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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?

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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)382mDTG-20,000W
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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
C44 (658.0MHz)382mDTG-20,000W
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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
C47 (682.0MHz)382mDTG-20,000W
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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
C40 (626.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
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
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 9 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)379mDTG-810,000W
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

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

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 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.

Saturday, 30 October 2021
Stephen Orr
7:59 PM

My TV aerial should be directed to Limavady and I don't appear to be able to get the various HD channels 101-105. We are located in Portballintrae, so on edge of signal.

Have retuned the TV a number of times without success.

Is this expected, or should I investigate further.

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Stephen Orr's 1 post US

11:51 PM

Stephen Orr:

It's not quite as simple as being "on the edge of signal" - there are areas further afield that are predicted to and will get good reception. This is more to do with the terrain and general lie of the land in your locale which is why there is a Relay transmitter at Bushmills which transmits the 3 PSB multiplexes (Freeview Light).

There are parts of your area that will get good signals for the 3 PSB multiplexes from Limavady and some parts may receive the COM multiplexes but with variable to poor reception.
We need a full postcode to look at predicted reception in your particular locale. But there is no general reason why you shouldn't get the BBCB HD/PSB3 multiplex equally as well as the BBCA/PSB1 or D3&4/PSB2 multiplexes.

If your aerial is pointi9ng at Limavady it should be pointing roughly at a bearing of 245 degrees, that's 25 degrees S of due W (almost WSW) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal.
Try a manual tune for UHF channel C47 which is the one for PSB3 from Limavady.

You'd probably be predicted to get good reception of the 3 PSB multiplexes from Bushmills but we'd need that full postcode to confirm. Whilst to receive it, technically the aerial should point at it - bearing 128 degrees - fractionally E of SE, with the rods vertical, however aerials have "side-lobes" and sometimes receive signals from the side even with the wrong polarisation if they are strong enough. It might be worth you trying a manual tune of UHF 37 for PSB3 from it, just to see if you get anything.

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Chris.SE's 3,465 posts GB
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Francis Byrne
7:41 PM

Hi Chris, thanks for your reply from a few weeks ago. I finally had a chance to go up into the attic to try a few things out! I finally have reception on all muxes (with a small caveat) and it turned out to be a combination of several different issues.

I found that when I connected just my upstairs TV directly to the aerial, I got *all* channels in! This didn't happen a few months back but I had a weaker aerial up at that point, so hadn't initially thought of trying that again. I next found out, through trial and error, that the new TV distribution box I bought was faulty. I got this exchanged and initially, still very bad channel breakup on all apart from the Irish muxes. In the meantime, I had also bought a 700MHz "5G"-filter from Screwfix, so I thought .. let's give this a shot to see if it makes any difference. I plug it into the aerial input of the distribution box .. and everything came in again! So, in the end, it looks like it was a combination of the faulty box and being (apparently) too near a 700MHz mast (many of which are being used for 4G at the moment) that was preventing me get a stable picture .. and transmitter works in the middle of it all, didn't help!

I now have the muxes on both the upstairs and downstairs TV, including the HD channels on ch 47. The caveat? The mux with "Pop" (on ch 46) comes and goes as it is substantially weaker than any of the others. Overall, that's not a big deal as the kids can watch it on satellite downstairs and in the morning times, if they're upstairs, it works. I'm delighted to finally get Channel 4 HD in at last (without having to resort to non-Freesat channel mode on a separate satellite box).

Thank you for all of your tips and ideas to try out! TBH if it wasn't for your projected coverage maps and channel listings, I'd probably have given up a long time ago as not being viable.

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Francis Byrne's 6 posts IE
Tuesday, 2 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

10:08 AM

Limavady transmitter - Limavady transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 01/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 141,156 posts GB
Monday, 8 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:08 AM

Limavady transmitter - Limavady transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 141,156 posts GB
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