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The symbol shows the location of the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmitter which serves 130,000 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 Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Angus 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 max
C39- (617.8MHz)546mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)546mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)546mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 103 ITV 1 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)546mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)546mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)546mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Angus transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 112km southwest (228°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.2m homes 0.8%
from Dundee DD1 4QB, 11km south (177°)
to STV North (Dundee) region - 24 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Glen Cova AActive deflector40 km N of Dundee
Glen Cova BActive deflector

How will the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1965-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1727 Nov 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C11ITVwaves
C31com7com7
C33SDN
C34_local
C36ArqA
C37com8com8
C39BBCA
C42D3+4
C45BBCB
C48_local_local_localArqB
C49tv_off ArqBArqB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C54tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C58tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA
C61ArqB
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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 4 Aug 10 and 18 Aug 10.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-3dB) 10kW
com7(-6dB) 5kW
com8(-6.1dB) 4.9kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-7dB) 4kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 2kW
Analogue 1-4(-23dB) 100W

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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
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jb38
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9:56 AM

Bob: On the subject of time factors involved with planned engineering works, these are never mentioned simply because of the nature of the work, as things aren't always as cut and dried as it might seem when dealing with RF equipment, as unforeseen snags can, and do, crop up.

The time factor involved being even less certain if said work involves anything connected with the mast, as the progress of the work is totally dependant on weather conditions etc.

However, on the subject of no signal on C49, although the signal path terrain indicator shows that the signal from the Angus transmitter (@ 11 miles / 236 degrees) is not quite line-of-sight to your location by being obstructed from around 1.5 miles prior to it, obstructions to a signal always having a greater effect when they occur close to the receiver, and with this possibly being the reason why you are not receiving any signal on C49, especially as COM channels are transmitted on half the power of the PSB channels, i.e: PSB 20Kw / COM's 10Kw.

Purely for a test, if your TV or box offers "manual" tuning, enter the facility and enter C49 into the box, but do"not" press search or scan but wait to see if anything is indicated in the strength / quality bars, as this procedure results in the tuner acting in the form of signal meter free of lower threshold for reception restrictions, likewise if anything is being received, it will be indicated no matter how low it might be.

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Thursday, 2 July 2015
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Bob
1:40 PM

Hi jb38
9:56 AM , again, I've done as you asked using the manual scan function in the ''set top box'' as a signal meter , but not scanning.

The signal strength varied between 28% most of the time and up to 40%, the quality was zero , with a very few odd moments when a pixilated picture showed only to freeze, and the [No or bad signal ] message appeared. So it looks like we'll just have to be patient until the work ends .

Re your info quote -> ##the Angus transmitter (@ 11 miles / 236 degrees) is not quite line-of-sight to your location by being obstructed from around 1.5 miles prior to it, obstructions to a signal always having a greater effect when they occur close to the receiver, ##

Dunnichen Hill is sort of south-south west of us, so that is probably the ''Obstruction''

Maybe later on we'll get a taller pole put up on the chimney stack to carry the aerial..

........so thanks for all the info and maybe when they switch back on after their work we'll go back to watching the Tour De France on ITV4 even if it is pixilated some of the time ..

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jb38
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11:59 PM

Bob: Thanks for the update, your detailed findings on the outcome of the test having confirmed my suspicion as to the most likely reason for your problem, but which as you have referred to, might improve somewhat once the engineering work is completed.

One little point though, as far as possibly mounting the aerial on a taller pole is concerned, the general rule of "the higher the better" does not necessarily apply in every case, (transmission aerials excepted) as in situations where reception is non line-of-sight with the transmitter, its frequently found that a much better signal can be achieved with the aerial being mounted lower down at around gutter level, and with the aerial being tried to the left and right of the lower mounting position.

I only mention this just in case you, yourself would be installing a larger pole, if you are? leave the TV on the manual tune signal test screen whilst you adjust the aerial.

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Friday, 3 July 2015
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Bob
2:14 PM

quote -->>##leave the TV on the manual tune signal test screen whilst you adjust the aerial. ##

Yes I might well adjust the aerial myself , ..............but eeerrr ummmh ahhh, how does one comminicate with ones beloved who is indoors watching said ''signal test screen '' as to when the aerial is in the best position, so that one can tighten the bolts holding said aerial , there was a TV show where contestants shouted Up a Bit , down a bit, left a bit .......Fire , having ones beloved shout instructions ''oot ra windae'' when one is up a ladder , may not be the ideal solution !!

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jb38
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9:07 PM

Bob: Fully appreciating the points mentioned in your reply, but though, I wasn't actually suggesting that you do this yourself anyway!, as I am fully aware of the range of logistical problems involved in carrying out tasks of this nature, especially on one's own, safety being the main concern.

The only reason for mentioning what I did, was just in case you had considered this task as being within your scope.


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Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

ANGUS transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Saturday, 25 July 2015
Transmitter engineering
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1:30 PM

ANGUS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:09 today to 11:18 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 26 July 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

ANGUS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:09 yesterday to 11:18 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 27 July 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

ANGUS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:09 on 25 Jul to 11:18 on 25 Jul. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015
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10:33 AM

ANGUS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:13 today. [BBC]

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