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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C38+ (610.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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


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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018
A K TK TK TK TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29SDN
C30LEH
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesArqA
C32_local
C33com7
C34com8
C38ArqB
C39+ArqB
C42SDN
C45ArqA
C48C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
T
Touchwood
8:23 PM

The Craigkelly signal over the last couple of days has been appalling. Anyone else experiencing problems?

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Touchwood's 1 post GB
Monday, 24 September 2012
A
Alister Greig
4:58 PM
Edinburgh

Postcode: EH7 4QY
Location of aerial: loft
Last weekend (22/23 Sept) I lost access to a number of freeview channels including ESPN which I subscribe to via BT Vision. I have attempted to retune and reran my setup but they still don't appear. Can anyone say whether channel 34 (ESPN) will be resurrected for me?

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Alister Greig's 1 post GB
Thursday, 27 September 2012
F
Ford
1:32 PM
Edinburgh

COM6/ARQ-B/MUX-D (or whatever it is referenced as - it includes Film4, Yesterday, Sky News, AlJazeera, etc) HAS MOVED as of Sept 15 2012 approx...

Was channel 39 / 618mhz. >>>>> Now channel 47 / 682 mhz

May be hard to retune either manually or auto or combo, but when signal found and tuning update is successful the new frequency much better/stronger than old! Worth the hassle.. and anyway the channels no longer appear on old frequency :-)

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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:07 PM

Ford: Craigkelly has not changed any of its UHF channel numbers since the switchover in June 2011. Arq B on UHF 47 will be coming from Black Hill.

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Friday, 18 January 2013
R
Rowland Nicholson
9:17 PM
North Berwick

Our tv is a sony bravia with freeview and hd enabled, we have this coupled to a humax hdr fox t2 digital recorder. we constantly get a broken picture and failed recordings. when picture break up occurs we can switch to tv reception with out going through humax and picture usuall ok. we also run a small tv in the kitchen from the same ariel, using a splice, this set rarely gets break up. Strangely each tv receives different versions of the programme, ie weather and news on sonyhumax is Aberdeen biased!!! when tuning/retuning humax we are given only 2 areas to tune from. 1 Scotland North and 2 Scotland Central. being in the Central Belt of Scotland we tune humax to Central?? I have just done some online searching and find that Craigkelly appears to be the transmitter we should use. Advice please

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:49 PM

Rowland Nicholson: Referring to the Humax box, select BBC1 and carry out a signal condition check, as along with the signal strength / quality being indicated the mux channel associated with the indications will also be seen and if its from Craigkelly it should be Ch27.

You should also carry out this check on the remaining muxes which should come up with the following "if" all are being received from Craigkelly.

ITV (Ch24) / HD service (Ch21) / ITV3 (42) / Pick TV (Ch45 / Film 4 (Ch39)

The other point is, that you would be much better to use a powered splitter to feed the signals to each device, as this guarantees that each device will be getting the exactly the same level of signal as well as what they are getting being slightly boosted.

By the way, you are indicated as being at 18 miles away from the transmitter.

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Derek McLean
11:10 PM
Dunbar

John Robinson

Sorry, I've only just come to this thread and seen your problem of area selection, which is exacly what I get too.

My solution may not be totally to your satisfaction, but it does seem to have worked for me.

Incidentally, I am near Dunbar and my preferred transmitter is Craigkelly too, although I can also get strong signals from Black Hill, Angus and Durris.

What I do is let it do its full automatic scan, and then do a manual scan on one channel, which is obviously 24, to ensure I get the Edinburgh STV service. I think that then becomes the default signal for all the channels on that MUX.

It doesn't seem to compromise the box's ability to do auto scans. For example, it has just found BBC1 Scotland HD, which only came on stream yesterday.

I hope this is helpful.

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Derek McLean's 10 posts GB
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
J
John Fotheringham
8:26 PM
Airdrie

I replaced my roof aerial with a loft aerial to see i I could improve reception. The installer was adamant that it was correct direction for Black Hill but I still seem to get STV from Edinburgh. I tried a set top box and found I could get Glasgow by aiming at approx 120 degrees instead of 80. That was some time ago, and I've just tried again to see if by some miracle it had improved, but no luck. I'm 86 year of age and would appreciate any advise.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:11 PM

John Fotheringham: It's possible that your TV is tuned to Craigkelly with the aerial pointing at Black Hill.

The signal strength screen usually says which UHF channel (frequency) the set is tuned to.

BBC One | Black Hill=C46 | Craigkelly=C27
STV | Black Hill=C43 | Craigkelly=C24
BBC One HD | Black Hill=C40 | Craigkelly=C21

ITV3, Pick TV and Film4 should be tuned to channels 41, 44 and 47 respectively, although it's less likely that anything else will have been picked up.

Because Craigkelly uses lower channel numbers it will have been found before Black Hill during the automatic tuning scan. If your receiver goes with the first it finds then that might explain why it's done what it's done.

The trick is to unplug the aerial lead for the first 30% (or until it gets past UHF channel 30) so as to miss out Craigkelly (and Darvel come to that).

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