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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?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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7 BBC Alba, 82 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Edinburgh micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 115 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C38+ (610.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

LEH
 H -6dB
C30 (546.0MHz)311mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh,

com7
 H -2.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)311mDTG-610,800W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -2.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)311mDTG-610,800W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-173 Oct 2018
A K TK TK TK TK TK TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C23-A
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C26-B
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C292SDN
C30LEHLEH
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqA
C32_local
C331com7com7
C34com8com8
C38ArqB
C39D+ArqB+ArqB+ArqB
C42CSDNSDNSDN
C45ArqAArqAArqA
C48C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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.

Comments
Thursday, 4 October 2018
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StevensOnln1
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11:30 PM

Leigh: If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 2,683 posts US
Friday, 5 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:06 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 03 Oct to 05:59 on 03 Oct, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 03 Oct to 05:59 on 03 Oct. [BBC]

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John Robinson
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8:30 PM

StevensOnln1: I bet that only applies if you lose access to standard definition public service transmissions, so PSB1 & PSB2, not any of the COM muxes. That's certainly true of the offer to install free-to-air satellite if a suitable aerial can't be fitted.

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StevensOnln1
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11:15 PM

John Robinson: That is certainly not the case, I've seen numerous reports on this website and others from people who have lost reception of one or more COM muxes who have had a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, in several cases where the only muxes lost were the temporary COM7 & COM8 services. The code of service document also states that their installers will investigate any reception problem and provide a replacement aerial when required. The limitation you mention states that a free of charge Freesat installation will only be offered if the PSB1/2 muxes cannot be restored, it does not state any such restriction on any other work.

https://www.freeview.co.u….pdf

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StevensOnln1's 2,683 posts US
Sunday, 7 October 2018
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AEKostas
3:49 PM

Hello,

I have a Group K aerial for Craigkelly and have lost Four HD, because it went to channel 55 or 56; above 48 anyway. Thank you for suggesting that I may be able to get a new wideband aerial, but I recall I had issues with Angus interference, and it's a hassle I don't need, as it's quite hard to tune the aerial where I am.

I have looked at the coverage checker, probably not in enough detail, but I cannot figure out if this is temprorary (and for how long).

Is there somewhere a clear and concise description of the plan for Craigkelly?

Thanks!

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Monday, 8 October 2018
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:20 AM

AEKostas: All planned frequency changes for Craigkelly have been completed. COM7 & COM8 have moved to form single frequency networks on UHF channels 55 & 56, where they will stay until they close, which is expected to be 2022 at the latest. There have been no plans announced for any further frequency changes for COM7 or COM8 and it would be unlikely that any spare frequencies could be found to allow for any further changes to take place.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:31 AM

AEKostas:

Please go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and put in your full post code and house number. Then scroll down to find the listing for the Craig Kelly transmitter. That will tell you the current channel settings and those expected in the future, together with when any changes might be expected.



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MikeP's 3,014 posts GB
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AEKostas
3:57 PM

StevensOnln1: thanks; I contacted them and have an appointment with them. Fingers crossed they will supply a decent aerial. Interesting to see if they will re-instate the bird-guards.

MikeP: thanks for the link. I cannot readily see the "expected in future" channels and the listing is missing (or so I think) BBC FOUR HD and channel 56, which is disconcerting. It confirms that I need a wideband, which I do not currently have.

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AEKostas's 4 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:09 AM

AEKostas:

The expected in future channels are listed below the current channels for each available trnasmitter. The klistings show the current channels as the top line folowed by the expected future channel usage below that, usually covering the period up to 2020.



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AEKostas
12:52 PM

MikeP: Ok, I got it now: in the "Detailed view" there are some rows that show differences to values, maybe a couple of small changes per row in the case for Craigkelly. It is unclear to me what there will really mean in practice, I guess we suck it and see at the time.

Still annoyed I need a new aerial and a wideband at that, but hey ho, another one to suck and see.

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