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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 flag
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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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Monday, 28 June 2021
9:53 AM

I stay within minutes of Kirkton of Durris and in view of transmitter yet I cannot receive certain DAB+ RADIO stations especially Talk Radio. Even in the car I can receive only short 2 sec bursta but improves near Aberdeen. I have bought 3 DAB+ radios in last 2yrs one of which has stopped working----I resort to listening on iphone through wifi .can someone please explain?
Regards I.D.

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IAN DAVIDSON's 2 posts GB flag
9:58 AM

I stay within minutes of Kirkton of Durris and in view of transmitter yet I cannot receive certain DAB+ RADIO stations especially Talk Radio. Even in the car I can receive only short 2 sec bursts but improves near Aberdeen. I have bought 3 DAB+ radios in last 2yrs one of which has stopped working----I resort to listening on i phone through wifi can someone please explain?

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IAN DAVIDSON's 2 posts GB flag

4:59 PM


The simple answer is that the Durris transmitter does not transmit the SDL multiplex that carries Talk Radio. You can try a manual tune Block 11A: 216.928 MHz in case you can get a weak signal that autotune may miss, as the nearest transmitter with SDL is the Angus transmitter just in the N of Dundee.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 March 2022
Myra findlay
9:04 AM

Hi wonder if you can help. In recent weeks I'm having to retune my channels on a regular basis. I'm using the durris transmitter. I'm based in angus DD11 4SN. Is there a problem or work being done at durris.

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Myra findlay's 1 post US flag
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11:27 AM

Myra findlay: Why do you keep retuning? Retuning is only necessary for frequency changes (all the frequency changes required for the 700MHz clearance were completed nearly 2 years ago) or for new channel launches or when existing channels move to a different multiplex, retuning won't fix a weak signal as you are just deleting the existing tuning information and searching for the same channels again. There are no faults or engineering works listed for Durris that I can see. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Is your aerial still intact and pointing the same way as your neighbours? The recent storms and high winds may have damaged or loosened something.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Thursday, 9 February 2023
Rob Wraith
9:53 PM

Hi, can you please help. I am located in Dyce AB210HD. I can receive all BBC channels and a lot more but all the ITV channels, channel fours and channel fives come and go. My aerial is pointing towards the Dorris Transmitter. I have a masthead amplifier etc. fitted. Are the ITV Chanel's weaker from this transmitter?

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Rob Wraith's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 10 February 2023

12:00 AM

Rob Wraith:

Hi. Although you've posted on the DAB page rather than the Freeview transmitter page, there are no warnings or faults listed there, nor can I find any listed elsewhere.

All 3 PSBs are broadcast with the same power, 100kW at Durris. The 3 COM multiplexes are broadcast at slightly lower power 50kW.
For which TV channels are carried on which multiplex, see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview

Whilst you are in a slight valley with a hill between you and the transmitter, you are still predicted to get good reception of the 3 PSB multiplexes, but poor/variable reception of the 3 COMs. There is a Local multiplex but you are not predicted to receive it.
Your aerial should be pointing at compass bearing 200 degrees (almost SSW) with its rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal.

You mention a masthead amplifier which is maybe because you are in a slightly awkward spot but if you get too much signal this can have a similar effect to not enough.
How old is the installation?

Can you check in your TV Tuning section and look for Signal Strength and Quality (or BER/Error) figures, where you find them varies from set/brand to brand, you might find them under Signal Test or Manual Tuning etc.
Post the figures for each multiplex's UHF channel.

Check you are correctly tuned to the UHF channels for Durris, the 6 main multiplexes are on UHF channels C28, C25, C22, C23, C26, C30 that's in multiplex order -
A group "A" aerial would best to receive all those but the Local multiplex is on C41 and you'd need a group "K" (a Group T or wideband might do) if you were to stand any chance of getting the Local multiplex (which I doubt).

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