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THE CRAIGKELLY TRANSMITTER is the UHF main station and regional FM/DAB radio provider 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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TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE

Transmissions from Craigkelly are carried on a 125.2 metre (411-ft) self-supporting lattice tower.  It is one of only four UHF/VHF transmission sites in the United Kingdom to utilise a self-supporting lattice tower with a height in excess of 60 metres (197-ft). The three other sites featuring high free-standing lattice towers are Croydon, Crystal Palace and Fremont Point (Jersey).

Of these four structures, the Craigkelly tower is also one of two to have had a previous existence, having been originally sited at Emley Moor between November 1956 and June 1966 before replacement by the short-lived 385 metre (1265-ft) cylindrical mast. (The tower at Fremont Point was the structure used at Lichfield from 1956 until 1961).

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER

Falling within the STV Central region, Craigkelly is currently scheduled to complete Digital Switchover on 30 October 2010.

As of June 2009, the primary re-engineering of the UHF aerial system mounted on the tower has taken place, the original aerials having been removed and replaced by an 8-tier main aerial and a 6-tier cylindrical reserve aerial. (See Aerials for images).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analogue Television 

 

 

 

Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

: Ch/Polarisation/e.r.p

 

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

BBC1

: 31 / H / 100kW 

 

 

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal:

104.1

5.0kW

BBC2

: 27 / H / 100kW 

 

 

Forth One:

97.3

8.8kW

ITV1

: 24 / H / 100kW 

 

 

Galaxy:

105.7

 TBC

Ch4

: 21 / H / 100kW 

 

 

Real Radio:

101.1

10kW

Five

: 48 / H / 4kW 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Television 

 

 

 Digital Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

: Ch/Polarisation/e.r.p

 

 

BBC National (Block 12B)

Mux1

: 33 / H / 4kW

 

 

Digital One (Block 12A)

Mux2

: 29 / H / 4kW

 

 

Score Edinburgh (Block 12D)

MuxA

: 33 / H / 4kW

 

 

Switch Scotland (Block 11D)

MuxB

: 26 / H / 4kW

 

 

 

MuxC

: 42 / H / 2kW

 

 

 

MuxD

: 39 / H / 2kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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