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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
7 BBC Alba, 68 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

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

com7
 H -3.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)576mDTG-642,900W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -4.1dB
C56 (754.0MHz)576mDTG-639,200W
Channel icons


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 (271°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 1.3m homes 4.8%
from Glasgow G51 1PQ, 26km west (271°)
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?

1957-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-173 Oct 2018
VHFB E TB E TEE TE TW TW T
C10ITVwaves
C30_local
C32com7com7
C35com8com8
C37C5wavesC5waves
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C41+1+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C44+AArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C47+2ArqBArqBArqBArqB
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_off+BLGLG
C55tv_offCcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_local_local_localcom8tv_off
C65D

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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 8 Jun 11 and 22 Jun 11.

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
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.

Comments
Monday, 1 June 2020
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Dylan
9:17 PM

I'm having some problems with Coms 7 and 8 at KA6 area. Can confirm atleast two different houses are missing all channels on those frequencies. I suspect this may be due to the higher than normal temperature right now. One households aerial is on the roof, the other in the loft. Loft one may not be optimally directed, but is good enough to pick up all other channels.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020
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Chris.SE
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5:36 AM

Dylan:

There has been some Tropospheric Ducting around affecting different parts of the UK at different times throughout the last few days and this may have been the cause of your issues. On the other hand, the Black Hill transmitter was listed last week for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions" that work might still be ongoing even though the transmitter isn't listed this week!

But furthermore, coverage from Black Hill is very patchy is significant parts of the KA6 area and we'd need a Full postcode to see what the Freeveiw Detailed Coverage checker was giving for predicted reception at your location. Other multiplexes may seem ok but COMs 7&8 might not be predicted to be good.

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Monday, 22 June 2020
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Margaret Murphy
12:47 PM

My television is not finding any channels, it was ok yesterday. Telling me to check antenna?? Have only got socket on wall with Blackhill transmission, can anyone tell me how to fix ?

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Chris.SE
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4:45 PM

Margaret Murphy:

Firstly don't retune under no signal conditions, it just clears all correct tuning.
Unfortunately the transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible service Interruptions" so you will experience loss of signals maybe a few times.

The signals will return at various stages during the maintenance. IF you retuned when you had no signal, you will have to retune again once the signals have returned. You may have to do this several times if you don't get all channels back the first time, as all the multiplexes may not be back on at the same moment.

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Sunday, 28 June 2020
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Rupert
11:16 AM
Balerno

"Which Freeview channels does the Black Hill transmitter broadcast?"

This list is not up-to-date, e.g. the local LG mux broadcasts on C30 (456 MHz) not C51.

When some of the site is maintained it is confusing not to maintain all of it.

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Chris.SE
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4:03 PM

Rupert:

As per my post Sunday, 10 May 2020 on the previous page (83) of this transmitter section (but with COM8 omitted because of closure) -
Listing the correct UHF multiplex channels for Black Hill in the order PSB1-3, COMs4-7, Local -
They are C46, C43, C40, C41, C44, C47, C55, C30 (C meaning UHF channel).

I haven't checked every miniscule detail on this site, but AFAIK none of it is currently being maintained by the site owner who hasn't had time with all the changes resulting from the 700MHz clearance programme and broadcaster changes moving multiplexes etc. Even Engineering updates do not always appear, as the previous automated scanning of the BBC information doesn't work correctly due to changes on the BBC site, which made it even more difficult than before to obtain transmitter information manually. I for one have criticised the BBC, as have others, for this ridiculous change.

Updates to information are provided by the regular contributors in posts here usually in response to queries from posters, but sometimes when there are major changes. As already advised Platform management | Freeview is the place to go for the latest "information" (usually) rather than a technical query or help with reception issues.

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Rupert
7:31 PM
Balerno

Chris.SE: Yes, Chris, I understand all that now. Thanks for responding.

There's lots of useful and interesting information on this site - I have referred to it on and off for years. It's a real pity it's not being maintained.

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Chris.SE
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8:47 PM

Rupert:

I agree with you, it is a shame it's not being maintained, there's info here that you'd struggle to find anywhere else, if at all!

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