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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.

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

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-100,000W
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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
Channel icons
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
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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 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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

 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

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Strathdon DActive deflector
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Strathdon FActive deflector

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

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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

Friday, 18 May 2012
Jim Bell
11:50 PM

The current signal prediction for my location near Insch, Aberdeenshire currently shows best reception to be from Gartly Moor transmitter. But previous predictions during 2011 showed the best signal to be from Durris transmitter and I had aligned my arial to Durris.
Why has this changed?
Should I be realigning my arial to Gartly Moor?
Would I receive the same range of channels from Gartly Moor?

On a separate subject - the "Terrain" version of the signal map for my area is not available on my computer (I am using Internet Explorer 8). What enhancement to my computer systems are necessary to enable the "Terrain" map to be displayed?


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Saturday, 19 May 2012
Dave Lindsay

11:31 AM

Jim Bell: Don't read too much into coverage predictors; use them as a guide only.

The fact that you have had two different results suggests that the method of calculation is different or has changed.

Digital UK Tradeview predictor puts Gartley Moor a little behind Durris.

However, Durris is a full service transmitter and Gartley only carries Public Service (PSB) multiplexes/channels, so you will probably wish to receive from Durris, even "if" relatively speaking, it does not provide as good a reception as Gartley at your location.

Durris uses Group A channels and Gartley uses C/D ones, so if you have a Group aerial, then it will be less sensitive for one.

The three Commercial (COM) channels from Durris (those that Gartley doesn't transmit) are at half transmission power to its PSBs. The COMs also use a less robust transmission mode (so that they can fit in more services). What this means is that if you are going to have difficulty picking up any channels from Durris, then it is likely to be the COMs.

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Dave Lindsay

11:35 AM

Jim Bell: This plot to Durris shows that your line of sight is blocked roughly between 5 and 6 miles away:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Why are you asking about re-aligning your aerial anyway?

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Jim Bell
11:49 PM

Dave Lindsay
Thanks for your response.
I have no serious problems (that I am aware of) with reception from Durris so have no reason to re-align my arial. My queries arose after being advised that Durris would have a weaker signal this week - I happened to see the signal prediction map and found it had changed since I had last looked at it.


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Friday, 6 July 2012
John Jeeves
10:05 AM

I'm not sure if anyone will be able to answer this as even I have no idea what's going on, but here goes anyway:

our Freeview reception tends to work about 90% of the time but I believe that is due to problems with the aerial when it decides to break up the picture. We are probably going to get that fixed at some point. The query however is can anyone tell me why certain Sky channels are interrupting Freeview reception?

downstairs we have the usual Sky box (the normal one, not HD) connected to the TV as usual and Freeview downstairs has more channels than the TV's upstairs. However when you switch the TV on to one of the UKTV channels (such as Watch, Alibi or Gold) BBC1 and BBC2's Freeview connection goes, plus it will normally reduce the reception of the other muxes and won't come back until you switch it to a Sky channel that the TV deems "suitable". It does happen with quite a few of the shopping channels as well but I really have no idea what is causing it

I don't particularly think it's anything to do with Freeview itself so it's probably something to do with the Sky box. Anyone seen this before and can maybe offer a solution?

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012
william davidson
5:31 PM

My Freeview signal comes from either of these two but mainly RUMSTER FOREST - can someone confirm that the signal has been strangled from RUMSTER FOREST in recent days? If not there is a major problem with break up and the obvious boxy pictures - I have had my antenna checked but both my Freeview HD receiver is simply freezing on ITV3 and on my built in Freeview on my Philips Plasma there is no signal whatever.
My antenna has the needed yagi's and it also has a masthead amp to try and bring the proper signal in without any luck.
I have also tried all the obvious, such as re-tune, factory re-sets, turning off things like auto updates, back lighting etc...Help! please.

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Mark Fletcher

6:20 PM

William Davidson.If you leave a full postcode preferably or a nearby location as such,we may be able to distribute further advice and assistance to you.
The full postcode is to ascertain the reception possibilities in your locality as what you specified there could be another mast which possibly could impede the signals you receive at your abode.

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Thursday, 2 August 2012
5:14 PM

why does the balgownie transmitter not offer a full service like the durris transmitter does. this is so unfair to many people. and should be rectified as soon as possible. why should certain areas be deprived, it simply isn't right.

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Dave Lindsay

5:29 PM

w.stewart: The Commercial broadcasters that don't transmit from Balgownie are purely for profit. They choose where to site their transmitters and do so in order to provide the best return for themselves. Any such decision therefore does not take into account the "fairness" on those viewers whom they do not wish to serve.

The Commercial broadcasters achieve a 90% coverage from 81 of the largest transmitters largest by viewer population and for them to transmit from the 1,000 or so small "filler-in" transmitters, including Balgownie, would roughly double their transmission costs whilst only providing them with an additional 8.5% of the population.

They show adverts to viewers which they wish to aquire at lowest possible cost this being the simple law of capitalism. For this reason, it's not surprising that they don't wish to double their cost of transmission in order to increase their number of viewers by about 10%.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 9 August 2012
9:47 AM

My Panasonic Freeview LCD TV has good reception for stv, 4, 5 etc, but I had to do a factory reset and scan to get the bbc channels.
The bbc channels were then found but are very pixelly and not watchable - presumably why the original autoscan didn't assign them a channel number.
I'm not sure the landlady will allow a satellite dish, does this sound like a problem that could be fixed with boosters or a new aerial?
We're at AB51 5HR and surrounded by trees.
It's ironic that the channels you need a licence for I can't actually watch :)
Hope someone can help

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