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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?

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)576mDTG-3100,000W
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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

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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)576mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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, 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, 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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)576mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 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


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

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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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Comments
Thursday, 7 April 2011
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Mike Dimmick
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3:29 PM
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steve: If signals are bad on C55, C59 and C65 but good on the others, the most likely explanation is that you have a Group B aerial, covering only channels 35-53, rather than a wideband. A Group E semi-wideband, covering channels 35-68 is recommended before switchover.

The HD service will be worse affected than Mux C and D because it's half the power, and requires more than twice as much power as those multiplexes do. (This page shows this for Mux 2 and A, which also use a mode requiring more power than Mux 1, B, C and D, but not for the HD mux.)

However, at switchover, all services move into Group B, so I wouldn't bother for just two more months (plus two weeks - only BBC SD services move on the first day, HD services don't move until 22 June).

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Saturday, 9 April 2011
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darryl mccoy
3:29 PM
Balerno

Have a problem receiving HD mux from blackhill which has me confounded. It should be on channel 59. Am based in Edinburgh.
Am using a new Sony HD Freeview+ receiver which tunes all the SD muxes no problem.

Receiving the Mux's on ch55 and 65 no problem, so I guess aerial is ok.
What mode is this mux running? Is there something I can check?


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darryl mccoy's 3 posts GB
Sunday, 10 April 2011
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Graeme
10:46 AM
Grangemouth

I still cant get any of the HD channels and my aerial is pointing at the Blackhill transmitter although I am a good bit away in Grangemouth. Any ideas? I also noticed that there is a Grangemouth transmitter

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Graeme's 4 posts GB
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Scott
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

9:59 PM

I put forward my idea earlier in the thread !!!

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Scott's 110 posts GB
Monday, 11 April 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:29 AM

Graeme: You are predicted to be able to receive Freeview HD, as long as you have a suitable receiver. Grangemouth digital switchover date | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice will not have Freeview HD until Wednesday, 15th June 2011.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
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Darryl mccoy
7:08 PM

Many thanks for the tips Briantist.
Sadly no luck so far. Have turned off virtually else off in the house, including the fish tank pump and disconnected all switch mode power supplies and chargers etc .
I also tried looking at the analog background on ch59'by using the fine tuning on my telly's analog tuner. No signal or evidence of background noise.
The really odd thing is that despite getting very good quality and 80% levels on ch55 and 65, there is NO signal on 59- zero, nada, none.
It seems to be a recurring theme on this thread for Blackhill. saw somewhere that the transmitter for this mux maybe halfway up the mast. Can anyone verify this?

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Scott
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

8:30 PM

According to
mb21 - The Transmission Gallery
The site transmits all 5 terrestrial television channels, with Channel 5 analogue operating at the same power as the other channels (500kW max ERP), from an aerial only marginally lower.
Briantist has said earlier that the HD multiplex is transmitted from the same aerial (antenna for those who prefer American).
Make what you wish of the comment on
Black Hill Transmitter
Black Hill is planned to transmit a pre switchover low power HDTV MUX (on CH59 at 10kW) from Feb 2010. Its radiation pattern is the same as that for analogue C5, which is concentrated in a cross shape, due N, S, E and W, i.e. it is nominally omnidirectional.

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Scott's 110 posts GB
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:13 AM

Darryl mccoy: Are you 100% sure you have a Freeview+HD receiver, and not just a Freeview+ box with an HDMI connector?

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Darryl mccoy
9:19 AM
Balerno

Thanks again Brian
The receiver is the new Sony svr-hdt-500 hd freeview box. Definitely supposed to be hd but i agree that the symptoms point to a sd tuner!
I have tried factory reset etc. Thus far there appear no updates on the Sony site for firmware.
Scott- thanks also for your comments. I guess this means there should be no directional or elevation issues with receiving the hd mux.
Perhaps time to return the receiver?

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