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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-320,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C37+ (602.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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

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 (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
Monday, 11 February 2013
Ian Ireland
11:29 PM
Kirkcaldy

All channels except ITV 3 good quality and reception. Can you explain why this one channel is so poor. Picture all noise and very poor quality. I have a Panasonic Viera Plasma TV

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jb38
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11:53 PM

Ian Ireland: You should carry out a signal strength / quality check on mux Ch42 (ITV3) (this called "signal condition" on most Panasonics) noting whats indicated and then do likewise on mux Ch45 (Pick TV etc) then comparing the two readings, and although you have not mentioned any time factor being involved I was wondering if the problem has just started recently? or has ITV3 always been inferior, because if it has then moving the aerial a fraction to the left or right sometimes clears that type of deficiency even although you are relatively close to the Craigkelly transmitter.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Saturday, 22 June 2013
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Mike D
12:36 AM

Hi,

I'm on the Craigkelly transmitter and for no reason my HD channels are not getting a signal as of about a month or so ago? Is anyone aware of any work going on that could affect things?

I've tried 4G filters so know its not that.

Thanks (55.8412,-3.0468) 

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Mike D's 3 posts GB
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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:58 AM

Mike D: No problems with the HD channels across the water on Craigkelly, although I am right under the mast!

Just the HD channels is strange, nothing wrong with any other channels? Do you get the full range of Freeview channels (40+)? Have you got more than 1 TV? What happens when you try manual tuning on UHF ch 21?

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Michael's 358 posts GB
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Mike D
7:56 AM

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the response. It's only happened recently. I'm based out in Midlothian and am in a dip so have to use a booster but I did get them before. I don't get anything from a manual tuning I'm afraid (no channels from Black Hill or Penecuik) and I've also tried a 4G filter to no avail. Completely puzzled. The HD channels were fine until a month or so ago then just disappeared.

To be honest the signals from one of two of the other multiplexes are a bit patchy as well now.

Still wonder if somehow 4G is to blame in spite of the filters not helping
(55.8412,-3.0468) 

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Mike D's 3 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:16 PM

Michael: There are no 4G services of any kind whatsoever in your area. They are NOT to blame!

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Mike D
1:05 PM

No idea what it is then. Roll on more IPTV channels sink don't have to rely on my aerial any more! (55.8412,-3.0468) 

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:19 PM
Calne

Reading these pages shows that some people seem to think that 4G in the 800 MHz band is already running, AFAIK it is yet to start! Though, to be strictly accurate, there are some small scale experiments being performed in a few areas occasionally. The current EE (Orange) 4G is in the 1800 MHz band so cannot directly affect DTTV (Freeview) which operates below 800 MHz. When 4G in the 800+ MHz band does start it is expected that very few viewers will be affected by interference and a few may benefit from a filter. But most people will not need a 4G filter and it could cause more problems than running without - especially as the 800+ MHz services are yet to start commercially. Those most affected could be in areas where Freeview uses the higher frequencies in the 700+ MHz range, few (if any) below that are expected to be affected and will not need a filter.
There also seems to be a confusion between Channel Numbers and Programme Numbers. Channel numbers were allocated by International Convention as an easier way to describe the frequencies used for transmission of sound and vision+colour. The Programme number is entirely at the users' discretion but broadcasters like Freeview and Sky like to predetermine the number used by viewers to display their wanted programmes. So normally BBC1 is on programme 101 (on Freeview and Sky) despite the fact it is actually transmitted on a number of different channels. Further, each channel on Freeview and Sky contains programme information for more than one programme service. So they should not be confused as they are different meanings and usages.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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Johnm
9:35 PM

I have been experiencing pixelation on BBC 1, 2, 3 & 4 on one TV in the house and on another TV I have been getting a message of low signal power for the last week. My father has also lost STV, Channel 4 & Channel 5. We both live in the Midlothian area and receive our signal from Craigkelly is there any reason for this like work being done on the transmitter etc?

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Johnm's 1 post GB
Thursday, 27 June 2013
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w miller
11:05 AM

I have sound delay on BBC hd red Button
Also repetition of speech

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