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New Northern Ireland and Dorset BBC DAB transmitter

Radio listeners in Bridport and Maddybenny More now have BBC DAB.

Radio listeners in Bridport and Maddybenny More now have BBC DA
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The BBC have brought two new DAB transmitters into service this week.

The first is from the Bridport transmitter, central Bridport in Dorset, England.

The second is at Maddybenny More, on the north-eastern coast of Northern Ireland.

This transmitter coivers the Coleraine, Portrush, Castlerock and Bushmills area.

Two further Northern Ireland DAB transmitters are expected soon.



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Sunday, 23 January 2011
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Mark
12:22 PM

Will Northern Ireland get any more station to dab radio from Mark in Ahoghill.

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Mark
12:27 PM

will we get another transmitter for Ballymena from Mark in Ahoghill. will get station like Channel 103 in Jersey.

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Monday, 24 January 2011
Briantist
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8:59 AM

Mark: There is at least one extra BBC national DAB transmitter planned for Northern Ireland in 2011.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011
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Dermot
11:05 AM

does anyone know if transmitters are planned for the maghera & magherfelt area.

i travel regulary from derry to belfast and the reception on my portable DAB radio just seems to disappear around this area ;(

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Briantist
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11:07 AM

Dermot: From what I understand there are no additional DAB transmitters for Northern Ireland in 2011.

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Peter Henderson
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6:03 PM

Yep, indeed Brian although I think the list of 7 new transmitters for NI is not exhausted yet ? Thus far, we've had Enniskillen, Ballycastle, Carnmoney Hill, Ballymena and Larne which still leaves two sites from that list to come on air. I suspect these will probably be Kilkeel and South Down (Camlough or Newcastle ?). Not sure if Armagh gets as far as Newry.

I think Dermot highlights the fact that an analogue switch off by 2015 is completely unrealistic and nothing more than wishful thinking. Some interesting articles discussing this in this moth's What Hifi and HiFi Choice.

The next big DAB excpansion in the province will surely be Digital One broadcasting to NI, hopefully at the end of next year when the ROI's VHF TV transmitters are closed down. Hope this isn't wishful thinking.

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Thursday, 19 May 2011
Briantist
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7:13 AM

Peter Henderson: From what I understand the other transmitter this year will be at Newcastle.

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James Thompson
10:29 PM
Ballycastle

Peter Henderson Ballycastle is not on air it is Maddybenny More between Portrush and Coleraine that is the new DAB transmitter on the North Antrim coast.

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Friday, 20 May 2011
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Peter Henderson
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12:19 AM

Thought it might be Newcastle Brian.

James: Think there was some confusion over Maddybenny More as it was thought this would get into the town. Obviously Ballycastle must be the last of the 7 sites. It was specifically mentioned as one of the 7 new transmitters destined for NI, so if it's not Maddybenny More, there must be an additional one planned for the town itself.

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James Thompson
10:38 AM
Ballycastle

Maddenbenny More would never cover Ballycastle as it is 10 miles away and was originally a 405 line TV relay for the Portrush /Coleraine area. It sits in the middle of the triangle of Portstewart Cloeraine Portrush. The DAB addition back fills the signal into parts of Coleraine that are below line of site from Limavady. I think the cofusion began with the statement 'coverage in North Antrim coast' which I assumed meant Ballycastle, given a population of only about 4000 I doubt that the town will be included in this phase of roll out, my bet would be either Bangor or Newry for the last of this phase.

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