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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

 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, 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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 TV 2, 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
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

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.


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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Chris.SE's 4,228 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 July 2020
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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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
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?


Best wishes

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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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Chris.SE's 4,228 posts GB flag
Friday, 17 July 2020
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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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
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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Francis Byrne's 12 posts IE flag
Tuesday, 22 September 2020

1:03 AM

Francis Byrne:

Yes it is most likely to be the "Tropospheric Ducting" that's around causing interference, see Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | RTIS 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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Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Francis Byrne
7:35 PM

Was there any problems with Freeview Limavady again this evening? Poor reception across all Muxes, including BBC1. Signal normally 70%, now 50%. The Mux with Pop is not coming in at all this afternoon.

Thanks in advance!

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