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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 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 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
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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), 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?

1957-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018

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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Thursday, 24 October 2013
6:26 PM
West Calder

EH55 8DW Amplified roof arial

Is the engineering works affecting video on all channels? or do I have a fault on my freeview box?

I have audio but no video on all channels, although the radio channels do show the logo of the station. I have an HD box, but no HD or SD.

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Alistair's 2 posts GB flag
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7:05 PM

Alistair: Your relatively close to Black Hill (19km) witha clear line of sight, so you probably dont need the booster, in fact its possibly making reception worse. Yes, its having engineering work, but it should be fine.

However, you should get both audio and video together. If you've connected things up via scrat, check that they are fitting properly, since thats the sort of thing that can cause the problem your having.Check aerial cables, etc as well, and if possible, use hdmi rather than scart. Any loose connection can cause problems, so follow the chain.

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Lily Bryson
7:21 PM

Help Digital tv worked fine till this this evening then got a message saying no signal, followed instructions on here now get told no channels found so no idea how to get channels back

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Lily Bryson
7:26 PM

Got bbc channels back but with very bad signal so not watchable no other free view channels not even itv so no idea what had happened by following instructions on here

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Lily Bryson's 6 posts GB flag

7:42 PM

Lily Bryson: A postcode would be helpful

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Lily Bryson
8:27 PM

Postcode g11 6ah communal Ariel. Decided not to touch other tv which also says no or bad signal but still has all channels so just main tv where followed instructions that has only some bbc channels not even all those and 13 radio channels but no/bad signal. At least sky works

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Lily Bryson's 6 posts GB flag
Lily's: ...

10:58 PM

Lily Bryson: As I said earlier, there doesnt seem to be any problems with the ytransmitter, even though its having engineering work.

If you've got more than one tv running from the same aerial, check the cable - no signal means that, so its possibly a broken or loose cable or connection. Sometimes you can have the strongest channels coming through, but not all.

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Lily Bryson
11:14 PM

G11 6AH
Checked all cables and connections on both tv's and they are both fine, the problem is the signal according to message on both tv's, the tv isn't even picking up all the freeview channels it was this morning the aerial is a communal one so as you advise no problem with transmission will speak to factor in morning. On the tv I retuned it hasn't even picked up all the radio channels, if factor advises no prob with aerial then presume the issue is not with our system and tv's are new so have no idea what prob is other than the transmission

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Lily Bryson's 6 posts GB flag
Lily's: mapL's Freeview map terrainL's terrain plot wavesL's frequency data L's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Friday, 25 October 2013

12:10 AM

Lily Bryson: Anyone residing in an apartment block served by a communal aerial system experiencing problems with reception should always adopt checking with a neighbour to determine if they are also experiencing similar problems as the number one priority, because the chances are that they might well be!

The second point being, that if a programme is selected from the EPG guide list (or even just directly!) and it results in a blank screen then its most inadvisable for anyone to retune their TV, as in most cases the blank screen is simply being caused by the signal level received having dropped under the level required to produce a picture and which "will" return of its own accord when the level rises again provided that the TV / box has "not" been retuned, because the action of retuning wipes out everything already stored in the tuners memory and which will "only" be reloaded into the tuners memory again if the signal has returned to normal, because if it hasn't then the situation has been created where further retunes will be required at random times to recover the programmes.

The main point being, that if the EPG guide list is still being displayed then the TV / box has "not" lost the programme channel irrespective of whether or not anything is seen when the programme channel is selected.

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