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Full Freeview on the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter

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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. Click to recheck [+] is loading, please wait...

The symbol shows the location of the Craigkelly (Fife, Scotland) transmitter which serves 430,000 homes.

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tx3stvSTV Central (Edinburgh micro region)txdabxxDAB in FifetxradioxxAM/FM in Fife

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.

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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
 horizontal max
C27 (522.0MHz)311m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Three, 8 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

 horizontal max
C24 (498.0MHz)311m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
3 STV (STV Central (Edinburgh micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5 Scotland ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4+1 Scotland ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 horizontal max
C21+ (474.2MHz)311m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 horizontal -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)311m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 21 others

 horizontal -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)311m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

 horizontal -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)311m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 90 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 others

 horizontal -6dB
C30 (546.0MHz)311mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 23 ETV, 67 Chart Show TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 horizontal -9.4dB
C33 (570.0MHz)311m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

 horizontal -8.2dB
C34 (578.0MHz)311m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:

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
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.5m homes 1.7%
from Edinburgh EH3 9QG, 14km south
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?

aerial groupA KKKKKKA K

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 1st June and 15th June 2011.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
LEH(-13dB) 5kW
Analogue 5, Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-14dB) 4kW
com8(-15.2dB) 3kW
com7(-16.4dB) 2.3kW
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.

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Friday 17 June 2011 6:13PM Edinburgh

EH10 6JN - roof aerial, looking at Craigkelly transmitter.

Not quite sure why my post yesterday seems to have been deleted, but here goes again...

After good reception of all channels before DSO, I got broken/frozen picture during switchover. Since 15 June I (occasionally) get a few seconds of excellent picture and sound, but then screen goes black and a message saying "Due to technical difficulties the service you require is currently unavailable. Please try again later" appears. Screen then stays black indefinitely, though if I try another channel the same thing happens again.

I have tried the reset procedure and resetting to factory defaults.

I'm puzzled about getting an initial good picture and then nothing. Can anyone tell me whether this is likely to be an aerial problem?


Friday 17 June 2011 6:26PM

Les Nicol: Thanks for help. We are a couple of miles from West Linton village to the SE in fairly open country. Checked with DigitalTV, they say we should get good reception from Black Hill but it seems unlikely to me. Trying this after 22/6 seems like only option, if Freesat won't give Dave; also we're in a listed building so can't put up a dish anyway. Incidentally we could never get Channel 5 before, at least we can now get that. Doesn't seem fair though that there is a two tier service, we all pay the same licence fee.

Friday 17 June 2011 6:32PM

Mike : I think I understand most of what you are saying but I'm still struggling to understand why the number of Freeview channels I'm receiving now is less than what I received before Wednesday.
I know Craigkelly transmits all the channels because pre-switch I got most of them. When I look at uhf channels 39 and 42 on my TV manual tuning facility the signal quality does register but is so low that the tuner rejects them.
I really don't know what I can do to get over this problem which seems to have arisen because of the switchover on Wednesday.

Friday 17 June 2011 7:13PM

Colin Brown: There are other transmitters nearby which use other channels in Group A.

For example, the Durris transmitter to the north in Aberdeenshire uses channels 22, 23, 25, 26, 28 and 29. Craigkelly therefore cannot use these channels otherwise there would be interference.

Friday 17 June 2011 8:28PM

John: It is likely that your signal is now too strong. The Digital UK postcode checker gives near perfect reception from Craigkelly, Black Hill and Angus at your location. If you have any amplifiers on the aerial remove them. If not, try inserting an attenuator in the aerial feed.

Friday 17 June 2011 9:25PM Edinburgh

Thanks KMJ - that will be a first! Signal strength on the on-screen 'meters' looks about 50% - ie a green bar extends about half way across its box. But I'll give an attenuator a try.

Colin Brown
Friday 17 June 2011 9:49PM

Will: re Craigkelly limitations. Thanks,I am aware of the your point on other transmitters using channels but I repeat only 4 MUXs in range is a bit limiting. Even your own example of Durris shows 6 MUXs in range (all below 30). Dont want to be meow but how come we cannot have one of these for Craigkelly so at least we both have five in range!

And the bottom line for lots of the recent comments here is that the advertising of 'Just retune to get your channels back' is not that easy if they have moved the new MUXes out of range! Aerial installers in Edinburgh must be loving installing dual A and B aerials or wideband aerials.

Friday 17 June 2011 10:28PM Falkirk

What a disappointment!!! FK2 0TJ. After eagerly waiting months for the DSO I find that I now only recieve CH24 and CH27 on each set in the house. Wide gain aerial installed. Postcode checker said I could expect very good signal. What is going on?? Is this the best we can expect in this area?? Can anyone help??

Friday 17 June 2011 10:32PM Falkirk

Oh, aerial is on the roof. Tried all possible re-tunes, software updates etc.
What must i to do??

Transmitter engineering
Saturday 18 June 2011 4:33AM

CRAIGKELLY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 15 Jun to 02:59 on 15 Jun Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:37 on 14 Jun to 10:50 on 14 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:55 on 14 Jun to 09:53 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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