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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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 8 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LEH
 H -6dB
C32 (562.0MHz)311mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 8 STV Edinburgh,

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
Monday, 4 November 2013
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ac
9:20 PM
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jb38: Hi, I've got problem with HD channels. I just bought new TV and aerial, I've done all connections my self. Aerial is pointed on Craigkelly transmitter and is on the loft. I receive all SD programs but any HD. Is it because of work being carried out on this transmitter? My postcode is EH16 4AG. Thanks for any help.

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Michael
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9:38 PM

ac: Make and Model of the TV please, because as far I can see from my own TV (albeit below the transmitter) they are fine.

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ac
9:52 PM
Edinburgh

It's Samsung UE46F6800.

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Michael
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10:06 PM

ac: Ok that it Freeview HD - how long have you been missing the HD channels for? Perhaps the maintenance has something to do with it if the problem started recently.

Have you gone into menu > channels > manual tuning (as it usually is on Samsungs) and then tried to manually tune in UHF 21? What signal strength come up for that channel?

What signal/bit error level do you get for TV channels 1, 3, 101, 10, 11 and 18 using Menu > Support > Self Diagnosis > Signal Information?

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ac
10:34 PM
Edinburgh

I have this TV just over the week and I tried to manually tune in UHF 21 but TV says no signal. Samsung mixed up with TV channel numbers. They are set up alphabetically and last program is on channel 99. E.g. BBC One is on 21. On some channels 'data service" is displayed, sometimes "program scrambled".

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013
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12:03 AM

ac: Are you sure that your Samsung is capable of receiving HD channels? because if its an HD ready type then it will "not" be fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner which is a necessary requirement for HD reception, hence the TV will display a "no signal" warning if any attempt is made to scan an HD channel such as Craigkelly's mux Ch21.

If you are unsure as to whether or not your TV is capable of HD reception, then if you supply the model number of the device in question this can be checked out.

That said though, if the signal you are receiving from Craigkelly is a tad on the high side then it might possible block the reception of Craigkellys Ch21, Samsung HD tuners being quite sensitive devices and as such are easily overloaded.

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12:40 AM

ac: Just spotted your earlier posting! and in which you have given the model number of the Samsung in question, however on checking the spec of this model on Samsung's website it would appear that although this set is capable of HD reception this facility is only available on Freesat and not Freeview, the spec being listed as : DVB-T / C / S2.

I will of course double check this tomorrow, but the spec mentioned does tally up with your inability to receive anything on Ch21.

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10:47 AM

jb38: I can confirm that the TV does have a T2 tuner. Frankly, I havn't seen a TV (at least 32in and above) from one of the big four makes (Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG) which does not have Freeview HD as standard for the last two years. The only ones without one will be at the very cheap end of the market.

And the F6800 is not at the cheap end - its a rather good mid-range TV with pretty much all the trimmings (and an interesting transparent frame), but its does seem that Samsung do have fat fingers with this range, since its not the first time that this questions been asked.

Since I've never done a first time setup on a Samsung, I'm not sure that my advice is much good, but I'd start by following JB38's suggestion of checking signal strength - your only 17km from the transmitter, so your signal should be excellent, at the very least. If your HD channels are breaking up, then that would make sense.

As far as the EPG being all mixed up, I 'd just start the setup again - I know that some makes allow you to display in different ways, and perhaps that option has been used during the setup. Start again from scratch is probably the easiest option. As far as 'no signal' - check all the connections, etc,

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7:48 PM

MikeB: Yes, and you are of course quite correct! as although I was just stating that seen on Samsungs website I did wonder about why a sophisticated high end device such as the F6800 would not have a Freeview HD facility hence my reason for saying that I will double check on that said.

By the way, the undermentioned is a link to the Samsung website referred to, the info supplied by Samsung under "System" either being incorrect or alternatively applying to a European model, because as you may well be fully aware of when dealing with Samsung literature its sometimes difficult to know what they are referring to without carrying out some detective work.


46-inch F6800 Series 6 Smart 3D 400 CMR Full HD (1080p) LED TV - Samsung UK - TECH SPECS

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9:50 PM

jb38: Whats even stranger is that pretty much all the other ones on their site say 'Freeview HD tuner' - which would make life a lot easier for everyone!

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