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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)551mDTG-3100,000W
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)551mDTG-3100,000W
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
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)551mDTG-6100,000W
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)551mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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

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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
VHFA K TA K TA K TK TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+D3+4D3+4
C23SDNSDN
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCBBBCB
C26ArqAArqA
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29ArqB
C30LBT
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C33com7
C34com8
C36_local
C48NIMMNIMM
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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 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.

Comments
Thursday, 29 November 2012
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niall burns
8:50 AM
Castlewellan

The reason I ask is because the signal from the newcastle transmitter is so poor. On tuesday I couldnt even watch tv at all, it kept coming up no signal and was doing the same quite a bit yesterday. The aerial is on the roof and also attempted changing it to leitrim transmitter but its the same problem. I have spent £150 to get freeview, from a new tv to set top boxes (a hd one to get rte).

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Dave Lindsay
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10:52 AM

Peter Henderson: The Streetview photos were taken in 2008 before switchover. I think that we can safely say that the pre-switchover digital signals would not have been available at Niall's location. It is perhaps also highly doubtful that the Black Mountain analogue Channel 5 signal would also have been available. So even if the four analogue channels could have been received from Divis, then this would have provided nothing extra over that of Newcastle.

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Dave Lindsay
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11:03 AM

niall burns: I have had a few thoughts:

Can you see the top of the Newcastle transmitter tower (where the radiating antennas are situated) or are they obscured by Tollymore Forest? If they are behind the trees, then this could be a cause of poor reception. How did you fare for analogue? Was the picture changing such as during high winds? This might be an indication to the effects of the trees being in the path.


If you are receiving Clermont Carn and Newcastle you will be unable to combine the feeds using a diplexer due to the channels that each transmitter uses. If you have the feeds combined using a splitter in reverse, then, whilst it can work, results can be unpredictable and could therefore be a source of poor reception on one or both transmitters - try removing it and tuning to Newcastle without Clermont Carn connected.

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11:46 AM

niall burns: In answer to your original question of whether reception from Divis is possible, it isn't possible to provide an exact answer.

It might be worth looking around to see what others have done. In Dundrinne Gardens there are (November 2008) some Divis aerials.

It appears as if Slievenaslat and Castlewellan Forest might be the difficulty in your area, although this is just based on looking at a map.

Digital UK Postcode Checker doesn't reckon Divis is a possibility, although such predictors are in no way infallible and it should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt.


It may be that satellite reception is the best option. There are solutions that allow reception of Freesat and Saorsat using a larger dish and two LNBs. Can't really advise more than that; try searching the internet for information.

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niall burns
1:04 PM

The analogue picture was perfect. The picture never changed during high winds, the only time it did was during a thunderstorm. I might try to turn the aerial towards divis to try. It couldn't really be any worse.

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Dave Lindsay
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2:09 PM

niall burns: You should confirm that you are tuned to Newcastle transmitter by viewing the signal strength screen. On BBC One it should be tuned to C50, UTV is C55 and BBC One HD is C59.

Is it all three of these channels that are playing up?

Perhaps it could be a possibility (800W @ 3.7miles) that the signal level is too high going into your receiver. This can appear as too little or too poor a signal:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

If you have an amplifier then it might be worth trying removing or turning it down. Or you might need some attenuation (the opposite of amplification).


The former analogue signals from Newcastle were at 1,000W each. The power of digital signals to serve the same area are -7dB of the analogue which is 200W.

The power of the signals now are 800W each which is -1dB on the analogue. So in real terms the signal is stronger than the former analogue.


You might be able to build a crude attenuator (prior to getting a proper one) by connecting only the inner core of the aerial lead by leaving the screen disconnected for a short distance (a few CM maybe). This will hopefully "loose" some signal.

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Peter Henderson
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2:43 PM
Newtownabbey

Dave: At Niall's location the Newcastle transmitter shouldn't be a problem post DSO at his location (literally only a few miles from the transmitter site). Whether or not the photographs on streetview were taken in 2008, he still should have no problem with the PSB multplexes from this transmitter.

There are alos numerous properties with CC aerials so Saorview shouldn't be a problem either (i.e. he shouldn't need to faff around with Saorsat).

Nial: Reception from the Newcastle transmitter should be near perfect at your location so I've no idea what's wrong. I'd check out all connections just to be sure a co ax plug hasn't come lose for example. Failing that I'd get somwone out just to see if there's something wrong outside (e.g. water ingress etc.}. You should be able to diplec CC and Newcastle at your location with no problems.

If Divis is a no no I'd go for Freesat, as Dave suggests. Freesat combined with Saorview would ive you a pretty good choice of free to air channels, in my opinion. By all means have a go at Divis, but bear in mind there's always Feesat if it doesn't work out.

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Dave Lindsay
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2:48 PM

Peter Henderson: How can you diplex Newcastle and CC as they are both C/D?

CC uses 52 and Newcastle uses 50, 55 and 59.

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Friday, 30 November 2012
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Peter Henderson
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12:04 AM
Newtownabbey

Well, whatever it is they're using as an alternaitive in Castlewellan Dave.

There definitely doesn't appear to be a problem either with Newcastle or CC in the village, so they must be using something to combine the two. Certainly, there's no point in worrying about Saorsat if you can receive Saorview without any problems.

Unless Niall knows of someone getting Divis in the area there's probably no point in putting up large aerials for Divis. This can work out quite expensive in the long run, believe me (I know this from experience). Freesat would would be the better option, in my opinion. OK, so there are 4 or 5 channels missing on Freesat that aren't on Freeview but, conversely, there is so much more on Feesat that's not on Freeview, so it's really horses for courses.

Castlewellan does seem to be a black spot for Divis, even with the power increase at DSO, for some reason.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012
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Keith
1:51 PM

hi. Im in Blackrock, Co.Louth, I got a 52 element group A aerial hoping to pick up divis. When I try tuning in tv it doesnt find any services. I am getting full or almost full signal strength but signal quailty is always at zero.
I am using a Wolsey Wfav 25 variable gain mast head amp. I have tried turning it down etc and still no joy.

Anyone any Ideas

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