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The symbol shows the location of the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmitter which serves 150,000 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 Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Darvel 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
C22- (481.8MHz)446mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
7 BBC Alba, 82 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)446mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)446mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 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, 115 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

com7
 H -4.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)446mDTG-67,500W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -3.9dB
C56 (754.0MHz)446mDTG-68,190W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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)

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

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 31km north (1°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 31km north (2°)
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-175 Sep 2018
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C22-1-BBCA-BBCA-BBCABBCA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesSDNSDNSDN
C25-2D3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesArqAArqAArqA
C28-BBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesArqBArqBArqB
C30+C_local_local_local
C31com7com7
C32-ASDN
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C34DArqA
C35C5wavesC5wavesArqB
C37com8com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

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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 11 May 11 and 25 May 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
com8(-10.9dB) 8.19kW
com7(-11.2dB) 7.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14dB) 4kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

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

Aug 1957-Jun 1997Scottish 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. Darvel 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

Comments
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
G
Gillian
3:17 PM
Ayr

Hello,

Since 8th June 2019, I've been unable to pick up BBC4 HD (Channel 106) on any freeview equipment in the house. I have an HD enabled television (and dual HD tuner on the HDD recorder). No other channels have been affected and I can pick up the full range, as before. I have retuned each day (at different times) but to no avail. Does anyone know if the introduction of the new BBC Scotland HD channel has had an effect on signals, or if the Darvel Transmitter is no longer transmitting BBC4 HD? This is one of the channels I watch the most and the picture/sound quality of arts programmes aren't quite the same on the standard definition channel (82). I have relatives a few streets away who also suffer with a weak/no signal on 106, and also have to switch to ch82.

I would be much obliged if anyone has any information.

Thank you very much,

Gillian, Ayr, KA7 3JS

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MikeP
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9:48 PM

Gillian:

To get all tne channels from the Darvel transmitter, you need to use a wideband aerial. If you have not got one then you need to have one fitted as the older aerials will not get the COM7 or COM8 services. If you do n ot hace cable or satellite you should contact Freeview at Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview They may well offer to fit a new aerial for you free of charge.



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Friday, 5 July 2019
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5:08 AM

DARVEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 23:47 yesterday to 23:48 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 23:47 yesterday to 23:48 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 6 July 2019
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5:08 AM

DARVEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 23:47 on 04 Jul to 23:48 on 04 Jul, HD Digital TV Off Air from 23:47 on 04 Jul to 23:48 on 04 Jul. [BBC]

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Friday, 9 August 2019
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5:08 PM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 today to 15:05 today. [BBC]

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DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 yesterday to 15:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:05 on 09 Aug. [BBC]

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