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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?

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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

 H max
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

 H max
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

 H max
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

 H max
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.
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?

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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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Thursday, 7 April 2011
Mike Dimmick

3:29 PM

steve: If signals are bad on C55, C59 and C65 but good on the others, the most likely explanation is that you have a Group B aerial, covering only channels 35-53, rather than a wideband. A Group E semi-wideband, covering channels 35-68 is recommended before switchover.

The HD service will be worse affected than Mux C and D because it's half the power, and requires more than twice as much power as those multiplexes do. (This page shows this for Mux 2 and A, which also use a mode requiring more power than Mux 1, B, C and D, but not for the HD mux.)

However, at switchover, all services move into Group B, so I wouldn't bother for just two more months (plus two weeks - only BBC SD services move on the first day, HD services don't move until 22 June).

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Saturday, 9 April 2011
darryl mccoy
3:29 PM

Have a problem receiving HD mux from blackhill which has me confounded. It should be on channel 59. Am based in Edinburgh.
Am using a new Sony HD Freeview+ receiver which tunes all the SD muxes no problem.

Receiving the Mux's on ch55 and 65 no problem, so I guess aerial is ok.
What mode is this mux running? Is there something I can check?

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Sunday, 10 April 2011
10:46 AM

I still cant get any of the HD channels and my aerial is pointing at the Blackhill transmitter although I am a good bit away in Grangemouth. Any ideas? I also noticed that there is a Grangemouth transmitter

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Graeme's 4 posts GB flag
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9:59 PM

I put forward my idea earlier in the thread !!!

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 April 2011

6:29 AM

Graeme: You are predicted to be able to receive Freeview HD, as long as you have a suitable receiver. Grangemouth digital switchover date | - independent free digital TV advice will not have Freeview HD until Wednesday, 15th June 2011.

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Darryl mccoy
7:08 PM

Many thanks for the tips Briantist.
Sadly no luck so far. Have turned off virtually else off in the house, including the fish tank pump and disconnected all switch mode power supplies and chargers etc .
I also tried looking at the analog background on ch59'by using the fine tuning on my telly's analog tuner. No signal or evidence of background noise.
The really odd thing is that despite getting very good quality and 80% levels on ch55 and 65, there is NO signal on 59- zero, nada, none.
It seems to be a recurring theme on this thread for Blackhill. saw somewhere that the transmitter for this mux maybe halfway up the mast. Can anyone verify this?

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Darryl mccoy's 3 posts GB flag

8:30 PM

According to
mb21 - The Transmission Gallery
The site transmits all 5 terrestrial television channels, with Channel 5 analogue operating at the same power as the other channels (500kW max ERP), from an aerial only marginally lower.
Briantist has said earlier that the HD multiplex is transmitted from the same aerial (antenna for those who prefer American).
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Black Hill Transmitter
Black Hill is planned to transmit a pre switchover low power HDTV MUX (on CH59 at 10kW) from Feb 2010. Its radiation pattern is the same as that for analogue C5, which is concentrated in a cross shape, due N, S, E and W, i.e. it is nominally omnidirectional.

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 12 April 2011

6:13 AM

Darryl mccoy: Are you 100% sure you have a Freeview+HD receiver, and not just a Freeview+ box with an HDMI connector?

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Darryl mccoy
9:19 AM

Thanks again Brian
The receiver is the new Sony svr-hdt-500 hd freeview box. Definitely supposed to be hd but i agree that the symptoms point to a sd tuner!
I have tried factory reset etc. Thus far there appear no updates on the Sony site for firmware.
Scott- thanks also for your comments. I guess this means there should be no directional or elevation issues with receiving the hd mux.
Perhaps time to return the receiver?

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