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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?

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, 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, 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 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.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:34 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:32 yesterday to 13:42 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:34 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:32 on 23 Sep to 13:42 on 23 Sep. [BBC]

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Sunday, 26 October 2014
3:39 PM

I am having poor reception in EH3 8BX from my tv digibox this has been like this for about a week

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douglas's 1 post GB flag
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6:30 PM

douglas: WT?

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Zoe Bell
7:50 AM

I live in Edinburgh EH8 8HH. For some time ( a few months now) I have not been able to get most of the freeview channels. The only channels I receive are bbc1, bbc2, bbc3, bbc4, itv1, itv2, channel 4, channel 4+1, more4, film 4 and E4. I have checked my area and I should apparently get 50 channels, 13 hd channels and 26 radio channels. As you can see I have minimal channels. When I retune my tv (it has built in freeview) if it does pick up another channel the picture quality is so bad it's unwatchable. The listed channels above are the only channels I can watch with a quality picture. What can I do as I'm not in a position to have Sky or Virgin or pay for someone to fix the outside aerial. I bought a new tv that has built in freeview and now I have this problem. I am supposed to have all these channels according to my location yet I don't. What is the problem that is affecting this and can it get fixed without me having to pay any money for channels that I should be receiving for free anyway.

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9:01 AM

Zoe Bell: The most likely reason for your problem is that you are receiving Freeview from the local Cannongate relay rather than the Craigkelly transmitter, this latter station located across the Firth of Forth near to Burntisland. Should you recently have had occasion to auto-tune your TV? then its difficult to understand how this could have happened, as your TV should have picked up Craigkelly first by the fact of it transmitting on channels much lower down the scale compared to those used by Cannongate, or indeed the Angus transmitter, Craigkelly's channels being in the 21 - 45 range whereas the others are 49 upwards, and TV's scan from 21 upwards.

You should carry out a manufacturers reset on your TV prior to another auto-tune, this procedure also known as "default setting" or "first time installation" and see if this cures the problem, if by any chance it doesn't, carry out a second reset, but this time "manually" tune in each of the multiplexes used by the Craigkelly transmitter, channels as below.

27 (BBC) - 24 (ITV) - 21(HD) - 42 (ITV3 etc) - 45 (Pick tv etc) - 39 (4Music) - 33 (BBC4 HD etc) - 30 (Local)

However, A quick browse at you location would suggest that you are resident in a large apartment block?, should this be the case, then you are likely to be connected into a communal aerial system, if this applies then you should try enquire with one of the other residents to find out if they are experiencing any problems with reception.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 December 2014
9:19 AM

Last month or so, BBC1 signal on in-built Freeview on my Panasonic plasma tv has been dropping out every few seconds; it's really, really annoying! All other channels have excellent signal strength and a retune hasn't solved the issue. Am in Musselburgh, East Lothian and signal being picked up by aerial in our attic, facing Craigkelly, I think.

Any ideas?

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donny's 1 post GB flag

10:39 AM

donny: You havn't put a postcode into the site (which would bring up DigitalUK's site for your location, etc), but check your signal strength - it may be too high. Panasonic's are known to have sensitive tuners, BBC1 is usually the strongest signal, and if you've got 'excellent strength' on all other channels, you migth be exceeding the tuners limits, hence the drop outs (low and high signal strength can look very similar).

Put 'too much of a good thing' into the sites search box and go from there.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

10:31 PM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 18:00 today to 20:59 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 17 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 18:00 yesterday to 20:59 yesterday. [BBC]

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