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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.

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

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

Comments
Thursday, 23 June 2011
J
JS
11:48 AM

After retuning I can only get channels 46 and 47. How do I get the rest please?

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JS's 2 posts GB
G
Gordon
6:38 PM

Same as Adam, retuned after the latest switchover and can only get BBC channels. Is there a problem?

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Gordon's 2 posts GB
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Iain Davies
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:34 PM

OK you may say I'm on my High Horse again, tuned my Freesat box to Glasgow postcode to see the local BBC and STV news of the Black Hill switchover. On Tuesday's run up to switchover, nothing on either and on Wednesday's local news nothing on the BBC but STV gave about 2 mins to the subject. I know I've said it before, down here in the West, South West, South Wales area switchovers of Mendip, Stockland Hill and Wenvoe there was a lot of coverage on the local news.

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Iain Davies's 351 posts GB
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Scott
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

9:17 PM

Steve: Have a look at http://www.freeview.co.uk/Resolutions/About-Channels/Channel-changes/BBC-Alba-to-be-broadcast-on-Freeview-in-Scotland-subsequent-loss-of-radio-stations

I
hope the link is okay. My use of the word 'permanent' may be going too far, but that seems to be the way Alba has been implemented.

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Scott's 110 posts GB
Friday, 24 June 2011
M
MM
1:56 PM

Hi , I have retuned my mums TV in yesterday and have all the channels (I think) with the exception of Dave & Dave Ja Vu (were previously 19 & 25 (?) (I think) on her humax freeview+ box. Do I need to unplug everything including the ariel and do a factory reset ? I have just done a automatic rescan through the box.

Postcode is G15 and signal strength is maximum os why not these two channels when she gets all the others

Any help much appreciated

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LF
3:13 PM
Leven

Since DSO started, I've been having intermittent pixalation/herringbone pattern to portions of the picture, and audio tearing. About once every 5 minutes. Although I am in Craigkelly area, my box locks on to Ch46 on BBC1 Muxes seem to match Blackhill. Checked all channels present, I have a wideband aerial (I think it's group E),attached to Pioneer DBR-TF100 Freeview box. Box functions are all fine, checked connections, done full reset and factory reset, but still getting issues. BBC 1 ch 46, Signal strength 88% Signal quality 100%

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LF's 9 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:19 PM

MM: Its always best to carry out a complete re-scan in these situations, this done by a factory reset as you have mentioned, or simply by carrying out the first scan with the aerial disconnected, this killing anything stored in the programme memory, then once done reconnect and give the box a further scan thereby loading all channels available into the memory again.

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:28 PM

LF: If the aerial points to Craigkelly but it decides to tune into Black Hill, it probably indicates that the Craigkelly signals are too distorted to use. You should expect to get very high signal levels anyway - if you have any amplifiers or boosters, you should remove them. That might still leave you with too much signal, in which case you should add an attenuator.

Older boxes were often calibrated to the maximum possible signal from one multiplex - maximum safe levels (avoiding distortion) are often way below 100%. On my Humax box it's actually about 50%. I can't find a spec for the input range on your Pioneer box.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Saturday, 25 June 2011
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LD
10:56 AM
Leven

Thanks Mike,

I did do a factory reset (I didn't unplug the aerial though) - I think you're right about Craigkelly, if I manually tune BBC1 to Channel 27, the signal strength is equal to that of ch46 (85%) but there is no picture being pulled in.

I don't have any boosters etc on my aerial, I did try a 6db in-line attenuator, but in made no difference. Interesting what you say about calibration of boxes ie max safe levels of signal - I'll see if I can find out about my box. I will see if I can plug in a different box.

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LD's 9 posts GB
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LD
11:19 AM

Here's a link to the specs of Pioneer DBR-TF100:
DBR-TF100GB (Archived) - Pioneer UK (KY85NJ)

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