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Full Freeview on the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmitter

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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. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Darvel (East Ayrshire, Scotland) transmitter which serves 150,000 homes.

Other mapstxdabDarvel DABtxradioDarvel AM/FMtxregionDarvel TV regiontx1BBC Scotland
tx3stvSTV Central (Glasgow micro region)txdabxxDAB in East AyrshiretxradioxxAM/FM in East Ayrshire

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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Which Freeview channels does the Darvel transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C22- (481.8MHz)446m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Three, 8 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C25 (506.0MHz)446m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C28 (530.0MHz)446m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
20,000W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 horizontal -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)446m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV 4 +1, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)446m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)446m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

com7
 horizontal -8.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)446m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
2,600W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014: 74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -8.9dB
C37 (602.0MHz)446m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
2,600W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



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
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?

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?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-182019-
aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA KA K
C22-1-BBCA-BBCA-BBCASDN
C23ITVITVITVSDNSDNSDNBBCB
C25-2D3+4D3+4D3+4ArqA
C26BBC2BBC2BBC2ArqAArqAArqAD3+4
C28-BBBCBBBCBBBCBArqB
C29C4C4C4ArqBArqBArqB
C30+C_local_local_localBBCA
600C31com7
C32-A
C33BBC1BBC1BBC1
C34D
C35C5C5
C37com8

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz 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.

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
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14dB) 4kW
com7, com8(-15.9dB) 2.6kW
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.



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Dave Lindsay
Sunday 19 May 2013 12:20PM

Of course, the Divis COM channels are co-channel with the Darvel COM channels. So if there are spots where Divis' COMs come in then that could degrade reception of Darvel's COMs.

The COM channels carry ITV3, Pick TV, Dave, Film4, 4seven and others.

Perhaps in some cases a different aerial would be better at rejecting these unwanted signals.

A
alex
Friday 31 May 2013 7:06PM Saltcoats

Dave, further to your response about Divis interfering with some Ayrshire homes besides changing the aerial what else can be done , in one occasion i was 80 strength on CH23 but no quality when once there was great quality

Dave Lindsay
Friday 31 May 2013 7:46PM

alex: I and a few others responded to your posting on the other page:

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The ATV site provides some useful information.

I'm not sure what else I can add as I'm not an aerial installer, more a technical bod.

Perhaps one of the pros can offer some more guidance.

S
steve
Tuesday 18 June 2013 12:29AM

Hi all just wondering apart from divis can anyone in ayrshire pickup any
watchable signals from the irish republic?? reason i ask is although i reside
in the rosneath transmitter area ive always wondered if i buy one of those
big high gain DX style aerials i might be able to pull in a soarview signal

Transmitter engineering
Friday 7 March 2014 4:23PM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 13:04 today to 13:05 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Saturday 8 March 2014 4:24AM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 13:04 yesterday to 13:05 yesterday. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Sunday 9 March 2014 4:24AM

DARVEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 13:04 on 07 Mar to 13:05 on 07 Mar. [BBC]

J
Jim Cameron
Wednesday 11 June 2014 1:21PM Kilwinning

I've checked for the above interference but can't find any.
My BBC 1 & 2 channels are constantly breaking up, freezing & showing a message saying there's no transmitter. All other channels seem fine.
My local transmitter is Darvel.

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