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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?

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
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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
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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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

Thursday, 10 November 2022
9:00 AM

Hi, I have just moved into a house just outside Ballater (postcode AB35 5SB). Currently using the Tullich transmitter which only provides a very small portion of the Freeview channels.

Am I likely to get reception from the Durris transmitter with its full range of channels?

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Dave's 2 posts GB flag
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2:20 PM


Yes, you should get good reception from Durris. It's predicted to be good for the PSBs and a little less so for the COMs, especially ArqB/COM6 which could be Varuiable to Good. Have a look at which way your neighbours aerials are pointing to see how they get on. Reception might vary a bit across your postcode.

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Chris.SE's 4,245 posts GB flag
7:00 PM

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the info, there's not too many neighbours here, but I'll take a look.

At least you've given me some hope :-)

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Dave's 2 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 16 July 2023
9:02 PM

For the last 2wks we have signal problems at our house at AB338BH. Initially returned from holiday and TV reported no channels. Rescan completed and missing all BBC channels plus more. Followed guides above and no improvement. TV aerial is in front garden on fence, this had not changed although some plants had grown taller so tried lifting the aerial higher, rescan, still no further channels found. No faults or work reported for Durris mast.

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Amy's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 17 July 2023
Steve Donaldson

1:47 AM

Amy: If the cable runs into the house and to one TV then a few possibilities spring to mind:

1. The centre core of the coax has broken at some point, whether where it connects onto the aerial or at the connector at the TV end. Or it has broken somewhere along its length, in which case this may mean replacement of the coax.

2. A strand of the outer braid is touching the centre conductor at some juncture.

3. Some part of the aerial has broken, perhaps cracked.

Tuning information for Durris is:

PSB2 D3&4 C25
COM5 Arq A C26
COM6 Arq B C30

You should attempt manual scan of these channels. The "C" number is the UHF channel number (frequency) to tune to. The multiplexes are sometimes referred to as "PSB#" or "COM#" or using the name of the operator, and I have given both.

The list of Freeview programme channels is here. You can work out which multiplexes you are short of and try doing a manual scan for them:

Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview

Once you have all the channels stored, don't retune as all this does is wipe the memory. With the tuning in place then any failure to show a picture is a fault elsewhere and resetting and retuning results in two problems: an untuned TV and no signal.

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Steve Donaldson's 220 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 July 2023
Transmitter engineering

10:25 AM

Durris transmitter - Durris transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 24/07/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,485 posts GB flag
Monday, 31 July 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

Durris transmitter - Durris transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 31/07/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,485 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 August 2023
Lorraine Reid
6:36 PM

Free view has become random. Through thr day reads no signal as my Ariel is internal and checks are made considering tv two years of age. I conclude that work from developments in the surrounding area is affectedting or the public is being manipulated to go sky . Which ever the case I am sure freeveiw will resume later tonight.

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Lorraine Reid's 1 post GB flag

8:25 PM

Lorraine Reid:

As per the post before yours, the Durris transmitter is subject to Planned Engineering. If you are in a weaker signal area with an internal/ loft aerial, that is the most likely cause, but as you haven't given a full postcode we can't advise on that.
I doubt very much that there's any "manipulation" whatsoever.
And in any event, if Freeview reception in your locale was that bad, then there's always Freesat to consider. Most newer TVs have a satellite tuner, so all you'd need is a dish and LNB!

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Chris.SE's 4,245 posts GB flag
Monday, 7 August 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

Durris transmitter - Durris transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 07/08/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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