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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.

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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.

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C32 (562.0MHz)581mDTG-400W
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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

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C34 (578.0MHz)581mDTG-400W
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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),

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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

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

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

Oct 1959-May 2006Ulster Television
May 2006-Dec 2014UTV plc
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Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
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Monday, 17 September 2012
Mike Dimmick

5:57 PM

des: Because the digital transmissions *replace* analogue ones, it is not possible to run continuous test transmissions. There may, periodically, be analogue shutdowns overnight to allow digital test transmissions.

Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works
for notice of any engineering works. It's likely that this would be listed under Limavady rather than Strabane itself.

Note that when digital test transmissions *have* been broadcast, they are deliberately broadcast without any Service Information, meaning that receivers will not pick up any services if retuned at that time. This is to prevent those boxes which do automatically retune overnight from mistakenly deleting their current set of channels.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
10:49 PM

Will the Strabane relay remain a lite transmitter or will it be boosted to provide complete channel list including ITV3,4, Film 4,Dave etc.

If it remains lite would a freesat dish instead of a conventional aerial get all the freeview stations or is it a case of tough luck geographically.


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Dave Lindsay

10:56 PM

md23040: No, it will stay Freeview Lite.

See here for an explanation which applies equally for Strabane:

Londonderry transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Here is a comparison full-Freeview vs Freesat:

Compare TV Freeview/Freesat | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

ITV3 is on Freesat contrary to its logo appearing with those that aren't on Freesat.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Patrick Keeney
11:52 AM

Is the Strabane HD multiplex on Ch. 39 operational on this transmitter yet as I can't pick it up. I use a Walker HD Saorview box to feed an old Tv, and also my Sony KDL 46X3000 which has an MP4 tuner that tunes Saorview but not the Freeview HD multiplex. Neither can pick up the HD Channel 39. Do I require a Freeview HD box ?.

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Dave Lindsay

12:25 PM

Patrick Keeney: I imagine so.

Saorview uses DVB-T signals, even though they carry HD. Freeview uses DVB-T2 only for HD signals. Look in the spec to see if it has a DVB-T2 tuner.

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Friday, 26 October 2012
Edward McClintock
11:10 PM

I have a Freeview HD Box (Humax) and require tuning to Strabane (Fintona area but cannot get Brougher). I cannot vraise RTE etc on this. Is RTE still not available from Strabane

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Dave Lindsay

11:20 PM

Edward McClintock: RT won't be broadcast from Strabane. You will have to see if you can receive it from one of the transmitters in the Republic using a second aerial.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012
seamus o'doherty
12:58 PM

As Strabane is the tallest transmitter in Ireland would it not have covered a wider
area had it been a main transmitter?
I see limavady transmitter covers more of Donegal, County Down and parts of Scotland than Derry or Strabane district.
As a licence payer I expect the same service in Derry and Strabane as Coleraine.

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Dave Lindsay

1:15 PM

seamus o'doherty: Where the transmitters are depends on the terrain. It is unusual to have such a tall transmitter being so low powered.

Another reason that might have come into play was (I assume) the fact that the objective when the (former analogue) network was built was to serve only the North. Strabane and Derry are close to the border and therefore the higher the power they use the more overspill there would be. The difficulty as far as reception goes is because the area near/on the border is in a valley.

The Licence Fee does not give any guarantee as to the availability of any signals. It goes to the BBC only and as a Public Service Broadcaster, the BBC broadcasts from Strabane.

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