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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.

 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
Channel icons
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, 5 April 2019
7:44 PM

Mux psb2 (d3+4) Friday 20.15. No reception. This mux has recently been unreliable. We point at Craigkelly. Others muxes seem fine.

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Colin's 4 posts GB flag

9:07 PM


Go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker and enter your full post code. Then select the Detailed View and scroll down to the resultant listings for your transmitter. That will show you the current and future channel allocations.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 April 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 14:12 on 04 Apr to 14:30 on 04 Apr. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,939 posts xx flag
11:49 AM

MikeP: Thanks. It shows green for all channels though thinks I'm pointing at a transmitter farther away than the one I point to. Don't think I can see a channel list for another transmitter but the general reception for that one is also green.
I thought I had line of sight to the nearer one but I suppose there could be reflection and refraction as there are roofs close to the sight line. However why should it suddenly change and why is only one mux affected ? (Actually I later realised two are affected.) The power of affected muxes is same as the muxes working.

Perhaps it's worth trying the farther away mast.

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Colin's 1 post GB flag

9:29 PM


That website gives a compass bearing to the transmitter from your location. So use that to determine whether your aerial is pointing in that direction or another., I advise using a proper compass and not just guessing. If it does not list another transmitter then they are pretty sure you should not be able to receive signals from it, certainly not reliably.

One other things for you to check is to make sure all your aerial cables are in good condition and undamaged. Also unplug all coaxial plugs/sockets and refit as that will clear any possible corrosion/oxidation on the contacts - a common cause of loss of one or more channels.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Colin Kerr
4:47 PM

MikeP: thanks, I had used an exact compass bearing allowing for magnetic variation. I am now waiting for good weather to get on roof and point to Black Hill instead. Meanwhile reception has been fine.

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Colin Kerr's 4 posts GB flag
Sunday, 12 May 2019
John Robinson

6:35 PM

The channel allocation table on this page, as of today, is slightly wrong - com7 and com8 certainly aren't on C33 & C34 any more, they're only on C55 & C56, which as we know will be reallocated for 5G in a year's time. I guess that means there's no point my mum, who has lost BBC4 HD since the last shuffle, so presumably has a group A or K aerial, getting a broadband one.

But do we have any clearer idea when the next switchover shuffles - described in Rebuilding Freeview High Definition from 2019 onwards | free and easy - will be happening? And is it likely that BBC4 HD will reappear on one of the other commercial muxes (SDN, ArqA, ArqB) before presumably finally settling on one of the PSB muxes when they have their final switchover to DVB-T2?

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB flag

10:13 PM

John Robinson:

That error is known by the operator of this website. For the most up to date information please fo tyo the Digital UK Coverage Checker at…er/, put in your post code and house number, select the Detailed View and then press Go. In the resulting page scroll down to see the entry for your transmitter. That will tell you the current channel usage as well as the planned future usage.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 May 2019
John Robinson

7:46 PM

Thanks MikeP. I don't suppose you have any more insight into the other half of my query re future channel shuffling and DVB-T2 switchover?

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB flag

10:05 PM

John Robinson:

Use the website I mentioned. That shows the futue=re planned channel usage up till at leasr 2020.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
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