Full Freeview on the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter.
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.
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 601 BBC RB 1, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 720 BBC Radio nan Gaidheal,
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 VisionTV, Racing TV, Arise News, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, WION NEWS, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 37 QVC2, 212 Pop Player, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 FailArmy, 265 On Demand 365, 266 Pet Collective, 268 AlJazeera Arabic, 270 Real Crime, 271 Channelbox, 272 Asharq News #2, 274 Asharq News, 275 Al Arabiya, 276 Shots!, 277 UK RADIO PORTAL, 278 Zee World, 279 Alaraby Network, 280 Rok, 281 Revelation TV, 282 God TV, 283 3ABN, 284 AmazingDiscoveries, 286 NHK WORLD, 287 Newsmax, 670 ADULT Section (start), 727 Absolute Radio,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 724 Capital, 728 Heart, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, QVC Style, 50 GREAT! tv, 51 Ideal World, 62 GREAT! tv +1, 72 Jewellery Maker, 285 Together TV +1, 671 ADULT Xpanded TV, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh,
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?
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 70km west-southwest (252°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
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?
|Dullatur||Transposer||20 km NE Glasgow||40 homes|
|Edinburgh||Transposer||Sighthill area||167 homes|
How will the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 20kW|
|com7, com8||(-9.7dB) 10.8kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-10dB) 10kW|
|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
Al : Craigkelly is on a bearing of 29 degrees from your location. Barring any nearby obstructions such as trees you would appear to have a clear line-of-sight to the transmitter:
Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location
If you have an existing aerial, used for analogue, and this is a Group A one then it might be worth trying it as it might be OK receiving the out-of-group Group B channels, which are COM4, COM5 and COM6.
To mount the aerial in the loft, you need a loft bracket. Lots of information and products here:
Loft and indoor aerial installations for TV, FM and DAB
Other products and retailers are available, of course.
Without question a log periodic at your location.
Yagi widebands are much a compromise and not necessary for Craigkelly -- if it's a yagi then a "semi-wideband" Group K one. Group K=Group A+Group B. But at such close proximity a log periodic is the best choice.
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I am in Methil, Fife and pick up signals from Craigkelly. At times over the last couple of weeks I have been unable to pick up any BBC channels for what could be 1 or 2 hours but everything else is ok. Then all BBC channels come back at the same time.
Can anybody help with this? I can't understand why only BBC channels can be affected by any problem.
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David: You can check your expected reception by puuting your postcode into the site and then clicking on the links. However, a good guess would be to look at your aerial lead and go from there. Could be loose, or the cable damaged. Then follow it back up to the aerial. Your losing a mux, but cables can do funny things - just because a weak mux is OK, whilst a strong mux goes does not mean that there isn't a problem.
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MikeB's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Because of the spread of channels used for the several multiplexes broadcast at Craigkelly, from C21 to C45, you need a good wide band aerial. The best will be a log-periodic design. The size needed is determined by the distance from the transmitter and whether there are any obstructions, hills or buildings for example, that are in between that may block your sight of the transmitter. As you appear to be located in Kirkaldy, you are not very far from the transmitter so you are unlikely to need a very large aerial, a 36 element would be too strong I suspect. But check that you have clear sight of the TV transmitter mast, but don't confuse it with a telephone mast.
It would be a good idea to talk to a local TV aerial installer - but do not fall for the scam of a 'digital aerial' as all log-periodic (or yagi pattern as well) are designed for reception of Freeview signals. The critical factor is that a log-periodic will be suitable for all foreseen future transmissions and is likely to give approximately equal reception of all channels. (A wide band Yagi pattern is poorer at the low channels than at the upper channels.)
When mounting in the loft, ensure that the aerial does not try to 'look through' anywater tanks or similar metal structures. Also note that there is always some attenuation of the signal passing through solid walls, etc.
Hope that helps?
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