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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 HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 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, 28 ITVBe, 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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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

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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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 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

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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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

 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), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Joe Graham
12:28 PM

Colin Brown: Yes, same problem since Monday afternoon.

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Colin Brown
12:40 PM

Joe Graham: Odd. Tried switch of and on - no effect. Took life in my hands and rescanned - hey presto its back again! I know nothing of the technology but I wonder what causes just one channel to disappear from the box even though it is being transmitted?

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Joe Graham
1:09 PM

Colin Brown: I had the problem on 2 relays off 2 different main transmitters on 2 boxes. Did a quick rescan on 1 frequency on 1 box and programmes restored. Throughout I was getting good signal strength/quality on both frequencies for the 2 relays.
More rescanning needed methinks.

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Joe Graham
1:52 PM

Colin Brown: I had a quick look at Ch4 on 770MHz. Compared the new PIDs on box1 after the rescan with those on box2 before it was rescanned.
eg old video PID 2818
new video PID 1101.
I guess everything else has changed too. Why, When?

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Monday, 21 October 2013
Ralph Averbuch
9:32 AM


No idea if it's relevant but... yesterday morning 20th October 2013, I noticed that all BBC channels over freeview would not work on any of the TVs in the house. We are on the Craigkelly transmitter. Checked everything internal and all seems A OK. All other channels also seem to be broadcasting fine - just applies to BBC freeview BBC1, 2, 3, 4 and BBC News. Freeview BBC radio is also not working. Right now HD TV channels seem to be OK from BBC.



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Sunday, 3 November 2013
Ralph Averbuch
6:13 PM

CRAIGKELLY issues: 3rd Nov 2013 Not sure if work is still being done on the transmitter but over in East Lothian we're still struggling to get a reliable signal on any TVs in the house from BBC channels. Everything else seems to be OK though.

Picture on affected channels has lots of artefacts and freezes for minutes at a time. Prior to initial mast work was rock solid on BBC channels. Now being forced to watch SKY News!!! Radio for BBC also still banjaxed.

Originally mentioned this 21st Oct 2013. Would be good to know when the work is planned to be finished so I can give an update on whether it's returned to normal... or not.



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8:58 PM

Ralph Averbuch: Tried BBC1 just now on my TV with no problems, and have no noticed any problems on any channels recently. Although, I am right below the transmitter so signal never usually a problem!

But here the problem affects all of your TVs, then you either have an aerial/distribution problem, some sort of local interference or a transmitter problem. The latter is rare, and the latter two can be checked by asking neighbours if they are also having problems with BBC Freeview.

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Monday, 4 November 2013
John Robinson

8:10 PM

My PVR missed its recordings last night after 10pm and reported "no signal", and when I got in from the pub it had no PSB1, so I was a bit miffed but watched something else instead. This morning all back to normal. Dunno if it was a transmitter outage or (more likely) the PVR threw a wobbly.

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John Robinson

8:15 PM

(Just FYI, I'm at EH7 4EE and usually I can get all 6 muxes from Craigkelly, Black Hill and Angus transmitters, and have done since before switchover, so it would probably have to be a total outage rather than running at reduced power for me to lose my Craigkelly signal.)

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8:21 PM

John Robinson: Please be aware that work is being carried out this week at Craigkelly and with a "liable to interruption" notice having been posted on the engineering page to this effect.

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