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Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) DAB transmitter

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Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) mast?

No problems on any service. BBC

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Saturday, 5 September 2020
4:12 PM

"Your predicted transmitter is Durris for KY168QH"

PLEASE can you help the elderly people living around KY16 8QH? Many of us cannot afford to put up a Freeview/Sky sat. This has been a problem for years as this area is in a dip in the terrain and on the furthest south broader from Durris. The no signal is random as if someone is flicking a switch. Over 90% of the time we have NO SIGNAL or invalid channel. Previously when we have complained to the BBC the TV signal comes back and it is ok for about 2 days, then it reverts to no signal for days, weeks and the worst one was 3 months. Can this problem be fixed permanently? Many elderly unwell people live here and depend on the TV for news about Covid-19 and relaxation, I have terminal cancer and bad mobility so I fall into that category and I rely on the TV working. Everyone has had their TV, Aerials, cables, boosters checked and they are working. No other transmitter is available to us. Please can you help us?

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Debs's 1 post FR
Sunday, 6 September 2020

3:24 AM


Really sorry to hear about your situation. Whilst you have posted on the DAB Radio transmitter page, that makes no difference to your TV reception question or my reply to you.

First I should mention that the Durris transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal", so if your issue has only cropped up again recently, this may be the cause. Other than that, I'll make what comment I can.

The trouble with postcode checkers is that they aren't always accurate and if there is very variable terrain within a postcode then some locations can be problematic.
The Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker does say that Durris is the most likely transmitter, but it also says that reception is good from the Angus transmitter (which is much closer but lower power) and this is across most of the postcode you've given - I assume it is correct.

The aerials should have their rods horizontal and be pointing at a bearing of 14 degrees (that's between N and NNE) for Durris at your location. For Angus they should point at a bearing of 332 degrees (that's slighly N of NNW).

If you've had a professional and competent aerial installer, who should be familiar with the local terrain, check signals and installations, then I'm not really sure what else to suggest other than Freesat. As you know Sky requires a monthly subscription. A lot of modern TVs have built-in satellite tuners, so all that's needed is the Dish and LNB for Freesat - but that's still an expense.

I assume that installers have checked that there isn't an issue with local interference either from a very nearby mobile phone mast or any electric equipment (on a farm perhaps), the latter might be the case if your signal problems tend to occur at the same sort of time each day.

If there is enough of you with this problem, one other option would be to club together for an "Active Deflector" - a sort of "relay" which is located at a good reception point and has an aerial pointed at your community. BBC Engineering or a professional engineer might offer some advice on this option.

Sorry not to be more helpful, but it sounds like very local knowledge may be needed.

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