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Black Hill television transmitter was first opened in 1957 but the first mast was replaced by a higher structure in 1961, the original was moved to Selkirk and is still in use. The mast is 307m high, see How High is High ?


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The transmitter has the fifth highest population coverage of any TV transmitter at around 2.5 million and it is located 14 miles East of Glasgow (for the sake of impartiality, that`s about 25 miles West of

Edinburgh ! ). Most people in Glasgow, Coatbridge, East Kilbride, Motherwell and Paisley receive their transmissions from Black Hill, but there are those in Stirling and even in Edinburgh who also use Black Hill (rather than Edinburgh`s more usual transmitter Craigkelly) if the local terrain or other buildings mean the line of sight is better.

For Black Hill we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36  for medium signal areas, the Yagi18B for outdoor installs in poor signal areas,the XB10B for loft installations in poor signal areas, and the XB16B for those with the most marginal signals. Unless you have a massive loft we`d normally recommend an XB10B for loft installs (over an XB16) due to smaller size of the former aerial. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables.

Black Hill TV transmitter (Picture MB21)

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Black Hill Transmitter


OS Grid Ref NS 828 647




Note, due to the new phenomenon of MUXICAL chairs you may experience problems with certain MUXES disappearing. First try rescanning your TV / set top box, do it manually if possible. If this fails to sort it check on transmitter work or call the reception advice phone numbers.


Also see basic digital fault finding.


DSO at Black Hill occurred in June 2011.

Those in poor reception areas, can take advantage of the superior performance of a B group aerial over a wideband. If you really need a “high gain” aerial (and most people don`t) a decent B group aerial should be used, see below. On the other hand if the signal is strong (or medium) then, by definition, it doesn`t need a “high gain” antenna anyway ! Under these circumstances a Log Periodic should be fitted instead.

See Black Hill`s graph.

Black Hill`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the aerials we recommend for it.   DM Log    Log36    Yagi18B    XB10B     XB16B        

Also see other relevant B group curves.

We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.

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The dotted lines are the 2 planned lower power HD MUXES

Blackhill (and co-receivable transmitters) digital TV channels / MUXES Black Hill transmitter

Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :


History and general info of Black Hill Transmitter


Black Hill transmitter coverage (area & population)


Digital power output, aerial group and polarisation of Black Hill transmitter


Possible extra (future) channels from Black Hill transmitter


Our TV aerial recommendations for Black Hill transmitter


Black Hill transmitter external links


Pictures of Black Hill transmitter


Black Hill transmitter`s graph (its transmissions v our aerial recommendations)


Black Hill transmitter`s channels/frequencies (including alternative transmitters)

Black Hill transmitter`s TV channels / MUXES and powers (pre and post digital switchover)

Black Hill is horizontally polarised. It was originally a B group for analogue, then temporarily became an E group (or wideband) whilst transmitting both analogue and digital, before reverting back to a B group at switchover in 2011.

It should be noted that wideband or E group aerials which worked before the June 2011 switchover should continue to work after that date as well.


Black Hill is a main transmitter and it has sixty four (including Torosay`s twenty two) smaller relays (or repeaters) to improve coverage in poor reception areas within its coverage area.

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There is one interleaved spectrum channel allocated to Black Hill, CH51, this may be used for a local Glasgow TV channel. In addition, there are two planned lower power HD MUXES (in the CH 31 to 37 gap) on CH32 [at 43kW] and CH35. All of these possible channels can be picked up by decent B group aerials.

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External links


Black Hill Transmitter page at MB21

Black Hill Transmitter page at The Big Tower

Black Hill Transmitter page on Wikipedia


Digital UK Black Hill Transmitter

Digital UK details of Central Scotland transmitters

Black Hill TV transmitter Black Hill`s transmissions relative to the aerials we recommend for it.

Black Hill`s channel allocations


The guide below also includes the same information for other potentially co-receivable transmitters within Black Hills coverage area, namely Craigkelly, Angus, Torosay, Rosneath, Darvel, Caldbeck, Selkirk, and Chatton. The Channel Allocation Guides can be very useful in the diagnosis of co-channel interference problems and can also be invaluable if you are trying to find a spare channel for a modulated output (e.g. for a Sky box or CCTV system) to be added to your TV setup/distribution system without suffering from co-channel.


Also check Black Hill`s sixty four (including Torosay`s twenty two) smaller relays.


The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.


I suspect that Caldbeck may well have a restricted radiation pattern in a Northerly direction and that “Caldbeck Scotland” will act as a supplementary transmitter (on different frequencies) only transmitting in this direction.