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The symbol shows the location of the Divis (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 440,000 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 Divis (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Divis transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)551mDTG-100,000W
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

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)551mDTG-100,000W
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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 UTV +1 (UTV),

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)551mDTG-100,000W
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 -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)551mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C36 (594.0MHz)528mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 29th September 2014: 7 NvTv,

 H -40dB
C48 (690.0MHz)551mDTG-10W
Channel icons
from 4th September 2019: 53 TG4, 54 RTÉ One, 55 RTÉ Two,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Divis transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,044km northeast (51°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,044km northeast (51°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Chapel FieldsTransposerCentral Belfast61 homes

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-134 Mar 2020

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-16dB) 12.7kW
com7(-16.1dB) 12.4kW
LBT(-20dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-23.4dB) 2.3kW
Mux C*(-24dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-24.9dB) 1.6kW
NIMM(-47dB) 10W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Divis 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. Divis was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Sunday, 25 March 2012
Peter Henderson

12:27 AM

Indeed KMJDerby, hopefully.

Can't figure out why, pre DSO, Calbeck had Freeview ERPs of 10 and 3.2 KW while Divis is restricted to 2.3 and 1.6 kw. Even 10 kw would make a big difference here.

It's a real pity Carnmoney Hill (the nearest transmitter to me) is Freeview Lite post DSO as well.

Hopefully, Caldbeck wont be a problem here after the power increase at Divis. Even 50 kw should make a big difference. .

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Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB
Monday, 26 March 2012
12:02 PM

Has anyone noticed reception dropping in the last week for Mux2 Chans (UTV,Ch4, Ch5 etc), while all other Muxs & Chans remain full strength? Is there current maintenance?
My wife has complained about "No signal" for half of Corry and Titanic!

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MikeW's 1 post GB
Terry Gaut
1:48 PM

I live in a block of 11 flats,where we share a communial ariel,all new equipment fitted in each home and a new ariel fitted to the roof, for the digital change over.
There have been very few problems until the past week,when we have lost signal for up to 5hrs a day,since the sun has been shining.
Between 10.00a.m and 3.00p.m and a hour later since the clocks were put forward.
Any advice,please?

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Terry Gaut's 1 post GB
Peter Henderson

5:47 PM

Mike W/Terry Gaut: See my previous posts.

It's all due to conditions. Caldbeck is bombing in here today so obviously that's the problem (Caldbeck shares a number of frequencies with Divis).

You'll just have to wait until this high pressure disappears.

Hopefully, this kind of thing wont happen after 24th October when Divis has a massive power increase to 100/50 kw. Current ERP levels are only a measly 2.3/1.6 kw.

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Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

10:49 AM

Caldbeck was swamping Divis in parts of Lisburn yesterday afternoon...

Peter i wouldn't worry about Carnmoney being Freeview Lite in a few years time all Tx's will be down to 3 psb multiplexs if what is being proposed goes ahead. Ofcom have postponed the 600mhz auction as the DTT allocations are to be used for mobile services this has been agreed at a world conference.
In a nutshell the death of tv in a terrestrial format has begun, if they close the c/d group and force over 40% of the countries transmitters to be retuned, transmitters such as Mendip. Winter Hill, Limavady, Huntshaw to name a few requiring aerial changes. It would be utter chaos...

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Jordy's 1,827 posts GB
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Peter Henderson
9:15 PM

Well, hopefully it wont happen Jordy.

Would be money in Sky's pocket if it did.

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Peter Henderson's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

DIVIS transmitter - Over the next week Divis main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 139,754 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

DIVIS transmitter - Over the next week Divis main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 139,754 posts xx
Thursday, 12 April 2012
2:21 PM

will I be able to pick up freeview from a 64
element antenna mounted in my roofspace
postcode BT196BA

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Friday, 13 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

6:30 PM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 14:45 today BBC TWO Weak Signal from 13:55 today to 14:10 today [BBC] Over the next week Divis main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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