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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Strabane (Northern Ireland) mast?

Strabane transmitter - Strabane transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/04/2024 Screen may go black on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

 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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Monday, 7 November 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:26 AM

STRABANE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 05:06 on 03 Nov to 05:12 on 03 Nov BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 05:06 on 03 Nov to 05:12 on 03 Nov [BBC]

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Monday, 5 December 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:51 AM

STRABANE transmitter - Over the next week Strabane relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, no analogue radio. [DUK]

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:48 AM

STRABANE transmitter - 6 December 2011: 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 Digital services - Not Applicable [DUK] Over the next week Strabane relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, no analogue radio. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,643 posts xx flag
10:53 PM


Want to buy my dad a freeview box for Christmas he lives in Sionmills do you know if it will pick up signal
I live in London so not got a clue, my dad is getting on a bit no sure he really understands.

Any help would be great

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Jennie's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

7:27 AM

Jennie: I regret to say that you will have to think about something else as a gift for your Dad, as Freeview reception is presently not possible from anywhere in that area and unfortunately wont be until October 2012.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

7:47 AM

Jennie: Re: reply made, I have just been checking elsewhere and see some contradictory forecasts, so for a higher element of accuracy could you please provide the post code applicable for your Dads location, as what I had said was based on using the local post office in that area as a test code.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 January 2012
10:42 AM

When will Strabane be able to receive freeview? I have heard a rumours that the mast won't be upgraded and other rumours that it will be upgraded in the next few months?

Can anyone confirm when the upgrade if there is to be one will commence?

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Concrete's 2 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

11:03 AM

Concrete: On 10th October BBC Two analogue will be switched off and BBC services will start transmitting in digital (Freeview). Two weeks later on 24th October the other services will be turned on having switched off the remaining three analogue channels.

Note that Strabane will be a "Freeview Light" transmitter as it will only tranmsit the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) multiplexes (groups of channels). These are BBC TV and radio, UTV, C4, E4, More4, C5 and HD channels).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

11:14 AM

Concrete: Freeview on Mux BBCA (all the standard definition BBC channels) starts on 10th October 2012 on C45 from Strabane.....Two weeks later on 24th October 2012 Mux D3+4 starts on C42 with UTV, ITV2, C4, C5, C4+1, E4, more$ and UTV+1. Mux BBCB (HD channels) starts on C39+. All transmitters in the Ulster TV region switchover on these dates.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

11:18 AM

Dave Lindsay: Sorry, didn't realise you had answered whilst I was typing a reply!

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