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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?

Black Hill transmitter - Black Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 17/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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.

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 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
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C30 (546.0MHz)576mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
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?

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?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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•
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Wednesday, 1 June 2011
7:51 PM

I have a tv with built in freeview hd but i cant get any hd channels. when i search it returns 0 channels found. I thought it was just because of the switchover hasn't come to blackhill yet and it was not strong enough but recently my parents got a new tv also with freeview hd built in and they get all the channels. What could be wrong here

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Michael's 1 post GB flag

10:22 PM

Michael: look back though the thread. The HD multiplex is a temporary signal operating at 10 kilowatts from an aerial further down the transmitter mast. If you have driven along the M8 recently, you should have noticed a brand new transmitter alongside the existing one. On 22 June the HD signal will move to the new transmitter at a staggering 100 thousand watts* so your reception should improve then. Just be patient.

* Note: use of the word 'staggering' is poetic licence as it is not as simple as saying that the signal is 10 times stronger. I have been corrected on this point (10 dB increase).

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
10:03 PM

I'm sure I'm not the only one with this question BUT I can't find an answer for it anywhere on the internet.
Which ADULT channels are free on Freeview ?
(that is without any 'blocking' in place on your tv set).
I am the only parent in the house with youngish children but have to go to work at certain times so need to restrict this type of viewing.
Can you tell me clearly which Adult channels and channel nos are available for free on Freeview

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Sam's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 8 June 2011

7:57 AM

Sam: Please see "Adult channels" at the bottom of All free-to-watch channels | - independent free digital TV advice .

Ofcom does not permit non-subscription adult services to appear on any platform.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
9:01 PM

2 TV sets already fitted with Freeview settop boxes, show "No Signal" after running them all day. What shall I do?

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Eleanor's 1 post GB flag
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10:00 PM

Our TV system has lost some channels BBC News24 BBC1 BBC2 ITV3 anda few others on our exterity system. when we do a scan on the frequency it finds no channels. This happened overnight on the 8/6/2011.
Here a scan result we did:
Type Terrestrial

Frequency (Hz) 634166670


FEC High FEC_3_4


Modulation QAM_16

Transmission Mode TRANSMISSION_MODE_2K

Guard Interval GUARD_INTERVAL_1_32


No channels found

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Craig's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 9 June 2011

8:29 AM

Eleanor - Have you performed a factory reset or first time installation which is required for switch over?

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Matt's 21 posts NL flag
Friday, 10 June 2011

8:50 AM

Craig: Please do a "first time install" or "factory reset" on your device, and then do it again on Wednesday 22nd June 2011.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
John McCreadie
10:12 AM


Lost BBC1,2,3 and News 24 on this week's switchover. TV is Sony KV28D with in built freeview tuner. Have, on advice of BBC helpline, ran an auto tune without aeriel to clear memory and rerun with aeriel fitted, to no avail. Location Renfrewshire Transmitter Blackhill. Any suggestions

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John McCreadie's 1 post GB flag
5:39 PM

hi, has bbc freeview power on c46 really gone up 5x, because my sony tv is giving a lower signal strength than it was last week. ian in alloa

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