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The symbol shows the location of the Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) transmitter which serves 180,000 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 Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Durris transmitter broadcast?

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

 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)639mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)639mDTG-100,000W
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3 STV (SD) (STV North (Aberdeen 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),

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-100,000W
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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 -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Reporting Scotland 2.4m homes 9.2%
from Glasgow G51 1DA, 173km southwest (224°)
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 23km northeast (52°)
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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Strathdon EActive deflector
Strathdon FActive deflector

How will the Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) transmission frequencies change over time?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-133 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 Sep 10 and 15 Sep 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
Analogue 5, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*(-14dB) 20kW
com7, com8(-15.4dB) 14.5kW
Mux B*(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 5kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Durris transmitter area

Sep 1961-Jun 1997Grampian 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

7:31 PM

DURRIS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 15:21 today to 15:32 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 today to 15:32 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 today to 15:32 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 today to 15:32 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

DURRIS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 15:21 yesterday to 15:32 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 yesterday to 15:32 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 yesterday to 15:32 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 yesterda [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 141,156 posts xx
Friday, 27 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

DURRIS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 15:21 on 25 Nov to 15:32 on 25 Nov. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 on 25 Nov to 15:32 on 25 Nov, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 on 25 Nov to 15:32 on 25 Nov, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 15:21 on 25 No [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 141,156 posts xx
Tuesday, 29 December 2015
4:56 PM

All HD channels seem to disappear, or transmit intermittently, each Friday, between around 1900 and 2200 hrs. Normally we are getting 100% strength, 30-40% quality. Exception was last week when Friday was ok, but the dropout was, instead, on the saturday. Have only recently upgraded from crt tv to flatscreen, so have no long record of events, but it seems an odd occurrence and just wondered if there was a logical explanation.
Aerial is external, half way up gable-end with clear view to horizon and checked pointing in direction of transmitter, and reception is on a humax hdr pvr.

Location AB41 7NR, just north of Tarves. If it's single channel interference I'm puzzled as to why it only (seems to be) on a Friday?

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Geoff's 2 posts GB

8:53 PM

Geoff: If the figures given for the strength and quality of the HD signal are correct, and its not the case of the reverse of, i.e: 30 - 40% strength / 100% quality, then intermittent reception at these levels is something not entirely unexpected as they are quite unacceptable. In order to assess the situation better, what levels are indicated on your SD channels?.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
4:24 PM

Geoff: My apologies for the delay in responding. (I was expecting an email notification of a response).

I can't believe it, I got them transposed! Quality should be the higher figure, strength lower. Sd figures for quality are generally 10-20% higher.

It's no longer just on a Friday, but is proving more intermittent as we've discovered since setting up the flat screen. We very rarely watch live, predominantly programs recorded.

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Geoff's 2 posts GB
Monday, 11 April 2016
7:33 PM

For the past week both our freeview TVs have been experiencing pixelation, distorted audio and really loud and annoying clicks. I have checked the cables, retuned them, switched off and on again but still no improvement. Is there an issue with durris? Or is there an easy doityourself way of checking our aerial? Thanks

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Kirsty's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

5:31 PM

Kirsty: Check your signal strength - its too high, or too low, thats the sort of things that happens. If its too high 90% plus, then there are easy ways to fix that. If its too low, your liable to have a problem with your aerial system.

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Monday, 2 May 2016
Scott mcphee
11:22 PM

Where can i buy a ariel for Durris

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Scott mcphee's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
John Jenkinson
2:39 PM

Good Afternoon.
Please can you advise we get interference on BBC one and have weak signal notice on some other channels, we have a modern aerial fitted 18 months ago which runs to a booster in the loft for three tv sets,
as a back up we have a freesat box connected to a dish which works fine.
Looking at the transmitter coverage map for our post code AB42 4HJ Fetterangus we are prone to week signals would that be correct.
I hope this is enough information to get advice.
Kind Regards

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