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Freeview Light on the Carnmoney Hill (Northern Ireland) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Carnmoney Hill (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 21,000 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 Carnmoney Hill (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Carnmoney Hill 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.

 V max
C46 (674.0MHz)254mDTG-316W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Northern Ireland, 2 BBC Two Northern Ireland, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

 V max
C40 (626.0MHz)254mDTG-316W
Channel icons
3 UTV (UTV), 4 Channel 4 NI ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 NI ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 UTV+1 (UTV),

 V max
C43 (650.0MHz)254mDTG-616W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Northern Ireland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 UTV HD (UTV), 104 Channel 4 HD NI ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)254mDTG-1116W
Channel icons
51 TG4 (NI), 52 RTE One (NI), 53 RTE Two (NI), plus 1 others

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-11 QPSK 32KN 2/3 10.0Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Carnmoney Hill (Northern Ireland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

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 Carnmoney Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,044km northeast
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,044km northeast
to UTV region - 46 masts.

How will the Carnmoney Hill (Northern Ireland) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2019-
aerial groupB EB EB EB E KB E KB E KA B C/D E K VHF

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 10th October and 24th October 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 20W
NIMM, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1dB) 16W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Divis 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. Carnmoney Hill 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.

Thursday, 30 January 2014
Dave Lindsay
2:30 PM Newtownabbey

P: Silly statement: The aerial should be vertical and not horizontal.

As a sample I took the postcode BT37 9QW which is adjacent to Christ Church and the row of shops.

Digital UK suggests excellent reception of all four of Carnmoney's channels. This, of course, does not take into account obstructions such as trees and buildings which may act to degrade reception.

I suggest you try using the manual tuning function on your receiver. If you enter/select the UHF channel but do not press the button to scan/add services as in such circumstances receivers often behave as signal meters.

If you have more than one receiver (box, TV etc) you might wish to have a look to see which is likely to be most useful as not all have manual tuning. The channel numbers are:

PSB1 - BBC One - C46
PSB2 - ITV - C40
PSB3 - BBC One HD - C43
NI Mux - RT?? One - C48

The standard definition ones (PSB1 and PSB2) use DVB-T mode; PSB3 and NI Mux use DVB-T2, so if the manual tuning screen has an option for this, ensure it's correct as it won't find the signal even if it's present.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014
1:57 AM

This problem is quite possibly due to signal overload. At that location a16.5 db outside aerial is quite simply overkill (literally only a half a mile away from the transmitter)

I'd suggest P uses a smaller aerial. Any amplifiers in place should definitely be removed.

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PJH's 240 posts Silver Silver GB
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Transmitter engineering
9:28 AM

CARNMONEY HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 06:21 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
11:28 AM

CARNMONEY HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 06:21 today to 09:35 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 103,477 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 31 March 2014
Transmitter engineering
2:17 AM

CARNMONEY HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 06:21 yesterday to 09:35 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
1:22 AM

CARNMONEY HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 06:21 on 30 Mar to 09:35 on 30 Mar. [BBC]

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Saturday, 21 June 2014
6:03 PM

Ive a dion freeview box ive tuned it in but cant get the likes of 4 music, Dave or pick tv etc, does carnmoney hill have a restriction on what it can transmit??

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darren.c's 1 post GB
7:34 PM

darren.c: Historically, due to a shortage of available frequencies in Northern Ireland, digital TV was only transmitted from the main stations at Divis, Brougher Mountain and Limavady. Following DSO the owners of the COM multiplexes declined to add the sevice to any relay masts on the grounds that the extra costs involved could not be justified given the relatively small number of extra viewers that might be gained. Ofcom only required that the service continued to serve those homes that were served before switchover, so viewers wishing to receive more than the PSB muxes must either install an aerial on a main station, where reception is possible, or equip themselves with a satellite receiver, which will offer most of the services carried on Freeview.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts Gold Gold GB
Sunday, 22 June 2014
2:32 PM

If you can't get Divis Darren then Freesat is your best alternative, as KMJ has quite correctly explained.

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PJH's 73 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
1:33 PM

CARNMONEY HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:10 today to 12:17 today. [BBC]

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