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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, 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
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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
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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
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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?

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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, 28 October 2020

9:20 PM

Francis Byrne:

Can't find any reports of any transmitters problems and it's not currently listed for Planned Engineering.
Is your aerial still ok in the severe weather?

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Monday, 2 November 2020
Francis Byrne
9:55 PM

Thanks for your reply. Hopefully so it is just temporary! I just had a new aerial put up a few weeks ago (a K channel band with 5G filtering). It was working fine at the time with a slight improvement on the weakest channels (such as the one Pop is on, ch 206) but over the last week, it has been dreadful. BBC1 has improved again in signal strength, slightly (60-65a%) but Ch4+1, Challenge are very poor now. Could be temporarily linked to the poor weather .. might have to contact my aerial man again to check.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2020

12:49 AM

Francis Byrne:

Hmm. Does the Saorview predictor include results from NI transmitters, or do you have to rely on the aerial man?

The K Group aerial - if it's just for Limavady - may be "future-proofing" if at anytime in the future changes get made to move the channels down the band, but other wise a good Group B might be better because that might have slightly better gain at the higher UHF channels in the group. As I said though it will depend on whether the aerial is just for Limavady AND which K Group it is.

The problems you are describing are right across the UHF channels used by Limavady, which is leading me to think that reception either is marginal or there is unlisted transmitter work.

NB. For which channels are on which multiplexes, see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview
Also note that is due to change on 4th.Nov. with the LCNs 24-55 all going up an LCN and BBC4 Scotland going to LCN24.

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Francis Byrne
5:23 PM

Hi Chris,

Thanks, as always, for your replies. As it turns out, the channels are all back to their normal strength, except the mux which Pop is on (which despite its reported Mux power of 10kW on COM6, comes in much weaker than the others). It is unwatchable but at least appears again. It looks like the very poor weather at the start of the week was really degrading the reception.

I live relatively high up in Letterkenny, so am in a spot where I pick up both the Saorview muxes from Holywell Hill near the Derry/Londonderry border and the Limavady muxes, all in the same direction. Since RT are on ch 22 and ch 25, I have an aerial that covers ch 21 - 48. It's a Vision 48 element High Gain aerial from CPC (

You're correct - I'm at the edge of the reception range and the maps indicate similar. As I'm not in the UK, I can't use my postcode to check for signal reception. However, I used to get full reception with minimal issues during the very weak output pre-digital on the DTT channels (when the commercial muxes were on 800w). Ever since the move down the band, either the power was reduced or shielded in my direction to prevent as much overspill. I was hoping that the new aerial would give more gain than the older ch21 - 68 yagi I had but it's about the same as before - and possibly weaker. Meh. The aerial man showed me the before and after signals at the time - it's marginally weaker but with a cleaner signal/noise ratio. He also replaced my masthead amplifier which looked like it got slightly fried at one point of its 20 year lifespan.

I suspect if I went for a Group B aerial, I'd lose RT on Saorview, unless I combined it with a smaller aerial for the local Letterkenny transmitter for RT - but the combining of the two aerials would probably lose the few dB I'd gain by using a slightly stronger aerial?

I do have a Freesat box, so I'm not stuck as such - it's just nice not to have to keep swapping between the two (Freeview/Saorview and Freesat) and I only have an aerial socket upstairs.

Thanks and regards,

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Francis Byrne's 12 posts IE flag
Wednesday, 4 November 2020

1:30 AM

Francis Byrne:

Hi. Considering the transmitters you are going for then obviously the Group K is the correct one to go for, a Group B would likely lose ch22 & 25 or at best make then unreliable and the problem of combining two aerials would likely lose more than it would gain.
I'd guess the cleaner signal/noise ratio is down the the more modern masthead amp (does it have as much gain or more than the old one?).

Unfortunately less reliable reception is more likely these days as there is more frequency sharing (not just UK/Eire but Europe etc.) never mind all the extra interference coming from the significant increase in electronic devices of one sort or another.

What sort of signal strength and quality figures is your set showing in its tuning section for all the muxes?

