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Full Freeview on the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmitter

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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
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1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)446mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)446mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

com7
 H -4.3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)446mDTG-67,500W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

com8
 H -3.9dB
C37 (602.0MHz)446mDTG-68,190W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 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
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 31km north
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Craigie GardensTransposer1 homes 90 caravans
InversnaidActive deflector35 km N Dumbarton8 homes Hotel caravan park

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

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2018-
aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA KA K
C22-1-BBCA-BBCA-BBCA
C23ITVITVITVSDNSDNSDN
C25-2D3+4D3+4D3+4
C26BBC2BBC2BBC2ArqAArqAArqA
C28-BBBCBBBCBBBCB
C29C4C4C4ArqBArqBArqBBBCA
C30+C_local_local_local
600C31com7D3+4
C32-ABBCB
C33BBC1BBC1BBC1
C34DSDN
C35C5C5ArqA
C37com8ArqB

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 11th May and 25th May 2011.

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
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 13:43 yesterday to 23:43 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 2 October 2017
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Euan Ferguson
12:49 PM

can you advise when the barassie area of troon will be able to receive more freeview channels than at present time. having to use bt and sky to ensure a range of programmes available.

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StevensOnln1
2:50 PM

Euan Ferguson: There are no plans to add any further multiplexes to any transmitters. The commercial broadcasters were given the opportunity to add their channels to additional transmitters when digital switchover completed back in 2012 but declined to do so, probably because they didn't think the additional costs involved would bring a worthwhile return on investment.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
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Steven
8:01 PM

What is the best TYPE of aerial to use for the Darvel transmitter from Troon?

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Steven's 1 post GB
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StevensOnln1
9:05 PM

Steven: Please provide a full postcode so that we can access the coverage prediction for your location.

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StevensOnln1's 1,012 posts Gold Gold GB
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
MikeP
2:49 PM

Steven:

The best type of aerail these days is a log-periodic type. That will allow you to receive all the available service now and in the futurs. As StevensOnln1 says, we need a full post code to check which transmitter(s) offer the best reception at your location. With that information we can advise on what size of log-periodic aerial will provide the best solution as several are available with a different gain by design.



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