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Full Freeview on the Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) transmitter

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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-3100,000W
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1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)639mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (STV North (Aberdeen micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -8.4dB
C32 (562.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
Channel icons
from 20th May 2014: 56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -8.4dB
C35 (586.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 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
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
to BBC Scotland region - 230 masts.
regional news image
STV News 0.4m homes 1.5%
from Aberdeen AB12 3QH, 23km northeast
to STV North (Aberdeen) region - 76 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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Aberdeen-talismanTransposer1 km SW city centre100 homes
FyvieActive deflector37 km NW Aberdeen10 homes Hotel
Glen TanarActive deflector11 km E Ballater13 homes
GlenlivetTransposer15 km E Grantown-on- Spey70 homes School
Haughton House C/pTransposer1 km N Aford Aberdeenshire1 homes 150 caravans
OyneActive deflector33 km NW Aberdeen11 homes
Strathdon ATransposer60 km W Aberdeen25 homes
Strathdon BTransposer25 homes
Strathdon CTransposer ‘appreciable population'
Strathdon DActive deflector
Strathdon EActive deflector
Strathdon FActive deflector

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

years1961~851984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KWWA KA KA KA K

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 1st September and 15th September 2010.

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

Monday, 27 November 2017
D mcphail
12:07 PM

Is there something wrong with the transmitter today 27/11/2017

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D mcphail's 1 post GB
7:30 PM

D mcphail: There are no faults showing for Durris. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted signal strength etc.

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StevensOnln1's 1,401 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Jonathan Gordon
3:02 PM Aberdeen

Me again(from June) AB24 2BE ,today engineers were at the 4g mast closest to my house(20/30 yards away) built last year & my tv aerial is working perfectly again or probably till they've finished turn it back on.
I 've tried a 4g filter & new booster with 4g filter built in with no joy when the mast is on,any advice?

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Jonathan Gordon
4:18 PM Aberdeen

AB24 2BE Wish there were away to edit posts ^^^^^^^above post^^^^^^ meant August not June previous posts.

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Sunday, 28 January 2018
John W
8:54 AM Peterhead

Is there anyone in the Peterhead area who uses Durris for Freeview? My mum got a 12V masthead aerial installed on the roof recently and the reception on all channels is absolutely perfect, except for pixelation and drop-out which occurs every 9.8 seconds exactly.
If I had to guess, I would say we are getting interference from RRH Buchan which would be roughly in the line of sight, but I find it amazing that the installer wouldn't have been aware of this possibility (if this indeed is the cause, its my first assumption given the clockwork regularity of the interference).
Does anyone use Durris in the Peterhead area and have had to deal with this specific form of interference? Is there a specific filter type which could strip out the actual unwanted RF?

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11:41 PM


You need to check what the signal satrength is being reported on her TV set is. Too strong or too weak signals can give the weffect your are reporting. The post code you gave is just 1 km from the transmitter and it is highly likely that she has too much signal now. That can be reduced using coaxial attenuators (available quite cheaply from Amazon and others) inserted into the aerial feed. Do not allow the weight of the attenuator to 'hang' on the aerial input socket of the TV, use a short flylead between the attenuator and the set.

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MikeP's 1,855 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 29 January 2018
JOhn W
10:35 AM

Thanks for the reply, I have already tried attenuating the signal so the signal strength is around a static 60% (on the TV meters). The signal quality is 100% but drops to zero for a fraction of a second every 9.8 seconds. This periodicity is the same on two different television sets. Reception is perfect on all channels apart from this periodic fraction of a second.
The transmitter the aerial is pointing at (Durris) is over 50km to the south west (with a radar station RRH Buchan roughly in line of sight),and the local Freeview-lite transmitter is 1km away to the north west.

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JOhn W's 2 posts GB
10:28 PM


I suspect, then, that you are suffering from periodic interference. Nothing in a TV or a TV transmission would caise something to affect your reception every 9.8 seconds. As it also appears on a second TV set then you will have to investigate where the source is. It will have to be something with a regular pattern to what it does or how it works. What it might be we cannot tell remotely.

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