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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)382mDTG-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

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C44 (658.0MHz)382mDTG-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
C47 (682.0MHz)382mDTG-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 -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Limavady (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 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

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(-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.

Sunday, 30 September 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:23 PM

Helen: I've responded extensively in the exchange with Gerry, of which you ask similar questions.

All Freeview transmitters broadcast on low power pre-switchover for the simple fact that there aren't enough spare channels/frequencies for them to operate high-power analogue and high-power digital at the same time. Thus, there are quite a few on the fringes who only receive Freeview at switchover.

On the basis that the analogue signals propagate to your location, it is expected that the full-power digital ones will. In 10 days time you will know whether you can receive BBC channels via Freeview. I think that there is a good chance that where there is good analogue reception, that there will be good digital reception after switchover.

The reason for exact engineering works is quite irrelevant. In general it is to do with the transmission of TV signals and not because engineers have nothing better to do.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 1 October 2012

10:11 AM

Checked last night my TV Analogue Signal running at 90% out of 100% -Hopefully if Dave Lindsay previous Advice after 10/10/2012 will get Freeview Signal if not I will be on here looking for something to be done and will be looking for assistance,In the meantime Can you check who runs TV Mast At Limavady require there contact details as Digital Uk are only an adcive line and have nothing to do with Engineers i was told.

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Gerry's 21 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:04 PM

Gerry: There is no contact channel to the broadcast authorities for viewers. There are no guarantees of reception available, it doesn't work that way.

It will all be worked out in advance using computers.

I cannot believe that, should you not be able to receive post-switchover, you are thinking that you may be able to ring them up and get the transmitter adjusted!

I've given my six penith and I think that the best thing you can do is forget about it until next Wednesday. I believe that the likely answer is that it will all work fine.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 5 October 2012
sean quigg
9:56 PM

sean here. i fit aerials for over 20 years and when this switchover happens signals will overload when the power is turned way up so messing up lots of peoples freeview due to overpowering the signal received....if this does happen its gonna be a bleak christmas with no tv as every installer in the country will be out trying to decrease the incoming signal to tvs so as to get a better reception...hopefully im wrong.................

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sean quigg's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 7 October 2012
8:38 PM

Doing tune/testing here -What Digital channel no 30 coming from brings signal nut no channels coming in? I do hope that when switchover happens that power is turned on full blast so everyone can get signal from limavady transmitter,

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Dave Lindsay

8:50 PM

Helen: Holywell Hill broadcasts its digital multiplex on C30.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 10 October 2012

8:22 AM

Getting perfect BBC picture from C50 (706.0MHz from Limavady here now with High Gain Wideband Digital Aerial 48 element.Thanks for all the advise Dave...I have boster on aerial at moment would you recommend using this to get DTT reception or take it off?Roll on 24/10/2012

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Gerry's 21 posts IE flag

8:26 AM

Getting perfect BBC picture from C50 (706.0MHz from Limavady here now with High Gain Wideband Digital Aerial 48 element.Thanks for all the advise Dave...I have boster on aerial at moment would you recommend using this to get DTT reception or take it off? Roll on 24/10/2012

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Dave Lindsay

8:07 PM

Gerry: A mast-head amplifier which you have may provide benefit with digital reception. It depends on your situation.

There is a wealth of information on ATV Sheffield's site. Basically the purpose of the amp is to make a small good quality signal into a big good quality signal. See:

Television Aerial Boosters / Amplifiers, Splitters, Diplexers & Triplexers

It is possible that there is too much amplification and with digital signals this appears the same as low signal. If the signal is high and overwhelming the tuner then the signal strength can jump up and down (there is also likely to be poor quality). If it gets even higher the signal strength could register no or little signal.

Exactly what happens varies by device, but be aware that poor "low" signal could be caused by over amplification.

What I suggest that you do is wait until 24th.

The full list of Freeview services is here:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

The COM channels (see that page) are at half power to the PSB ones from Limavady, so if there is difficulty with any, it will be likely to affect these. This doesn't mean that the signal will only propagate half as far or that half as many people will be able to receive it. It is likely to affect a few on the fringes of coverage. Unfortunately this is the compromise we have as the COM channels do not have as great a coverage as the PSBs.

As I say, I wouldn't worry about it; just see what you get come 24th.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 11 October 2012
8:57 AM

Will we receive and HD channels from the Limavady transmitter?

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