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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.

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
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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
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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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
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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?

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;
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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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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
6:48 PM

Hi, i just recently bought a HD freeview box, and we live in a flat in the Castlemilk area surrounded by other buildings, so a communal aerial is the only way to get any pictures on the TV...but even with this i have not yet been able to get any HD channels even though the council installed just 2 years ago a new communal you think this power increase that's coming on the 22 of June will solve the matter.

I'm hoping it does because even getting another TV to run in the bedroom by splitting via a Ariel splitter is a nightmare as the signal just seems very weak at all times.

Thanks for any advice.

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GCD's 4 posts GB flag

8:21 PM

GCD: If you have a good analogue signal at present you should have no difficulty with Freeview after 22nd June 2011. All six muxes will be transmitted at the same power (100kW) and in group B which makes distribution easier than at present. Mux BBCB (the HD services) will be transmitted on C40, replacing analogue BBC1.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
11:09 PM

Just back off holiday and seem to have lost signal to bbc 1,2,3 and alba. I have a new sony bravia widescreen with built in freeview and have tried the suggested solution of rescanning with and without aerial plugged in yet still nothing. Can anyone help? It's driving me mad

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Gary's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
3:55 PM

KMJ, Derby:Thanks for the info, i have always had quite a poor analogue signal even after the council installed a new communal Ariel, I'm lucky if i can run 1 TV with a really short cable distance from the wall to the i was hoping this power increase thing they willbe doing on the 22 June will help sort these problems out.

The problem is that in the direction of the transmitter(Blackhill) I'm at the bottom of a hill while goes up like a 3 large steps and on each one council houses are built...

Its always been nightmare to get even one TV working completely on all free view channels which i have yet never been able to do without some channels breaking up badly.

But fingers crossed for June 22. ;).

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GCD's 4 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

6:40 PM

GCD: See PARAS - Professional Aerial Riggers Against The Sharks for some thoughts about communal aerials. It's likely the council will have to have it recalibrated for digital next week.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

6:43 PM

Gary: Make sure you're doing a full reset? New TVs should come with a leaflet specifically telling you how to do a retune on the switchover dates.

Apart from that, my next best hypothesis is that you now have too much signal, for which the solution is to reduce signal levels. If you have a booster or amplifier, remove it or turn it down. If not, or that doesn't help, try adding an attenuator (a device that reduces signal levels).

If you previously had interference on BBC Two analogue, it could still be there and interfering with the BBC digital multiplex that replaced BBC Two last week. See Single Frequency Interference for suggestions.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
8:13 PM

why can't i get channels itv4 and five star and five usa today got new aerial and still cannot get them also bbc1 and two go away to sometimes and some of my other channels

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Anne-MarieMcCormack's 1 post GB flag

8:36 PM

Anne-MarieMcCormack: What is your postcode? (So a check can be made for what you should be able to receive). The installer should really have told you if some channels are not currently available, but will be after switchover stage 2 on 22nd June 2011.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 18 June 2011

11:00 AM

Anne-Marie: Maybe you are receiving the BBC from more than one transmitter and the one you are watching is not the strongest version. Can you check that you are receiving channel 46? Providing your postcode as suggested by Mike would be a good idea as it would allow others to assist.

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
12:41 PM

Well the big switch off and power increase tomorrow, hopefully this will sort out my low signal issues and possibly even help me get these HD channels that i cant get at present.

Fingers crossed.

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