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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) mast?

ANGUS transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Jun 20:20 until 10 Jun 22:46. . BBC

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Angus 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
C39- (617.8MHz)546mDTG-20,000W
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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

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

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)546mDTG-20,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)546mDTG-810,000W
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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)546mDTG-810,000W
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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

 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), 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
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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

Monday, 17 August 2020

10:58 PM

Steve :

It would be helpful is you could say how long (roughly) this "for some time now" is?

The Angus transmitter is listed this week for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions", so if there are any transmitter issues, they should be addressed However, read on.

As part of the 700MHz Clearance programme see…nce, UHF channels were changed at the Angus transmitter on the 27th of November 2019.
Previously it's channels were all in Aerial Group C/D. The change moved all but two of the main multiplexes to Group B and other 2, COM4/SDn to C33, & the Local multiplex to C34 technically in Group A. Whilst the temporary HD multiplexes COMs 7&8 remained at C55 & C56 in Group C/D.

This means that the lowest channels may not be received well (or at all) in all locations if people have old Group C/D aerials (most identified by a Green bung in the ends). A full postcode is needed to look at the predicted reception for your location.

Reception of COMs 7&8 and the Local multiplex are more dependent on location as they are lower power.
Effectively to receive all multiplexes a Group T/Wideband aerial is required. If your location has no predicted reception of COMs 7&8 and local poeple wit Wideband aerial are not getting them, then a Group K aerial is the one required.

So if you and your neighbours still have old Group C/D aerials you may not reliably receive all multiplexes.
For which channels are on which multiplexes, see Channel listings | Freeview

If you know that you have a Wideband aerial, your issue may be related to a transmitter problem which would hopefully be fixed at the end of the engineering but just to complicate matters further, there is currently weather related issues which can cause interference to, and loss of, reception - hence my opening question.
If you have old aerial, free help may still be available.

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Chris.SE's 4,229 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 August 2020
3:01 PM

Hi, thanks for your reply, my postcode is DD6 8SG, all the affecting programs are on ARQ A. The tv ariel is probably 28 years old so possibly not the best?

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

10:13 AM

Steve :

Well with that age of aerial, I'd be surprised if it weren't an old Group C/D. However, as you are predicted to get excellent reception of all multiplexes from Angus, it might be that it is/was a transmitter issue causing the problem especially if the problem with ArqA is only recent. The Angus transmitter is still listed for Planned Engineering so maybe it's not yet "fixed". ArqA isn't the lowest frequency channel in use at Angus, SDN and the Local multiplex are lower on C33 & C34.
Keep an eye on this over the next few days, if it doesn't improve post back.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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4:25 PM

ANGUS transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 22 Sep 12:44. . [BBC]

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7:25 PM

ANGUS transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 22 Sep 12:44 until 22 Sep 15:37. . [BBC]

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Friday, 27 November 2020
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1:27 PM

ANGUS transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 27 Nov 11:55. . [BBC]

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ANGUS transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 27 Nov 11:55 until 27 Nov 13:55. . [BBC]

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Friday, 4 December 2020
4:54 PM

In DD4 8XJ, for the past 4 days have had no digital signal, the bit level error is high too.
Is there a problem with Angus transmitter? Had the same problem at the same time last year
Thank you

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Saturday, 5 December 2020

1:01 AM


There are no reports of transmitter faults either by Freeview or the BBC and the transmitter isn't currently +listed for any planned maintenance. However earlier in the week there was some "Tropospheric Ducting" affecting different parts of the UK at different times (see Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | RTIS for a simplified explanation).

If you happened to retune, or your set auto retuned whilst you had no signal or when it was suffering large errors, it would likely have cleared correct tuning and you may even be tuned to the wrong transmitter which you can no longer receive. It is recommend that you turn off any auto-retune as it's usually more trouble than it's worth. Retunes are not that frequent and you will usually be prompted by on-screen pop-ups if one is required which you can than initiate manually.

Try the following procedure - unplug the aerial and carry out a full automatic retune. This should clear any previous tuning as nothing will be found (this doesn't work on some devices such as Youview boxes where a reset would be needed). Plug the aerial back in and repeat the retune which will hopefully restore all channels correctly.

If you are still having problem then check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old). Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them.

Post back with more detail about your installation if you haven't solved the problem.

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Friday, 15 January 2021
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5:07 PM

ANGUS transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 15 Jan 16:45. . [BBC]

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