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Freeview Light on the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter

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sa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps53.696,-2.444 or 53°41'47"N 2°26'37"Wsa_postcodeBB3 3SE

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The symbol shows the location of the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter which serves 15,000 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 Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Darwen 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)312mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C39+ (618.2MHz)312mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)312mDTG-6100W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?


The Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Darwen transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 27km south-southeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 27km south-southeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Darwen (Blackburn with Darwen, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20092009-1310/4/13-2013-18
aerial groupB EB EB EB EB E KB E K
C39BBC1BBC1BBC1 D3+4D3+4
C42C4C4C4BBCBBBCBBBCB
C45BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
700C49ITVITVITV+D3+4

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 4th November and 2nd December 2009.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Darwen 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
Monday, 13 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
11:32 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 Jun, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 Jun, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 11:00 on 09 Jun to 12:31 on 09 [BBC]

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016
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Angela Henry
7:54 AM

I live in the BB2 area and have had no freeview reception since 11.00am yesterday. When will it be restored please?

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Richard Cooper
11:21 AM Norwich

Angela Henry: Hi, Angela. If you would normally get quite a lot of different channels, and the little rods on your aerial are flat (not up and down) you would be using the Winter Hill main transmitter near Bolton. It says on this website that viewers may experience, "possible weak signal", which would suggest that there could be some sort of engineering works going on there today. If on the other hand, you don't usually get lots of channels and you have an aerial with its rods going up and down, pointing to Darwen or Haslingden, then you use one of these two transmitters, but there's no work going on at either today. The duration of the work at Winter Hill, Bolton is not known, so if you use that transmitter, you'll just have to be patient! If you use Darwen or Haslingden, check your own setup to make sure no loose connections have developed unbeknown to you - could be pet or child accidental damage, Hope this helps, Richard.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
11:31 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 today to 10:43 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 today to 10:43 today. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 yesterday to 10:43 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 yesterday to 10:43 yesterday. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 13 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

DARWEN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 on 11 Oct to 10:43 on 11 Oct, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:23 on 11 Oct to 10:43 on 11 Oct. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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