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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?

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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
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
S
S Owens
6:59 PM

Dave, Thanks.
C23 reasonable but C26 & 29 no reception. Obviously can only pick up from Brougher. Reception also varies according to weather. When is a better service likely to be available?

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Dave Lindsay
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7:47 PM

S Owens: Unfortunately it won't. The PSBs are available to all where the former four-analogue channels were. The COM channels fit in where possible.

Unfortunately some can't get the COMs and others, such as you find that they aren't reliably available because they are interfered with. In some cases it is possible to use a different transmitter, but at your location there is only Brougher and "perhaps" Divis.

See here for more of an explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) Freeview Light transmitter | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The only suggestion I can make, and this isn't forced to work and is certainly a bodge, is to turn the aerial to face Divis. Then tune in Divis' COM channels and Brougher's PSBs, the latter being picked up of the back of the aerial which could potentially cause unreliable reception.

Or, having done this you may be able to pick up all of Divis' channels, or you might find that its PSBs are interfered with at some times by Brougher's COMs.

As I say, it's not ideal but then you don't have a lot of choice.

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Thursday, 2 January 2014
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4:23 AM

BROUGHER MOUNTAIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Friday, 10 January 2014
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4:24 AM

BROUGHER MOUNTAIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Saturday, 18 January 2014
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4:24 AM

BROUGHER MOUNTAIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Monday, 27 January 2014
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BROUGHER MOUNTAIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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BROUGHER MOUNTAIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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BROUGHER MOUNTAIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 10:35 on 06 Aug to 10:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Alec
8:29 PM

Would I be right in thinking, the BBC HD channels are not on Brougher i.e. BBC4 to vacillate RTE!
Or is there another reason?

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Dave Lindsay
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8:42 PM

Alec: The HD streams of BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and CBBC are carried by all transmitters.

The new multiplex which carries BBC Four HD and BBC News HD, among others, is not available from Brougher Mountain and isn't likely to be so. The only transmitter in Northern Ireland to carry it is Divis, and this is on lower power than the other channels.

I cannot see that this has anything to do with RT?? as from Brougher it is on C30. At switchover channels 31 to 35, and 37 were cleared and are now available to the operator of these new quasi-national networks.

Across the whole of the UK there are only 30 transmitters carrying these multiplexes and they are doing so on lower power than the main Freeview muxes. Prior to switchover there were 80 transmitters carrying low-power Freeview, so the coverage is less than pre-switchover digital.

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