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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 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
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

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

 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

 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.

Thursday, 21 November 2013
Maeve clark
7:32 PM

KY13 8QY, roof aerial
Yesterday poor reception on many channels - did a rescan as suggested. Now some favourite channels have disappeared all together, namely 12 Dave, 19 Yesterday and 24 ITV4. All these worked fine up to 20th November.
Help, what has happened?

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Dave Lindsay

8:09 PM

Maeve clark: By rescanning you deleted all channels stored, that's what's happened.

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Dave Lindsay

8:19 PM

Maeve clark: As indicated above, there are engineering works being carried out on the Craigkelly transmitter. You will now have to either do a rescan or attempt manual tuning to add the missing multiplexes, something which wouldn't have been required if a reset had not been carried out.

For manual tuning to Craigkelly:

COM4 - ITV3 - C42
COM5 - Pick TV - C45
COM6 - 4Music, Yesterday - C39

(This information is given at the top of this page.).

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Thursday, 28 November 2013
Maeve clark
1:50 PM

Since the engineering works are being carried out at the Craigkelly transmitter for another week, can you tell me if all the channels that have disappeared over the last week (such as 12, 19, 24, 83 and several more) will reappear once the engineering works are completed.

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Dave Lindsay

2:00 PM

Maeve clark: Unfortunately we do not have a crystal ball.

However, I see no reason why the changes that have acted to your detriment should be perminant. Perhaps the reserve antenna is being used and/or they are on reduced power. After all, you are probably on the margins for these channels.

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Brian D Cameron
10:05 PM

Judging by the number of posts since April about the problems with the Craigkelly transmitter - particularly BBC1; BBC2; BBC3 etc;etc - it would be nice to see this problem put together for good. Having to pay enormous sums for licences just to find that signal quality is so variable is neither fair nor right under the sale of goods act. It's not as if the station isn't capable of producing a decent signal, it just seems that the equipment is not working properly.

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Friday, 29 November 2013
Dave Lindsay

12:06 PM

Brian D Cameron: The Sale of Goods Act does not apply with respect to payment of the TV Licence and signal quality because the TV Licence simply permits the licensee to watch television and offers no guarantees as to availability of signal or warranties on aerial and receiving system.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 19 December 2013

11:11 AM

Bill: Arqiva - why do you ask?

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Saturday, 28 December 2013
11:52 AM

I performed a retune on my Panasonic Freeview HDD/DVD Recorder the other day, in order to pick up the new HD channels.

When I've retuned previously, the device has offered a 'Sort by Region' option as opposed to 'Sort by signal quality'. This time, there's no option to sort by region, and the machine sorts the channels with STV first, STV+1, then others in random sequence, with STV as channel 800.

With the 'sort by region' option, BBC1 would be channel 1, BBC2 channel 2, STV channel 3, etc.

Is this something that's missing from the transmission stream, or due to a change that's been made?

I haven't made any changes at my end other than installing a better quality flylead from the wall aerial socket to the recorder

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