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The symbol shows the location of the Strabane (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 14,000 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 Strabane (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Strabane 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.

 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)581mDTG-400W
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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C34 (578.0MHz)581mDTG-400W
Channel icons
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),

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C35+ (586.2MHz)581mDTG-400W
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

 V -13dB
C40 (626.0MHz)581mDTG-20W
Channel icons
from 4th September 2019: 53 TG4, 54 RTÉ One, 55 RTÉ Two,

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Strabane (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 Strabane transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,050km northeast (50°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,050km northeast (50°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

How will the Strabane (Northern Ireland) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
NIMM(-20dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Limavady transmitter area

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Friday, 13 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

9:29 AM

STRABANE transmitter - 13 January 2012: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 will be subject to periods of shutdown. Digital services - Not applicable. [DUK] Over the next week Strabane relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) Service Shutdowns. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,379 posts xx flag
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Dave Lindsay

6:01 PM

des drumm: It doesn't look like RTÉ will be broadcast from Strabane. See this page:

Northern Ireland "mini multiplex" (NIMM) | - independent free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Mike Dimmick

2:59 PM

des drumm: It won't be broadcast from Strabane, but you may be able to get either overspill coverage from Saorview transmitters in the Republic, or coverage from the mini multiplex that Dave Lindsay mentioned. The signals from Brougher Mountain may travel well enough for you to receive it.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:59 PM

des drumm: Further to Mike Dimmick's posting, I had a look at the Saorview coverage map which shows the locations of transmitters: Coverage Map | SAORVIEW

Whether you can or can't receive from any of these stations depends on the terrain.

Holywell Hill is on channel 30 horizontal at 20kW with a second multiplex pencilled in on channel 25.

Letterkenny is on channel 53 vertical at 2kW (with a future multiplex on channel 57.

Ballybofey transmitter is about 11 miles from your location, but is only at 100W. It is vertically polarised and transmits on channel 47 with a future multiplex on channel 44.

The Saorview coverage map shows green where the signal is predicted as being available, but it doesn't allow selection of individual transmitters to see which is best in particular locations!

PS. For those soles inclined, Comreg has published technical parameters of TV and radio transmitters, although TV3 does not appear to be on the list:

Technical Parameters - ComReg

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 18 February 2012
des drumm
4:53 PM

thanks to Mike and Dave for their replies. Des

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des drumm's 6 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 February 2012

2:07 PM

des drumm: There are also Saorview maps on this site - TV regions overview map | - independent free digital TV advice .

I will shortly be updating the site to include ROI transmitters when inputting Northern Ireland postcodes.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 May 2012
11:56 AM

Looking for a bit of advice regarding a freeview and saorview installation in BT828LW

Looking to feed three rooms, all rooms have 4 coax cables running to the attic.

I am presuming I should be using a group A aerial for Holywell Hill and group B for Strabane. Would I be better using a diplexer or join the feed at the freeview box using a Y connector?
Will there be a need for a diplexer after DSO?

Thanks in Advance

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Eugene's 1 post IE flag
Monday, 17 September 2012
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