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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 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;
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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
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Transmitter engineering
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10:37 AM

Craigkelly transmitter - Craigkelly transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 22 November 2021
Transmitter engineering
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6:09 AM

Craigkelly transmitter - Craigkelly transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Sunday, 13 March 2022
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Colin brown
5:20 PM

Programs on com5 such as 11 and 36 breaking up. Com5 seems to be on power. Signal strength below 20% on my freeview box.

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Chris.SE
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6:52 PM

Colin brown:

There are no reported problems that I can find at Craigkelly and it's not currently listed for Planned Engineering.
(Note - the channels listing at the top of the page is out of date as the site owner hasn't found time to do all the updates since 700MHz Clearance. COM6 is on C37, not 38.)

If you are correctly tuned, Other than that, check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal and that your downlead looks undamaged and isn't flapping in the wind.
Also check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them, especially if you've changed anything about in your installation recently. Flyleads can be a common problem, try swapping them.
Aerial misalignments, problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just AN individual or several multiplexes.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2022
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Rab Harris
2:55 PM
South Queensferry

I receive TV transmission from Craigkelly post code EH30 9QF. Last week I believe the 30th June22 I stopped receiving a signal for BBC News HD Ch107 and now the channel listing for ch107 has gone from my programming guide on my BT TV MyView box. Reading some blogs there is a TV channel switch off because its low power on Com7 is being removed to allow mobile mast to operate band 5. Why is Craigkelly no longer transmitting BBC News HD on CH107 in Com7 but all the other Com7 channels e.g. BBC Scotland HD Ch108 ok? Is there anything I can do to get the BBC Nnews HD signal back?

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Mike Davison
3:15 PM
Wetherby

Rab Harris:
Short answer regarding BBC News HD - No. The areas that were served by COM7 on Ch.55 have
all lost BBC NewsHD, and also BBC4 HD and Cbeebies HD but plans seem to be afoot to bring them
back. I haven't seen any plans for BBC News HD to return as a terrestrial channel. It is still on satellite.

BBC Scotland HD is on the original DVB-T2 multiplex, BBC B(See list above).

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Chris.SE
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10:27 PM

Rab Harris:

Did you not see the pop-up messages on all the channels that were on COM7 explaining what was happening to them?
BBC News HD would only be available on iPlayer or Satellite after 30th June.

COM7 and previously COM8 were only ever temporary HD multiplexes to stimulated public interest in HD. The BBCB HD/PSB3 is the only other HD multiplex at this time.

As a result of improved compression techniques with new encoders, more space has been created on PSB3 to accommodate BBC4 HD and Cbeebies (they time share, as do CBBC & BBC3 HD). The new encoders are part and parcel of enabling regional news on BBC1 HD and more local regionalisation on ITV HD.

The latest BBC information is at https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/work-warning/news/waw-com7/#/notification

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Wednesday, 3 August 2022
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Graham Webster
4:58 PM

Hello,

I performed a complete TV reset yesterday. Nearest Tx is Craigkelly, Fife.

Manually tunned the TV for only channels from Craigkelly. Com 5 is missing. eg. no Ideal World on freeview channel 51.

Kind regards,
Graham Webster

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StevensOnln1
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6:15 PM

Graham Webster: Did you mean COM5 on UHF channel 31? There are no Freeview multiplexes above channel 48 since the completion of the 700MHz clearance and closure of COM7.

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Thursday, 4 August 2022
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Chris.SE
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5:27 AM

Graham Webster:

I think there's been some confusion here, no doubt not helped by the channel listing at the top of the page having an error as well as the "change over time" section not being updated as the site owner has not had time to do all he changes since the 700MHz Clearance and COM7 closure.

Ideal World LCN51 is carried on COM6/ArqB and is on UHF C37 at Craigkelly.
See https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings-industry-professionals for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6, Local
The UHF channels you should be tuned to are C27, C24, C21, C29, C31, C37 & C32.

Depending on your Location, you may/may not receive the Local multiplex.

Just to add to the complexity, Craigkelly is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels".
There is also some "Tropospheric ducting" affecting reception in different parts of the country at differing times, this can result in interference from distant transmitters in Europe or the UK although this is mainly affecting the south of the country at present.

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