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Freeview reception at EX14 1HH


For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter. The map below shows the transmitters predicted to provide a signal at this location.

You can click on any transmitter symbol to show the coverage area as a green overlay on the map. Double click on a transmitter symbol to go to the transmitter information page.

You can also view the ten closest potential '4G-at-800' mobile phone masts within 1.5km of the selected location - these masts may be used for 4G-at-800 mobile broadband services from 2013-2015.

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There are 5 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of EX141HH (page shows closest 10)

What do the map symbols mean?

 EE,  Multiple operators,  O2,  3,  Vodafone,  location on line-of-sight,  Selected location,  Freeview transmitter,  Freeview light transmitter,  Engineering/fault today.

These icons show the potential locations for 4G-at-700MHz services that may interfere with Freeview reception at some point from 2020 when the 5G 700MHz services start.

For actual mobile phone reception prediction (at 800-960MHz and 1710-2170MHz) see these phone operator's mapping sites: Three O2 T-Mobile EE Virgin

Predicted Freeview channel list

CCXTVStockland Hill COM4
1BBC One (SD)Stockland Hill South WestPSB1
2BBC TwoStockland Hill South WestPSB1
3ITV (SD)Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
 
5Channel 5Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
6ITV 2Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
9BBC FourStockland Hill South WestPSB1
10ITV3Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
11Sky ArtsStockland Hill COM5
 
12QuestStockland Hill COM4
13E4Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
14Film4Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
15Channel 4 +1Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
17ReallyStockland Hill COM5
 
18More4Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
19DaveStockland Hill COM5
20DramaStockland Hill COM4
215USAStockland Hill COM4
23BBC ThreeStockland Hill South WestPSB1
 
25Dave ja vuStockland Hill COM6
25ITV4Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
27YesterdayStockland Hill COM6
29ITV2 +1Stockland Hill COM4
30E4 +1Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
 
314MusicStockland Hill COM5
325STARStockland Hill COM4
335ActionStockland Hill COM4
34GREAT! moviesStockland Hill COM6
35ITV +1Stockland Hill West CountryPSB2
 
36pickStockland Hill COM5
39DMAXStockland Hill COM6
40Quest RedStockland Hill COM5
41CBS JusticeStockland Hill COM6
42GREAT! movies actionStockland Hill COM4
 
43Food NetworkStockland Hill COM5
44HGTVStockland Hill COM6
45Channel 5 +1Stockland Hill COM4
46Film4 +1Stockland Hill COM5
47ChallengeStockland Hill COM5
 
484sevenStockland Hill COM5
565SELECTStockland Hill COM4
57Smithsonian ChannelStockland Hill COM5
58ITVBe +1Stockland Hill COM4
59ITV3 +1Stockland Hill COM4
 
60ITV4 +1Stockland Hill COM4
64BlazeStockland Hill COM4
67CBS RealityStockland Hill COM4
68Horror ChannelStockland Hill COM4
68CBS DramaStockland Hill COM6
 
70Quest +1Stockland Hill COM5
73Shopping Quarter Stockland Hill PSB3
74Drama +1Stockland Hill COM4
75Yesterday +1Stockland Hill COM5
78TCCStockland Hill COM4
 
81Blaze +1Stockland Hill COM4
82Talking Pictures TVStockland Hill COM6
83Together TVStockland Hill COM5
84PBS AmericaStockland Hill COM6
101BBC One HDStockland Hill PSB3
 
102BBC Two HDStockland Hill PSB3
103ITV HDStockland Hill PSB3
103UTV HDStockland Hill PSB3
103STV HDStockland Hill PSB3
104Channel 4 HDStockland Hill PSB3
 
105Channel 5 HDStockland Hill PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDStockland Hill PSB3
201CBBCStockland Hill South WestPSB1
202CBeebiesStockland Hill South WestPSB1
203CITVStockland Hill COM4
 
204CBBC HDStockland Hill PSB3
211Ketchup TVStockland Hill COM4
212YAAAS!Stockland Hill COM4
231BBC NewsStockland Hill South WestPSB1
232BBC ParliamentStockland Hill South WestPSB1
 
