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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)639mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)639mDTG-3100,000W
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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (STV West), 103 STV HD (STV West), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 108 BBC Scotland HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

com7
 H -8.4dB
C55 (746.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
Channel icons
from 20th May 2014:  Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
VHFA K TWWA K TW T
C9ITVwaves
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCB
C23SDNSDN
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C26ArqAArqA
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29ArqB
C30_localArqB
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C35com8
C41_local
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C67C5wavesC5waves

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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

Comments
Monday, 1 November 2021
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

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 138,015 posts GB
Thursday, 9 December 2021
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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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StevensOnln1
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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
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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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StevensOnln1
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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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Chris.SE
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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 -
PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB
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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