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The symbol shows the location of the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter which serves 430,000 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 Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Craigkelly 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.

 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 55 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Edinburgh 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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-620,000W
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74 Shopping Quarter , 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, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C38+ (610.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 H -6dB
C30 (546.0MHz)311mDTG-125,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh,

 H -2.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)311mDTG-610,800W
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34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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 Craigkelly transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 70km west-southwest (252°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.5m homes 1.7%
from Edinburgh EH3 9QG, 14km south (174°)
to STV Central (Edinburgh) region - 8 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

DullaturTransposer20 km NE Glasgow40 homes
EdinburghTransposerSighthill area167 homes

How will the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 1 Jun 11 and 15 Jun 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
com7, com8(-9.7dB) 10.8kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
LEH(-13dB) 5kW
Analogue 5, Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14dB) 4kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Craigkelly 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. Craigkelly was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Thursday, 21 May 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:29 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 May 11:10 until 20 May 11:48. . FM: Broadcasting in mono due to a fault from 18 May 11:24 until 18 May 11:53. . [BBC]

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Monday, 25 May 2020
Transmitter engineering

4:29 PM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 20 May 11:10 until 20 May 11:48. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 133,390 posts xx
Sunday, 28 June 2020
11:21 AM

"Which Freeview channels does the Craigkelly transmitter broadcast?"

This list is not up-to-date, e.g. the local LEH mux now broadcasts on C32 (562 MHz) not C30.

When some of the site is maintained it is confusing not to maintain all of it.

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Rupert's 7 posts GB

4:25 PM


Here's the up-to-date list for the UHF multiplex channels at Craigkelly in the order PSB1-3, COMs4-7, Local -
They are C27, C24, C21, C29, C31, C37, C55, C32 (C meaning UHF channel).

As per my other reply to you - I haven't checked every miniscule detail on this site, but AFAIK none of it is currently being maintained by the site owner who hasn't had time with all the changes resulting from the 700MHz clearance programme and broadcaster changes moving multiplexes etc. Even Engineering updates do not always appear, as the previous automated scanning of the BBC information doesn't work correctly due to changes on the BBC site, which made it even more difficult than before to obtain transmitter information manually. I for one have criticised the BBC, as have others, for this ridiculous change.

Updates to information are provided by the regular contributors in posts here usually in response to queries from posters, but sometimes when there are major changes. As already advised Platform management | Freeview is the place to go for the latest "information" (usually) rather than a technical query or help with reception issues.

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Chris.SE's 1,929 posts GB
7:35 PM

Chris.SE: Yes, Chris, I understand all that now. Thanks for responding.

As I said over on Black Hill, there's lots of useful and interesting information on this site - I have referred to it on and off for years. It's a real pity it's not being maintained.

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Rupert's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
10:49 PM

Since the rearrangements for 5G I am struggling with BBC Four HD. Will things improve when we lose 55 and 56 in November?

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AEKostas's 6 posts GB

11:23 PM


What makes you think that you'll (necessarily) lose 55 in November? 56 (COM8) has already been closed by Arqiva for commercial reasons - nothing else. There's still quite a bit of misleading information around, some based on some comment that the auction of 700MHz frequencies will take place in November, but I have yet to see an official OFCOM statement to that effect. Please read Rebuilding Freeview High Definition from 2019 onwards | free and easy

As it says at the end of that post Arqiva could decide to close COM7 at any time for commercial reasons. In any event COM7 signals will not change between now and June 2022 which is the final end date for COM7 if it doesn't close before. As for BBC4HD, you need to look to the BBC for what may happen there, there is (I believe) a review concerning BBC4 and rumours about it possibly being closed. If it continues, whether there will be space on the BBC HD multiplex for it when COM7 closes, or whether Arqiva will have started converting another multiplex to HD and the BBC move it there, is all speculation and an unknown at this time.

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Chris.SE's 1,929 posts GB
Sunday, 26 July 2020
5:04 PM

Thanks Chris and sorry for the delay in answering. I read about c55 going under " How will the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?" above. Thanks in particular for the Four news; no point changing my aerial if it's to go.

Ach well...

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AEKostas's 6 posts GB

9:31 PM


As per my post towards the top of the page, that section is not up-to-date (and is misleading). On the list of channels ArqB is wrongly listed as C38, the Local mux is wrongly listed as C30. COM7 is wrongly shown on C33 as is COM8 on C34. As already stated Arqiva closed COM8 (C56) for commercial reasons.
If there has been an announcement of an auction date in November (well hidden and not found yet) it will be some considerable time after IF any MNOs buy the centre frequencies where C55 & C56 are, as equipment to use these as SDOs has to be developed (and installed) as do handsets. That will not happen in a hurry.

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