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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?

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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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&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

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)546mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +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 U&W, 27 U&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
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, 2 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:55 AM

ANGUS transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:56 yesterday to 12:33 yesterday HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:56 yesterday to 12:33 yesterday [BBC]

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Stuart
2:03 PM

David Wall: You could argue that transmitters that serve major population areas are over-powered, it goes back to when the first TV transmitters were established, they were designed to cover the largest area possible with one mast, and with 405-line VHF signals they covered the country quite well. UHF signals don't travel so well and more transmitters were needed. Angus is really just a fill-in between Durris and Black Hill.

I never thought about the Watts per viewer argument, but it seems to make sense.

Another way to look at it: if 10kW can cover 95% (say) of viewers and 20kW can cover 99%, that's twice the cost to reach 4% more people, not worth it in commercial terms.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:27 AM

ANGUS transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:56 on 01 Nov to 12:33 on 01 Nov HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:56 on 01 Nov to 12:33 on 01 Nov [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:27 AM

ANGUS transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:56 on 01 Nov to 12:33 on 01 Nov HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:56 on 01 Nov to 12:33 on 01 Nov [BBC]

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Stuart
4:05 PM

Just to let you know, the FEC mode changes announced for 2/11/11 and 3/11/11 on Angus haven't materialised.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012
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G73
10:56 AM

JOHN:

I have a problem with freezing on itv2 and E4 on c53 from the Angus transmitter. These are the only 2 program channels that are affected on this mux or any of the other muxes can you help? Initially I thought it could be the freeview receiver but this has been replaced with a DTV. Thanks

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G73
11:50 AM

jb38:
I have a problem with freezing on itv2 and E4 on c53 from the Angus transmitter. These are the only 2 program channels that are affected on this mux or any of the other muxes can you help? Initially I thought it could be the freeview receiver but this has been replaced with a DTV. Thanks

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jb38
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7:00 PM

G73: Although you have indicated that you are receiving from the Angus transmitter, unfortunately is not really possible for me to reply with any level of accuracy without being able to assess the signal strength thats liable to be expected in your area without having knowledge of your post code, or at least one from very close to your location like a shop or whatever.

The other point thats slightly puzzling being that the channel you mention is one of the three higher powered ones, something which could indicate that your problem is possibly being caused by interference from far further afield and due to the current atmospheric conditions applying.

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Monday, 26 March 2012
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G73
10:09 AM

jb38: Thanks for your reply. The signal strength on all the muxes is very high and the property is within 3 miles of the transmitter. The strange thing is the signal is split to another room yet there is no problem with the freezing etc. I could understand more if all the channels on a particular mux were having the same problem but as highlighted it is only ITV2 and E4 in only 1 of the rooms.

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3:04 PM

G73: Based on what you have reported regarding your location in relation to the transmitters does give rise to suspicion that an excessively strong signal could be affecting the tuner which is resulting in an element of instability to occur in same, something which can cause odd problems. however I would like you to try a test by disconnecting the splitter from the aerial and connecting the lead feeding the problem box directly into the aerials down-lead and checking the results of this action, as should the problem get worse by doing that then the signal is too strong, so if you have access to a set top aerial plug that into the box concerned and check the results.

This said taking it that the splitter referred to isn't a powered version? as if it is then by-pass it.

The other point I would like to know the result of is whether or not whilst on Ch53 the signal "quality" is observed as continually jumping up and down when observed over a few minutes on the boxes signal strength / quality indicator, that is "if" the box can display the quality separately from the strength and many types combine them, not the best for accuracy!

I realise that you have said the problem has spanned over two separate devices, but have you tried the test of completely re-setting the box to guarantee that everything stored has been deleted, then this action being followed by carrying out a re-tune? I suggest this just in case some glitch has occurred during a previous re-tune and has corrupted the data stored.

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