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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) mast?

Darvel transmitter - Darvel transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 17/06/2024 Screen may go black on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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
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

 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 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

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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), 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?

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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

Friday, 7 September 2018

10:33 AM


We regular contributors to this website have often stated that the site can only be updated by the owner, who appears not to be available at present. If you want accurate channel data go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and enter the required information.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

10:36 AM

Tom Burns:

Put your post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at…ker. That will tell you which channels are in use for the available trasnmitters.

It is wise to use a wideband aerial these days as there are likely to be further changes at many transmitters.

The services of COM7 and COM8 are temporary and will be phased out of the coming few years as more transmitters are converted to provide DVB-T2 transmissions as that can deliver HD as well as more data and channels.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Gary Steven
2:53 AM

Since the update / upgrade on the 5th i think it was all i now get is interference, never had it before and lived in this house since 2001

Why do any upgrades always seem to make things worse ?

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Gary Steven's 1 post GB flag

10:34 AM

Gary Steven: There hasn't been an upgrade to the transmitter, there was a change in frequencies as part of the plans to clear the 700MHz band which will be handed over to the mobile networks starting in 2020. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted coverage etc.

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StevensOnln1's 3,646 posts GB flag
Monday, 8 October 2018
Terence Meehan
4:32 PM

Hello, I live in the G20 0LA district of north Glasgow and due to my location I am on the wrong side of a hill which blanks out coverage from the Blackhill main transmitter and consequently my signal derives from the Darvel transmitter. Until the retune on 6th sept 2018 and I had a fairly good signal and got most of the freeview channels but since then many of the channels have gone and others are very patchy.

I have checked all my connections and they are fine, it would seem the the signal output strength has dropped,can anything be done to correct this as it is most annoying.

thank you,

Terry Meehan

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

10:37 AM

Terry Meehan:

You need to have a wideband aerial fitted to get all the signals from the Darvel transmitter. It uses channels between 22 and 56, which needs the wideband aerial to get all of those channels. There has been no change to the output power of the transmitter. It is predicted that the ARQA, COM7 and COM8 signals could be somewhat variable, probably due to the terrain.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Terence Meehan
12:31 PM

Thanks Mike for your reply. While I follow what you have said the thing I don't understand is why when everything was perfectly acceptable before the Sept retune it should change so much for the worse thereafter.

It would seem that short of purchasing New equipment and having it fitted is my only option and that will not come cheap.

This recent retune has lost me a large part of my service and is most regretable.

Terry Meehan

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Terence Meehan's 2 posts US flag

12:37 PM

Terence Meehan: If you've lost service on any channels due to a recent frequency change and don't have satellite or cable then you should be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,646 posts US flag
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Transmitter engineering

5:05 AM

DARVEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:06 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:06 today. [BBC]

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