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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-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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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, 20 June 2011
Joe Wheeler
11:14 AM

I also rescanned, but the problem seems to have gone since I made my post yesterday, I can now get dave, etc again.

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Joe Wheeler's 3 posts GB flag
12:58 PM

Problem solved but it meant switching to the Knock More transmitter. Rather annoying as the Durris "upgrade" is costing me money. At least I have a solution whereas the engineer told me that some people affected simply cannot get a signal from Knock More so satellite might be the only solution.

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Mike Dimmick

1:12 PM

Alan: The problem for you is that the final COM channels from Durris clash with the PSB channels from Knock More. (The underlying cause is probably the governments' decision to release channels 31 to 40, and 60 to 68, meaning less space for digital TV transmissions.)

Knock More is closer to you - 23km vs 55km - but Durris is more powerful, 100kW vs 20kW. Distance has more effect than the transmitter's power - theoretical calculations show that you should receive slightly higher signal levels from Knock More than from Durris. It does also depend on the terrain - there are hills blocking line of sight to both transmitters, but I would say the situation with Durris is worse than Knock More.

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Mike Dimmick

1:16 PM

Will: If you already have a wideband aerial, you don't need to change it. However, you're right that a Group A aerial should provide more gain, for a given size of aerial.

There's a chance that any new interleaved services could start up outside Group A. The report produced for Ofcom's review on the subject constrained the channel selections to those within or just outside the traditional analogue group, including Channel 5. You needed a wideband aerial for analogue C5, so they could have selected any channel between 21 and 60, though in fact the channel producing the best coverage from Durris was C30.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

1:52 PM

Albert Alexander and Andrew Marjoram: The problem in Aberchirder is the frequency clash betwean the COM muxes from Durris and the PSB muxes from Knock More. I tried a postcode in Aberchirder which suggested that the best solution is to diplex a group A aerial for PSB muxes from Durris to a group C/D aerial on Knock more for the Com muxes. The situation could of course be different for different locations around Aberchirder.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
12:27 PM

Have done a manual and auto re-tune, you might find QVC,5usa,5*,etc have moved up the channel list into the 800's

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bear's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Bruce Norrie
11:14 AM

Hi there, I'm in the Peterhead area, postcode AB42 0TE. I've been having problems with channels recieved since the June 15th retune. On retuning on the 15th we were getting very few channels, but having retuned again on Monday 20th we are now recieving most channels. However, we are still not recieving the COM 6 channels (Yesterday, Film4, 4Music etc). Any idea why this is?

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Friday, 24 June 2011
11:04 AM

We are near Newmachar and have lost sound on all channels - only get pictures. Re-installation of the digibox has been performed approx ten times a day since this problem began at the weekend. What can we do?

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Mike Dimmick

5:29 PM

Ruth: Check that the SCART cable is properly plugged in? If you're using an HD box with a DVI connection to the TV, the audio would need to be carried on a different cable - again, check that it's properly connected. HDMI cables carry sound on the same cable as the picture.

If you're using an RF modulator, and tuning in a channel on the TV to the box, ensure that the box and TV are both set to PAL I/System I/UK mode.

Also check that the box and TV are not muted, and if the box remote has a separate volume control, check that the TV and box volume controls are set appropriately. I set the box's volume control to maximum and control volume from the TV remote.

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Sunday, 26 June 2011
Joe Wheeler
12:07 AM

I've been having problems with Dave and other channels again for the past few days, retuning hasn't worked.
I live at AB31 5AD, is this a problem at your end or mine? Is it likely to be sorted or should I consider switching to FreeSat?

Cheers guys,

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