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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 22/04/2024 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

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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

 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 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

 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?

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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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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Robert Carruthers
12:06 PM

Up until Monday 4 December 2017, my signal quality was very good from the Tillicoultry Transmitter. Since Monday, I've lost the signal and many channels are now unavailable or distorted (including audio but no picture).
I did notice some men working on the mast who, it appears have installed ne antennae and since that these problems have appeared. Is this a coincidence or has this work affected a considerable amount of households?

Can you shed any light as to how these issues can be quickly be resolved please.

Robert Carruthers

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2:20 PM

Robert Carruthers: The frequencies used for Freeview on Tillicoultry are close to those used for 4G by the mobile networks. If the work you saw on the mast was to install new antennas for 4G mobile services, this would explain the problem you are now seeing. If you contact an organisation called at800 (see link below) they will be able to confirm if this is the case and they will send you a free plug in filter to connect to the incoming aerial feed behind your TV.

at800 | 4G & Freeview | 4G interference | 4G Filters | 800 MHz

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Iain Ferguson
9:53 PM

StevensOnln1: I have moved into a new house and can am thinking of installing a one for all SV9455 aerial in the loft. Am I likely to get good reception from Blackhill. My postcode is G61 3EG. (It's a new house and the postcode may not be on your database, G61 3TA is very close.

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Iain Ferguson's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

12:07 PM

Iain Ferguson : Neither of those postcodes gave a result on Digital UK's checker, however picking another postcode from the same area on Google Maps shows that you should be able to receive a good signal strength from Black Hill. I wouldn't suggest using a panel type aerial like that, as they are often little more than a piece of wire sticking out of an amplifier. You would be better off with a directional aerial such as Log36 type which are a Log Periodic wideband design and will be suitable for receiving all current and future frequencies used for Freeview.

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Iain Ferguson
4:05 PM

Iain Ferguson : Thanks for the advice, I will go for the aerial you suggested. Only question now can I install it in the loft.

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Iain Ferguson's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 January 2018

10:42 PM

Iain Ferguson:

It is possible to install an aerail in your loft providing you keep it well away from any water tanks up there and you do not have any metalised insulation as part of your loft insulation (several houses use a foam type of insulation that has an aluminium layer) as that will prevent the aerial from receiving the Freeview signals you want. So it is usually easier to install it external to the loft, most often with a short pole mounted on the chimney stack with the aerial carefylly aimed towards you preferred transmitter that gives the best signal. If you add your fuyll post code you should see a set f blue boxes under your posting. The 'digitaluk trade' option will detail which transmitters are suitable for your location and the direction to aim your aerial.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 1 February 2018
A Buchanan
3:17 PM

The last few days , BBC channels are distorted. Others are fine. Can view BBC via satellite but a TV in a sitting room is Freeview. Why is it just BBC?

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5:25 PM

A Buchanan: We have no way of answering that without information such as signal strength and quality. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind the TV. If it is affecting multiple TV that use the same aerial then check all the cables and connections as far as you can safely access between each TV and the aerial. Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted signal strength etc.

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StevensOnln1's 3,623 posts GB flag
Sunday, 8 April 2018
11:32 AM

For the last two months there has been problems with reception, visual pixelation which then leads to no reception. Message then displays weak or no signal - check cables. All checked no probs and while I cannot receive programmes in real time I can play the BBC I player, amazon or anything through wifi. Proving nothing the matter with tv cables etc. My neighbours are having the same problems. We are with Blackhill transmitter and live in Stirling. What can I di to sort the problem

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