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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?

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
 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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 UTV +1 (UTV),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)551mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)551mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)528mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LBT
 H -13dB
C30 (546.0MHz)528mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 29th September 2014: 7 NvTv,

com7
 H -9.1dB
C55 (746.0MHz)551mDTG-612,400W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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 - 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.

Comments
Friday, 27 April 2012
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Peter Henderson
9:38 PM

Well Carl, one of the reasons is that Freeview power levels in NI, pre DSO, seem woefully low compared to the rest of the UK. All other main transmitters were 10 or 20 kw before switchover, not 2.3/1.6 kw. (800w for Brougher asnd Limivady). For example, Black Hill and Rowridge were both 20kw. Why NI Freeview ERPs are so low is beyond me. Surely, between now and DSO they could increase the power at Divis to at least 5, or maybe 10 kw and add the HD channels between now and October ? Why, as usual, does NI have to wait so long for these advances in broadcast technology to come to the province (the DAB situation and lack of Digital One is another disgrace) ?

Not having Freeview HD is a real pain, especially as we miss out, yet again, on two major sporting events. GRRRRRRRR.

Still, roll on October Carl. I'm counting down the weeks

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Peter Henderson
9:44 PM

P.S. 23 isn't great hear either Carl (Jordanstown) but during the high power tests in January signal levels were endstopping, even on 23.I also think the switch to 8k mode whould also improve things.

If you're getting some sort of signal, even if it's breaking up, October should show a massive improvement. I'm highly optomistic about this if the tests in January are anything to go by.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012
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Micheal E
6:55 PM

Peter I agree with you 100%. I'm living in Newry and have a TV with built in freeview. I've been scanning since January in the hope of receiving something to no avail.It stops and scans at ch 23 and 33 etc for a few seconds before invariably finding nothing.

I'm stuck with an expensive TV not living up to it's full expectations all because the digital signal level is so low. Why it can't be increased slightly for the Olympics and the Euro's is anyone's guess.

I'm thinking about contacting my local MP to see if he can do anything.



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Tuesday, 1 May 2012
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1:30 PM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:30 today to 10:40 today [BBC]

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1:30 PM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:30 today to 10:40 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Transmitter engineering
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7:29 AM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:30 yesterday to 10:40 yesterday [BBC]

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7:29 AM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:30 yesterday to 10:40 yesterday [BBC]

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Thursday, 3 May 2012
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4:30 AM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:30 on 01 May to 10:40 on 01 May [BBC]

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DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:30 on 01 May to 10:40 on 01 May [BBC]

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
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4:28 PM

DIVIS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 13:20 today to 13:35 today [BBC] Over the next week Divis main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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