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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 15/07/2024 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?

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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
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
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
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?

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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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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, 1 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:46 AM

Durris transmitter - Durris transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 01/11/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,906 posts GB flag
Thursday, 9 December 2021
Alan Heath
9:09 AM

I haven't had any tv reception since storm Arwen. When will the problem be sorted. I live in ab41

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Alan Heath's 1 post GB flag

10:54 AM

Alan Heath: We need a full postcode to check which transmitter you are receiving, however there are no reported faults with the Durris transmitter so it is more likely that the storm has damaged something at your end. Is your aerial still attached and pointing towards the transmitter?

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Sunday, 15 May 2022
Garry Stephen
7:05 PM

I have been getting freeview from the Durris transmitter for years and now less and less channels and even now no digital as in HD channels , still the same set up with antenna nothing has changed .
I got a long gain antenna to pick up Durris years ago as the Peterhead transmitter is rubbish with the choice of channels ( why it has not been upgraded by now surprises me ).

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10:22 PM

Garry Stephen: We need a full postcode to see what your predicted reception is like at your exact location. There have not be any changes to any of the HD channels available from Durris for some time, if you have lost many of the channels you used to receive then it's likely to be down to a fault in your antenna system somewhere or interference.

The Peterhead transmitter is a relay which only serves a few thousand homes and is unlikely to ever be upgraded as the investment required isn't worthwhile for the commercial broadcasters who would have to pay for the increased costs required to reach such a tiny increase in potential audience.

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11:14 PM

Garry Stephen:

The Peterhead transmitter is unlikely to ever be "upgraded" as it only serves a very small population and the commercial operators do not consider it cost effective to provide the extra transmitter equipment required (assuming there were spare frequencies available in any case).

The Durris transmitter currently has no reported faults and you should be able to receive all the multiplexes subject to location and a suitable aerial.
(We need a full postcode to look at you predicted reception).

The Durris transmitter was on Planned Engineering a couple of weeks ago, if you happened to retune when there was badly pixellated pictures or no signal. it will likely have just cleared the correct tuning and you'll need to retune to get back any missing channels.

The 6 main multiplexes are on UHF channels C28, C25, C22, C23, C26, C30 that's in multiplex order -
A Group "A" or "K" aerial would best to receive all those (a Group T or wideband might do)

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.
You may well be best doing a manual tune of the UHF channel for any missing multiplex.
(I've not included COM7 C55 in the list above, as this temporary multiplex is due to close at the end of June 2022, no announcements have been made about what will happen to the channels on the mux, most people expect they will just close).

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Chris.SE's 4,269 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
K Stewart
7:08 AM

Every day for 10days so far the signal goes on my tv sometimes comes back late at night, the signal is always back in the morning but disappears before 12 oclock. Why?

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1:11 PM

K Stewart:

Need some more information to make a more informed comment. Need a full postcode to check your predicted reception.
If you've been retuning at times when the signal has gone, this often just clears the correct tuning and you may have been tuned to the wrong transmitters if more than one was receivable at the time due to recent weather conditions.
Check you are correctly tuned, see the post before yours for UHF channels numbers etc.

If your reception is normally a bit marginal, there are two likely, maybe 3 possibilities.

Current weather conditions - Tropospheric Ducting - causing interference from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK. This can be very variable and is usually short term at any instant but conditions have been persisting for several days, different parts of the UK are being affected at different time. Both Freeview and the BBC have issued warnings about short term interference to reception.

To compound matters, the Durris transmitter has been listed for Planned Engineering in recent weeks, if that work is continuing, there's the possibility of "Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels" which in weaker signal areas could mean no signal especially with adverse weather conditions.

IF the problem is occurring at EXACTLY the same time each day, it could be electrical interference coming from something recently being used or gone faulty - discharge lighting - fluorescents, street lights permanently on/flickering, electric motors in fridges, maybe central heating etc. LED lighting gone faulty. You need to check around what comes on at the time interference starts, it could even be at a very near neighbour.

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Chris.SE's 4,269 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 2 November 2022
8:40 AM

Post Code AB11 9NL
Where has Great Movies Christmas gone this morning?

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5:29 PM


Great Movies Christmas is carried on Local multiplexes.
See Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

You are predicted to have good reception of all multiplexes from Durris in your locale.
Are you still receiving the Local News channel LCN8 in your EPG? Are any other channels on the Local Multiplex missing?

If you are missing the Local News channel and other channels on the Local multiplex, then it sounds like a problem with that multiplex. If your signals haven't returned by the time you read this reply, then your best bet may be to contact the Local News station and tell them you can't receive them any more or other channels on the multiplex, but your reception of all other channels is fine - I assume from the way you have posted your comment.

Unfortunately trying to find any reported faults of commercial multiplexes is like getting blood out of a stone, and there don't seem to be any general reported faults with the transmitter, and it's not listed for planned engineering.

Do however check that your aerial is still pointing correctly in any severe weather you may be currently suffering and that your downlead isn't flapping about in the wind. Aerial mis-alignment could upset reception of the Local multiplex but still provide adequate signal of the other multiplexes.

How old is your aerial installation?
The Local multiplex is on UHF channel C41 at Durris, the highest channel in use at the transmitter. If your installation is quite old, it's possible that water could be entering the aerial connections and coax and this would generally have a greater impact on reception of the higher number UHF channels (higher frequency), so do get it checked if the problem continues.
Likewise just check all your connections behind your TV etc.

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