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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, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

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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

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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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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?

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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Saturday, 16 May 2015
Mr D Spafford
12:35 PM

My postcode is G67 4SE.
Recently my reception on Mux channel 41 has been impossible to watch due to low signal strength/interference. At present time of 1225 16MAY2015 the picture and sound are perfect. I am watching my channel10 (ITV3) and the system indicates full signal strength. When the picture and sound breakup on the channels on this MUX I can tune to STV Glasgow and the picture and sound are perfect. I understand from your website that this is from a low power transmitter, so I don't think the problem relates to my aerial. My aerial is roof top mounted and was installed by a professional company.
Please let me know what you think is going wrong.

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015
8:08 PM

Iam unable to get bbc I bbb2 bbc3 bbc4 alba Ccbs bbc news. Yesterday no signal for these channels all other channels ok today above channels are showing some pictures then it comes up bay signal picture g oesaway all other channels o k

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Jamesfennessey's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 26 July 2015
11:59 AM

Hi. I'm in postcode ML5 and I've noticed significant issues with am radio frequency interference across all my devices, including car radio (used in ml5 and ml6 areas). Specifically, talk sport, 5live and BBC Scotland.

Do you know if there are understood issues?

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Vinny's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 27 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

12:09 PM

BLACK HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 3 August 2015
Alexei Romanov

2:51 PM

I live in area PA7 and have had signal problems for three months.I have now lost all BBC channels and can't receive any HD.How much longer is this to last?

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Alexei Romanov's 48 posts GB flag

4:48 PM

Alexei Romanov: You havn't given your full postcode, so I dont know your location in relation to the transmitter. However, a decent bet is that your aerial has a problem, perhaps a frayed cable, etc. Check your signal strength (obviously make sure your tuned to the transmitter your meant to be) - and then check your system. It might be something as simple as a loose or broken aerial lead from the back of the set.

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Alexei Romanov

5:41 PM

PA7 5HD I have perfect signal for STV,Channel4,ITV+1,Film on Four,QVC,Channel5 and probably some othersThe signals were near perfect about a fortnight ago for five days.

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Alexei's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage

6:14 PM

Alexei Romanov: Becuase you put your postcode into thsite, we can see all the data for terrain, etc. You should be getting a very good signal from Black Hill, so if its duff, that points to a problem with the aerial system. Although BBC tends to be the strongest signal, if there is a break, etc, it could be that they disappear first (sound strange, but there you are).

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

7:11 PM

Alexei Romanov: Can't speak as far as last weeks problems are concerned, but please be aware that as from today (3/8/2015) engineering work is taking place at the Blackhill transmitter, a notice to this effect of "possible weak signal" having been posted on the engineering page.

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Alexei Romanov

7:34 PM

Thanks Mike,it must be the engineering work,I have checked my tuning and have 83 channels of which 50 areTV.For years I have had no trouble,it is just in recent months sometimes a few of the BBC channels and HD just goes completely.My set just gives signal quality which can fluctuate widely.

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