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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.

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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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 8 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LG
 H -13dB
C30 (546.0MHz)576mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 2nd June 2014: 8 STV Glasgow,

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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Comments
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Briantist
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10:12 PM

Scott: 'Central Scotland' means all the transmitters in the Central Scotland group, not just Black Hill. Black Hill (and relay transmitters) map | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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ian
10:14 PM

central scotland is the name blackhill transmits as on digiboxes/tv's. it changed from blackhill about 2 years ago

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Scott
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10:47 PM

Briantist: Does the Central Scotland group mean Blackhill and its relays or does it include other transmitters located in the central part of Scotland?

Ian: Do other transmitters in central Scotland such as Darvel and Craigkelly also shown the name 'Central Scotland' of is this name exclusive to the Blackhill transmitter group?

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Monday, 23 May 2011
Briantist
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8:09 AM

Scott: The multiplexes are created on a region-by-region basis, and so all transmitters that have the same services provide the same name, as the equipment at the transmitters does not have the ability to change the "transmitter name" part of the DVB-T transmission.

For this reason, the whole of Wales was called "Wenvoe" for some years. About two years ago, the names were all changed to the name of the area (like "Central Scotland") because Digital UK got as sick as we did here explaining that when the box said a transmitter name, it was often "lying".

The situation is made much worse at switchover, because the hundreds of relay transmitters start carrying the name too.

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Mike Dimmick
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2:23 PM

Scott, Ian: STV provide a 'West' (Glasgow) and 'East' (Edinburgh) service on satellite. These match the advertising sales macro-regions. On Freeview, the 'West' advertising micro-region transmits from Black Hill, Darvel and Torosay while 'East' transmits from Craigkelly. STV also transmit different versions of News at Six for Glasgow and Edinburgh (according to STV Player).

I don't know whether Craigkelly transmits a different region ID, though.

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Scott
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6:38 PM

Thanks. Can I ask the question in a different way. I am trying to work out if my friend is receiving signal from Blackhill or Darvel. The display says 'Central Scotland'. Is there any way of knowing which transmitter group the signal is coming from? Thanks

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jb38
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8:55 PM

Scott: The easiest way to verify where a signal is coming from is, whilst viewing the signal in question go into the tuning menu of either the TV or set top box being used and click on "check signal" or "signal condition" etc, as that section will also indicate the MUX channel number associated with that particular signal / quality indication.

You then crosscheck this number with the MUX channels used by the two transmitters you are querying, these obtainable on this or a multitude of other sites.

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Scott
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9:41 PM

Thanks. I'll do that. It seems pretty confusing to use the term 'Central Scotland' on screen when the booklet issued by Digital UK refers to the region as 'STV Central' and the transmitter groups as Torosay, Darvel, Rosneath, Craigkelly and Black Hill. A consistent approach to terminology would be useful.

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Thursday, 26 May 2011
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ian
7:57 PM

the apprentice on bbc hd is being broadcast in 1080p according to my sony 32ex403 tv. is this right? i thought freeview hd was all 1080i!

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