Full Freeview on the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmitter which serves 130,000 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Angus 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.
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 Angus transmitter?
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 112km southwest (228°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
STV News 0.2m homes 0.8%
from Dundee DD1 4QB, 11km south (177°)
to STV North (Dundee) region - 24 masts.
Are there any self-help relays?
|Glen Cova A||Active deflector||40 km N of Dundee|
|Glen Cova B||Active deflector|
How will the Angus (Dundee City, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?
|1965-80s||1984-97||1997-98||1998-2010||2010-13||2013-18||2013-17||27 Nov 2019|
|VHF||C/D E||C/D E||C/D E||C/D E||C/D E T||W T||W T|
tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 4 Aug 10 and 18 Aug 10.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||20kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-3dB) 10kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*||(-7dB) 4kW|
|Mux C*, Mux D*||(-10dB) 2kW|
|Analogue 1-4||(-23dB) 100W|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Angus transmitter area
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
It would be helpful is you could say how long (roughly) this "for some time now" is?
The Angus transmitter is listed this week for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions", so if there are any transmitter issues, they should be addressed However, read on.
As part of the 700MHz Clearance programme see https://www.freeview.co.u…nce, UHF channels were changed at the Angus transmitter on the 27th of November 2019.
Previously it's channels were all in Aerial Group C/D. The change moved all but two of the main multiplexes to Group B and other 2, COM4/SDn to C33, & the Local multiplex to C34 technically in Group A. Whilst the temporary HD multiplexes COMs 7&8 remained at C55 & C56 in Group C/D.
This means that the lowest channels may not be received well (or at all) in all locations if people have old Group C/D aerials (most identified by a Green bung in the ends). A full postcode is needed to look at the predicted reception for your location.
Reception of COMs 7&8 and the Local multiplex are more dependent on location as they are lower power.
Effectively to receive all multiplexes a Group T/Wideband aerial is required. If your location has no predicted reception of COMs 7&8 and local poeple wit Wideband aerial are not getting them, then a Group K aerial is the one required.
So if you and your neighbours still have old Group C/D aerials you may not reliably receive all multiplexes.
For which channels are on which multiplexes, see Channel listings | Freeview
If you know that you have a Wideband aerial, your issue may be related to a transmitter problem which would hopefully be fixed at the end of the engineering but just to complicate matters further, there is currently weather related issues which can cause interference to, and loss of, reception - hence my opening question.
If you have old aerial, free help may still be available.
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Well with that age of aerial, I'd be surprised if it weren't an old Group C/D. However, as you are predicted to get excellent reception of all multiplexes from Angus, it might be that it is/was a transmitter issue causing the problem especially if the problem with ArqA is only recent. The Angus transmitter is still listed for Planned Engineering so maybe it's not yet "fixed". ArqA isn't the lowest frequency channel in use at Angus, SDN and the Local multiplex are lower on C33 & C34.
Keep an eye on this over the next few days, if it doesn't improve post back.
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There are no reports of transmitter faults either by Freeview or the BBC and the transmitter isn't currently +listed for any planned maintenance. However earlier in the week there was some "Tropospheric Ducting" affecting different parts of the UK at different times (see Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | RTIS for a simplified explanation).
If you happened to retune, or your set auto retuned whilst you had no signal or when it was suffering large errors, it would likely have cleared correct tuning and you may even be tuned to the wrong transmitter which you can no longer receive. It is recommend that you turn off any auto-retune as it's usually more trouble than it's worth. Retunes are not that frequent and you will usually be prompted by on-screen pop-ups if one is required which you can than initiate manually.
Try the following procedure - unplug the aerial and carry out a full automatic retune. This should clear any previous tuning as nothing will be found (this doesn't work on some devices such as Youview boxes where a reset would be needed). Plug the aerial back in and repeat the retune which will hopefully restore all channels correctly.
If you are still having problem then check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old). Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them.
Post back with more detail about your installation if you haven't solved the problem.
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