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 ?
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.
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.
700MHz clearance is due at Black Hill in Q3 2018, all CHs will stay the same (excl MUXES 7 & 8).
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.
Also see other relevant B group curves.
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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.
There is one ”Local” channel allocated to Black Hill, CH51, this is mainly used for a local Glasgow TV channel. In addition, there are two lower power HD MUXES on CH32 and CH35.
All of these possible channels can be picked up by decent B group aerials.
The guide below also includes the same information for other potentially co-
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.
The dotted lines are MUXES 7 & 8
(Both together only have a small audience and they`e due to be switched of by about 2020)