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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.

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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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
Thursday, 16 June 2011
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Graham Ellery
8:28 PM
Anstruther

Hi Aaron.

I have tried everything. Good freeview pre switchover. Now lost 3 multiplexes and no sign of promised HD. Looks like switchover was designed to benefit big business (Aqiva - who interestingly will be doing the smart meters for our utilities).

Cannot get onto DigitalUK helpsite for missing channel help as it seems to be overloaded.

Will keep trying but suspect next recommendations will be:

"Is your car parked too close to the house"
"Have you just put washing on your line , if so please move"
" Does your house number have a 3 in it".

Think you get the idea. Good luck.

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Aaron
8:30 PM

I should add to my above post:

When I retune I have two bars showing on the screen. The top bar shows the scanning progress from 1 - 100% and the bottom bar shows the % of signal strength being received.

For the first 30% of the scan it shows a signal strength being received of 80% then for the remainder 70% of the scan it changes from 80% to 'No signal on this frequency'.

Hope that makes sense?

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KMJ,Derby
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9:49 PM

Bruce: The Digital UK postcode checker does not offer a prediction for C39 at present, in 2012 reception becomes variable. Similarly C42 and C45 are shown as variable with a very slight improvement in 2012. It is possible that the problem is interference from the analogue transmissions from Chatton, which are shown on a service area map to deliver a low level of signal in an area to the West of Penicuik. The slight improvement to reception of the Craigkelly COM muxes would coincide with switchover at Chatton. An alternative transmitter for the COM muxes at your location is Black Hill. Use a group B aerial for best results from Black Hill.

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jb38
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9:50 PM

Aaron: In your particular case of being in effect just across the water from Craigkelly you "may" be receiving too strong a signal, the problem being that this can cause blocking of your sets ability to receive properly.

This effect will apply more if you are using a roof mounted aerial or a booster on your system, if you by any chance are then measures will have to be taken to reduce the signal, like by-passing any booster fitted or using an attenuator in line with the aerial lead into the set.

I know exactly where you are in relation to the transmitter, and that's the reason I mention this possibility which may, or may not apply dependant on your aerial arrangements.

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Les Nicol
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10:26 PM

Bruce - There should be no problem in an aerial trained on Blackhill in Easthouses Mayfield Newtongrange or Gorebridge their might be in parts of Dalkeith itself and you may need to check locally from installers in the area. I surmise that the majority of aerial installations in this area are directed at Craigkelly in Fife.

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Friday, 17 June 2011
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4:36 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 15 Jun to 02:59 on 15 Jun Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:47 on 13 Jun to 23:12 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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4:36 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 15 Jun to 02:59 on 15 Jun Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:47 on 13 Jun to 23:12 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 15 Jun to 02:59 on 15 Jun Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:47 on 13 Jun to 23:12 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 15 Jun to 02:59 on 15 Jun Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:47 on 13 Jun to 23:12 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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Colin Brown
7:48 AM

Im in Mortonhall and have the same problem of 'out of group' muxes (e.g. 42, 45). My complaint is that some channels in these muxes(e.g. ITV3, 5USA) which were fine before are now gone. How did they manage the switchover without thinking about continuity of service? We now have only 4 MUXs 'in range' (21,24,27,30). What about the other 12 possible frequencies between C21 and C36???

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