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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 13/05/2024 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
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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
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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 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 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 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), 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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FyvieActive deflector37 km NW Aberdeen10 homes Hotel
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GlenlivetTransposer15 km E Grantown-on- Spey70 homes School
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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?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-133 Oct 2018

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

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 flag

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 3,637 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Jonathan Gordon

3:02 PM

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

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

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 3,056 posts GB flag
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 flag

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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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 April 2018
G. Nicol
2:15 PM

Hello, can I just ask if there are any problems with the Durris transmitter today 13-04-18? I have lost BBC1 & presumably the other associated channels on that frequency (?) ITV1 works but is a bit 'blocky'! I guess while I am at it, can I ask if I will ever get BBC4 HD back? I lost it after l presume a recent change? I am at AB157SF. Many thanks, G.

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G. Nicol's 3 posts GB flag

5:43 PM

G. Nicol: There are no faults showing and the Digital UK checker predicts that you should have a good signal at your location. The most likely explanation for your problem is a fault/damage to your aerial system somewhere, so start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV then work your way back towards the aerial (as far as you can safely access).

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