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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.

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

Durris transmitter - Durris transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Durris transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD Scotland, 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
Channel icons
20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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?

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?

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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

Saturday, 22 April 2017
Alison Gerrie The Alison Gerrie
1:03 PM

We are having great problems losing signal on our digital TV and als through our digital box. This is the thirdweekend with no tv. During the week it is all fine. We stay in Kingswells at the far eastern side. There isnothing wrong with our TV and we have an outside arial.something somewhere is put on and blocking our put on football at 12 noon and just at 12.13 pm it just off totally with no signal at all in any channel. Can you please help?

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Alison Gerrie The Alison Gerrie's 1 post GB flag

2:59 PM

Alison Gerrie The Alison Gerrie: It sounds like whatever is being switched on is causing electrical interference which drowns out the TV signal (quite likely something with an electric motor). It's almost certainly something in or around your property, or a near neighbour, so look for things which are being used when you loose signal. DIY or garden equipment are strong possibilities.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
Friday, 5 May 2017
Jonathan Gordon

10:34 PM

Ab24 2be none of the c32 channels on i.e. signal strength zero signal quality zero.

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11:51 PM

Jonathan Gordon: Your just 25km from the transmitter, so I suspect something drastic has happened to your system, and its just about hanging on on most of the muxes.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 May 2017

9:00 AM

Jonathan Gordon:

Does your TV have a DVB-T2 tuner capable of receiving HD transmissions? If not, that is why Channel 32 is showing no signal.

If it does, then you need to check all the aerial cables and connections carefully.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

11:21 AM

Seems to be back up now after being off most of evening(10pm till 2am bed time)
I have 3 DVB-T2 capable boxes,all different makes.All were the same just for the c32 channels all others were full strength.

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2am's 21 posts GB flag
Sunday, 21 May 2017
4:00 PM

I am unable to receive STV2 on channel 30 from the durris mast. The reception of all the other Freeview channels is a perfect 10 . The aerial (a log periodic )is outside approx 20ft up on a pole . This channel is classed as local and I am assuming that this means that the signal is only focused towards Aberdeen and not to the rest of Aberdeenshire. I am unable to find any technical data on this local service. Any help would be appreciated . Thanks.

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Rod's 4 posts GB flag
Monday, 22 May 2017

7:40 AM


We really need a full posy code in cases like this so that we can cehck whether your location is served by that transmitter and whether it can receive the local multiplex.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
12:00 PM


Sorry about that I put the post code in the wrong box . My postcode is AB31 4RL and I am on a hillside facing the durris mast which I can see approx 15 miles away , so my aerial is almost line of sight .

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

7:59 AM


Thank you for that, now we can see that your reception from Durris should be very good, perhaps too good? If you have signal strengths of 100% showing then there is a chance that you have too much signal and that is known to give several problems, depending on the behaviour of the tuner fitted to your equipment with such a strong signal. So it is worth checking the signal strengths shown on your TV for all the multiplexes. The ideal is normally to have 55%-85% on SD channels and between 65% and 85% for HD channels, less than this is a problem as is more than those figures. Also check that your equipment has a DVB-T2 tuner system to receive HD transmission such as BBC1 on LCN 101 (uses PSB3), BBC4 HD on LCN 106 (uses Com7) and More 4 + 1 on LCN 86 (uses Com8). If you can get those channelks that would confirm that you are able to receive all the available multiplexes from Durris.

However, there is no listing shown for any transmissions on the frequency of channel 30. Logical channel 30 carries 5Star and STV2 is not mentioned at all if you look at the list shown in the 'Freeview Map' link. Likewise it is not shown in the data shown in the 'digitaluk trade' link. So unless there has been an additional channel allocation that is not shown then it appears that STV2 is not available in your area served by Durris.

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