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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 04/12/2023 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?

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, 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
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 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
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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?

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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Monday, 30 January 2012

11:37 PM

Anne MacLeod: If it does it on two pieces of equipment then it could suggest either an aerial problem or one connected to the transmitter, this where a post code is essential to possibly verify what transmitter you are receiving a signal from, as although you mention Glasgow certain parts of the city receive signals from local relay stations, whereas people in other parts use Darvel instead of Blackhill.

You should always refrain from retuning unless you get a message on the screen to the effect, as all you do is scrub the channels already stored in the TV's or boxes memory, as even although a picture might vanish its only because the signal has dropped and not anything connected to the memory store.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 March 2012

9:51 PM

I had my existing Group E aerial replaced with a Group B aerial this afternoon. This ws to serve two television sets (one previously with its own aerial pointing at the Glasgow West Central relay). Now I have the full range of services in the kitchen.

I assume I am now less likely to suffer 4G interference as the Group B aerial is
supposed to drop off at channel 53, well below the 4G frequencies.

The aerial man was a bit sceptical about feeding both sets from one aerial and said I might need a mast-head amplifier. I pointed out that one set worked on HD without
difficulty before the switchover. I suggested that, with a big increase in signal strength, the gain would surely exceed the loss from the splitting. He said I was an optimist but 'correct in theory'. The meter reading was okay. Both TVs are working.

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Saturday, 24 March 2012
elaine moore
12:22 PM

postcode is G4 9HB

the problem started yesterday no signal or to low signal we have no tv at all we have rescanned several times but nothing are you working on the trnsmitter its a comminal arial on the roof other people on the same block are fine address is 82 park road main door

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2:15 PM

Scott: If other people are fine, I cannot see how it could be a problem at transmitter - unless of course the others are using satellite or cable. Have you tried a full (factory) reset? The instructions will tell you how to do this.

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Monday, 26 March 2012
Eddie McKendrick
12:32 AM

Hi, I live in Knightswood Glasgow (G13) and I lost COM6 from Black Hill today and it's still not back as I type this. Served communually. Called Digital UK and they said it could be atmospheric pressure problems causing multiplexes to vanish with no notice. I've never been able to get the HD MUX from my feed. Not sure if this is down to the communual aerial or to do with the distribution amplifier the installer put in to run feeds into multiple rooms. Obviously I should disconnect the amplifier and plug a set straight into the RF connector but I've not got around to trying that yet. I just hope COM6 reappears at some stage!

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7:31 AM

Eddie McKendrick: Regarding you stating that you have never been able to get the HD mux from your feed, are you sure that its not simply because you have an "HD Ready" TV not equipped with a DVB-T2 tuner? the key part being "2".

If you have the manual for your TV have a look at the specifications section in the rear and in particular the specifications of the tuner, and if you see DVB-T and not T2 then thats the reason.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

6:51 PM

Scott: I was doing a manual rescan (which I prefer as it avoids picking up multiple transmitters) and got nothing on channel 40. It turns out on my equipment you need to change the setting from DVB-T to DVB-T2 to receive these channels.

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7:38 PM

Scott: Purely out of interest what equipment are you using?

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

8:52 PM

Scott: This particular equipment is a Humax HDR-FOX T2 PVR. I also have a Sony TV and 'heritage' Thomson decoder box in my kitchen. They all work differently.

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Sunday, 1 April 2012
2:35 PM
South Queensferry

Im in EH30 9RZ and cannot get any freeview channels yest or today, just get blue screen with 'NO SIGNAL' this is on both main tv set and bedroom set. Can still get SKY on main TV (thankfully). Have checked aerial cables etc, does not appear to be a problem. We are served by a communal aerial. Is anyone else in area having similar problem?

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