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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

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
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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

 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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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

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May 2006-Dec 2014UTV plc
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Saturday, 27 October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
4:37 PM

is the strabane mast off air today

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john's 1 post IE flag
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
12:56 PM

I live in Letterkenny, Donegal and have been able to get all the UK and RTE channels since the switchover, my question is why can't i get Film4, 4Music, UTV4? The moving picture is there it's just distorted/pixelated.

Would appreciate some advice please.


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chris's 4 posts IE flag
Dave Lindsay

1:05 PM

chris: Which transmitter in the North is your aerial directed to?

There is now a two-tier network in the UK. Strabane does not broadcast COM channels (which carry those services that you've identified) so if your aerial is directed to it, then you aren't picking them up from it.

See here for an explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) digital TV transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The three main stations in Northern Ireland that broadcast the COMs do so on lower power than they do the PSBs.

See here for the six multiplexes [PSB/COM] (each is a single signal):

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 20 January 2013
6:03 PM

@Dave Lindsay
Thanks Dave, my apologies for taking soo long to reply.
So, from what you've said i really just have to stick with what i've got because if i re-directed to another station the signal strength would be weaker and so compromise picture quality?

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chris's 4 posts GB flag
6:07 PM

@Dave Lindsay
The ariel is directed to the Strabane transmitter.

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chris's 4 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

6:29 PM

chris: It all depends on whether you can receive the COM channels from another transmitter and that they are of sufficient quality as those from Strabane are now.

The only possible transmitter, if any, that is likely to give you all channels is Limavady.

Let's suppose that you can receive all channels from Limavady, with the appropriate aerial. Therefore, it may have been the case that you could receive analogue from Limavady before but your installer decided that Strabane was the better signal and easier to receive. At that time both transmitters provided equal service to your location.

Today, "if" Limavady is available to you, it might provide you with the full complement of channels rather than the limited choice of Strabane.

Only an aerial installer can tell you if you have any chance of picking up all channels from Limavady. If not, then you will have to stick with Strabane.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
6:53 PM

Ok i will check out, thanks Dave, much appreciated.

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chris's 4 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 October 2013
10:00 PM

Why on earth is that transmitter in Strabane not transmitting all the freeview channels we should expect to be getting?? The size of that mast lighting up the sky is a joke when it doesn't even give us all the channels, a small Ariel on top of the tv in belfast can pick up more channels. Surely something should and has to be done to sort this out. We live in the age of the digital television and to get 24 tv channels half of them being useless anyway is a joke for the price of the licence fee we now pay.

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Aaron's 1 post GB flag

10:47 PM

Aaron : Last time I checked, the licence fee only pays for the BBC, and every transmitter in the country carries the BBC's channels.

Operating 3 more multiplexes from Strabane is hardly going to give the commercial channels much in return - with just 14,000 homes.

If you want more channels, get Freesat.

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