233Sky NewsStockland Hill COM5
234RTStockland Hill COM6
235Aljazeera EnglishStockland Hill COM6
250BBC Red ButtonStockland Hill South WestPSB1

 

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022
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StevensOnln1
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10:32 PM

/Barbara Northwood: What do you mean by signal blocked? Are you getting a broken up picture or is nothing coming through at all? Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Is the aerial on the roof of the tower block part of a shared communal system or is it your own individual aerial connected directly to your TV? Have you checked whether anyone else in the building is suffering with the same problem? If so, contact whoever is responsible for maintaining the communal aerial system and get them to send someone to investigate/fix it.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2022
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Jeff Whittle
9:59 PM
Ayr

Hi, our house number is 11. The aerial is in the loft. We can receive the Darvel Local MUX channels with excellent reception (8 That's TV Scotland, 50 Great TV, 52 Great Movies Classic & 61 Great Movies +1, but not the Darvel Main transmitter channels! Previously, we could receive the Darvel Main transmitter channels until 1 week ago, but they would often freeze or have a broken up picture, they had been like that for about 3 months or more. We thought it was down to the weather conditions, but now we have totally lost the Darvel Main transmitter channels and cannot manually retune them. We have tried the Freeview reset procedure. The good news is we used to have a huge woods which may have blocked the signal, but it has just been chopped down, but this has made no difference to reception.

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Jeff Whittle
10:02 PM
Ayr

Hi, our house number is 11. The aerial is in the loft. We can receive the Darvel Local MUX channels with excellent reception (8 That's TV Scotland, 50 Great TV, 52 Great Movies Classic & 61 Great Movies +1, but not the Darvel Main transmitter channels! Previously, we could receive the Darvel Main transmitter channels until 1 week ago, but they would often freeze or have a broken up picture, they had been like that for about 3 months or more and have got progressively worse until they have gone. We thought it was down to the weather conditions, but now we have totally lost the Darvel Main transmitter channels and cannot manually retune them. We have tried the Freeview reset procedure. The good news is we used to have a huge woods which may have blocked the signal, but it has just been chopped down, but this has made no difference to reception.

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Jeff Whittle
10:06 PM
Ayr

Hi, our house number is 11. The aerial is in the loft. We can receive the Darvel Local MUX channels with excellent reception (8 That's TV Scotland, 50 Great TV, 52 Great Movies Classic & 61 Great Movies +1, but not the Darvel Main transmitter channels! Previously, we could receive the Darvel Main transmitter channels until 1 week ago, but they would often freeze or have a broken up picture, they had been like that for about 3 months or more and have got progressively worse until they have gone. We thought it was down to the weather conditions, but now we have totally lost the Darvel Main transmitter channels and cannot manually retune them. We have tried the Freeview reset procedure. The good news is we used to have a huge woods which may have blocked the signal, but it has just been chopped down, but this has made no difference to reception.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2022
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Chris.SE
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3:11 PM

Jeff Whittle:

Hi. Whilst you've given us a house number (not absolutely required) we do need the full postcode to look at the predicted reception.
The Darvel transmitter was on Planned Engineering last week (not listed this week - but sometimes the work isn't completed and the list isn't 100% accurate) however to receive the Local mux and not the main muxes seems odd, are you getting it on UHF C31 just to confirm it's Darvel?
Please give a full postcode so we can look at predicted reception in more detail.

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Jeff Whittle
9:54 PM
Ayr

Hi Chris, thank you for your response, sorry I posted 3 times, but it came up as an error each time I posted, but I did not realise that it had gone through. Postcode is KA7 4EE, we are on a north to NNE facing slope about half way up. Several years ago, we had our aerial professionally installed. The installer wanted us to have a roof mounted aerial, but we suffer a lot with blustery weather and it would have lasted about 5 minutes, so he installed a 2 metre long aerial in the loft. He said at the time the trees in the woods might affect the signal, but it has been OK, until a few months ago. 3 weeks ago all the trees were cut down and I would have expected the signal to improve, but it hasn't.

