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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.

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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.

Friday, 3 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:36 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 07:21 on 01 Jun to 08:34 on 01 Jun [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
3:49 PM

Why is there still no Freeview coverage in my area when this information clearly states that the yellow area has the strongest signal? I don't want to have to buy Sky tv because Freeview can't provide a sufficient signal to my house. I'd like to add that a freeview T.V, a freeview box and a BT Vision box still cannot pick up any sort of signal. I Believe Penicuik to be the biggest town in Midlothian, it's not a small village thats just appeared out of nowhere and we should be up to date with these sort of things!

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Karen's 1 post GB
Mike Dimmick

4:13 PM

Karen: Only the BBC multiplex has launched so far. The D3&4 (ITV, C4, C5) and HD multiplexes will launch on the 15th of June.

To fully check the prediction for you, we need a full postcode.

This page's map is still inaccurate. It doesn't include the radiation pattern, doesn't handle interference from other transmitters, and is based on coarse terrain data, too coarse to be particularly useful.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:40 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 yesterday to 02:59 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 17 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:36 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 15 Jun to 02:59 on 15 Jun [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
William Sim
8:42 PM

I have a strange problem. My Freeview HD Box when I do a retune allows me a choice of Central Scotland or Central Scotland. If I select the first I can get both the BBC and HD muliplexes, if I select the second with the . at the end only gives me the ITV Muliplex. The manufacturers are unable to find a solution.

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William Sim's 7 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
William Sim
8:21 PM

I've tried everything. The problem seems to be that the box thinks that there are two separate regions and only shows the region you have selected. It appears to find everything but only shows the Muliplexes it associates with the region you select. Mux BBCA & Mux BBCB appears on the one without the dot and Mux D3+4 on the one with the dot. There is no way to switch between the two so you are stuck with the one you have selected.

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William Sim's 7 posts GB
Friday, 22 July 2011

8:26 AM

William Sim: I would contact the box maker and ask them about the problem, it shouldn't do this (obviously).

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
William Sim
6:58 PM

It seems the problem is caused by STV who are responsible for the ITV multiplex in Central Scotland having a space and dot at the end of the regional identifier sent by the transmitter. There is no fault with the box. The space and dot means the box thinks it is a different region.

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William Sim's 7 posts GB
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