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The symbol shows the location of the Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) transmitter which serves 9,900 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 Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Eitshal 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.

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)367mDTG-320,000W
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

 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)367mDTG-320,000W
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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)367mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)367mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C22 (482.0MHz)367mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

 H -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)367mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 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 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Eitshal (Eilean Siar, 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 Eitshal transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 294km south-southeast (154°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 293km east-southeast (115°)
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

CulkienActive deflector40 km N Ullapool18 homes
DurnamuckTransposer10 km W Ullapool21 homes
Glascarnoch BActive deflector40 km NW Inverness
Staffin BActive deflector
StrathkanairdActive deflector8 km N Ullapool15 homes
Torridon BActive deflector80 km W Inverness15 homes (second level)
Torridon V/pTransposer80 km W Inverness110 homes

How will the Eitshal (Eilean Siar, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-1320 Sep 2017

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 7 Jul 10 and 21 Jul 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 800W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Eitshal (Lewis) 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. Eitshal 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Friday, 9 January 2015
Tina Davey
4:55 PM

Since the gales we, in the Stornoway area, can only see BBC1 and BBC 2....and the other progs transmitted on that freq. The other progs. e.g. STV, Channel 5, ITVBe are not showing on the screen. THey say signal issue. I did reset my TV and now have only about only 20 channels listed up to channel number 120. In the list of priorities, TV is one of the last, but thought I should contact you in case you were not aware of the issue.

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Tina Davey's 1 post GB

6:44 PM

Tina Davey: Your aerial has just had a battering from potentially 130mph winds. The transmitter apparently has no current problems, but your system probably has, perhaps a loose connection, etc.

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Jacqueline Macmillan
7:14 PM

After posting a query on Facebook asking if anyone had the same issue, I did a bit digging around and came across this page. My issue, and many others on the island, is the same as Tina's. I only have 11 channels after following the reset procedure.
Can you clarify what you mean by a loose connection and how we go about getting this flagged as an issue that needs resolution please? Thanks.

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Dave Lindsay

7:22 PM

Jacqueline Macmillan: Well, if there are others, and this isn't a shared (communal) aerial system, then logically the fault is likely to lie with the transmitter.

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Caroline Picker
7:27 PM

Please can you note that in the district of Point, Isle of Lewis there is only channel 1 & 2 available after re-setting the tv. Could this be due to the hurricane that hit the island at 113mph and when will engineers be able to review the situation and give update please. Thanks

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Anne Stewart
7:27 PM

Following the gales of last night , in Stornoway, I am only getting BBC1 and BBC 2 , reset made no difference

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Jacqueline MacMilkan
7:40 PM

Dave Lindsay: I'm aware of that thanks, which is why I posted the comment as I was not sure whether the loose connection referred to an individual's setup, or the wider network. My point still stands - if there is an issue, how do we go about getting it flagged as such? Thanks.

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Jacqueline MacMilkan's 3 posts GB
Jacqueline MacMillan
7:55 PM

Found where to report the fault

Radio & Television Investigation Service

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Dave Lindsay

8:03 PM

Jacqueline MacMilkan: I doubt there is anything to flag/report this is a main transmitter and will therefore be remotely monitored.

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Paul Williams
9:24 PM

Jacqueline: Only BBC and HD channels available over in Bernera so you are are not alone. All was well yesterday so I suspect the storm is the culprit. We have line of site to the transmitter and the signal strength is usually 100%. This is the case here at the moment for BBC channels with all others at zero.

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