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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, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)639mDTG-3100,000W
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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, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-6100,000W
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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, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3,

 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
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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, 55 Channel 5 +24, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 122 CITV, plus 22 others

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
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 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 63 Community Channel, 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 84 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 H -8.4dB
C32 (562.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
Channel icons
from 20th May 2014:  Buz Muzik, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 71 CBS Drama, 78 5USA +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 86 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

 H -8.4dB
C35 (586.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
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91 Frontrunner, plus 2 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?

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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?

Aberdeen (old Town)Transposer2 km N city centre837 homes (dealer estimate)
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?

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, 17 October 2016
Alistair Broadley
4:46 PM

We have just built a new Hotel on Straik Road, Westhill, Aberdeen on the site directly behind the BP petrol station. After erecting the 4 storey hotel, some of the residents have informed us they can no longer receive a free-view signal - if there any advice we can give them on how best to resort a suitable TV connection? Or is there someone who can visit them to re-tune them to another transmitter? I look forward to your response.

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Alistair Broadley's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
9:25 AM

Alistair Broadley: If the residents in question are those in the bungalows located on the North side of Straik Road? then there isn't really an easy fix to this problem, as its one which can occasionally occur when a new build of a taller nature happens to be located directly in the line-of-sight of the signal path from a transmitter, the situation being somewhat worse the closer the receiving aerial's are to said obstruction.

On the subject of possibly tuning to an alternative station, there isn't any!, as Durris @11 miles / 198 degrees is the only transmitter that covers the area, a reception predictor check based on the post code of the BP garage indicating first class reception from same in that area, no (or very few) rooftop aerials being seen via a Google earth rooftop check of the properties allegedly affected by the obstruction, inclined to suggest that indoor aerials are possibly being used.

The best policy would be to have an aerial installer visit the properties in question and make an assessment of the situation, as signal tests have to be carried out to determine if the problem can be rectified by simply moving the aerials to a slightly different position to where they are presently sited.

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jb38's 7,145 posts Platinum Platinum GB
11:15 AM

Alistair Broadley:

Following on from that said by jb38, the only other alternative, if the aerial cannot be repositioned, is to consider Freesat - providing the new hotel structure does not obstruct the view of the satellites. As a very rough guide, check to see if the hotel is anywhere near a line of 28 degrees east. If it is then there may even be problems getting Freesat and Sky. If it is not then it may be worth one resident trying to get Freesat. Sky would be an expensive alternative as it is a subscription service.

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