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The symbol shows the location of the Selkirk (The Scottish Borders, Scotland) transmitter which serves 24,000 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 Selkirk (The Scottish Borders, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Selkirk 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)522mDTG-310,000W
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
C34- (577.8MHz)522mDTG-310,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (SD) (Border (Scotland)), 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 (Yorkshire Emley Moor), 34 STV+1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)522mDTG-610,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 103 STV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)522mDTG-85,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)522mDTG-85,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48- (689.8MHz)522mDTG-85,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
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 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Selkirk (The Scottish Borders, Scotland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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 Selkirk transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 100km west-northwest (291°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.1m homes 0.4%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 75km south (187°)
to ITV Border Scotland region - 27 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

Are there any self-help relays?

SourhopeActive deflectorNr Yetholm6 homes

How will the Selkirk (The Scottish Borders, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20082008-132013-182013-1714 Aug 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TK T
C13ITVwaves
C32BBCA
C33SDN
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C36ArqA
C48ArqB
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C52tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C53tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C57tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C60tv_off -ArqB-ArqB
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 6 Nov 08 and 20 Nov 08.

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

Analogue 1-5 50kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 10kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-12.2dB) 3kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 500W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Selkirk transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

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Friday, 18 June 2021
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Friday, 3 September 2021
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Ian Brown
10:26 AM

Hi we have lost Border TV on all our televisions We use an Ariel never had any problem
I've checked followed all reset procedures and re tuned to no avail
Can you please help
Regards
Ian.

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Christine Hope
1:26 PM

Ian Brown:
I'm having the same problems on both my TVs. I have retuned and checked all equipment. Apparently there was a problem with the transmitter yesterday morning. I had all my channels when I left for work, but on returning home I now only have BBC and commercial HD channels, I've lost all the ordinary commercial channels. The Freeview chat line just kept telling me there were no transmitter problems, therefore, it was my aerial. How can this be if I've got perfect reception on the reduced channels that I do have, and there was nothing wrong prior to the transmitter issues.

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Saturday, 4 September 2021
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1:16 AM

Ian Brown:

When you have lost signal, for whatever reason, it is generally never a good idea to retune as it generally just clears the correct tuning. Only retune if you suspect a fault on a set having eliminated other possibilities. Losing signal on all your televisions should tell you it's nothing to do with the sets and so retuning will be to no avail and you'll simply have to repeat all that when the signals have returned (whether the cause was due to fault, engineering or weather conditions).
There should be little reason to retune these days, the only time this is likely to be needed is if one of the commercial broadcasters makes changes to one of their channels and you'll usually be advised by on-screen messages or pop-ups.

If you still have no signal, please provide a full postcode so we can look at predicted reception in your locale.

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1:48 AM

Christine Hope:

The Freeview "chat" (or its other "communication channels") are notoriously unreliable when it comes to issues like this and they generally tell you to retune which is totally the wrong advice!
You are quite correct, it can't be your aerial if you are receiving some multiplexes with no issues, I hope you told them that - very bluntly! (However having said that, there are some types of installation faults that can affect a single multiplex but it is very unusual to affect several, it would usually be one, or all of them).

I can't find any faults reported by the BBC who are usually very good at reporting faults with multiplexes affecting any of their own channels, which seems to fit with your experience, suggesting that the BBCA/PSB1 and BBCB HD/PSB3 are ok and it's just all the commercial SD multiplexes including D3&4/PSB2.
Unfortunately trying to find fault information about the commercial multiplexes is like trying to get blood out of a stone!

I hope you have got all your channels back now, you might have had to do a further retune to restore them (see my previous comments to Ian Brown about retuning).
If not, please provide a full postcode so we can look at predicted reception in your locale.

In addition to all this, I should advise that current weather conditions might cause temporary interference (causing signals from distant transmitters to travel a lot further). Such conditions (often associated with tropospheric ducting) means your set can't decode the correct signals. Such conditions are often frequency dependent so not all multiplexes would necessarily be affected, nor all at the same time. The conditions could just last for seconds or many minutes but sometimes longer. There is nothing anyone can do about it and do NOT retune! You just have to "sit it out".

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