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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.

 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
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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

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
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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),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311mDTG-20,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C37+ (602.2MHz)311mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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

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

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.

Tuesday, 1 November 2022
Alan Goodall
6:44 PM

Can it be confirmed that Craigkelly is now entirely a GroupA transmitter? I get sketchy reception on many channels from Craigkelly and am thinking about swapping to a Group A aerial from a Group K on the belief that it will boost Group A reception. But won't do this if it means dropping some channels.

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Alan Goodall's 3 posts GB

11:35 PM

Alan Goodall: A group A aerial would potentially loose reception of COM6 on UHF channel 37. If you provide a full postcode we can take a look at your predicted reception and may be able to offer advice.

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StevensOnln1's 3,435 posts GB
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

12:08 AM

Alan Goodall:

As StevensOnln1 has pointed out, COM6 is on UHF channel 37
Unfortunately the channel listing at the top of the page has 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.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview 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 for Craigkelly are C27, C24, C21, C29, C31, C37 & C32.

It would be helpful if you stated which channels you were having "sketchy reception" on, as well as providing that full postcode.
A decent Group K aerial shouldn't really give you problems, do you know what make and model it is?
How old is the aerial and coax?
Do you have any Amp/splitters to supply more than one TV/Box?

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Chris.SE's 3,285 posts GB
Friday, 4 November 2022
Alan Goodall
3:11 PM

I am north of Craig Kelly at KY13 0LG. Local transmitter is Kinross but does not carry as many channels.


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Alan Goodall's 3 posts GB

5:22 PM

Alan Goodall: Craigkelley is only 17km away and you are predicted to get good reception of all 6 PSB & COM multiplexes. You are also predicted to get good reception from Angus, 51km away. The Kinross relay isn't predicted to be receivable at all. How old is the installation? The cables and connections may have degraded somewhere, particularly if they are exposed to the weather.

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StevensOnln1's 3,435 posts GB

11:42 PM

Alan Goodall:

Whilst you may get some signal for the Local multiplex from Craigkelly in your location, it's predicted to be poor as the transmission is beamed southwards towards Edinburgh. Your aerial should be pointing at a compass bearing of 130 degrees (almost SE) for Craigkelly with its rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal.

It could also be helpful for StevensOnln1, myself or others to give helpful advice if you posted the additional information I mentioned in my previous reply.
"It would be helpful if you stated which channels you were having "sketchy reception" on, as well as providing that full postcode.
A decent Group K aerial shouldn't really give you problems, do you know what make and model it is?
How old is the aerial and coax?
Do you have any Amp/splitters to supply more than one TV/Box?"

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Chris.SE's 3,285 posts GB
Saturday, 5 November 2022
Alan Goodall
12:59 PM

We have a relatively new aerial, installed by one of the nationwide installers. It is a cheap, bottom of the range one. Single central pole with about a dozen elements, and no wingflap things on the end. It was installed about 2 years ago. It is installed on the chinmey stack on top of a two floor house.

The line of sight to Craigkelly is complicated by landscape, big hills between us and the transmitter, but we maybe just "sneak" round the edge of the hill. That said, I cant see the transmitter from ground level outside our house. We are on a farm and get pixelation occurring when a large tractor passes outside (at 90 degrees to, and about 10 feet below the line of the aerial).

The signal passes through an amplifier in the roof then feeds two rooms. The Sony TVs present the picture well enough on all channels, but we route through a Humax Aura DVR which cannot reliably present a watchable signal on Dave, Quest, itv3 and others

There is nothing wrong with the hdmi cabling, it is just that the Humax seems to have a less efficient/less powerful signal utilisation. The aerial connects to the humax box, then from there to the TV. There is also an hdmi link from Humax to the TV.

The Humax shows both poor signal strength and quality on the affected channels, which is why I ponder getting a higher gain aerial.

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