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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 Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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3 STV (STV Central (Edinburgh micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-620,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 83 Blaze, 84 Blaze +1, 122 CITV, plus 25 others

 H -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 23 others

 H -6dB
C30 (546.0MHz)311mDTG-125,000W
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from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh, plus 1 others

 H -2.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)311mDTG-610,800W
Channel icons
 Buz Muzik, 56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 71 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 86 VIVA +1, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 4 others

 H -2.7dB
C34 (578.0MHz)311mDTG-610,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community, 91 Frontrunner, plus 3 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
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.5m homes 1.7%
from Edinburgh EH3 9QG, 14km south
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?

aerial groupA KKKKKKA K

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 1st June and 15th June 2011.

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.

Saturday, 10 September 2016
8:54 AM

Is there a problem with the Craigkelly transmitter? All channels dropped about 07:45 (10-Sep-16), and have not reappeared.

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JohnFleming's 2 posts GB
Richard Cooper
9:21 AM

JohnFleming: Hi, John. I'm pleased to inform you that there are no reported problems on the Craigkelly transmitter this morning. Check your barometer for high pressure and also check your aerial lead connections for tightness and good contacts, but be careful not to 'overtighten' them, because just like overwound clocks, overtightening coaxial plugs can do more harm than good. Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 446 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 12 September 2016
1:31 PM

Richard - many thanks, no, it was me, failure of a signal amplifier, failed from one instant to the next. Repair now in hand.

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JohnFleming's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Nick Wallace
9:52 AM Burntisland

Hi. We are in Burntisland, Fife, postcode is KY3 9JF. I presume we would use Craigkelly transmitter. We seem to have two loft aerials but both seem to be facing in the wrong directions. Is there an app that can show the correct alignment. I bought new coaxial connectors from B&Q but they seem like poor quality with the co-axial cable itself being far thinner than I remember from days of old. Does anyone have any ideas, other than getting a guy in? Thanks.

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Richard Cooper
10:14 AM

Nick Wallace: Hi, Nick. You don't need an app, just ask on here and we'll give you the answer! The Craigkelly transmitter site is near enough North West from Spence avenue, Burntishead, so make sure that the loft aerial you wish to use is pointing more or less in that direction. When aligning a loft aerial, it's an idea to have one person in the loft gently rotating the aerial whilst another person is down in your tv room, watching the tv and calling up to the person in the loft stating things like,"better, worse, much better, perfect", etc., as the loft person rotates the aerial either side of North West. The aerial also needs to have its little rods (elements) going horizontally. One more thing: the downstairs viewer needs to try all of the different channels your family members would watch whilst calling to the person in the loft, because it's possible - indeed 'probable' that some channels will be received better wit the aerial on one alignment, whereas other channels will 'come in better' on a slightly different alignment, so you are after the 'best compromise across the whole range of channels you'd normally watch. Note that your local Edinburgh tv service is transmitted at a much lower power than other channels and the following are also at lower power: the Com 7 & Com 8 channels which carry the HD programmes not carried on the PSB3 HD group of channels - see UKFree.TV web page on Craigkelly. Hope all of this info helps. Richard, norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 446 posts Gold Gold GB
10:25 AM

Nick Wallace:

Further to that said by Richard Cooper, you could buy a small DVB-T finder unit. They are available from the likes of Amazon for just a few pounds, see Labgear 27866R DVB-T Signal Strength Finder Freeview HD: Electronics for an example. There are other makes available from a number of sellers.

The advantage being that you can do the alignment entirely from the vicinity of the aerial, followed by a 'sanity check' by testing on the TV all the channels you want to watch.

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MikeP's 1,230 posts Gold Gold GB
10:26 AM

Nick Wallace: If you click the Digital UK Trade link under your post it will provide the compass bearings of the Craigkelly and Black Hill transmitters which are both predicted as having good reception at your location.

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