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The symbol shows the location of the Brougher Mountain (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 36,000 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 Brougher Mountain (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Brougher Mountain 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)365mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C31+ (554.2MHz)365mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 UTV (SD) (UTV), 4 Channel 4 (SD) NI ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 NI ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 UTV +1 (UTV), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)365mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 103 UTV HD (UTV), 104 Channel 4 HD NI ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -10dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)365mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -10dB
C24 (498.0MHz)373mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -10dB
C27 (522.0MHz)373mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

NIMM
 H -13dB
C30- (545.8MHz)365mDTG-111,000W
Channel icons
51 TG4, 52 RTÉ One, 53 RTÉ Two,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-11 QPSK 32KN 2/3 10.0Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Brougher Mountain (Northern Ireland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,048km northeast (50°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,048km northeast (50°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

How will the Brougher Mountain (Northern Ireland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-174 Sep 2019
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C5BBCtvwaves
C21+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+D3+4+D3+4+D3+4
C23+A
C24ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C26+B
C27ArqBArqBArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C29+CBBCA
C30+1-NIMM-NIMM-NIMMNIMM
C31D3+4
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C33+D
C34+2
C37BBCB

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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 10 Oct 12 and 24 Oct 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-17dB) 2kW
NIMM(-20dB) 1000W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-23dB) 500W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Brougher Mountain transmitter area

Oct 1959-May 2006Ulster Television
May 2006-Dec 2014UTV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Brougher Mountain 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Friday, 2 November 2012
D
Don
1:57 PM

Thank's for the reply Dave'It is Group A Aerials that are being used Horizontally by these homes for Brougher as stated, before we were getting all or most of the program's at 500 Watts it seem's now we have lost everything except for Mux22 and 28 which was only achieved by useing a Group A filter and still getting overspill from Lisbellaw Mux49 and 54

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Don's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 10 November 2012
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Ambrose Reilly
4:57 PM
Enniskillen

I live just outside Cavan Town in Republic of Ireland and have very poor reception on the PSB1 Mux (intermittantly it can be perfect) however I get perfect reception on the PSB2 Mux.

I cannot receive any channels on the other Mux's.

I re-scan daily but no change.

Any ideas?

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Ambrose Reilly's 1 post IE
Thursday, 15 November 2012
C
Cliff
10:31 PM
Enniskillen

No signals c 28,22+,25,21+,27, 24 v'good but no SKY on 82 from 9pm.

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Cliff's 3 posts GB
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Cliff
10:50 PM
Enniskillen

Oh!, fault on my recorder found to block all received signals. Had to do some disconnecting of leads to locate fault. Strong signal on 24 confused me, so please ignore report. Cliff.

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Cliff's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 7 February 2013
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Wayne Cochran
10:47 AM
Armagh

The difference in power between Brougher PSBs & COMs isn't anywhere near enough to cause problems with adjacent channel operation.

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Wayne Cochran's 8 posts IE
Sunday, 28 April 2013
A
Ann Ferguson
11:12 PM

Is Brougher Mountain transmitter still off air?

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Ann Ferguson's 1 post IE
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
S
S Owens
11:10 PM

I live in McCrea Park, Clogher. I can receive the main channels BBC, UTV but other channels can be very pixelated. Other houses have the same problem.
Is this a transmitter problem? Brougher Mountain?

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S Owens's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:26 PM

S Owens: No. It is intended unfortunately.

The Public Service (PSB) channels carry BBC, UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and a few others. Their objective, as the name implies, is to provide a public service and their coverage is as the former four-channel analogue.

The Commercial (COM) channels which carry ITV3, ITV4, Pick TV, Dave, Film4 and others fit in where they can and don't have as wide a reach as the PSBs.

In the case of Brougher Mountain its PSBs are radiated at a power of 20kW and the COMs are 2kW. The reason for the lower powered COMs is because they are co-channel (same frequencies) as Divis' PSBs. So if you and your neighbours aren't suffering because of the lower power, the interference from Divis might be the issue.

Unfortunately the only other transmitter you "might" (I emphasise "might") be in with a shot of receiving the COMs from is Divis. The issue is that you might find that its PSBs are variable or unavailable due to Brougher's co-channel (low power) COMs.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:32 PM

S Owens: As a bodge it might be worth manually tuning to UHF channels 23, 26 and 29 which are the three COM channels of Divis, so as to see if they can be picked up off the back of your aerial. When you go to the manual tune screen, enter or select the channel numbers but don't press the button to scan straight away, instead wait and see if it gives any indication of strength and quality.

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Dave Lindsay
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11:38 PM

S Owens: Bring up the signal strength screen on the following three and see whether they are tuned to Brougher or Divis:

COM4:ITV3 | Brougher=C21 | Divis=C23
COM5:Pick TV | Brougher=C24 | Divis=C26
COM6:Film4 | Brougher=C27 | Divis=C29

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