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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?

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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.

 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
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
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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
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 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

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, 4 November 2012
Ian Drury
8:22 PM

Are you sure he is actually receiving a 1080p transmission? Or has he just set the output of his receiver to 1080p. I'm not sure that anyone transmits 1080p yet.
I stand to be corrected. (54.90831,-7.67339) 

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Monday, 5 November 2012
John Durrell
3:23 PM

Well I think there are 1080p transmissions for these reasons.

1) I tried the same i-c an HD box in London (Crystal Place Transmitter) on a Sony Bravia, it reported 1080P. The Sony set also has its own HD tuner which reports 1080P.
2) Tried the same box at neighbours in Ringsend on different Sony Bravia it also reported 1080P. This set also has its own HD tuner and it reports 1080P.
My Sharp Aquos plays Blurays in 1080P via HDMI but the i-Can HD box can only sustain 1080i on this TV.The i-Can has a setting to change the output and when I set it to1080P it cannot sustain the picture and sound. It will come on for a few seconds reporting 1080P and then the screen will go blank for a further few seconds. If the two Sony's are falsely reporting 1080P then that solves the issue. However if the broadcast is in 1080P then I wonder why I can't get it? Is it the aerial?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Friday, 16 November 2012
9:50 AM

up ntil now (still got them) ive two aeriels, one receving limavady signal for BBC's itv's etc, and one pointing to derry for RTE's.
digital is goood for BBC's etc but RTE's are unreliable.
two questions . 1. can i receive RTE's from limavady without derry aeriel.
2. if not how can i make rtes more reliable.


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Dave Lindsay

10:47 AM

michael: I imagine that your RT aerial pointing in the general direction of Derry is directed at Holywell Hill, Co Donegal. Ensure that your receiver is tuned to it and not another RT transmitter; bring up the signal strength screen and ensure that it is tuned to UHF channel 30.

Limavady doesn't broadcast RT. This is because it was considered that across its service area there is sufficient overspill from the Republic's transmitters.

Whereabouts are you?

If Moville and Limavady are on roughly the same bearing, then you may get away with a single aerial directed somewhere between the two.

BTW, Moville broadcasts on C45, so if that is what you are tuned to, then that's where it's coming from.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 November 2012
6:07 PM

Thanks Dave
Im in the Feeny area, is there a possibility moville would work here

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Michael's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
K-TEC Aerials
3:34 PM

Hi all I have just retuned my mums in Coleraine, picking up all Freeview Channels from Limavady and all RTE from Moville. It is a LG32LD450 TV that comes with built in Freeview capable of transmitting MPEG4/DVB-T2 Signal. Coming of one Aerial set up to right direction by myself. Can be achieved by competent Aerial Installer. If TV doesnt have built in MPEG4 decoder buy a Freeview HD Box and Connect to receive RTE.

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013
10:03 PM

Hi, In Fanad, on a Saoeview tv,I can pick up rte from Holywell Hill and with the same aerial and amp get channels 50,54,58 but not c49 or c59 .Signal quality goes from good to poor.Any suggestions? Thanks

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Ger's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 3 January 2013
Dave Lindsay

10:12 AM

Ger: If you're receiving both with the same aerial, then one or both transmitters must be a bit off-beam and that would seem to be the most likely possibility.

Holywell Hill is on C30, so I guess you might (or really probably should have) a wideband aerial.

The gain of wideband yagi aerials drops off on lower channels and are therefore less directional (than higher ones). See this page for come examples that illustrate my point about gain:

Gain (curves), Again

Therefore, the answer might be to have the aerial pointing at Limavady (or much closer to it than to Holywell Hill). Failing that, a separate aerial with the two combined using a diplexer.


Clonmany transmitter broadcasts vertically at 20W on C49; not sure whether this might be a possible cause.

There appears to be no other transmitter on C59 that might be an issue.

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Dave Lindsay

11:21 AM

Ger: Another thought: Amplifiers used to boost low-level signals are best at the aerial end as having them before the receiver amplifies the noise picked up in the cable as well as amplifying what is left of the signal (it having been reduced due to its travel along the cable).

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Greysteel Viewer
10:25 PM

So none of the extra BBC HD channels (BBC4 HD or BBC News HD etc) for Derry or much for being UK City of Culture 2013!!!

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