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The symbol shows the location of the Scoval (Highland, Scotland) transmitter which serves less than 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 Scoval (Highland, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Scoval 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H -6.2dB
 V -6.2dB
C40 (626.0MHz)
258mDTG-332W
32W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
 V -6.2dB
C43 (650.0MHz)
258mDTG-3132W
32W
Channel icons
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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 34 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
 V -6.2dB
C46 (674.0MHz)
258mDTG-6132W
32W
Channel icons
72 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?

the effected channels
the effected channels
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the effected channels

The Scoval (Highland, Scotland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 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, YAAAS!, 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, More4 +1, Now 70s, Paramount Network, 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 Scoval transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 232km southeast (143°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 281km east (99°)
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

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

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1720 Sep 2017
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TB E K T
C40BBCA
C43D3+4
C46BBCB
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 14 Jul 10 and 28 Jul 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 160W
PSB2≡, PSB3≡(-0.8dB) 132W
PSB1≡, PSB1||, PSB2||, PSB3||(-7dB) 32W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Skriaig 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. Scoval 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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11:32 AM

SCOVAL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:19 today to 09:21 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:19 today to 09:21 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 28 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SCOVAL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:19 yesterday to 09:21 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:19 yesterday to 09:21 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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11:32 AM

SCOVAL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:06 today to 09:08 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:06 today to 09:08 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 29 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

SCOVAL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:06 yesterday to 09:08 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:06 yesterday to 09:08 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 30 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

SCOVAL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:06 on 28 Apr to 09:08 on 28 Apr, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:06 on 28 Apr to 09:08 on 28 Apr. [BBC]

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Friday, 24 June 2016
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Richard.
9:46 AM

Hi,
With regard to the Scoval transmitter on the Isle of Skye, I am confused about the erp of the transmitter
There are two power outputs stated, 32watts and 132 watts.
Could anybody explain this, also what is the polarisation of this transmitter.

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Richard Cooper
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12:35 PM
Norwich

Richard.: Hi, Richard on Skye. Scoval transmits at two different powers and polarisations, depending on which mux you consider. On multiplex PSB1, the group of channels which includes BBC1, BBC Alba and BBC4 where you are, Scoval transmits at only 32 watts power whether the aerial is polarised horizontal or vertical. On the other hand on multiplex PSB2, which is the group of channels that includes STV, Channel 4, Channel 5, itv2, etc., this multiplex is transmitted at 132 watts power with horizontal polarisation but only 32 watts with vertical polarisation. Finally, the PSB3 mux, which includes the HD services for the main channels and also the channel called Film4+1 and a couple of red button services, this transmits at 132 watts power at horizontal polarisation but only 32 watts at vertical polarisation. I believe I've now answered your question. I'd be inclined to set my aerial at horizontal polarisation or maybe experiment by rotating it a few degrees on the slant 'on the huh' as we say in Norfolk, and see which works best across the whole range of channels you can get from Scoval. Richard, Norwich, on the Isle of Eaton (NR2)!

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Saturday, 25 June 2016
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KMJ,Derby
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3:40 PM

Richard: further to Richard Cooper's post regarding the Scoval transmitter, I have done a bit of delving and basically the antenna at the top of the mast serves an area in the West of Skye with a vertically polarised signal and transmitter power of 32w on each of the three PSB muxes. The antenna sited partway up the mast at 15m agl sends a narrow beam across Little Minch to the mast at Clettraval. This signal is horizontally polarised and transmits each of the PSP muxes at 132w. The purpose of this beam is to provide a feed for the DTT services transmitted from Clettraval. Photos of the antennas at Scoval can be found on the mb21 website.

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Richard Cooper
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4:00 PM
Norwich

KMJ,Derby: Hi KMJ,Derby. Thank you so much for delving into the details behind the beams of different powers at Scoval. I'm sure the results of you research work will further enlighten Richard on Skye. Thanks again, Richard, Norwich.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SCOVAL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Programme from 01:17 today to 01:21 today, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:17 today to 01:21 today. [BBC]

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