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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.

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
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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),

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 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

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
C37+ (602.2MHz)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
C37ArqB
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
Friday, 28 February 2014
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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:30 PM

Derek McLean: There are two launch dates which apply to local TV. The multiplex launch has taken place on time, with Bonanza Bonanza as the only service currently using the multiplex now being available from Craigkelly. The second launch date is that of the Local TV service which in most cases is somewhat later than originally anticipated. The date currently shown on another site for Local TV in Edinburgh is August 2014.

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Sunday, 16 March 2014
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charles carrington
3:03 PM

Hi I live in Kirkcaldy and I can't receive the local multiplex. I tried doing a manual scan in ch30 but it keeps saying no signal.I thought as Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy share the same transmitter we would get the local multiplex here in Kirkcaldy?

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John Robinson
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:36 PM

Maybe your receiver doesn't like the non-standard mode being used for transmission (if the mode info provided is correct). Do you get com7 OK? What receiver do you have?

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB
Friday, 21 March 2014
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charles carrington
11:04 PM

I don't have freeview hd but I thought the local tv multiplex was broadcast in sd.

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charles carrington
11:11 PM

My tv has freeview built in and its a Baird led one.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:10 AM

charles carrington: Read the reply from Briantist to the question you posed previously.

The signal is directional as the radiation pattern above for "LEH" indicates, so it isn't likely to serve you.

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charles carrington
7:36 AM

Ok. Seems a bit unfair I won't be able to get it. Thanks anyway.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:28 PM

charles carrington: In addition to that said, when making queries of this nature its always advisable to provide a location in the form of a post code or alternatively one from nearby such as a shop / Post Office, as although this particular mux is indeed directional the cut off areas shown on a radiation pattern chart for such a transmitter are seldom ever of a sharp precise nature, meaning that in certain instances reception within the cut off area's of each "side leg" (NOT rear) of the coverage area shown is possible by anyone located at relatively short distances from the transmitter, which in the case of Kirkcaldy could be as little as 3 miles.

However, although you have said that a "no signal" message was seen this does not necessarily always mean that no signal whatsoever exists, but possibly one that's just under the reception threshold for your receiver to produce a picture, therefore when you entered C30 into your "manual" tuning menu you should try it again but do NOT follow entering the number by pressing search or scan, because if any signal is evident then no matter how weak it might be it will show on the strength / quality bars.

My reason for mentioning this is that a couple of test codes around the Hunter Street area of Kirkcaldy (@ 4 miles / bearing 226°) indicated good reception of LEH, and with reception still being indicated as possible at 7.8 miles near to Coaltown of Wemyss, albeit this under the status of being variable.



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Thursday, 24 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:24 PM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:56 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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3:31 PM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:56 today to 12:56 today. [BBC]

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