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The symbol shows the location of the Limavady (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 45,000 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 Limavady (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Limavady 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
C41 (634.0MHz)382mDTG-320,000W
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
C44 (658.0MHz)382mDTG-320,000W
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
C47 (682.0MHz)382mDTG-620,000W
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
C40 (626.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
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
C43 (650.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
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
C46 (674.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
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

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Limavady (Northern Ireland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Newsline 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT2 8HQ, 1,051km northeast (51°)
to BBC Northern Ireland region - 46 masts.
regional news image
UTV Live 0.6m homes 2.5%
from Belfast BT7 1EB, 1,051km northeast (51°)
to UTV region - 46 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Elliotts HillTransposer13 km SE Ballymena, Co. Antrim90 homes (according to B9 Energy)

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

1984-971997-981998-20122012-134 Sep 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TB E K T
C40SDN
C41BBCA
C43ArqA
C44D3+4
C46ArqB
C47BBCB
C48_local_local
C49tv_offArqB
C50tv_offBBCA
C54tv_offSDN
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C58tv_offArqA
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 800W

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. Limavady 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
Monday, 4 July 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:34 AM

LIMAVADY transmitter - Over the next week Limavady main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:34 AM

LIMAVADY transmitter - Over the next week Limavady main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Saturday, 8 October 2011
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willie Donaghy
11:16 PM

I came back to this web page due to the absolutely crap reception experienced recently. I feel sopmewhat vindicated re my earlier rant in the spring about the deterioration in reception then which has worsened since. My comments then attracted some derisory comment from the experts and advice to me and all the other complainants to get our previously ok installations checked by more experts.
I note the statement -
Some channels on the Limavady transmitter have lower transmission power so you may receive only some of them.
I think that was what we were all saying back then - duh!

And the second part of the statement is a real ass-coverer -
Your cables, connectors and aerial may need upgrading to get all the Freeview channels.

Yeah, right! I would like somebody to reconcile thos two sentences for me.

Seems that we have a typical scenario whereby the central authority and the related interests prioritise and the regionals come last. If local society wants a different sequence then you have to make representations. Note Ofgem quote -
"In Northern Ireland, only three transmitters - Divis, Limavady and Brougher Mountains - broadcast the DTT signal, limiting its coverage and DTT take-up significantly."
Seeriginal document at
Ofcom | Section 4
For local interest see also Arqiva report -
http://stakeholders.ofcom….pdf

Willie Donaghy



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Sunday, 9 October 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:52 AM

Willie Donaghy: The number of transmitters and power levels for Freeview, before switchover, was necessarily limited to avoid interactions with the Republic. That's why take-up of digital in Northern Ireland has been relatively poor.

It means digital coverage from Limavady isn't anywhere near the analogue coverage area. Four of the digital multiplexes also clash with the Claudy relay. I'm not surprised that it's unreliable out where you are, although Digital UK's postcode checker isn't currently accepting your postcode so I can't see the actual prediction.

Aerials and cables do deteriorate over time with weather exposure, and if water gets into cables, it seriously degrades the cable's performance - and higher frequencies are affected worse than lower ones.

At switchover, the PSB digital transmissions should have parity with the current analogue transmissions, or slightly better. The commercial multiplexes will still only transmit from Divis, Limavady and Brougher Mountain and will be half the power - but that still means they should be nearly the same coverage as analogue, except for a few areas where channels clash with the PSB channels from a relay (Plumbridge and Castlederg).

It looks like switchover is about a year away, stage one on 10 October 2012 and stage two on 24 October. This is based on a leaflet that briefly appeared on Digital UK's website on Friday - my guess is that the announcement is supposed to be on Monday or Tuesday and someone pushed the leaflet out too early.

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Friday, 28 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:43 PM

LIMAVADY transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 09:31 today to 09:34 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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12:43 PM

LIMAVADY transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 09:31 today to 09:34 today [BBC]

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Saturday, 29 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
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7:44 AM

LIMAVADY transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 09:31 yesterday to 09:34 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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7:44 AM

LIMAVADY transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 09:31 yesterday to 09:34 yesterday [BBC]

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john
9:01 AM

hello,

just bought new tv for b/room and want to connect it to existing sky dish,our contract with sky finished last month and we get the normal channels from dish to livingroom via sky+hd box. please can you let me know what i need to connect new tv to dish.

many thanks.

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Les Nicol
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:04 AM

John - If it's the b/room and your not fussed about HD then an SD "Freesat" receiver at £29.00 from Argos or similar - HD if you want but a bit more in cost -. A Sat co-ax feed cable from the dish where the LNB at the end of the boom arm on the dish will have two spare ports, one of which you can connect to the receiver. Dependent on where your dish is located, you may need this done for you but shouldn' cost an arm and a leg to do..

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