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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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, 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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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 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, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C37+ (602.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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

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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, 15 June 2011
Graham Ellery
7:29 PM

Graham Ellery: From the internet:re Craigkelly:
"The transmitter was originally an A group but has become a K group (or wideband) with the advent of Channel Five and Digital. Craigkelly is one of the few main transmitters which will not be returning to its original group at DSO. In fact after the switchover even less of its Digital output will be receivable on an A group aerial than is the case now, see Ofcom transmitter details".

So I had the right aerial but someone has subsequently decided that more convenient not to service these.

Why could none of the people I have spoken to , online chatted with , emailed and yourself Brianist not have been transparent.
on this. Clearly not interested in user service.

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Graham Ellery
10:25 PM

Restrictions on SDN, Arqiva A and Arqiva B multiplexes
There are no restrictions on the "commercial multiplexes" on the Craigkelly transmitter - however they will broadcast at 10kW, half of the power of the public service multiplexes and may be unavailable to those on the fringes of the reception area.

So not only are they not covering a band aerials they are not broadcasting at sufficient power to cover the area. The good news is the owners of 2 of these multiplexes plan to launch a new channel but probably not for my area?.

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Graham Ellery's 9 posts GB
10:58 PM

Is anyone actually receiving Ch 42,45,49 from Craigkelly yet?

In EH7 I'm getting Ch 21,24,27 fine this evening, but no hint of a signal at all on the others.

I did receive Ch 39,42 prior to full switchover, so I'm thinking this isn't due to my antenna group, or due to their lower power.

I saw it suggested somewhere on here that we may have to wait until next week when Black Hill starts transmitting these (relayed by Craigkelly), but then that doesn't explain why I can receive BBCB(HD) today. Can anyone confirm if this is accurate information?

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Graeme's 3 posts GB
11:04 PM

sorry, that last post should've read:
Is anyone actually receiving Ch 39,42,45 from Craigkelly yet?

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Graeme's 3 posts GB
11:16 PM


Those are the frequency that my folks have had trouble with here in KDY. I'm getting them through a very good spec wide-band aerial and a signal booster. Seems a bit strange post DSO to lose channels, I thought power was getting turned up?

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Mike's 1 post GB
11:39 PM

So now that the switchover has happened on Craigkelly I find I'm getting fewer channels on Freeview than I got before the switchover. I only seem to be getting channels 24 and 27 - no sign of anything else. When am I going to get all my channels back ?

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DSS's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:40 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 yesterday to 02:59 yesterday Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:47 on 13 Jun to 23:12 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:40 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 yesterday to 02:59 yesterday Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:47 on 13 Jun to 23:12 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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Les Nicol

7:27 AM

Richard : I see from your earlier post that you would really like to have "Dave". This channel isn't currently available on "Freesat" due to contractual arrangements with SKY. It would be on "Freeview" from Blackhill if you can get it.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB
7:29 AM


I am in the North of Edinburgh and have lost many Freeview channels, I am only getting most of the BBC channels along with Channel 5, More 4, E4, ITV 2 and a handful of radio channels.

I received about 70 channels before the switchover and I have been resetting my box and tuning regularly since yesterday. Is there anything else I can do?


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