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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?

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
C22- (481.8MHz)446mDTG-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
C25 (506.0MHz)446mDTG-20,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Glasgow 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
C28 (530.0MHz)446mDTG-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
C32 (562.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)446mDTG-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
C35 (586.0MHz)446mDTG-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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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 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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-135 Sep 2018

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 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

Monday, 20 October 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:34 AM

DARVEL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,644 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
8:13 AM

Hi looking at the new updated map for coverage from Darvel , the area in light green which states can have interference from "other" transmitters , is this the interference which i stated was happening ie; Com muxes 23,26,29,transmitting and overlapping and affecting some of my customers on the west coast of Scotland and incidentally is this interference the same way in reverse during certain dry sunny [ high pressure ] weather conditions ?? P.S. please email me direct as i find threads and posts hard to find on this.

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Alex's 6 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 January 2015
william Thornton
1:12 PM

Hi i am in LARGS the TV signal has now gone.... 1pm today WHY.... as no faults are showing on ur site. Ta WT

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Tom Cromack
9:26 AM

Setting up a new HD TV (LG 42UB820V). Locatted in Kilchattan Bay Bute. Always used Darvel good reception and no problems on old TV.
New TV fine for all except HD channels. On set up finds all the HD channels but puts then in channel 800 and upwards (I thought they should be from 100 upwards). When I try to view says no signal.

Any suggestions greately appreciated as unable to find any help on LG website and question on FREEView chat got nowhere!.


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Tom Cromack's 3 posts GB flag

10:45 AM

Tom Cromack: When that sort of thing happens its usually because duplicate channels have been received, the question being are there anything stored in the EPG 100 ranges? if not, then you should carry out a "manual" scan on Darvels HD Mux C28 / 530.0Mhz and see if this populates the EPG100 range.

Should it not do, then your best policy would be to reset the TV by using "first time installation" or some similar sounding term, as that will wipe everything stored in the tuner including any possible glitches that may have occurred during your initial set up procedure.

As a matter of interest, were you able to receive HD channels on your old TV? the reason for mentioning this being that a rather large line of sight blockage exists between Darvel and your location, (as seen on the undermentioned link) and HD reception is more critical over that of SD as far as the quality of the signal being affected is concerned, something which could be a factor in HD reception problems.

You should also try a signal test on Mux C28, the procedure being to pause after entering C28 into the manual tune box, as on most sets if anything is being received the strength / quality of will be indicated on the signal bars.

By the way, the other COM7 HD transmissions are on Mux C31 / 554.0Mhz

Unfortunately I cannot be more precise as I do not as yet have the manual for your particular model, and LG does not appear to have added it to their download site.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tom Cromack
2:15 PM

Thanks jb38:
Previous tv did not have HD facility, reason for change.
Have done auto and manual updates after factory reset. Until this morning all put HD channels in 800's.
The manual update shows signal strength of all frequencies where downloads occur at 90% +

Strange thing happened this morning switched off with channel list as above. Came back at lunchtime and found all the HD channels in 100+ range .

Will leave as it is and see what happens.

Many thanks for your suggestions.

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Tom Cromack's 3 posts GB flag

3:50 PM

Tom Cromack: Thanks for the update, albeit that what you have reported is certainly a bit strange, although it all depends on exactly what's meant by switching off, because if this involved completely switching the TV off, i.e: "not" in standby, then this is the procedure commonly used in most digital equipment to rectify some problem that has occurred in the system, e.g: like rebooting a PC, but though, if you only meant leaving the set in standby then the reason for the situation having apparently rectified itself really is puzzling.

Of course the main thing is that your HD channels are now located in the correct order, and that's all that really matters.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Ken Johnson
7:53 PM

Over the last few nights (since Saturday 7 Feb 2015) the freeview signal has been intermittent, with picture and sound failing often several times per minute and the message "no signal" displayed. Our aerial is directed to the Darvel transmitter, but our neighbour is having a similar problem form the Lochwinnoch transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay

8:05 PM

Ken Johnson: Lochwinnoch receives its signal over the air from Darvel. Elsewhere there is a complaint from someone who receives from Arrochar which gets its signal from Ardentinny which gets its signal from Darvel.

Arrochar (West Dunbartonshire, Scotland) Freeview Light transmitter

Maybe this is something with the transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 March 2015
Alex Gibb
3:50 PM

ok , i have listened and read quite a few comments on inversion and tropospheric induction , basically is there a solution and how can you tell that is EXACTLY whats going on ?? Kind Regards Alex

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