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Friday, 6 November 2020
Francis Byrne
1:25 PM

Hi Chris,

As far as I can remember from the aerial man, the masthead amplier gain was a 25dB model, replacing the old one of the same strength (installed around 2000)

It is COM6 which is by far the weakest mux - I clicked on the ch46 oval where the list of channels is listed on this web page for Limavady, to see what other transmitters are also on ch 46 in NI / Donegal but I see the's website has not yet been changed for the post-5G cutover? I'm wondering if there is another transmitter on that channel causing me some interference, as the others are relatively-speaking ok (as in, they are watchable - COM6 seldom is, except occasionally on my bedroom TV, which seems to get a marginally better signal). As "Pop" is on COM6, it matters to the kids :-) but they're now used to tuning it in on FreeSat

The mux strengths are as follows today, according to my 2009 Samsung TV:
PSB1: 70 to 72 (out of 100), bit error level: 0 out of 10
PSB2: 70 to 72, bit error level 0
PSB3: n/a: I *just* missed out on Freeview HD coming out on both my TVs by a year
COM4: 63, bit error level 1
COM5: 63, bit error level 1
COM6: 45 to 48, bit error level 7 out of 10 (basically, unwatchable at the best of times).

SaorView on ch25: 85, bit error level 0
SaorView on ch22: 85, bit error level 0

The reception appears to be affected now on really bad weather days on the COM5/6 muxes.

Thanks, ..Francis

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Sunday, 8 November 2020

4:42 AM

Francis Byrne:

The Bit Errors for C46 may suggest interference of some sort. You haven't got anything with an RF output running have you, old VCR, games consoles etc. If so change the channels to something above 60 if possible.

Yes, it's a big disappointment that UHF Channel usage for each of the channels haven't been updated for all the post 700MHz changes.
C46 is used by a lot of quite/very low power relay transmitters but none very near you, and in most cases they also use C40 & C43. This is also true of the high power transmitters that use the same channels so why C46 should be affected is rather strange.

Just for reference some of the NI relays are Newcastle (800W), Kilkeel (400W), Cushendall (5W), Carnmoney Hill (16W), Camlough (500W), Plumbridge (5W), Edemy (11.2W), Lisbellaw (4W), Castlederg (2.2W).
Some of the high power (>10kW) ones are Preseli, Llanddonna, Bilsdale, Rosemarkie, Keelylang Hill, Black Hill, Heathfield, Hannington, Bluebell Hill, Sutton Coldfield, Tacolneston,
All are far enough away not to be an issue in normal circumstances.

Are the figures still the same now or have they changed? There has been some Tropospheric Ducting around which might have resulted in interference.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Francis Byrne
8:09 PM

Hi Chris,

My apologies for taking so long to reply .. life with young kids keeps one very busy!!
I have noticed that the reception with my newer aerial is very much weather-dependent. The better the weather the better the reception. Tonight the weather is not great (a lot of rain) .. and for the first time, I'm seeing even BBC1 showing some pixellation and signal strength only 50 - 60% (instead of 72%).

I'll probably need to contact my local TV aerial person back to have another look. I now wish I kept the older (ch21 - 68) aerial, which never exhibited this problem...

Thanks for all the info on nearby transmitters!

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Friday, 4 December 2020

4:46 AM

Francis Byrne:

No problem, quite understand, there's other things that one needs to do! Although there had been some tropo around again which eventually cleared by Wednesday evening, it does sound rather like it's an issue with rain getting into the aerial connections or the coax somewhere. It may just be aerial position of course and a slight tweak could change things - it can just have effects on one channel, but if it varies with rain, I'm more doubtful that it'll be (just) position.

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Sunday, 13 December 2020
Francis Byrne
6:43 PM

Thanks, Chris. Hmm, I wonder if it is rain leaking in somewhere then! I'll have to check with my aerial guy. This evening after all the rain earlier, I am only getting the BBC mux, and SaorView. I'm not even getting Channel 4 or UTV (ITV)! (BBC is at 60%). I know that some coax cable had been changed from the mast head amplifier to the aerial, so that could be the culprit. My wife also told me that all channels break up when I use the paper shredder but I can't blame the rain on that one :-)

I'll let you know what comes out of it all when I get a hold of the aerial man.


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