Yes, it is definitely UHF C31, as I manually tuned our TV to 31 and that's why I listed the channels we receive with a strong signal so you could confirm I had actually tuned to UHF C31. On our LG TV when you manually tune it shows the signal strength and signal quality. I have tried to manually tune it to Darvel on the other UHF Channels 22, 25, 28, 32, 34 35 & 55, with no success. Tonight suddenly UHF C25 came back but with low signal quality fluctuating between 17-33%, signal strength is 100% and I have just managed to manually tune UHF C28, again with low signal quality of 17-33%, but high signal strength 100%. UHF C55 shows 0% strength and 0% signal quality, C22, C32, C35, show 100% signal strength momentarily with 0% signal quality but as soon as I press the update button, the signal strength drops to 0% after a couple of seconds. For the TV channels on UHF C25 & C28 they freeze or have a broken up picture, I guess this is due to the low signal quality of 17-33%. Could I ask if the Darvel Mux different to the main Darvel transmitter in terms of vertical or horizontal modulation? Could that be why we are receiving a strong Darvel Mux signal, but a poor Main Darvel transmitter? Thanks

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Thursday, 5 May 2022
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Chris.SE
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2:45 AM

Jeff Whittle:

Hi Jeff, yes that error message is a nuisance, the site owner has been having problems with it since a software upgrade, just ignore it and wait several minutes before checking your post has appeared.

Thanks for the extra detail. A few thoughts here.

All muxes from Darvel are horizontally polarised. The Local mux although using lower power has good coverage because of the transmission mode it uses, but this results in less capacity, hence only a small number of channels.
You are predicted to get very good reception of all muxes from Darvel.

Generally, if there is low quality, it suggests interference, which if strong enough will result in the signal going to zero as the set just sees it as noise. There is/was a small amount of predicted tropospheric ducting weather conditions recently (resulting in signals from other transmitters on the same channels being received causing interference) but whether it's affected you is difficult to say as the predicted areas were a bit further south from you. It may well have cleared now in any event but the effects could be compounded by whatever transmitter work was being done if there was reduced signal.

But, the other case can be with too much signal and you are saying you have 100% for some of the muxes. Now that the trees have been cut down this could be what's making the difference. Additionally, another possibility is the installer will have originally positioned the aerial direction for best signal and now the trees have been cut down that may have changed slightly (but that doesn't really tally with 100% signal!). Never the less, it's worth check your aerial is pointing correctly which for you would be a compass bearing of ~52 degrees (7 degrees E of NE) but the beamwidth of the aerial should allow a small margin of error.

Back to specifics of too much signal. Do you per chance have a distribution amp/splitter?
Whether you do or not, a large aerial of course can still provide too much signal. Now the Black Hill transmitter is pretty well NE from you (well within the beamwidth of the aerial) and you are predicted to get good signals from it for all but COMs5&6. You could try a manual tune on C46 - the BBCA/PSB1 mux (which is C22 at Darvel) and if you get that with 100% Quality and less than 100% signal this could confirm the too much signal from Darvel theory. If you get nothing at all try C40 which is the BBCB mux.

If you have a distribution amp/splitter and it has a variable gain control, try turning the gain down and see if your Darvel muxes improve. Under normal circumstances you should be getting 100% Quality on all muxes. It doesn't matter too much what the signal level goes down to (even 50% on the LG should be good, but you can tweak it up until you see a drop in quality and then just drop it a touch.).

If you have no amp or no gain control, if it's easy to move, you could try just turning the aerial off beam a bit (maybe northwards but whatever your loft might allow) and see what the effect is. If you an achieve satisfactory stable reception of all muxes like that, then no more to do. If you can get some muxes and not others then using an attenuator would be the next option - a variable one would be best. If you need one, I'll try and give you a link to what you need, but post back how you get on experimenting a bit, first.

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Jeff Whittle
8:42 PM
Ayr

Hi Chris, thank you for the detailed response. We don't have amp/splitter with gain control. I will try the points you have suggested over the weekend and let you know.

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