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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.

 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

 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! 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
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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?

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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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Saturday, 22 December 2018

1:14 PM

Gary Gemmell:

Please provide a full post code so that we can look up the expected reception conditions at your specific location.

You should also check all the aerial cables and connections as far up to your aerial as is possible to reach safely. Also unplug all coaxial plugs/sockets and then refit. That will remove any corrosion/oxidation from the contacts (that is a common cause of reception problems). Then you should check the signal strength shown for COM8 using the manual tuniong option - BUT DO NOT RETUNE. Ideally you need between 60% and 85% strength (not the quality measure). HD usually requires a higher minimum signal strength than SD.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 1 April 2019
john rea
10:36 AM

hi,i am not receiving all hd channels only 5-6 hd channels no bbc4 hd
have tried retuning 4-5 times

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Monday, 27 May 2019
Douglas McEwen
8:10 PM

Recent low signal quality on Pick TV, etc. From the Black hill transmitter

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Douglas McEwen
8:13 PM

Douglas McEwen: I note that this also happened at this time last year. All my neighbours have the same issue. What is happening?

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Douglas McEwen's 3 posts GB flag
Thursday, 30 May 2019

6:33 PM

Any details of what will happen if com7 and com8 are removed? Does this mean BBC Four HD and BBC News HD will be lost or can they be added to another multiplex?

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag

6:53 PM

Scott: No closure date has been announced for COM7 & COM8 at Black Hill, nor has anything been announced regarding what will happen to channels on those muxes (BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, etc) when they do close. If more muxes are converted to DVB-T2 (as was proposed several years ago) there will be space for all of the channels on COM7 & COM8 to move elsewhere.

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StevensOnln1's 3,622 posts GB flag
Friday, 31 May 2019

3:59 PM

The explanation shows the licence to broadcast expiring on 20 June 2020. As I understand it, COM7 and COM8 are national networks so surely a decision will be needed before the first switch-off, which I thought was imminent?

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Scott's 110 posts GB flag

7:08 PM

Scott: Which explanation are you referring to, as I can't see it on this page? COM7 & COM8 are in the process of becoming single frequency networks (SFNs) on UHF channels 55 & 56 which form the centre gap of the new 700MHz mobile band. Ofcom are not expecting the mobile networks to use the centre gap for 5G straight away and have previously announced that COM7 & COM8 will continue to broadcast on those frequencies until they are required by the mobile networks (at which point COM7 & COM8 will close). See link below for further details.

Maximising the benefits of 700MHz clearance - Ofcom

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StevensOnln1's 3,622 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
C Brownbridge
1:06 PM

john rea: Post Code KY130UU - Crook of Devon - Black Hill Transmitter

Around the end of May, my recordings of BB4 started failing

On investigation Mux 7 & 8 channels have all but disappeared.
Signal now level very low w.r.t. other muxes.

I assume the Power as been dropped for the mobile phone implementation?

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C Brownbridge's 1 post GB flag

9:41 PM

C Brown:

The power has not changed at the Black Hill transmitter. Are you using a wideband aerial? Have you checked all your aeial cables and connections? Unplug all the coaxial plugs/sockets and refit them.

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