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Freeview Light on the Whitehead (Northern Ireland) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Whitehead (Northern Ireland) transmitter which serves 1,600 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 Whitehead (Northern Ireland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitehead 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
C39 (618.0MHz)76mDTG-32W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Northern Ireland, 2 BBC Two Northern Ireland, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)76mDTG-32W
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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 UTV +1 (UTV),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)76mDTG-62W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

NIMM
 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)76mDTG-2W
Channel icons
from 4th September 2019: 52 TG4, 53 RTÉ One, 54 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Whitehead (Northern Ireland) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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 Whitehead 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.

How will the Whitehead (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
C39BBCA
C42D3+4
C45BBCB
C48BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesNIMMNIMM
C51tv_offD3+4
C52tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C56tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCB
C67C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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
NIMM, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2.4W

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. Whitehead 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
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:35 PM

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

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Thursday, 27 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:45 AM

WHITEHEAD transmitter - 27 October 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 Digital services - Not Applicable [DUK] Over the next week Whitehead relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
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Glynn
12:03 PM

The coverage area in green as indicated on the map seems to have a section of Whitehead (south east near the railway station) which is not included. I tried to get a reciption via a digital box on 24/10 evening but the signal is very weak resulting in a partially scrambled picture. My postcode is BT38 9PX. Why is the signal so weak here if the transmitter is so close.

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Dave Lindsay
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12:17 PM

Glynn: You are at the side of the transmitter that it is radiating the signal (it isn't omnidirectional), but at only 2W you will almost certainly require line-of-sight to the broadcasting antennas on the transmitter's pole:

mb21 - The Transmission Gallery

I don't know the local area but I imagine that it is weaker (and is predicted as being so on the map) because the terrain is lower which means that the transmitter cannot be seen at the sort of height above ground at which aerials are usually installed.

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Sunday, 2 December 2012
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Chris
10:30 PM

Do you know of any plans for the COM6 channels to be available in the Whitehead area? On the switchover day Film 4 and ITV4 were available but I have not picked them up since and they only seem to be listed for the main Divis transmitter.

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Monday, 3 December 2012
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:12 AM

Chris: It is those who receive from the Whitehead relay transmitter who will never receive any of the COM channels. See here for an explanation:

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

If you received one of the COMs momentarily, presumably from Divis, with your aerial vertical whereas Divis is horizontally polarised, then maybe this might be an indication that an aerial on Divis will bring in all channels. Then again, it may be intermittant. You will be best advised to consult an installer. Also, look around to see if others have new Divis aerials.

If you are looking at DIYing it, then a Group A aerial (if it's a yagi type) will be best; don't get a wideband yagi as these aren't as effective on the channels used by Divis:

Digital TV Transmitters

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 13 April 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

WHITEHEAD transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 15 June 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

WHITEHEAD transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 AM

WHITEHEAD transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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