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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Brougher Mountain (Northern Ireland) mast?

Brougher Mountain transmitter - Brougher Mountain transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)365mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Northern Ireland, 2 BBC Two Northern Ireland, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 14 others

 H max
C31+ (554.2MHz)365mDTG-20,000W
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3 UTV (SD) (UTV), 4 Channel 4 (SD) NI ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 NI ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 UTV +1 (UTV),

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)365mDTG-20,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Northern Ireland, 102 BBC Two HD Northern Ireland, 103 UTV HD (UTV), 104 Channel 4 HD NI ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -10dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)365mDTG-82,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -10dB
C24 (498.0MHz)373mDTG-82,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -10dB
C27 (522.0MHz)373mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C30- (545.8MHz)365mDTG-111,000W
Channel icons
53 TG4, 54 RTÉ One, 55 RTÉ Two,

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)

The Brougher Mountain (Northern Ireland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? 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-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-134 Sep 2019

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 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

Friday, 2 November 2012
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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Saturday, 10 November 2012
Ambrose Reilly
4:57 PM

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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Thursday, 15 November 2012
10:31 PM

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

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10:50 PM

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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Thursday, 7 February 2013
Wayne Cochran
10:47 AM

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

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Sunday, 28 April 2013
Ann Ferguson
11:12 PM

Is Brougher Mountain transmitter still off air?

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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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Dave Lindsay

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

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

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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