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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)639mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (STV Edinburgh), 35 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23 (490.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26 (514.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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

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

Comments
Saturday, 22 June 2013
J
Josh
5:02 PM

HI Mark,
Thanks for info - had freeview since the it was introduced in 2010 though but have never had any problems with the signal for the channels I have lost - it has always been perfect and clear - same problem with channels in bedrooms as well as just says no signal. Am just assuming they will return!

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Josh's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Jim Bell
8:28 PM
Insch

Josh/Mark/Robin
I experienced very similar symptoms that began early Dec 2012 and prevailed well into 1st quarter 2013. I live in Aberdeenshire AB52.
The symptoms in Dec 2012 (pixilation, intermittent signal, "no signal", etc.) appeared to me to be identical to those that I experienced during switchover i.e. claimed to have been caused by the low strength signals that were being transmitted at that time for technical reasons.
My Dec 2012 problems disappeared some time during Feb/mar 2013 for no apparent reason (at least certainly not due to any changes that I made).

I have raised with my local councillor the problems that I have been intermittently experienced. I am seeking her advice on which part of which government I should be directing a complaint about the very poor standard of service being provided by Freeview to people like me who are on the periphery of the signal area of transmitters (Durris and Gartly Moor are relevant to me). Had I been better informed at switchover, I definitely would have opted for Freesat but am reluctant now to do so because of the expenditure for new antennae, signal boosters etc. that I have incurred.

I suggest that we should all complain to our MP/MSP as relevant and try to elevate awareness of the problems that are being experienced. A nice challenge to present to MPs/MSPs when election time rolls around again?

Jim





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Jim Bell's 6 posts GB
Thursday, 22 August 2013
M
Matthew
1:40 PM
Aboyne

Hi guys. We have just moved to tarland in aberdeenshire and have purchased a technika smart tv from tesco and tried to tune it into freeview and all i get back is no signal no channels found. Do I need a freeview box as well as the freeview tv to pick up the channels?

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Matthew's 1 post GB
M
MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:19 PM

Matthew: Freeview is built into the TV, your problem seems to be with your reception. Have a look at the tradeview webpage for your postcode - Durris is the only one listed, but if you look at the terrain, there is a very big thing in the way about 5 miles from you.

If you can't find another transmitter to pick up, then perhaps Freesat is for you!

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:27 PM

Matthew: As MikeB says, there is an obstruction and it is Mortlich which is covered in trees.

Perhaps your aerial system has an amplifier in it. Where an amplifier has no electricity supply it will give nothing (or maybe little) out.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
C
Christina
4:28 PM

Matthew: I have to retune constantly; 'no signal' is almost a channel and now I don't get the usa channels with csi etc. on ......... not sure it's worth the licence fee?

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Christina's 1 post GB
Sunday, 20 October 2013
G
Gordon Green
4:20 PM

I have just identified a problem here in AB23 causing loss of signal on the BBC A multiplex and also affecting the other multiplexes. The aerial is a Labgear48 element group A and the cable is double screened satellite cable. About two miles from here is the radar station for Aberdeen airport and it sits about 90 degrees off to the side of the aerial. Every few seconds the signal level on BBC A changes from 80% to 0%. The effect on the other multiplexes is much less with the signal dropping to about 70% so this does not cause pixelation.

I suspect the only solution is going to be a Freesat receiver.

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Gordon Green's 2 posts GB
Monday, 2 December 2013
M
Michael
10:40 AM

Why are there no radio stations via DTV from Durris? Is this policy or do I have to retune or something?

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Michael's 1 post GB
M
Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:58 PM

Michael: I'm sure if the were no radio stations from a transmitter such as Durris we'd have heard about it by now - so it's likely to be a problem at your end. Do you have any channels in the 700s? Maybe a separate button or mode for radio?

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
G
Gordon Green
8:47 PM

After doing quite a bit of searching I found just one website which suggested that Aberdeen radar operated at about 1200MHz. I suspect the signal was swamping my booster and I solved the problem by fitting a low pass filter with a cut off above group A, a TETRA filter would probably have done the job.

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Gordon Green's 2 posts GB
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