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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) mast?

Craigkelly transmitter - Craigkelly transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +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 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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

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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, 22 June 2011
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Colin Brown
9:55 PM

re my previous posts .. I have had to relent and now have good reception on all MUXs from my shiny new wideband aerial. Unfortunately the decision at DSO to have Craigkelly as one of only about 5% of transmitters to be wideband has cost me over £100 - not quite a simple retune eh? I wonder what the total cost of this decision is to folks in Edinburgh. Lucky you folks on Blackhill etc.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011
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Jean Clark
7:01 PM

Since Monday 20 June when I set my VCR to record I am only getting an onscreen message "software download in progress" it showws a progress bar about 50% complete. I did not set vcr on Tuesday night as I assumed my freeview box was trying to update but failing to do so. However i still got the message today. My vcr is set to start taping at 10.30am but tonight it won't let me set the timer because the message is still appearing on the screen.
I have an asda freeview box and an analogue tv and vcr.
Craigkelly transmitter.
I managed to record after the 15th but not since 20th June,
Please help.
(56.2088,-3.4319) 

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Friday, 24 June 2011
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Stuart
2:09 PM

Mike (1): In my experience Panasonic DTT equipment can have an unsatisfactory tuning routine. I've had a Panasonic Freeview box and DVD Recorder, and I've heard from others with Panasonic TVs.

This equipment finds a multiplex from a distant transmitter during the early part of the channel scan and then ignores the identical multiplex from your desired transmitter.

So it's quite likely that you are getting Durris multiplexes in place of Craigkelly.

One answer to the problem is an attenuator to weaken the signal to the point where unwanted signals are not detected but the wanted signals are still powerful enough. After a scan you can remove the attenuator if necessary. If you don't have an attenuator any way of weakening the signal would do.

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Aaron
4:35 PM

(I am in Leith, EH6)

An update on my previous post about only getting the BBC channels, STV, 4 + Five since DSO.

I had the aerial guys round today to look at our communal aerial. Apparently we only had a 'grouped aerial' so they replaced it with a wideband. This has sorted the problem and now get all channels but we still get a week signal so we might loose channels in bad weather. The cabling and junction box all needs replacing apparently......this could cost a lot of money all due to this DSO.

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Saturday, 25 June 2011
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Jack
9:38 AM
Balerno

I'm in EH14 and get my Freeview through a DVD recorder. It now seems I'm ony getting ITV3, Quest, 5*, 5USA etc on alternate days. Tuesday and Thursday perfect picture. Wednesday and this morning, "no signal". I did wonder if I've got too stong or too weak signal but how could either be the answer when I'm getting these channels intermittently? Anyone got any ideas?

Just wait until DSO hits London. We'll never hear the end of it!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011
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Bruce
7:42 PM

As an update at my end, the CH39 reception that had improved in late June has now reverted to being unwatchable. There have been no adverse weather or climatic conditions that could be influencing this that I can imagine.

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Sunday, 17 July 2011
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Bruce
7:26 PM

Thanks very much for the link. I had no idea about things like games consoles, recorders etc causing interference. I shall investigate!

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Monday, 1 August 2011
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Chris
12:42 PM

Re my post on 15th June. Craigkelly's PSB2 channel no longer has the 'full stop' after Central Scotland. My TVonics MDR 251 STB now tunes in correctly with all the stations in the correct order. Mike - TVonics 'help' was less than useful. All channels give good signal with 42 and 45 slightly lower than the rest at about 95% indicated on the green bar. Reception area Pencaitland Aerial Televes DAT45 with MRD.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:06 AM

Chris: I'm pleased to hear that.

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