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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 04/03/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

LG
 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
VHFB E TB E TB E TE TW T
C10ITVwaves
C30_local
C32com7
C35com8
C37C5wavesC5waves
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCB
C41+SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C44ArqAArqA
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C47ArqBArqB
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLG
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_off_localCOM8tv_off

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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

BLACK HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 3 March 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

BLACK HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Saturday, 5 March 2016
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Louise Dyce
4:26 PM

No Signal from Black Hill transmitter C43 & C44 for coverage in EH11 Edinburgh. Although Engineering work is necessary, doing it on a weekend is very annoying. Hope it's back to full service soon.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016
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alexei romanov
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10:40 AM
Bishopton

I am experiencing breakup on Channel five at present.

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Thursday, 10 March 2016
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GMAN73
8:56 AM

I'am missing various channels on my communal aerial. Is it the Council that looks after this. Some of the houses in my area are bought and some are rented from council?

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GMAN73
9:03 AM

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It seems to be com7 that I'am missing channels from. Any ideas. The signal strength I get from the communal aerial is 100%.

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:15 PM
Trowbridge

GMAN73:

100% signal strength is far too high! At that level most HD capable TV sets or set top boxes with claim there is no signal as it's so strong it 'swamps' the tuner system. The idea is more like 50% to 70% for SD and HD services.

COM7 is an HD multiplex so with signals that strong you are very unlikely to get any of the channels on that multiplex. Search on this website for "too much of a good thing" and see what is generally accepted as good advice, namely reduce the signal strength with an attenuator.

A full piost code would allow us contributors to determine your reception conditions and perhaps give more advice.


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GMAN73
10:10 PM
Glasgow

Thanks MikeP,

Is the attenuator the same thing that Virgin Media put on your Superhub to reduce the Power Levels. I have a spare 4db attenuator or will I need a larger number.

My Post code is G14 0YE, I fall under the Blackhill Transmitter for Central Scotland.

I have checked my TV and this is the levels Im getting for some of the channels I checked.

BBC 1 Scot (001) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 80%
BBC 2 Scot (002) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 80%
STV (003) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 80%
BBC 1 HD (101) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 76%
BBC 2 HD (102) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 76%
Sky News (132) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 72%
E4 (28) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 80%
BBC News SD (132) - Signal Quality - 100% / Signal Level - 79%

In my back garden there is a manhole cover, which has coaxil cable in it, think this might be the cable coming from the Communal Aerial.

Thanks very much.

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Friday, 11 March 2016
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jb38
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12:44 AM

GMAN73: These levels are perfectly OK, the advice given by MikeP was based on you having said that signal *strength* was 100%.

The signal path from Blackhill is seen to be obstructed at approximately 0.75 miles prior to your location, and this might be a contributory factor in not receiving any signal the COM7 transmitter, as no engineering work is being carried out at Blackhill, nor are any faults listed against it.

You should try carrying out a "manual" tune on C32/562.0Mhz (Blackhills COM7) pausing after entering the channel number, (do *not* press search) to see if any levels appear on the signal bars, if they do, try pressing search and check if they get entered in the EPG listings, e.g: 107 BBC News HD.



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