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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 22/04/2024 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
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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 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
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), 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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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?

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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

Sunday, 21 April 2013
10:57 AM

I am unable to get any signal in Huntly (AB54) area at all.

Recently all I was getting was BBC channels so when I did a retune last night.

I've tried doing a retune & channel scan a number of times but get nothing. It's pretty pointless getting a new tv & aerial within the last few months which doesn't allow me to watch TV!

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Dave Lindsay

11:23 AM

Grant: If your aerial is pointing to Durris then I suggest that Gartley Moor might be better.

From Durris you aren't likely to pick up the full service (you will only get the PSB channels). Gartley Moor is PSB-only, so you will be no worse off.

This terrain plot shows why:

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

The ground about 5 miles away is 300m above your ground level. This is Gartley Moor (or near to).

If your aerial is a Group A one (with a red tip) then it won't be the best for Gartley Moor as it is C/D (green tip):

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

The Gartley Moor transmitter is only six degrees anti-clockwise of Durris. It is vertically polarised whereas Durris is horizontally polarised, so the aerial will need to be vertical rather than horizontal.

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Dave Lindsay

12:13 PM

Grant: If your receiver has a manual tune function then use it.

For Durris, BBC is UHF channel 28 and STV/C4/C5 is on C25. HD is on C22.

From Gartley Moor, BBC is C58, STV/C4/C5 is C61 and HD is C54. C61 will change to C49 on 31st July.

A tip: on the manual tune function of many receivers, you can enter/select a UHF channel number and before pressing the button to scan (may be "OK" or "Scan" etc) wait and it will give an indication of strength and quality, even in cases where scanning it gives a message that there are no channels found because the signal is under the threshold required to show a picture or too poor quality.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

1:23 PM

Grant: Further to Dave Lindsay's advice, the DUK reception predictor does not show any reception as being possible for the COM muxes from Durris due to the likelyhood of interference from Knock More which currently shares some frequencies with Durris. However, in the event that the Knock More signal does not cause the level of interference anticipated by the predictor, you might find that reception of the COM muxes is sometimes possible from Durris.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 27 April 2013
8:15 PM

Thanks for the help, I am still getting nothing, I even found a signal booster from my old TV and that didn't work either.

I have no been without a signal for the past week now and the only way I can watch TV in my own room is by either linking a table to the HDMI socket or watching channels on a laptop instead

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9:04 PM

Grant: Could you please clarify regarding what's actually meant by "watch TV in my own room"? as this could be taken as inferring that you are possibly using a shared aerial, also when you say "by linking a cable to the HDMI socket", HDMI sockets on what devices?

By the way, as Dave Lindsay has pointed out you are making postings under two different headings, that of Durris and Gartley Moor, as I had replied to you on the 21st under Gartley and with Dave Lindsay and KMJ,Derby replying under Durris.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
9:27 PM

I am using a flat portable aerial. for some reason after I have now got a slightly better reception but now only receive BBC channels.

I had to previously link a tablet into the HDMI socket & watch tv using an android app.

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Dave Lindsay

11:34 PM

Grant: Have you tried putting your aerial vertical?

Then do a manual tune on UHF channel 61.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

11:03 AM

Anyone else getting poor reception on all BBC TV & radio?At AB24 2BE.

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Friday, 31 May 2013
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