onto PSB2:

a516digital: Ninth stream testing on ITV/Channel 4 Freeview multiplex

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

8:57 PM

Briantist / Dave Lindsay: Just to confirm that Film 4 (LCN15) now corresponds to Walthams PSB2 as well as still being broadcast on COM6, LCN791 in my particular set up.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Friday, 2 August 2013

10:55 PM

The reason i found out i had film4 was a popup on the screen saying a new channel had been added so i checked the epg and film 4 was listed but said no information available i then rebooted the freeview box but the epg then showed other channels had no information either
ive found if you unplug the ariel then reboot to clear the memory then reboot again with the ariel plugged in that it resets the epg why the epg responds like that when the box is rebooted is puzzling
sometimes putting the box on standby for five minutes helps also dont forget to check the autostandby setting as it defaults to 4 hours when its rebooted but this can be deleted so its doesnt switch the box off
doesnt look like cupar will get film4+1 though but can always use tvcatchup which has all the freeview channels that cupar cant get

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DONALD's 37 posts GB

11:01 PM

forgot to add is it because of 4g that film 4 has moved to a different multiplex? also will 4g affect the relay transmitter in cupar and if so will i get one of the free filters trouble is i have two boxes in use one in the living room one in the bedroom but they only give you one filter which isnt exactly fair considering they (the mobile companies) are causing this problem that users have to pay in the region of up to £20 for a filter
will the bedroom box still work seeing as how the signal comes off the same ariel even with one filter fitted?

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DONALD's 37 posts GB
Monday, 12 August 2013
Grant Morrison
10:00 PM

Hi folks,
Hoping someone can help or point me in the right direction.

For the past week i have had a truly appauling reception for Freeview channels, they are consistantly un-watchable, pixelated, non moving images and with no sound.
However the only channels that do work with perfect clarity are 'all' BBC channels.
I live in Cupar which has very little in the way of a channel selection and until only recently has just started receiving Film 4.

Prior to all this there has been no problems with service/picture quality/sound what so ever. I noticed however that there is a possibility of a 4G mast nearby that could be the problem.

I'm using a Samsung HD Tv with built in Freeview, and i believe the signal is received by a mini sky type dish on the roof.
I have done a retune at least 3 times most days as well as a full factory reset with no luck.

Any help greatly appreciated.


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