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Photos by Jordy lyons Page last updated: 2014-11-29
Kilkeel Co. Down
NGR: J281180 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 253.6m      Structure Height: 45.72m
Digital TV: BBC A: 45 D3&4: 42 BBC B: 39
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 99.0 Radio 2: 89.4 Radio 3: 91.6 Radio 4: 103.9
  Radio Ulster: 93.8 
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Q Newry & Mourne: 101.1 
Digital Radio:
Comments: Kilkeel is a TV relay of Divis (via Killowen Mountain) and a network FM relay of Divis

The Kilkeel relay is situated on the summit of Aughrim Hill. The battle of Aughrim was fought there around 1690 - there's a spot of history for you!

There are no less than 4 towers on the hill - 3 on top and one - for Orange mobiles - just off the access road at the bottom.

The TV relay was initially confusing because the trough receiving aerial is directed over Carlingford Lough and I didn't know where it's getting a feed from (Kilkeel has no direct line of sight with Divis due to the mountains.) But the answer is Killowen Mountain, which is an active reflector of Divis.

The police have a tower up there which appears to use TETRA. the other tower is for Vodafone.

Originally a BBC landlord site, 405-line BBC 1 on VHF channel 3 and BBC FM radio entered service on the 20th March 1967. Link to the original installation BBC RD report, at the foot of this page. BBC 1 VHF channel 3 closed 6th April 1982.

UHF TV channels 1 - 3 entered service on 2nd September 1977, with Channel 4 from June 1984. DSO was on 10th and 24th October 2012.

BBC FM radio was re-engineered for mixed polarisation and Radio's 1 & 4 added in April 1994. Five FM launched on 16th October 2007.














The large mountain in the pictures is Slieve Binnian.


In the final picture, I know its a long shot in more ways than one, but if you look towards the centre of the picture you can see the Benagh Transmitter and Carlingford Lough behind.

Benagh | Killowen Mountain

BBC RD: Summary of Installation (1967)

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