Craigkelly transmitting station
|Tower height||125 metres (410 ft)|
|BBC region||BBC Scotland|
|ITV region||STV Central|
|Local TV service||STV Edinburgh|
The Craigkelly transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility located at Craigkelly (grid reference ) 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.
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.
|97.3 MHz||9.8||Forth 1|
|101.1 MHz||10||Heart Scotland|
|104.1 MHz||5||BBC Radio nan Gaidheal|
|105.7 MHz||10||Capital Scotland|
|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 transmissions ceased from Craigkelly on 15 June 2011.
|471.25 MHz||21||100||Channel 4|
|519.25 MHz||27||100||BBC Two Scotland|
|551.25 MHz||31||100||BBC One Scotland|
|687.25 MHz||48||4||Channel 5|
- Radio Listeners Guide 2010