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The symbol shows the location of the Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 2,600 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 Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ballycastle 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)142mDTG-3W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)142mDTG-3W
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 UTV +1 (UTV),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C30 (546.0MHz)142mDTG-3W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Northern Ireland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 UTV HD (UTV), 104 Channel 4 HD NI ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Ballycastle transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,049km northeast (51°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,049km northeast (51°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

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

1970-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-134 Sep 2019
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TA K T
C4BBCtvwaves
C13ITVwaves
C23BBCA
C26D3+4
C30BBCB
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C42C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4
C45BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C49tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

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 12W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-6.6dB) 2.6W

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.

Comments
Sunday, 25 September 2011
J
John
3:39 PM

is that the dates the switchover happens in Northern Ireland

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John's 1 post GB
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Briantist
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9:22 PM

John: "by the end of 2012" is the official line at the moment.

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Monday, 5 December 2011
Transmitter engineering
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9:51 AM

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

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Monday, 25 February 2013
G
Gerald Colohan
11:40 PM

I live in Ballycastle and wanted to see the freeview channels on my new TV. I discovered that many of the channels I received in Belfast were not available in Ballycastle i.e. Film 4. I was told locally that this was because someone decided we should get ,for example 'BBc Parliment ( not a hugely popular station). Can you explain why.
thank you,
Gerry Colohan

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Dave Lindsay
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9:51 AM

Gerald Colohan: It's because there is now a two-tier system. The Commercial networks don't broadcast from smaller transmitters. See here for an explanation:

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

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Dave Lindsay
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3:17 PM

Gerald Colohan: I think that your best bet for additional channels is the satellite free-to-air service Freesat.

I gather that Ballycastle lies low down with hills around it which prevents reception of Limavady. There are no full-service high-power transmitters in Scotland that you could pick up from either.

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Monday, 15 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
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12:09 PM

BALLYCASTLE transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 13 April 2015
Transmitter engineering
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9:09 AM

BALLYCASTLE transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

BALLYCASTLE transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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