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THE CRAIGKELLY TRANSMITTER is the UHF main station and carrier of regional FM/DAB radio services for Edinburgh and surrounding parts of Lothian, Stirling and the majority of Fife.  

The station is located within Fife on a historic hill known as 'The Binn' that overlooks the coastal town of Burntisland, near Kirkcaldy.

 

STATION HISTORY

Craigkelly was constructed by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to extend UHF coverage from 1971 to Edinburgh and Fife, an area served on 405-line VHF by Black Hill (ITV) and Kirk o'Shotts (BBC1) but which was beyond the acceptable range of the equivalent UHF transmissions from Black Hill.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UHF Coverage Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerials

 

 

 

 

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TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE

Transmissions from Craigkelly are carried on a 125.2 metre (411-ft) self-supporting lattice tower.  It is one of only four major transmission sites in the United Kingdom to utilise a self-supporting lattice tower with a height in excess of 60 metres (197-ft).

The tallest of these are the towers located on the London sites at Croydon and Crystal Palace whilst the remaining structure is located at Fremont Point on Jersey.

The Craigkelly tower is of similar height and design to Fremont Point with both structures being used previously at other sites, the Craigkelly tower having been the original transmitting structure at Emley Moor between November 1956 and June 1966, whilst the Fremont Point tower was used at Lichfield from 1956 until 1961.


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 STATION INFORMATION


Location:

The Binn, Burntisland, Fife, KY3

Grid Reference:

NT233872

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: ITA/IBA/NTL)

Ground Height:

182m

ITV Region:

STV Central

Tower Height:

125.2m

BBC Region:

Scotland

Aerial Height: (*)

310m

 

UHF Tx Number:

14700

(*) Average UHF aerial height above sea level (a.o.d)  

 

 


  CURRENT TRANSMISSIONS

Digital Television  

 Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

: Ch/Polarisation/e.r.p

 

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

PSB1

: 27 / H / 20kW 

 

 

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal:

104.1

5kW

PSB2

: 24 / H / 20kW 

 

 

Forth One:

97.3

9.8kW

PSB3

: 21 / H / 20kW 

 

 

Capital Scotland:

105.7

10kW

COM4

: 42 / H / 10kW 

 

 

Heart Scotland:

101.1

10kW

COM5

: 45 / H / 10kW

 

 

 

 

COM6

: 39 / H / 10kW

 

 

Digital Radio (DAB)

COM7

: 33 / H / 9.3kW

 

 

 

 

 

COM8

: 34 / H / 3kW

 

Service:

Block

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

LOCAL

: 30 / H / 5kW

 

Switch Scotland:

11D

222.064

0.78kW

 

 

 

Digital One:

12A

223.936

6.8kW

 

 

BBC National:

12C

225.648

5kW

 

Bauer Edinburgh:

12D

229.072

1kW

 

 

 

  

 

PRE-DIGITAL SWITCHOVER UHF TRANSMISSIONS

(Shutdown completed 30 Oct 2010)

Analogue Television 

 

 

 

Digital Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

  Ch/Polar/e.r.p

 

 

 

 

Service

 Ch/Polar/e.r.p

BBC1

: 31 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

Mux1

: 33 / H / 4kW

BBC2

: 27 / H / 100kW  

 

 

 

 

Mux2

: 29 / H / 4kW

ITV1

: 24 / H / 100kW 

 

 

 

 

MuxA

: 23 / H / 4kW

CH4

: 21 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

MuxB

: 26 / H / 4kW

CH5

: 48 / H / 4kW

 

MuxC

: 42 / H / 2kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MuxD

: 39 / H / 2kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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