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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 27/11/2023 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?

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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 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),

 H max
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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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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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Sunday, 26 June 2011

10:22 PM

Adam: Mad question I know but I assume you used the new channel numbers for the manual tune and not the old ones?

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 June 2011
12:38 AM

Hi Scott, yes used the new numbers but get a message saying "service not collected"

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Adam's 3 posts GB flag
Adam's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage

7:24 AM

Adam: When signals above a certain power level are being received it can create all sorts of problems, like in some cases blocking effects on some channels and not others, this maybe why you are receiving signals from Darvel, as you will be getting less of a signal from there.

You should try and borrow a set top aerial from someone and see how that goes, if this enables you to get the BBC channels from Blackhill then you will have to use an attenuator in your aerial lead, as your problems are due to the signal level being received being too high.

Just another little point, its always best to check the signal/quality levels being shown on your TV (or box) when trying to find out the cause of a problem, as that in many cases can assist with the diagnosis of what is causing the problem.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
6:02 PM

I've just had a look at the full specs for the Pioneer box DBR-TF100
Modulation is stated as COFDM (2k/8k)
Doesn't that mean the box should be 8k compliant - if so, why doesn't it seem to be? Might it be a firmware problem?

Also although a lot of us seem to have the same problem, might it be because we're using a wideband aerial, and since 8k the box is sensitive enough to be picking up intermittent overlapping signals? Would a more directional aerial help?

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LD's 9 posts GB flag
LD's: mapL's Freeview map terrainL's terrain plot wavesL's frequency data L's Freeview Detailed Coverage
6:09 PM

I was reading on this site that a workround for 8k difficulties is to
' add the "8k" channel manually (C62 for Selkirk, for example) and then to do this procedure after switchover is complete: see:
TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode | - independent free digital TV advice

Where can I find the 8k channel for my area BKH, as it's something I haven't tried yet.

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LD's 9 posts GB flag

6:46 PM

LD: All the standard definition Freeview muxes are transmitted in 8k mode from Black Hill. You need to enter C46, C43, C41+, C44 and C47 when doing a manual tune.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

9:26 PM

LD: If I could just add a comment to what you were saying about your Pioneer DBR-TF100 being shown as 2K/8K compliant.

Although you are quite correct as far as what has been seen printed is concerned, but there has been issues with this problem in the past with this model, Pioneer being aware about it but not really intending to do anything about it due to the age of the box.

However my experience in general with boxes of the older variety has shown that although they will work on an 8K mode signal (if stated as such) they can sometimes intermittently struggle to resolve a picture, some being quite sluggish in doing so, something that can cause problems if the device is a PVR.

A good test on any box that is suspected of being like that is, if its switched on and the screen is blank knock it up a channel and back down again, as if it is one of the types described this will usually trigger it into operation, that is until the next time!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 30 June 2011
1:01 PM

This is from Pioneer Handbook:

System capabilities
DVB compliant MPEG-2 reception of broad-
casts up to Main Profile @ Main Level
Video decoding
DVB compliant MPEG-2 reception of broad-
casts up to MP @ ML
Video bit rate: up to 15 Mbit/sec
Video format: 4:3 and 16:9
Resolution: up to 720 by 576 pixels
Audio decoding
MPEG layer I/II (excluding multichannel
management from one bit stream)
Automatic programme loading via scanning
Free to air reception
DVB subtitles
Programme parental lock with PIN code
Full remote
Menu controlled operation using on-screen
Menu controlled installation using on-screen
10 events over 10 months programme timer
Video still image capture
Multibrand TV remote
Demodulation conforming to ETSI EN 300 744
supports FFT size 2k and 8k
All non-hierarchical modes supported
RF input (for aerial) connector: female IEC
Tuner frequency range: 470-854 MHz (CH21
to 68)
RF output (to TV) connector: male IEC 169-2
Loopthrough frequency range: 47-862 MHz
(VHF, UHF CH21 to 69)
RF modulator: Standard PAL I
Channel: selectable ch 21 to 68. (Default: ch
Output: CVBS, Controlled audio L/R, RGB,
Input: CVBS, Audio L/R, S-VIDEO, RGB
Output: CVBS, Audio L/R, S-VIDEO
Optical digital audio output
Aerial/RF lead
Instruction manual
Warranty card
Batteries: 2 x 1.5V type AA/R06/UM-3
Mains lead
Operating Temperature: +5 ˚C to 40 ˚C
Mains: 230 V +/10%, 50 Hz
Power consumption (W) 10 max
Standby consumption (W) 4 max
Weight (kg) 1.1
Dimensions (w x h x d mm) 260 x 50 x 190

As far as I'm aware, Pioneer know about the issue with this model, but it seems they don't propose to do anything about it. I assume all it would need is a OTA firmware update. Shame, because it's always been rock solid.

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LD's 9 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 17 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011

12:54 PM

LD: Does this box have a USB port? If so maybe you should check if there are any firmware upgrades available on-line.

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag
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