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Freeview Light on the Penicuik (Midlothian, Scotland) transmitter

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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-400W
Channel icons
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

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C42 (642.0MHz)298mDTG-400W
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-400W
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

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, Al Jazeera Eng, 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 Player, 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, 24 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:02 yesterday to 13:28 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:02 yesterday to 13:28 yesterday [BBC]

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:02 on 23 Jan to 13:28 on 23 Jan HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:02 on 23 Jan to 13:28 on 23 Jan [BBC]

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Saturday, 23 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

PENICUIK transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 12:32 today to 12:42 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:32 today to 12:42 today [BBC]

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Monday, 2 July 2012
Alan Murray
7:15 PM

I know the answer to this question is above, but I'd like to confirm before buying a Freeview HD box. Do we really get HS channels on the Penicuik transmitter ?

Many thanks

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Dave Lindsay

7:20 PM

Alan Murray: Yes, Freeview HD is operated by the Public Service Broadcasters and is therefore available from all transmitters.

It is the Commercial services that don't have as good a coverage, as you already know and this is because they have no "Public Service" obligation.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 8 September 2012
11:08 PM

Following engineering work on 5 sept my freeview box has gone U/S and the tv only works with a different box Question has the Penicuik transmiter changed in someway ie stronger signal more output that would blow the box like blowing a fuse///?Hope this is not a daft question but cannot think of any other way to put it

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jim's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 9 September 2012

7:49 AM

jim: Nothing done at a transmitter can damage anyone's box and so your problem has to have an element of the coincidental attached to it.

However a better assessment of your situation cannot be made without knowledge of your location (post code or one from nearby) as this would then enable the signal levels expected in your area to be assessed, as if the signal level received by a box is running at either the top or bottom end of its operating range then even very slight changes in signal strength can cause its tuner to cut out, and so it would also be of assistance to know the model of Freeview box that is being referred to as tuner sensitivities vary between brands.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
10:11 AM

Hi Thank you for quick response. The post code is EH268PP The box is the one we were given at the switchover time name AVIONICS type DV3 alsoMDR252. Thanks again for your help

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Jim's 2 posts GB
Monday, 10 September 2012

3:51 PM

Jim: If you can access the menu system then I suggest that you carry out another auto-tune, if however you cannot get into the menu then unplug the box from the mains supply for a few minutes before reconnecting again and then (hopefully!) carry out the auto-tune.

Should though the disconnecting from the mains supply procedure not have made any difference to the situation then the box has developed a fault, and so you should contact the suppliers.

By the way you are indicated as being approx 2 miles away from the Penicuik transmitter.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

3:56 PM

Jim: Also meant to add, that if you are using any form of booster then try a test by-passing it, or alternatively another retune with a short piece or wire (about 2 or 3 feet long) connected into the boxes aerial socket rather than using the normal aerial.

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