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Full Freeview on the Black Hill (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Black Hill (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) transmitter which serves 940,000 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 Black Hill (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Black Hill 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
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
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3 STV (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)576mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 2nd June 2014: 8 STV Glasgow,

 H -3.7dB
C32 (562.0MHz)576mDTG-642,900W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -4.1dB
C35 (586.0MHz)576mDTG-639,200W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

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 Black Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 26km west
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 26km west
to STV Central (Glasgow) region - 94 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Ardtornish ATransposer22 km NW Oban15 homes
BalquhidderTransposer12 km NW Callander42 homes
Benmore BActive deflector50 m WNW Glasgow7 homes
Blair DrummondTransposer5 homes caravan park
Blyth BridgeActive deflector30 km SW Edinburgh50 homes
GlendaruelActive deflector40 hotel40 homes hotel
Glendaruel BActive deflector12 homes (second level)

How will the Black Hill (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1957~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2018-
aerial groupVHFB EB EEEEWB E K

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 8th June and 22nd June 2011.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-5 500kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-10.7dB) 42.9kW
com8(-11.1dB) 39.2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
PreDSO-BBCB*(-17dB) 10kW
LG(-20dB) 5kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Black Hill transmitter area

Aug 1957-Jun 1997Scottish Television
Jun 1997-Dec 2014STV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Robert Carruthers
12:06 PM

Up until Monday 4 December 2017, my signal quality was very good from the Tillicoultry Transmitter. Since Monday, I've lost the signal and many channels are now unavailable or distorted (including audio but no picture).
I did notice some men working on the mast who, it appears have installed ne antennae and since that these problems have appeared. Is this a coincidence or has this work affected a considerable amount of households?

Can you shed any light as to how these issues can be quickly be resolved please.

Robert Carruthers

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Robert Carruthers's 1 post GB
2:20 PM

Robert Carruthers: The frequencies used for Freeview on Tillicoultry are close to those used for 4G by the mobile networks. If the work you saw on the mast was to install new antennas for 4G mobile services, this would explain the problem you are now seeing. If you contact an organisation called at800 (see link below) they will be able to confirm if this is the case and they will send you a free plug in filter to connect to the incoming aerial feed behind your TV.

at800 | 4G & Freeview | 4G interference | 4G Filters | 800 MHz

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StevensOnln1's 1,406 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Iain Ferguson
9:53 PM

StevensOnln1: I have moved into a new house and can am thinking of installing a one for all SV9455 aerial in the loft. Am I likely to get good reception from Blackhill. My postcode is G61 3EG. (It's a new house and the postcode may not be on your database, G61 3TA is very close.

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Iain Ferguson's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
12:07 PM

Iain Ferguson : Neither of those postcodes gave a result on Digital UK's checker, however picking another postcode from the same area on Google Maps shows that you should be able to receive a good signal strength from Black Hill. I wouldn't suggest using a panel type aerial like that, as they are often little more than a piece of wire sticking out of an amplifier. You would be better off with a directional aerial such as Log36 type which are a Log Periodic wideband design and will be suitable for receiving all current and future frequencies used for Freeview.

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StevensOnln1's 1,406 posts Gold Gold GB
Iain Ferguson
4:05 PM

Iain Ferguson : Thanks for the advice, I will go for the aerial you suggested. Only question now can I install it in the loft.

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Iain Ferguson's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 6 January 2018
10:42 PM

Iain Ferguson:

It is possible to install an aerail in your loft providing you keep it well away from any water tanks up there and you do not have any metalised insulation as part of your loft insulation (several houses use a foam type of insulation that has an aluminium layer) as that will prevent the aerial from receiving the Freeview signals you want. So it is usually easier to install it external to the loft, most often with a short pole mounted on the chimney stack with the aerial carefylly aimed towards you preferred transmitter that gives the best signal. If you add your fuyll post code you should see a set f blue boxes under your posting. The 'digitaluk trade' option will detail which transmitters are suitable for your location and the direction to aim your aerial.

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MikeP's 1,858 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 1 February 2018
A Buchanan
3:17 PM

The last few days , BBC channels are distorted. Others are fine. Can view BBC via satellite but a TV in a sitting room is Freeview. Why is it just BBC?

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A Buchanan's 1 post GB
5:25 PM

A Buchanan: We have no way of answering that without information such as signal strength and quality. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind the TV. If it is affecting multiple TV that use the same aerial then check all the cables and connections as far as you can safely access between each TV and the aerial. Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted signal strength etc.

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