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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?

Aberdeen (old Town)Transposer2 km N city centre837 homes (dealer estimate)
Aberdeen-talismanTransposer1 km SW city centre100 homes
FyvieActive deflector37 km NW Aberdeen10 homes Hotel
Glen TanarActive deflector11 km E Ballater13 homes
GlenlivetTransposer15 km E Grantown-on- Spey70 homes School
Haughton House C/pTransposer1 km N Aford Aberdeenshire1 homes 150 caravans
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, 17 October 2016
Alistair Broadley
4:46 PM

We have just built a new Hotel on Straik Road, Westhill, Aberdeen on the site directly behind the BP petrol station. After erecting the 4 storey hotel, some of the residents have informed us they can no longer receive a free-view signal - if there any advice we can give them on how best to resort a suitable TV connection? Or is there someone who can visit them to re-tune them to another transmitter? I look forward to your response.

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Alistair Broadley's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

9:25 AM

Alistair Broadley: If the residents in question are those in the bungalows located on the North side of Straik Road? then there isn't really an easy fix to this problem, as its one which can occasionally occur when a new build of a taller nature happens to be located directly in the line-of-sight of the signal path from a transmitter, the situation being somewhat worse the closer the receiving aerial's are to said obstruction.

On the subject of possibly tuning to an alternative station, there isn't any!, as Durris @11 miles / 198 degrees is the only transmitter that covers the area, a reception predictor check based on the post code of the BP garage indicating first class reception from same in that area, no (or very few) rooftop aerials being seen via a Google earth rooftop check of the properties allegedly affected by the obstruction, inclined to suggest that indoor aerials are possibly being used.

The best policy would be to have an aerial installer visit the properties in question and make an assessment of the situation, as signal tests have to be carried out to determine if the problem can be rectified by simply moving the aerials to a slightly different position to where they are presently sited.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

11:15 AM

Alistair Broadley:

Following on from that said by jb38, the only other alternative, if the aerial cannot be repositioned, is to consider Freesat - providing the new hotel structure does not obstruct the view of the satellites. As a very rough guide, check to see if the hotel is anywhere near a line of 28 degrees east. If it is then there may even be problems getting Freesat and Sky. If it is not then it may be worth one resident trying to get Freesat. Sky would be an expensive alternative as it is a subscription service.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Anne Burgoyne
11:19 AM

Here we are nearly into a new year 2017 and though free view says we can view a new channel on 74 if we retune if needed I have done so 3 times on 4 TVs I then look and find none have found channel 74. I note also some channels have gone especially the +1 hour channels after I had retuned yet they worked fine before my retuning and some are still showing up on sky though since sky gave me a modern box I have noticed although some channels on sky are missing too or ones my old set let me view are no longer viewable unless I pay or are missing very strange but now I know why my old box which was an original box has been taken away by sky not left for me to dispose of or use if I wanted to. But why is it free view channels are missing and why is it some areas don't get some channels yet others do? We all should be able to view all channels they broadcast where ever we live, the fact we have pixeled images in poor weather or poor recover areas so long after going fully digital is not good either we were told we would get better picture quality along with more channels etc so why is it that there are areas where they get little or no reception and why is it relays don't show all channels either????
This is poor service in a digital era so long after changing over they still have not sorted it all out and some channels we should be getting some still are not recieving they need to get this sorted and quick too!!!!

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Anne Burgoyne's 1 post GB flag

6:09 PM

Anne Burgoyne: If your on Sky, then sort it out with Sky - Ch74 is on Freeview! And since we have no idea of your position, we have no idea as to what your signal should be like. However, if your continually getting a rubbish signal, that points your own system etc being a problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 20 January 2017
mr taylor
12:37 PM

I live in newmachar Aberdeenshire and I can't get the Grampian news on channel 103 but anyone living 10 miles away from here in inverurie do get it.i have to watch it on channel 3 so don't get it in hd.will be very obliged if you can explain please.yours faithfully mr a taylor.

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mr taylor's 1 post GB flag

2:50 PM

mr taylor: STV only broadcasts a HD version of their Glasgow region, which is also broadcast on transmitters across the other STV regions. STV haven't announced any plans yet to broadcast their other regions in HD.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

11:33 PM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 today to 20:03 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,942 posts xx flag
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 yesterday to 20:03 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,942 posts xx flag
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 on 21 Mar to 20:03 on 21 Mar. [BBC]

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