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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 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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?

1957-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018

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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, 19 January 2011
8:24 PM

Briantist. Apologies, I wasn't making myself clear. The upgrade is done by downloading from the pvr's website onto a usb stick and doing it manually. Its not an over the air upgrade.

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Steve's 9 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
B Saberton
1:05 PM

I'm having a lot of trouble getting the HD Channnels. I have a Humax HDR Fox T2 box, a loft mounted wide band aerial and am 6 miles from the transmitter. When first tuned in I got 80 TV channels but none of the HD ones. I tried re-tuning on 15th Jan and got all 4 HD channels ok and worked fin at first but as the week went on I could only view them intermittently and by Friday although they appear in the EPG with programme details I was getting no signal at all. I've tried re-tuning again today but am back to just 80 channels and no HD. The signal strength on the non HD channels is averaging 80% with signal quality 100%. When I had the HD channels signal strength was about 60% and quality 100%. I've checked that aerial alignment is ok and there don't appear to be any problems at the transmitter (my first thought was that the HD transmission might be off). Does anyone have any suggestions please?

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B Saberton's 4 posts GB flag
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4:06 PM

B Saberton: It would appear as though at certain times you are picking up Blackhill's lower powered HD Multiplex on Ch59 at just above the receivability threshold on your equipment with this being where the intermittent aspect of reception is taking place, so rather than carrying out complete scans all the time I would concentrate on carrying out a manual scan on Ch59 every day to observe what changes are taking place.

Also although you have already checked the aerial alignment I would do it again purely on Ch59, because as that's a lower powered multiplex transmitter you want to concentrate on that particular one, albeit this maybe being at the slight expense of some of the other Mux channels.

Your loft aerial at the distance you are from the transmitter should be perfectly OK so long as your loft roof isn't lined with any form of metallic based insulation, and if it isn't then I don't feel that much, if anything, would be gained by moving it elsewhere excepting "maybe" to a facia mount, although even at that any differences noticed are fractional at your distance from the transmitter.

It should be noted that numerous people like yourself (not necessarily posting on this particular site) have problems with reception from Blackhill even at relatively short near line of sight distances, and although quite frequently no official notification of any problems with the transmitter are seen it shouldn't be taken as being the absolute gospel, plus of course it should always be remembered that most of these difficulties will effectively vanish when the MUX's change to full power operation, then possibly the reverse of what's presently complained about is liable to happen, people who upgraded (over!) their aerials might start suffering from signal overload problems.

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jb38's 81 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 January 2011
10:19 PM

I've also got problems with my HD channels on Black Hill. I got a freeview HD tv at the start of the month and got all the HD channels straight away.

Today I noticed that my HD signals were breaking up badly so I decided to re-tune. This has left me unable to pick up any HD channels at all now :(

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Darthy's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 31 January 2011
Friday, 4 February 2011
Transmitter engineering

2:03 PM

BLACK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:34 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,526 posts xx flag
Transmitter engineering

2:03 PM

BLACK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:34 today [BBC]

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c morris
3:00 PM


im in the blackhill transmitter area and im getting no channels at all., is ther a problem with the transmitter or is it my ariel?

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c morris's 2 posts GB flag
Transmitter engineering

4:04 PM

BLACK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Weak Signal; DSO related from 11:34 today to 14:07 today [BBC]

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