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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
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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, 28 December 2013
T
TTD
12:10 PM
Musselburgh

Ttd: eh21 6sx

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TTD's 5 posts GB
Saturday, 4 January 2014
T
TTD
4:19 PM
Musselburgh

Still can't get the channel list sorted by region - has no-one got any advice? It seemed this was a fairly active thread/forum when I joined up....

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TTD's 5 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:30 PM

TTD: If it is putting STV on logical channel number (LCN) 1 (rather than BBC One) then it must be noted that PSB2 is found first during the scan PSB2 being the multiplex which carries STV, STV+1, Channel 4 etc. So in such circumstances it would appear to be neglecting to assign the services their native LCNs under the Freeview system.

This makes me wonder whether the country setting isn't right as I've experienced the same thing when it's not been set correctly.

With the Freeview system each transmitter (or group of transmitters) is the "region". So selection of "region" is actually selection of transmitter. If the country setting is wrong then maybe it doesn't recognise the "region" identifiers that are being broadcast, thus the only option it can offer is one of signal quality.

I therefore think that the solution isn't necessarily one of looking to sort by region as opposed to sort by signal quality, although it is the case that irrespective of method used, the final solution is one where the "main" channels (i.e. those in proper LCNs and not those in the 800s) are those of Craigkelly.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
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Chris
4:57 PM

TTD. Is new flying lead pulling in Blackhill transmissions that is confusing recorder? I had a similar problem at switchover when one of the MUXs had a full stop after Central Scotland and it caused half the TV programmes to go into the 800s. (that lasted a couple of weeks until it was corrected).

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Chris's 5 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:15 PM

TTD: If for any reason the advice given by Dave Lindsay fails to rectify the situation then you should blank out everything stored by carrying out an auto tune without the aerial being connected, then on completion of reconnect the aerial and check that the EPG is blank or alternatively a "no signal" message is seen, then go into the recorders tuning menu / manual tune and enter each of the mux channels used by Craigkelly one at a time starting with C27 (BBC), checking the EPG after each mux channel is scanned to make sure that its been stored correctly before going into the manual tuning menu again and entering the next mux number in line.

Craigkelly's mux numbers being /

27 (BBC1) - 24 (ITV1) - 21 (HD) - 42 (ITV3 etc) - 45 (Pick TV etc) - 39 (4 Music etc) - 33 (New HD)


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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
B
Bill Thomson
10:44 AM
Glenrothes

I'm in Glenrothes, postcode KY6 3PW. In the past few days I have lost my frewview signal I have a smart TV (Phillips) It seems to have "drifted" from signal. the TV was bought missing its instruction manual. I have since managed to aquire one but it seems to be written in abbreviations, or, Swahili.Do I aim for a frequency number to reset or whatever?I would be greatful if you could help as I will be reduced to watching the main home set.

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Bill Thomson's 1 post GB
Thursday, 30 January 2014
M
Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:15 PM

Noticed two channels appeared today when I scanned UHF 30 - 791 and 792, local TV test screens.

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Michael's 358 posts GB
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John Robinson
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:20 PM

Michael, can you tell what mode it is? The info above for it doesn't match any of the modes listed on the modes page. Seems daft to use a non-standard mode, and also to use QPSK at all...

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB
Friday, 28 February 2014
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Derek McLean
9:43 AM

It seems that Edinburgh TV is late arriving.

I have done a scan on two TVs and all I am getting on RF30 is a test card on 791 and BonanzaBonanza on 64. ETV is supposed to be on 34, according to the information above, but even after doing a First-time Installation that channel number is still showing ITV3+1.

Does anybody have information on ETV?

Oh, by the way, I'm near Dunbar and I'm getting the test card signal with what my TVs say is a 10/10 signal quality.

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Derek McLean's 10 posts GB
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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:39 PM

Derek McLean: ETV will be on LCN 26 when it arrives.

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Michael's 358 posts GB
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