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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

 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! 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

 H max
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?

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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
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Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
alexei romanov

12:08 AM

If you remove the booster there is not enough signal and as all the HD channels have disappeared anyway.We did get a leaflet about a year ago saying our TV signals may be affected by 4g for mobile phones.The booster filters this and is variable and set about 4db.The television is a 32 inch Samsung HD about two years old and is on permanent stand by as not a single switch on it,operates by remote only,can't see the back to get actual number.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016
alexei romanov

12:28 PM

BBC channels have disappeared on SD.Still no HD

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alexei romanov's 48 posts GB flag
1:14 PM

Alexei Romanov:

We still need a full post code to stand any real chance of helping rosolve your reception problems. Without that it is not possible to give targetted advice.

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alexei romanov

7:46 PM

LindaB: PA7 5HD .Reception this evening is terrible for BBC,other channels fine.Never had these problems with analogue. In 1959 our TV worked with a loft aerial. Problems have been since they switched off the analogue and now have no choice.

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Bob Rowatt
8:14 PM

Suddenly, this week, we have NO SIGNAL on CH 32. Other channels are fine so it can't be aerial positioning. What's going on at Black Hill?

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Bob Rowatt's 4 posts GB flag

11:19 PM

alexei romanov: Thanks for the update, the content of having shed new light as to the possibility of other factors being involved which were hitherto unknown.

However, on the subject of 4g, were you contacted by a company called AT800? and if you were did they send you a 4g filter free of charge to fit in-line with your aerial?, as they always do with any household deemed as being liable to be affected by a newly installed 4g transmitter located nearby, as although your booster might well be one of the types containing an integral 4g filter, they are not nearly as effective as a proper stand alone device such as supplied by AT800.

On the subject of your TV's model number, although not being able to access same due to it being wall mounted is fully understandable, its still unfortunate that you cant, because some Samsung TV's in the age group mentioned were known to suffer from various problems including one connected with intermittent loss of audio on HD channels, you having mentioned this problem in one of your postings.

To be perfectly honest about it, I feel that the only way you are going to pinpoint the cause of your problem is by testing your aerial system using another Freeview device capable of HD reception, or alternatively your aerial system tested by an engineer equipped with a professional signal level meter.

By the way, undermentioned is a link to the company that supplies the 4g filters, if you haven't already been supplied with same? it would be prudent to give them a ring on their 0808 freephone number and ask if you are liable to be affected, (your post code will be requested) this company having up to date information on the exact location of new 4g transmitters.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 9 June 2016

8:52 AM

alexei romanov: In addition to that said in my previous reply, I also meant to say that my reason for requesting a reception test with the booster out of the equation was purely to see if this restored reception of BBC HD channels "irrespective of any others having possibly gone downhill", as indeed previously requested by MikeP on May 24th @ 4.53PM.

Another point to could maybe clarify on concerns you having mentioned that you don't have enough signal without the booster, I take it that you are aware that this means by-passing the booster by removing the aerial connector from it and coupling same directly into the feed going to the TV? achieved by using either a standard coax female back to back coupler, or an "F" version of same if your booster uses screwed connectors.

The only reason bringing this up, being that some people are under the impression that switching off the power supply to the booster is all that's required, which of course it isn't!, as an unpowered booster acts like a high value attenuator.

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J Henderson
9:10 AM

Transmission on chan 43 unobtainable shows no signal

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Bob Rowatt
9:47 AM

There is simply no detectable signal on Channel 32 so boosting has absolutely no effect. Any ideas?

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Friday, 10 June 2016

12:22 AM

J Henderson & Bob Rowatt:

It is very likely to be the current atmospherics that causes apparent loss of signals. The high pressure area is expected to move away over the weekend.

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