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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, 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, 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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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 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, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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?

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

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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Friday, 10 June 2016
Bob Rowatt
11:29 AM

Many thanks Mike P.
You have to agree though that it is a bit poor that you can only watch some channels in bad weather! Can anything be done to restore the missing channels during high pressure phases?

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Bob Rowatt's 4 posts GB

5:51 PM

Bob Rowatt:

We have no way of changing the perfectly natural variation of the atmosphere. It has happened for as long as transmissions at the frequency range usually affected by the phenomenon have been in use for TV transmissions, more than 50 years. It will happen again at any time there is the atmospheric conditions for it to occur and will continue to do so all the time such frequencies are used - which is why it doesn't affect internet connections made via copper/aluminium, coaxial cable (Virgin) or fibre optics, but it may affect some WiFi services.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Sunday, 12 June 2016
alexei romanov

5:02 PM

I hope visuals return,sound only and no BBC.

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alexei romanov's 48 posts GB
Thursday, 16 June 2016
alexei romanov

11:19 PM

Suddenly after ten pm all channels reappeared incl.HD.

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alexei romanov's 48 posts GB
Friday, 17 June 2016

12:16 AM

alexei romanov: Hopefully, long may this continue to be the case!! Although the fact that nothing has changed at the transmitter is inclined to make me suspect that the problem might possibly be caused by something local to where you reside, for instance, such as interference being radiated from a neighbours iffy cable box or similar device, the owner of said devices usually being totally unaware of the problem by the interference only affecting others living nearby who receive their signal through an aerial, you apparently being one of the few according to that previously said by your good self.

Still, only time will tell as to how long this upturn in the situation remains.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
alexei romanov

11:21 AM

Jb38.Back to problems this morning, was perfect last night.

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alexei romanov's 48 posts GB
Saturday, 18 June 2016

12:20 AM

alexei romanov: Considering the length of time that this problem has been going on for, I am of the opinion that the only way you are going to get to the bottom of what's causing it is by testing your aerial system out using another HD receiver, or alternatively, having your aerial system checked out by an engineer equipped with a professional grade signal meter.

But to reiterate on something previously mentioned, can you confirm (or otherwise) that your previously made statement of the signal being too weak without the booster did actually involve completely by-passing said device and not just switching it off? i.e: physically removing it by connecting the aerial down lead directly into the coax used to feed the signal into your TV's aerial input socket?. My previous request for this info having been unanswered.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

10:19 AM

jb38: I suggested that his system was up the spout months ago, to no avail. I've given up helping.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
alexei romanov

12:29 PM

No HD signals today,was there last night.Considering Freesat.

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alexei romanov's 48 posts GB
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

12:14 AM

alexei romanov: Considering the fact of you having previously said that most other residents in your immediate area are using either Satellite or cable for reception, I would say that Freesat is possibly your best option, as satellite offers virtually trouble free reception for around 99% of the time, the only time not usually being during heavy thundery type downpours, or alternatively during winter months if snow builds up on the dish, sweeping same off with a brush completely rectifying the problem.

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