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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.

Friday, 2 October 2015
Peter Robinson
4:00 PM

I have done the reset on both freeview televisions and both are unaffected.
Problem - for at least 2 weeks Channel 24 from Craigkelly signal quality varies greatly 40% up to 85% and signal strength dropped to about 50%, typically today strength has risen to 86% but quality fluctuates wildly from 50% to 100%, Channels 27, 30, 39, 42 and 45 all show 90-100% strength and 100% quality (no fluctuations). The site shows no problems with the transmitter but these results clearly show a problem (up until recently Channel 24 was as the others rock solid) with channel 24. Can anyone let me know what is going on?
my post code is EH6 8DG in Leith Edinburgh and Craigkelly is the recommended transmitter for my area.
I have a brand new broadest range aerial bought when the signal changed over.

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Peter Robinson's 2 posts GB flag
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6:10 PM

Peter Robinson: As no technical problems are listed against the Craigkelly transmitter, your best policy would be to ascertain if anyone else in the area is also experiencing similar difficulties with the reception of STV channels, as although your aerial is not that terribly old, a bad (oxidised) connection has in the past, been proven as being capable of being frequency selective, i.e: only causing difficulties on one single channel.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

6:52 PM

Peter Robinson: Another test you can carry out being. If you have anything coupled into your TV via an HDMI lead, try removing it whilst you are witnessing the fluctuations in quality , as some HDMI leads are also capable of radiating a high level of frequency selective interference which can be picked up in a coax jumper lead.

Needless to say, this, as well as the latter statement in my previous reply, should only be taken into consideration if checks reveal that the problem referred to is purely confined to your installation.

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Monday, 2 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

10:33 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 18 January 2016
7:57 AM


I live in kirkcaldy ky26hz...I have just unstalled a log36 wideband aerial in my attic replacing old k band aerial feeding 4 rooms through a 4 way splitter.. I am p[ointing at craigkelly transmitter..Channels i can receive are 24,27,39,42 and 45 only with good signal ...I cannot pick up channel 21..Should I be able to receive channel 21 and any others?


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Dave's 1 post GB flag

5:20 PM


To receive any of the channels broadcast on the Channel 21 multiplex you need a TV set with an HD tuner. An 'HD Ready' set probably does not have such a DVB-T2 tuner built in.

Do you have a set or STB that has a DVB-T2 HD tuner?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

5:31 PM

Dave: Mux C21 can only be received by Freeview devices fitted with DVB-T2 (HD) tuners, as C21 is an HD multiplex, the fact of you not being able to receive it inclined to suggest that none of your TV's / boxes are capable of receiving HD signals, as if they were, then you would also be able to receive Mux C33 and Mux C34, both those also being HD multiplexes.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

5:37 PM

MikeP : Sorry, no duplication intended, as I had typed out a reply but was interrupted before sending it due to answering a phone call, then failed to refresh page before doing so.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

11:00 PM


No problem. At l;east we 'sang off thwe same 'hymn sheet' as it were.

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