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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 55 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Glasgow micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 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 , 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 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, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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
34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, 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 (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?

1957-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018
VHFB E TB E TB E TE TW T
C10ITVwaves
C30_local
C32com7
C35com8
C37C5wavesC5waves
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCB
C41+SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C44ArqAArqA
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C47ArqBArqB
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLG
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_localCOM8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
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
Saturday, 1 January 2011
T
Tony
8:35 PM
Glasgow

Hi there,

I seem to have a similar problem trying to access HD channels on my Sony KDL 32EX403 from East Kilbride. Although I am slightly closer to Darvil, my aerial points to Black Hill because the signal for it is stronger.

I get good reception on the freeview channels but no HD channels in my EPG. Very disappointing.

Any suggestions?

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Tony's 2 posts GB
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andrew1210
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:40 PM

Hi, yep same problem as we had, HD group nowhere to be seen and we're < 2miles away from Blackhill, but it must be the height issue. I would think it would be the same as us, wait until the end of June when switchover happens and HD power is cranked up.

Briantist: I assume there is a big difference between SD and HD? Never having seen an HD picture I don't know what I am missing out on!

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andrew1210's 26 posts GB
Monday, 3 January 2011
S
Scotto
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

2:08 PM
Glasgow

I see there are two mistakes in the list of HD channels from Black Hill. 50 is shown as 'BBC One HD (Scotland)' but at present HD is a 'national' channel with no 'regional' variations. 51 is shown as 'ITV1 HD' but ITV does not operate in (this part of) Scotland. The service is STV HD.

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Scott
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

2:18 PM
Glasgow

Can I change my name back to Scott? !!!

I see the explanation that the new digital signals (100kW) will be coming from the main elements at the top of the mast (currently used for analogue). AIUI these signals will come from the newly constructed mast which is not used for analogue and the mast currently used for analogue will be reduced in height.

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Scott's 110 posts GB
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
T
Tony
10:43 PM

Further to my earlier post, the HD channels are now working for me albeit not as clearly as the non HD channels. I'm not sure what changed but perhaps the reception conditions improved when I manually retuned.

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Tony's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
S
Scott
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:17 AM

Tony, mine has worked throughout (and I am further from the transmitter than you are). Maybe your aerial is dodgy (remember the HD signal is only 50% of the power of the main Freeview channels). The problem may resolve after DSO when power levels are vastly increased (10x in the case of HD).

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Scott's 110 posts GB
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graeme
11:37 PM

Hi I'm in grangemouth . I'm pretty sure my aerial which is only a year old point south west which I think is blackhill. I can't get any HD channels on my new Sony 40 EX713 with Review hd.

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graeme's 4 posts GB
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:46 AM

graeme: If that is the case you may have to wait until switchover, Wednesday 22nd June 2011, to get the signal.

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Scott
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:35 AM

Graeme - I've got the Sony 37 EX503 and I am in the west end of Glasgow, which must be further from the transmitter than you are, and I get perfect HD reception. The Sony allows you to check the signal strength and picture quality (Options > System Information). It would be interesting to see what signal strength you are getting on the channels you are receiving as this might give a clue. Remember HD is reduced power at the moment, to be resolved in June.

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Scott's 110 posts GB
Monday, 10 January 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:41 AM

BLACK HILL transmitter - Over the next week Black Hill main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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