Craigkelly transmitting station

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Craigkelly
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Craigkelly transmitting station is located in Fife
Craigkelly transmitting station
Height of tower 125 metres (410 ft)
Grid reference NT233872
Built 1971
BBC region BBC Scotland
ITV region STV Central
Local TV service ETV

The Craigkelly transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility located at Craigkelly (grid reference NT233872) north of the Firth of Forth above the town of Burntisland in Fife, Scotland. It has a 125-metre tall free-standing lattice tower.

The station came into service in 1968 to improve coverage of BBC 2 to the Edinburgh area, which has a number of hills blocking good reception from Black Hill. In September 1971 it also started broadcasting BBC1 and STV on 625 lines in colour and though considered a 'main' station, it actually rebroadcast the signal from Black Hill, like a relay. Nowadays its tower also carries antennas for many broadcasting and private radio organisations. This structure was previously used at Emley Moor.[1]

The transmitter was originally an A group but has become a K group (or wideband) with the advent of Channel 5 and Digital. Craigkelly is one of the few main transmitters which didn't return to its original group at DSO. In fact after the switchover even less of its Digital output is receivable on an A group aerial than before. The three PSB multiplexes are still receivable on an A group as this graph shows.

The tower can be clearly seen from many parts of Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth on its prominent position atop the hill known as The Binn.

Transmitted services[edit]

Analogue radio[edit]

Frequency kW[2] Service
97.3 MHz 9.8 Forth One
101.1 MHz 10 Heart
104.1 MHz 5 BBC Radio nan Gaidheal
105.7 MHz 10 Capital Scotland

Digital radio[edit]

Frequency Block kW Operator
227.060 MHz 12C 0.78 Switch Scotland
223.936 MHz 12A 6.8 Digital One
225.648 MHz 12B 5 BBC National DAB
229.072 MHz 12D 1 Bauer Edinburgh

Analogue television[edit]

Analogue television transmissions ceased from Craigkelly on 15 June 2011.

Frequency UHF kW Service
471.25 MHz 21 100 Channel 4
495.25 MHz 24 100 STV
519.25 MHz 27 100 BBC Two Scotland
551.25 MHz 31 100 BBC One Scotland
687.25 MHz 48 4 Channel 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://tx.mb21.co.uk/emley/emley-early.php
  2. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°4′19″N 3°13′59.5″W / 56.07194°N 3.233194°W / 56.07194; -3.233194