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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
Channel icons
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.

Monday, 25 July 2011

9:12 AM

William Sim: If you could please report this to STV via the BBC "problem tool" by following this link BBC - Reception problems .

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
William Sim
8:11 PM

I reported this via the BBC problem tool. The response was not helpful, however I did a quick scan for missing channels and all the ITV channels appeared. So I now have all the channels available from the Penicuik Transmitter.

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William Sim's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
William Sim
8:55 AM

I have since did a full rescan. I am no longer asked to select a region, the channels all appear. Presumably the dot problem has been fixed. If I select information on my box it shows they are all from Central Scotland without a dot.

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William Sim's 7 posts EU

9:04 AM

William Sim: I'm pleased to hear that the "dot" has disappeared and you can view all of the channels at once.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
William Sim
8:01 PM

I received a very nice email from STV who were responsible for the dot, thanking me for making them aware of the problem. They also said if I have any other technical issues, I should not hesitate in contacting them and they would endeavor to find a solution.

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William Sim's 7 posts GB
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

7:12 AM

William Sim: It is always good to hear. Let's hope you don't need to contact them again.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:46 yesterday to 11:50 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:11 yesterday to 12:15 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:36 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:46 on 30 Aug to 11:50 on 30 Aug HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:11 on 30 Aug to 12:15 on 30 Aug [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
11:09 PM

Hi, I get freeview HD from Penicuik okay, but I am inquiring about a lot of the programs you cannot get (like film4). As far as I can see the transmitter for penicuik does not transmit multiplex A, C and D which is required.
You can check here UK digital TV reception predictor and then check against this Freeview Channel Lineup
Are they gonna upgrade in the future?

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Ian's 1 post GB
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Mike Dimmick

7:55 PM

Ian: I'm afraid it's not very likely. It's expected to roughly double the cost of transmission to broadcast from all relays, which would only increase the overall coverage by 8% of the population. There also aren't that many spare frequencies, although Scotland is better off than elsewhere as you're not that close to other countries! If the broadcasters do extend coverage it's most likely to be at transmitters that cover a large number of households with low power, and that are easy to feed. Penicuik is predicted to cover 9,900 households, joint 50th (of approximately 1000 'Freeview Light' relays not carrying all muxes).

If you provide a full postcode, we can see whether another transmitter is likely to give reliable results; however, I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope, as Penicuik is quite a distance from the edge of the old analogue coverage areas of Craigkelly, Black Hill and Angus (which does have some overspill into Midlothian, around Dalkeith, but not as far south-west as Penicuik).

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