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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.

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

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
 BBC Three, 1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Three HD, 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, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 122 CITV, 242 Vintage TV, plus 23 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 84 Dave ja vu, plus 21 others

LG
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)576mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 2nd June 2014: 8 STV Glasgow, plus 1 others

com7
 H -3.7dB
C32 (562.0MHz)576mDTG-642,900W
Channel icons
 Buz Muzik, 57 VIVA, 63 Community Channel, 67 CBS Reality +1, 71 CBS Drama, 78 5USA +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

com8
 H -9dB
C35 (586.0MHz)576mDTG-612,500W
Channel icons
plus 2 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?

years1957~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFB EB EEEEW
C10ITV
600C32com7
C35com8
C37C5C5
C40BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
C41+1+SDN+SDN+SDN
C43ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C44+AArqAArqAArqA
C46BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
C47+2ArqBArqBArqB
700C50C4C4C4
C51+BLG
C55C
C56_local_local_local
800C65D

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
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
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
com8(-16dB) 12.5kW
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.

Comments
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
MikeP
4:53 PM Trowbridge

Alexei Romanov:

Yes it can be caused by too much signal! That's why we contributors ask people to tell us what the reported signal strength is on the multiplexes they are having problems with.

Please check the actual strengths reported by your TV set and give make/model of same please. Note that we are asking for strength readings and not quality figures.

In you case, I conjecture that you may have too much gain in your amplifier. Too much signal is not a good thing, it was not good in the 'old' analogue TV days and is even worse for digital signals, expecially the HD ones.

We await your strength figures, etc.



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Thursday, 26 May 2016
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jb38
12:11 AM

alexei romanov : Irrespective of any other advice given, as these intermittent problems with reception stretch back to around August last year, one thing I haven't seen mentioned as yet is if they are also being experienced by others in your "immediate" vicinity, i.e: neighbours?, as knowing whether they are or not would at least allow the elimination of one of the two possible causes of said problem, that of (1) a deficiency in your
installation, or (2) due to external factors remote to your household, likewise beyond your control.

My reason for enquiring is basically due to the fact that although you are indicated as having a clear line-of-sight with the Blackhill transmitter its only just and no more, as the terrain (ground only) signal path indicator (Megalithia) shows the signal skimming over a high spot of land at approx 1.5 miles prior to your location, the area in question roughly coinciding with two ranges of trees located to the East side of the M8 motorway, the first (and worst from the TX) being on either side of the old Greenock road a tad to the North of the high voltage overhead line distribution depot.

Reception in situations such as described can on occasions (usually weather / atmospheric dependant) have an element of the erratic involved, trees having a dastardly effect on the data carried by RF signals, this resulting in some muxes being affected whereas others aren't, although any that are usually suffer from quality related issues and not necessarily strength, which in many cases can remain high.

Therefore, the next time you see a weak or no signal warning on BBC HD, go into your TV's tuning menu and select "manual tune" followed by entering C40 / 626.0 MHz into the channel box but "not" followed by pressing search or scan, as in most Freeview devices if any signal is being received, nomatter how low it might be, the strength and quality of the signal will appear on the indicator bars.

However, that said is on the assumption that if any HDMI type cables are being used in your installation to connect your TV into other devices or vice-versa, that said cables are "not " running close to the aerial lead, as the radiation emitted from some HDMI cables can be of a frequency selective nature, i.e: affecting some Mux numbers and not others.

Further advice dependant on reply.




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alexei romanov
12:34 AM

jb38: Most of the neighbours are on cable or satellite. The set only gives signal quality and I use shielded OFC cables.At present all channels are fine.I don't watch a lot of television, mostly listening to Dab radio which can sometimes go as well.

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