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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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)382mDTG-20,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

 H max
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
Channel icons
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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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

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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(-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.

Thursday, 25 October 2012
1:22 PM

email from Samsung
I am sorry to hear about the problems you are experiencing with your TV and I understand this can be frustrating. Please be advised that unfortnuately your TV does not have the required built in tuner to pick up Freeview HD. Your TV has a DVB-T tuner which is a standard digital tuner, to recieve Freeview HD the TV would need a DVB-T2 tuner.
Although you need a DVB-T2 tuner to recieve Freeviw HD, you only require a DVB-T tuner to recieve Saorview HD due to the format it is broadcasted in, and this is why you are getting those. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused here.
Please see the tech specs of your TV below for further information:

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david parker
5:54 PM

aerial new on roof can recieve all bbc itv hd channels but cant get rte at all

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Dave Lindsay

6:14 PM

david parker: Limavady does not broadcast RT because it is considered that there is sufficient overspill from the Republic.

At your location Limavady is on a bearing of 270 degrees. Moville is at 289 degrees.

You may, if you are lucky, be able to receive from both with a single aerial pointed somewhere between the two. Or, you may be able to do a manual tune with it as it is and receive from Moville.

Moville broadcasts on UHF channel 45. Go to the manual tune function and select C45. Before you press the button to scan/add channels, see if it gives any indication of strength/quality.

Failing that, other possibilities may include:

- Receive from Divis instead. The adjacent Black Mountain transmitter carries RT/TG4, although not as many as Moville which is a Saorview transmitter. These two transmitters are close enough that a single aerial will work.

- Receive Freeview from Divis and Saorview from Moville using two aerials combined into one feed.

If a single aerial pointing somewhere between Moville and Limavady doesn't work, then I don't think that you will be able to combine (diplex) two because of the UHF channels used by each transmitter.

If you are looking at receiving from Limavady and Moville with one aerial, then be aware that the higher the gain, the narrower the acceptance angle. So a high-gain aerial may not have a big enough angle of acceptance to receive from two transmitters that are 19 degrees apart.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:12 PM

Receiving some uk digital channels from channel 30 in Cardonagh, Donegal.psb2 channels. Can anybody tell me what transmitter that is coming from. Wasnt expecting to get uk freeview.

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Mark's 6 posts IE flag
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10:44 PM

Receiving some uk digital channels from channel 30 (psb2)in Cardonagh, Donegal. Can anybody tell me what transmitter that is coming from. Wasnt expecting to get uk freeview.

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Mark's 6 posts IE flag
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Friday, 26 October 2012
seamus o'doherty
6:47 PM

According to the above map the Limavady transmitter can reach Scotland and Malin Head
in Donegal to deep into County Down but not Strabane which is only 30 miles away.
Can anyone explain this.

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Dave Lindsay

7:57 PM

seamus o'doherty: If the ground was flat and a transmitter radiated the same level of signal in all directions (omnidirectional), then the coverage area would be a circle. However, the ground isn't flat and the terrain prevents reception.
Imagine if the signal were light, which isn't too dissimilar as they are both electromagnetic waves. An obstruction like a tree or a building creates a shadow and the same is true of the terrain.
The coverage map takes into account the terrain and shows green where the signal is expected to be available at rooftop height (above the ground).
Look at the map at imagine a line between Limavady and Strabane town. Along that line, the coverage stops roughly at the top of the "/" in the place name "Londonderry / Derry".
Referring to a map with contours it is easy to see why this is the case:

NIEA Map Viewer

Loughmore is very high ground and therefore blocks reception!
Theoretically, if you (in Strabane) were to go high enough to "see" over the obstruction, or at least high enough to where there is a bit of signal, then you would be able to receive from Limavady.
Thus, the signal is there, it's just way above you. The coverage map shows what you're interested in which is reception at roof-top level and not many tens or hundreds of metres above the ground.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
12:11 AM

Hi, do you know if the sdn, arqa and arqb muxes will be boosted or will it remain at 10kw, I am currently receiving the other freeview muxes perfectly but not the ones on lower power, I live in Letterkenny in Donegal

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Brendan's 2 posts IE flag

9:11 AM

Brendan: All multiplexes are at their final power levels.

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Dave Lindsay

1:02 PM

Brendan: Quite a few transmitters that carry the Commercial (COM) channels have them at lower power than the Public Service (PSB) ones (usually half-power).

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