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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Black Hill (North Lanarkshire, Scotland) mast?

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Which Freeview channels does the Black Hill transmitter broadcast?

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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-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

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C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
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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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

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C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 103 ITV 1 HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C30 (546.0MHz)576mDTG-125,000W
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from 2nd June 2014: 8 STV Glasgow,

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?

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BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 26km west (271°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
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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?

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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

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

5:25 PM

Actually I would have thought that digital switchover was a high priority and provision of Scottish programming in HD would be a logical part of that process. What I will do is to make a freedom of information request to the BBC and enlighten others when I get a response.

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag

5:33 PM

Scott: HD was never part of "digital switchover", only SD. The upgrade to HD is separate transition.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag

5:39 PM

Briantist: Thanks for that clarification. I will let the group know when I receive a response from the BBC

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag

6:12 PM

Scott: Thanks.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Friday, 1 April 2011
9:33 PM

Hi, we have very poor quality programs on channels that are on Mux A, C and D. And are not able to get any HD channels. We have a Sony TV with built-in HD freeview. And channels on other Mux have very well quality. is it because of the band width problem? The arieal is in the attic and the postcode is G72 8AF.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011
Mike Dimmick

12:32 PM

Angela: Loft aerials are not recommended for low-power digital as the brickwork and tile reduce the signal level, and hard and metal objects in the loft itself (particularly water tanks) cause reflections.

If it is a Group B aerial, you will struggle to get Multiplex C and D, and the low-power HD multiplex, because they are outside that group. However, don't rush off to change it - all transmissions will be inside Group B after switchover, as are the channels suggested for any new local TV multiplexes that might start up later.

Usually multiplex 2 and A are the first to start going wrong, among the multiplexes that are in-group, if there is a problem with low signal or added interference, because they require more signal than the others at the moment.

If you're getting reasonably clear analogue pictures, you'll probably be fine with the current aerial after switchover. It's only a couple of months away now, so unless you're really desperate for those channels, I'd just wait and see.

If you did have a rooftop aerial fitted, Digital UK's prediction is for completely reliable service. Be wary of installers suggesting tri-boom or X-type aerials, or even Yagi aerials (simple flat rod elements) with more than about 14 elements! You are in a very strong signal area and a high-gain aerial will likely give too much signal after switchover, causing problems rather than solving them.

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4:05 PM


Used to receive HD channels on my humax, now nothing being picked up from c59. It says below average does that mean no use...
Will this improve at switchover.


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robbo's 3 posts GB flag

5:03 PM

At the moment the HD service is a low power temporary transmission operating at 10kW. After switchover it will increase to a staggering 100kW so I think you will see a dramatic improvement.

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
9:03 PM

I'm seeing the same as Robbo. I've got a Freeview HD Humax box, and noticed that all the HD channels have gone plus the Mux with Film 4, Dave etc. Everything else is fine. This was fine a week ago, and has been fine for years. Nothing has changed with the aerial.

I was guessing either something was up with the transmitter, or someone has planted a huge tree somewhere between me and Black Hill!

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steve's 3 posts GB flag
Sunday, 3 April 2011

12:22 PM

I'm still getting consistent 95% signal strength (100% quality) and I live in the west end of Glasgow - a long way from the transmitter. I have read (and also seen disputed) a suggestion that there is an irregular transmission pattern for this temporary service. I am also using a Humax HD box. As I have said before the power increase and move to the new transmitter may well solve all difficulties so personally I would spend no money (and little thought) on this problem at this stage.

To correct an earlier post, it has been pointed out that to me that increasing power from 10kW is 100 kW is not 'massive'. It does not work that way. It is a 10 dB increase.

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