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The symbol shows the location of the Limavady (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 45,000 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 Limavady (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Limavady 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
C41 (634.0MHz)382mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Northern Ireland, 2 BBC Two Northern Ireland, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)382mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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, 24 ITV4, 33 UTV +1 (UTV),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)382mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Limavady (Northern Ireland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT 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 Limavady transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,051km northeast (51°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,051km northeast (51°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Elliotts HillTransposer13 km SE Ballymena, Co. Antrim90 homes (according to B9 Energy)

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

1984-971997-981998-20122012-134 Sep 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TB E K T
C40SDN
C41BBCA
C43ArqA
C44D3+4
C46ArqB
C47BBCB
C48_local_local
C49tv_offArqB
C50tv_offBBCA
C54tv_offSDN
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C58tv_offArqA
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 800W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Limavady 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. Limavady 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
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Chris.SE
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11:49 PM

Francis Byrne:

I think you are quite correct Francis. As the site owner hasn't managed to keep up with all the 700MHz clearance changes, I'm sure I discovered similar last week.

Briantist:

Brian please please do these updates as soon as you can. All those maps are (were) one of the most useful features of the site ;)

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Monday, 13 July 2020
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Shauna smyth
5:33 PM

StevensOnln1: no tv signal at all. On any TVs It was fine this morning. BT44 8 AH. 16 Skerdan Road Portglenone.

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Chris.SE
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10:59 PM

Shauna smyth:

Have your signals returned? I can't find any faults listing by Freeview or the BBC (it's possible any reports may be delayed), and the transmitter isn't currently listed for Planned Engineering.
Have you made any changes to your equipment?

I would check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for any multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes (or all of them!).

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020
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Bob Eys
6:45 AM

Chris.SE: hi, I have an older Samsung TV and a newish one. Both off the same aerial feed. On tuning the older TV picks up more channels including RT and Al Jazeera whilst the newer one doesn't. Both are fed from Stockland Hill and I have a booster in place providing a good level to both TVs.

I am really puzzled. Can you offer anything apart from contact Samsung?

Thanks

Best wishes

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Chris.SE
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8:20 PM

Bob Eys:

Exactly which channels are you missing on the newer TV?
You say you have a good signal level for both TVs, can you provide the Signal Strength and Quality figures from each TV for the various multiplexes being received please?

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Friday, 17 July 2020
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Shauna smyth
3:26 AM

Shauna smyth:
How can I delete my post? I thought I was contacting a network not adding to a forum?
Thanks Chris SE for your help though.

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Chris.SE
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3:59 AM

Shauna smyth:

You can't delete your post I'm afraid, and there's not a lot of point anyway, this is a free technical help site not a forum. Whilst you could contact broadcasters or Freeview themselves, you are unlikely to get any different advise except to contact a local dealer or aerial installer.
If your signals haven't returned and you've made the checks I suggested, check with a near neighbour to see if they have a problem. If not, it's an issue with your installation or set. There are no transmitter problems that've been reported by the BBC or Freeview that I can find having checked again.

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Sunday, 20 September 2020
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Francis Byrne
9:10 PM

Was there any problems with Freeview Limavady this evening? Poor reception across all Muxes, including BBC1. Signal normally 70%, now 45%. It was fine yesterday. I'm wondering if it has to do with the current weather?

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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Chris.SE
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1:03 AM

Francis Byrne:

Yes it is most likely to be the "Tropospheric Ducting" that's around causing interference, see https://www.radioandtvhelp.co.uk/help-guides/television/effect-of-tropospheric-ducting-on-freeview for a simplistic explanation. It can be quite variable, come and go within seconds, minutes or hours. It has been particularly strong recently. Climate change is likely to mean these sort of events could be more common.
Currently it may continue on and off for a day or two more.

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