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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-320,000W
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1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Three, 8 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)446mDTG-320,000W
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3 STV (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5 Scotland ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)446mDTG-620,000W
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45 Film 4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)446mDTG-810,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 H -8.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)446mDTG-62,600W
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starts sometime during 2014/5: 63 Community Channel, 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 3 others

 H -8.9dB
C37 (602.0MHz)446mDTG-62,600W
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starts sometime during 2014/5:

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

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BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 31km north
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 31km north
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA KA K

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
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 11th May and 25th May 2011.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-5 100kWBBCA, D3+4
Click/touch here to read Other mapsDarvel Freeview, Darvel DAB, Darvel AM/FM, Darvel TV region, BBC Scotland, STV Central (Gl
Click/touch here to read Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Darvel transmitter areaAug 1957-Jun 1997Sc
Click/touch here to read Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld

Monday, 20 October 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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