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The symbol shows the location of the Penicuik (Midlothian, Scotland) transmitter which serves 9,900 homes. 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Penicuik (Midlothian, Scotland) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Penicuik transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C39 (618.0MHz)298mDTG-3400W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)298mDTG-3400W
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3 STV (SD) (STV Central (Edinburgh micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)298mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Penicuik (Midlothian, Scotland) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Penicuik transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 69km west (276°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.5m homes 1.7%
from Edinburgh EH3 9QG, 14km north (358°)
to STV Central (Edinburgh) region - 8 masts.

How will the Penicuik (Midlothian, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-133 Oct 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 1 Jun 11 and 15 Jun 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

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. Penicuik 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.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
6:26 PM

Thank you for the replies.

Mmm, Darvel. I never considered that, doesn't come up on the digital UK page, but looks like it might be possible.

I'm in the town centre, behind Lidl, almost the lowest point in the town, I think, not that I've explored the whole town.

Freeview need to launch an IPTV service with better quality streams than tvcatchup

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neil's 2 posts GB
Donald Grant
7:32 PM

Down in the town centre I'd think your chances of Darvel are somewhere between nil and zero Neil. To be honest I think your best option in that location would be to go down the satellite route. Historically Penicuik has always been a poor reception area. Freesat will also give you more channels than Freeview are offering us here.

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Donald Grant's 5 posts GB
Friday, 22 April 2011
4:48 PM

We all know that Penicuik gets rubbish reception - and when Freeview is introduced in June, it won't ven offer the full range of services. Why is Penicuik such a poor relative? It is a large town, close to the capital city of Scotland - where most people travel to work. You can't even get cable and just a limited range of non-BBC radio stations. Yet, we just seem to accept the poor service....

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Al's 1 post GB
Saturday, 23 April 2011

7:13 AM

Al: The commercial operators do not regard this mast as a profitable one to broadcast from.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Donald Grant
12:42 PM

OK so we know that the first of the FTA digital services for Penicuik start tomorrow, but when? Is it from midnight tonight, eight in the morning or just at some random time during the day?

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Donald Grant's 5 posts GB
Donald Grant
12:57 PM

Just found the answer to my own question at this URL.…imes (EH269BB)

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Donald Grant's 5 posts GB
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
8:10 AM

OK...we know Penicuik is always out of step with everywhere else and gets ignored...but we have no terrestrial signals coming in at all

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JD's 1 post GB

9:29 AM

JD: Digital UK have mid-morning listed for each stage of the switchover on this transmitter.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

10:34 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 07:21 today to 08:34 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 07:21 yesterday to 08:34 yesterday [BBC]

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