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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 ITV +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 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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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 9 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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -8.4dB
C55 (746.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
Channel icons
from 20th May 2014:

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
Sunday, 21 April 2013
G
Grant
10:57 AM
Huntly

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
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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
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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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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

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
Saturday, 27 April 2013
G
Grant
8:15 PM
Huntly

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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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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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Grant
9:27 PM
Huntly

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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Grant's 5 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
J
Jon
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:03 AM
Aberdeen

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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