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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 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),

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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018
John Robinson

3:36 PM

Having just retuned, it looks like we now have:
PSB2 D3+4 ITV, C4, C5 etc SD - CH24
Com4 SDN Drama, 5USA etc - CH29
Com5 ArqA Pick, Really, etc - CH31
Com6 ArqB 4Music, Yesterday etc - CH37
LEH Local - CH32
Com7 BBC News HD, 5USA+1 - CH55
Com8 BBC4 HD, CBeebies HD - CH56

And either my aerial is the wrong group, or the signal's very low on Com7/Com8 compared to before the change, because my PVR is showing 2 bars out of 10 for signal strength for them, and it used to be about 4 when they were on CH33, while my PSB3/BBCB signal strength still shows 5/10. Maybe I need a new aerial anyway if 5/10 is the best any of them show though!

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John Robinson's 43 posts US flag
4:14 PM

John Robinson: Hey John

Thank you for the list. Unfortunately it seems whatever was done today has screwed me over, as I have lost more than half the channels I should be getting. Only getting 49 out of 111. I've manually retuned to those frequencies and despite my box telling me I've got 100% signal quality and 80-90% signal strength, no channels on many on the muxes.

These are the muxes that I have lost since the engineers did whatever they did:

29: 85% Str / 100% quality
31: 85% Str /100% quality
37: 84% / 100%
55: 84% / 100%
56: 83% / 100%

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Bidge's 5 posts GB flag

4:15 PM

John Robinson: COM7 & COM8 are both broadcasting at 15.8kW according to Digital UK. If you don't already have a wideband aerial you may well find reception of COM7/8 more difficult as they are about as far out of band compared to most of the main muxes as it's possible to be.

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts US flag

5:47 PM

Bidge: Make a note of any planned recordings, then unplug the aerial and do a full retune/rescan which should clear your channel list (if it doesn't, try a factory reset). Then reconnect the aerial and retune again which should give you a complete channel list with fresh tuning data.

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts US flag
John Robinson

5:48 PM

Bidge: you probably need to do a full re-tune - maybe even a from-scratch install - to get your TV/box to clear out the channel list before you retune. Digital TV has guidance for various devices here: Digital UK | Retuning instructions

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John Robinson's 43 posts US flag
John Robinson

5:50 PM

Heh, StevensOnln1 got there first! :-)

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John Robinson's 43 posts US flag
6:41 PM

Thanks folks for the help and advice. Much appreciated.

Back up and running again. Turn it off, let its memory clear and then full automatic retune got me up and running again.

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Bidge's 5 posts GB flag
6:42 PM

StevensOnln1: Thanks folks for the help and advice. Much appreciated.

Back up and running again. Turn it off, let its memory clear and then full automatic retune got me up and running again.

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Bidge's 5 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:06 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 yesterday to 05:59 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 yesterday to 05:59 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,992 posts xx flag
10:27 PM

Looks like I have lost COM7 and COM8 since the Craigkelly clearance change. No amount of retuning is bringing them back. I only had a new aerial fitted a couple of years ago. Grrr.

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