Holywell Hill transmission site

The Holywell Hill transmission site is located on a 260 metre hill[1] near Killea in County Donegal, Ireland, and is owned and operated by 2RN (formerly RTÉ NL).

Holywell Hill
Holywell Hill transmission site is located in island of Ireland
Holywell Hill transmission site
Holywell Hill in Ireland
LocationKillea, County Donegal
Mast height60 metres (197 ft)
Coordinates54°59′56″N 7°23′59″W / 54.998994°N 7.399838°W / 54.998994; -7.399838

History edit

The site which is close to the border with Northern Ireland has a 60 metre self-supporting tower and was opened in 1981 to provide UHF television coverage to parts of County Donegal as well as Derry City and County. It originally carried the two Irish analogue channels, RTÉ One (Ch 23), and RTÉ Two (Ch 26), in later years, both TV3 (Ch 29), and TG4 (Ch 33) were added, all were horizontally polarised and with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 20 kw. Digital terrestrial television (DTT) was first broadcast from the site in 2008 in preparation for the national switchover to digital television on 24 October 2012.[2]

Today the Irish digital television service Saorview, and five national radio stations on FM, are broadcast from the Holywell Hill site to a large area of North West Ireland including Derry city.[3] The transmitter also services a number of relay transmitters in County Donegal to help improve coverage in the difficult terrain.

Current transmissions edit

Digital television edit

Frequency UHF ERP Multiplex Pol
482 MHz 22 20 kw Saorview 1 H
506 MHz 25 20 kw Saorview 2 H

FM radio edit

Frequency ERP Service
89.2 MHz 6 kw RTÉ Radio 1
91.4 MHz 6 kw RTÉ 2fm
93.6 MHz 6 kw RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
98.8 MHz 6 kw RTÉ lyric fm
101.0 MHz 6 kw Today FM

Holywell Hill relay transmitters edit

DTT Relay County Mux 1 Mux 2 ERP Pol
Ballybofey Donegal 47 44 0.1 kw V
Clonmany Donegal 39 42 0.02 kw V
Fanad Donegal 43 46 1.5 kw V
Letterkenny Donegal 39 42 2 kw V
Magheraroarty Donegal 22 27 0.5 kw V
Malin Donegal 28 26 2 kw H
Moville Donegal 32 34 2 kw H

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ Mountain views Ireland. "Holywell Hill". Mountain view Ireland. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Analogue consigned to broadcasting history". The Irish Times. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ UK FreeTV. "Holywell Hill transmitter". Retrieved 31 October 2012.

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