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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?

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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 34 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LG
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)576mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 2nd June 2014: 8 STV Glasgow,

com7
 H -3.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)576mDTG-642,900W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 - 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
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Lindsay
5:33 PM

No my postcode isn't wrong MikeP as I say it's just new houses but I'll try ur advice, thanks .

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Lindsay's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
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denis brogan
10:59 PM

Uddingston last few weeks not getting freeview too good keeps telling me to re tune , done in tell blue in my face get some hd channels

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:13 PM

denis brogan: Retuning will never fix a weak signal, as all you are doing is deleting your correctly tuned channels and searching for them again. You need to find the cause of the weak signal, so start by checking for loose or damaged cables and connections behind your TV.

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StevensOnln1's 3,080 posts GB
Friday, 7 September 2018
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Tom Tulloch
9:07 AM

I can only get 29 tv channels in linlithgow isthere any thing I can do to improve this

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:29 AM

Topm Tulloch:

There are over 1100 transmitters around the country so we have no idea which you should be using. So will you please provide a full post code so that triggers the display of the reception prediction data.

If you are using the Black Hill transmitter you should be getting all the available channels, so that suggests you are not using Black Hill.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Saturday, 8 September 2018
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Murray Gourdie
10:30 AM

I live in Bathgate and have excellent signal strength from Blackhill. When prompted to retune my tv etc I discovered that I no longer have access to BBC4 HD and the other stations available on channels 32 and 35. Is this a permanent change?

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Nigel Webber
11:54 AM

Hi 700MHz clearance on Black Hill, Scotland happened 5th September, however, I note that the frequencies reported by this website are identical to what they were before the clearance changes, but that some channels (BBC News HD, Channel 4+1HD) are no longer receivable as they were before.

Can someone confirm that the MUX frequencies have indeed NOT changed as a part of these works. I use a MUX config file with the 9 MUX'es listed as text within on a PC based tuner - hence my interest.

The no-longer receivable channels are also on the same MUX as previously.

Nigel

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Nigel Webber
12:16 PM

Hi

There are no services at 562MHz or 586MHz (com7 + com8) despite full carrier (as listed in channel breakdown above). I can only assume that com7 and com8 have moved, but my system needs to know the frequencies so I can't re-tune until until I know which frequencies (in MHz) com7 and com8 have been moved to.

Nigel

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Nigel Webber
12:42 PM

Hi

To answer my own question, on 5th Sept:

com7 moved from C32 (562.0MHz) to C55 (746MHz) eg BBC News HD
com8 moved from C35 (586.0MHz) to C56 (754MHz) eg BBC4 HD

Just verified this with individual frequency tuning.

And here was me thinking that this was a 700MHz 'clearance', not moving MUX'es further into the 700MHz spectrum!

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Nigel Webber
1:38 PM

See, half way down this page for the info re the moving of com7 and com8

Ofcom announces 700 MHz clearance schedule 2017-20

specifically: "Channel 55 and 56 will be used for the "interim" HD multiplex com7 and com8:"

eg expect another re-tune when these MUX'es move again - likely back down below 700MHz

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