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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, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 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
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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;
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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

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Transmitter engineering

7:16 AM

DARVEL transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:34 on 20 Feb to 06:54 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

8:14 AM

DARVEL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 21:34 on 20 Feb to 06:53 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

8:14 AM

DARVEL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 21:34 on 20 Feb to 06:53 yesterday [BBC]

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Sunday, 27 March 2011
liam boyle
6:22 PM

I stay in Dalry, Ayrshire, have just bought a TRI-FOLD 43 Element HIGH-GAIN Digital TV Aerial, I have mounted it on the side of my house, approx 25ft up. Traced brand new coaxel cabel into my bedroom, When I scan for channels I get 80+, however I am missing STV(channel 3) channel four and channel 5???

BBC 1 and 2 are crystal clear pictures, E4 picture is pixelating, not even watchable to be honest.

Ive been googling it for days trying to find a reason and have just come across this site.

Anyone got any ideas/solutions??

thanks in advance.

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7:53 PM

liam boyle: Careful repositioning/relocating of the aerial might provide an improvement to the reception of Mux2. However with switchover due to complete on 25th May 2011 you might prefer to wait and see before adjusting the aerial..The signal for Mux D3+4 will be five times stronger than that of the present Mux2.

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liam boyle
9:34 PM

yip think thats what im going to do, I spoke to some woman from the digital switchover helpline and she said just wait until May 25 coz I will prob get all the channels, thing that I didnt understand was as I stated I bought this new aerial, £50 worth from Maplin, all singing all dancing and dont get all channels yet the guy staying in building next to me bought a £20 aerial from a large DIY retailer and put in in his loft, plugged it into a freeview box and get channel3, channel 4 and CH5 on freeview.

Seems strange to me??


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Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Rick In West Sussex
2:46 PM

Liam Boyle:
There used to be a good curry house in Dalry! That tri-fold aerial is wide-band and hence is not best suited for Darvel as its response is not so good at the lower end of the band. You should have been advised to buy a 16 or 18 element Group A aerial, which would likely yield 4-6dB more signal (6dB is four times as much!) It would have been cheaper, less obtrusive and less likely to come down in the first gale.
KMJ is right, the situation will probably improve after switchover.

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Rick In West Sussex's 6 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 March 2011

3:24 PM

liam boyle: It is quite possible you have too much signal, and should have used a smaller aerial. You may have to fit an attenuator.

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Thursday, 31 March 2011
liam boyle
7:02 PM

Cheers for the help guys, I really know nothing about aerial, as im sure youve guessed, I just assumed the bigger the better lol

Ive only stay here 4 years Rick, what was it called?


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Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Transmitter engineering

12:47 PM

DARVEL transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 11:39 today to 11:50 today [BBC]

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