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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-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 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

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C37+ (602.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 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

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.

Friday, 17 June 2011
6:32 PM

Mike : I think I understand most of what you are saying but I'm still struggling to understand why the number of Freeview channels I'm receiving now is less than what I received before Wednesday.
I know Craigkelly transmits all the channels because pre-switch I got most of them. When I look at uhf channels 39 and 42 on my TV manual tuning facility the signal quality does register but is so low that the tuner rejects them.
I really don't know what I can do to get over this problem which seems to have arisen because of the switchover on Wednesday.

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DSS's 3 posts GB

7:13 PM

Colin Brown: There are other transmitters nearby which use other channels in Group A.

For example, the Durris transmitter to the north in Aberdeenshire uses channels 22, 23, 25, 26, 28 and 29. Craigkelly therefore cannot use these channels otherwise there would be interference.

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Will's 39 posts GB

8:28 PM

John: It is likely that your signal is now too strong. The Digital UK postcode checker gives near perfect reception from Craigkelly, Black Hill and Angus at your location. If you have any amplifiers on the aerial remove them. If not, try inserting an attenuator in the aerial feed.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
9:25 PM

Thanks KMJ - that will be a first! Signal strength on the on-screen 'meters' looks about 50% - ie a green bar extends about half way across its box. But I'll give an attenuator a try.

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John's 2 posts GB
Colin Brown
9:49 PM

Will: re Craigkelly limitations. Thanks,I am aware of the your point on other transmitters using channels but I repeat only 4 MUXs in range is a bit limiting. Even your own example of Durris shows 6 MUXs in range (all below 30). Dont want to be meow but how come we cannot have one of these for Craigkelly so at least we both have five in range!

And the bottom line for lots of the recent comments here is that the advertising of 'Just retune to get your channels back' is not that easy if they have moved the new MUXes out of range! Aerial installers in Edinburgh must be loving installing dual A and B aerials or wideband aerials.

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Colin Brown's 8 posts GB
10:28 PM

What a disappointment!!! FK2 0TJ. After eagerly waiting months for the DSO I find that I now only recieve CH24 and CH27 on each set in the house. Wide gain aerial installed. Postcode checker said I could expect very good signal. What is going on?? Is this the best we can expect in this area?? Can anyone help??

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staff's 3 posts GB
10:32 PM

Oh, aerial is on the roof. Tried all possible re-tunes, software updates etc.
What must i to do??

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staff's 3 posts GB
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:33 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]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

4:33 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]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts xx

8:08 AM

staff: I would have thought that Blackhill would have been a better bet for your location, albeit that I know there are pockets within the area where Craigkelly is better.

I would leave things as they are at present until after the 22nd of this month when Blackhill has completed switchover, after which you should delete the channels stored in your sets by carrying out a first time scan "without the aerial being connected", then once completed re-connect and carry out manual tuning on 46 - 43 - 40(HD only) - 41 - 44 - 47, these being Blackhills channels.

I purposely did not suggest finalising with a "first time scan" as your aerial will be pointing at Craigkelly and that will upset the results, but should you receive the channels listed it would be worthwhile swinging the aerial around to Blackhill, as the fact that you would be picking them up with your aerial facing the wrong direction indicates a powerful signal being received.

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