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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, 68 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)446mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -4.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)446mDTG-67,500W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -3.9dB
C56 (754.0MHz)446mDTG-68,190W
Channel icons


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?

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?

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
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Strathearn
8:06 PM

Channel 23 in Central South West Scotland is Local Channel STV Glasgow. [NOT STV Scotland] I have a colleague in a nearby locus and he says that after last Wednesdays re tune he can't pick up Channel 23 either - although he could before that...?

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Strathearn's 13 posts GB
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10:16 PM

Strathearn: If you have a look at Local TV | ukfree.tv - 12 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The "GTV" service is on Black Hill (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) LG-H C51 576.6m at 5000W from 2nd June 2014

The "ETV" service is Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) LEH-H C30 311m at 5000W from 30th June 2014

If you use Darvel, you don't get these channels, and only limited users get them on Black Hill and Craigkelly.


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Briantist's 38,846 posts US
Monday, 15 September 2014
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Ann Kelly
4:21 PM
Cumnock

I live in East Ayrshire can I get the new stv glasgow channel

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Ann Kelly's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:57 PM

Ann Kelly: No, not likely!

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:59 PM

Ann Kelly: Unfortunately not, as Freeview reception in your area is provided by the Darvel transmitter, whereas the channel referred to is only transmitted by Blackhill, the signal beamed in a fan shape to the West and with its Southern leg tapering off around the East Kilbride area.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 6 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:31 AM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:51 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 07:51 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 07:51 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 07:51 today, Radio 4 FM Off Air from 07:51 today, Radio Scotland FM Off Air from 07:51 today. [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:31 PM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:51 today to 14:56 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 07:51 today to 14:40 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 07:51 today to 14:40 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 07:51 today to 14:40 today, Radio 4 FM Off Air from 07 [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:51 yesterday to 14:56 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 07:51 yesterday to 14:40 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 07:51 yesterday to 14:40 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 07:51 yesterday to 14:40 yeste [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:51 on 06 Oct to 14:56 on 06 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 07:51 on 06 Oct to 14:40 on 06 Oct, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 07:51 on 06 Oct to 14:40 on 06 Oct, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 07:51 on 06 Oct to 14:40 on 06 [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 12 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 PM

DARVEL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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