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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?

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
C27 (522.0MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
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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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 103 ITV 1 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 -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C37+ (602.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

LEH
 H -6dB
C32 (562.0MHz)311mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh,

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
A K TK TK TK TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29SDN
C30LEH
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqA
C32_local
C33com7
C34com8
C37ArqB
C39+ArqB
C42SDN
C45ArqA
C48C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_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 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
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Jack
12:51 PM

I live in EH14. Have lost Quest, ITV3, BBC Parliament, all shopping channels, Challenge and 5USA overnight. Never did receive Dave, Yesterday, ITV4, Pick TV or Film4 so Freeview is becoming a bit of a joke. Anyone know if this is it or if there are any further changes still to be made?

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Richard
12:51 PM

I'm in West Linton (EH46), can only get limited Freeview channels and none of the good ones... Anyone in West Linton able to get reception from a different transmitter and all the channels?

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Les Nicol
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2:36 PM

Richard - It seems you are on a "Freeview" Lite transmitter at West Linton. Dependent on your exact locus it might be just possible to pick up Blackhill, but you really would need to check this out with preferably a local rigger. Your aerial would need re-confiqured were reception possible. I have knowledge of West Linton and I would have thought were you to reside at the south end of the village, in the development that is extremely low lying then you might have a difficulty. If you have a clear line of sight to the South East where you are, then your best option may be to consider "Freest" which will certainly give you a much greater channel selection and choice of viewing material. You however, then would need a "Freesat" receiver and dish installation - not an overlay expensive outlay dependent on the choice of receiver.This service is supported by the BBC and ITV is non subscription.

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Mike Dimmick
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3:11 PM

Jack: Have you retuned today? All multiplexes (except for BBC A) have moved to different frequencies this morning. You will need to do a full retune (also called Full Reset, Default Setting, First-Time Installation, or Virgin Mode) to ensure that the box forgets all previous settings.

Can you provide a full postcode?

This is the last set of changes at Craigkelly.

If the retune doesn't fix the problem, check that it is not on the list of boxes that don't support 8K mode at http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/2kequipment and isn't on the list of problems with the larger Network Information Table at http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/splitnit . However, I would have expected you to have had problems with the BBC channels over the last two weeks.

Another common explanation is that you have too much signal. If you have a booster or amplifier, try removing it or turning it down. If that doesn't help, or you don't have one, try adding an attenuator.

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Mike Dimmick
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4:50 PM

Chris: Yes, the broadcasters use these dots to indicate changes. As far as they're concerned, the box should be ignoring these dots. Contact TVonics for suggestions - TVonics Store - Product Support

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Jack
5:06 PM
Balerno

Mike:

EH14 7LY. I don't have a box. I get my digital from a DVD with Freeview built in. I'll try another retune and see if that makes any difference. Thanks.

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Mike Dimmick
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5:52 PM

edin: You have to have a "Freeview HD"-branded box or TV to receive HD channels. Just an 'HD Ready' TV is not enough.

HD Ready indicates that the TV can accept and display HD signals from another source. It might have an integrated digital tuner, but it won't implement all the standards necessary for HD TV in the UK. These are:

- DVB-T2 (not just DVB-T) for the multiplexed signal
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for the more efficient compressed picture
- The BBC's special Huffman tables to decode the EPG data

If you're using a PC with a TV tuner card or USB tuner that claims to be able to do HD, it may be able to do it overseas, but not here. Some other countries use the older MPEG-2 video compression on DVB-T, and some use MPEG-4 AVC on DVB-T, but here DVB-T2 is required.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:30 PM

Gaz: If the flat uses a communal aerial, the system may need adjusting for the new channels and power levels. Check with your landlord or agent - see PARAS - Professional Aerial Riggers Against The Sharks for some more advice.

Looking at the prediction for that postcode - which shows 100% probability of reliable reception across the board - it's probable that you have too much signal. If the landlord won't sort it out, try fitting an attenuator, although if the distortion is occurring at the master distribution amplifier, it won't help you.

Check if your neighbours are affected too.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:31 PM

Gaz: Sorry, I've just noticed that you posted at 2am, when all services were off. They should have been restored by 6am, so if you haven't retuned after that, try doing that first.

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Graham Ellery
7:23 PM
Anstruther

Graham Ellery: Hi Briantist. 15th is here and now another batch of channels have gone.So no sign of any improvement. See my/your comments 13th June. Perfect freeview on a wide range of channels pre-switch now down to a very limited range. So the benefit of the switchover is that we get less and less channels.

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