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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
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
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:51 PM

Al : Craigkelly is on a bearing of 29 degrees from your location. Barring any nearby obstructions such as trees you would appear to have a clear line-of-sight to the transmitter:


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location


If you have an existing aerial, used for analogue, and this is a Group A one then it might be worth trying it as it might be OK receiving the out-of-group Group B channels, which are COM4, COM5 and COM6.

To mount the aerial in the loft, you need a loft bracket. Lots of information and products here:

Loft and indoor aerial installations for TV, FM and DAB

Other products and retailers are available, of course.

Without question a log periodic at your location.

Craigkelly Transmitter

Yagi widebands are much a compromise and not necessary for Craigkelly -- if it's a yagi then a "semi-wideband" Group K one. Group K=Group A+Group B. But at such close proximity a log periodic is the best choice.

Rowridge Transmitter

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 13 August 2015
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David
10:46 PM

Hi,

I am in Methil, Fife and pick up signals from Craigkelly. At times over the last couple of weeks I have been unable to pick up any BBC channels for what could be 1 or 2 hours but everything else is ok. Then all BBC channels come back at the same time.

Can anybody help with this? I can't understand why only BBC channels can be affected by any problem.

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David's 1 post GB
Friday, 14 August 2015
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:38 PM
Macclesfield

David: You can check your expected reception by puuting your postcode into the site and then clicking on the links. However, a good guess would be to look at your aerial lead and go from there. Could be loose, or the cable damaged. Then follow it back up to the aerial. Your losing a mux, but cables can do funny things - just because a weak mux is OK, whilst a strong mux goes does not mean that there isn't a problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Monday, 17 August 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 7 September 2015
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dave fleming
9:15 AM

Hi,

I am planning on installing an aerial in my loft space for reception from craigkelly.My postcode is ky26hz..Can you please advise what aerial type I should go for.

Thanks

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dave fleming's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
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MikeP
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

7:34 AM

Dave Fleming:
Because of the spread of channels used for the several multiplexes broadcast at Craigkelly, from C21 to C45, you need a good wide band aerial. The best will be a log-periodic design. The size needed is determined by the distance from the transmitter and whether there are any obstructions, hills or buildings for example, that are in between that may block your sight of the transmitter. As you appear to be located in Kirkaldy, you are not very far from the transmitter so you are unlikely to need a very large aerial, a 36 element would be too strong I suspect. But check that you have clear sight of the TV transmitter mast, but don't confuse it with a telephone mast.
It would be a good idea to talk to a local TV aerial installer - but do not fall for the scam of a 'digital aerial' as all log-periodic (or yagi pattern as well) are designed for reception of Freeview signals. The critical factor is that a log-periodic will be suitable for all foreseen future transmissions and is likely to give approximately equal reception of all channels. (A wide band Yagi pattern is poorer at the low channels than at the upper channels.)
When mounting in the loft, ensure that the aerial does not try to 'look through' anywater tanks or similar metal structures. Also note that there is always some attenuation of the signal passing through solid walls, etc.
Hope that helps?

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MikeP's 215 posts GB
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:33 PM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:24 today to 12:55 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:24 yesterday to 12:55 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 10 September 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:24 on 08 Sep to 12:55 on 08 Sep. [BBC]

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