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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?

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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-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

 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),

 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

 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

 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

 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?

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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

Monday, 13 October 2014

9:48 PM

R.Porteous: Basically nothing has changed as far as the transmission side of the equation is concerned, but though, as the line of sight from Ellon (dependant on exact location) to the Durris transmitter is seen to be obstructed in two separate places, i.e: at approximately 3 & 7 miles, then changes to atmospheric conditions as well as to the surface of the terrain can cause signal levels to change with reception in this type of situation, and it "might" just be that yours has dropped to under that necessary to resolve a picture.

Go into your TV's tuning menu and select manual tune then enter Durris's BBC1 Ch28 but stop at this point, because on most devices if any signal is being received (no matter how low) the strength / quality level of the signal will be shown.

By the way, if both of your aerials operate completely independently of each other? then this in effect excludes the possibility of your installation being defective.

Further assistance dependant on outcome of test.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Thursday, 30 October 2014
4:23 PM

Hello, would be grateful for some advice. My home is near Boyndlie (AB43 7DY) at 100m elevation. The Rosehearty relay is 3 miles away and I can pick it up with a Telecam 2000 indoor aerial on a bookcase. I need to move the aerial into the loft (5m height) which is just a crawl space. I've measured up and could fit a mini log periodic such as a Labgear LPCT or perhaps a Labgear LAB350T tri-boom. Does anyone have a view if either would work for Durris or Rosehearty. Would be great to get Durris. I realise its a bit of a vague question but would appreciate any views. Thanks

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Neil's 2 posts GB

5:54 PM

Neil: Although the Durris transmitter is indicated on DUK's reception predictor as being possible to receive in your location, reception is not necessarily guaranteed to be glitch free, as a terrain check indicates that a line-of-sight obstruction to the signal path from Durris exists at around 4 miles or so. This being the case, I would suggest that your best policy would be to try a test by temporarily installing the Telecam aerial in the loft and couple it into any TV with a manual tuning facility.

The procedure being to select manual tune on the TV followed by entering the Durris transmitters BBC1 on Mux C28 into the box but "not" pressing scan, because on most (but not all) Freeview equipment, if any signal is being received then no matter how low it might be, the level of will be indicated in the strength / quality bars.

You can also use this procedure as a signal indicator whilst you are experimenting with aerial positions, as it turns the tuner into a form of low cost signal meter.

Further advice can be given dependant on the outcome of the test.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Friday, 31 October 2014

8:17 AM

Neil: In addition to that said. If the test using the Telecam aerial does not pick up the slightest trace of a signal from the Durris transmitter located @ 45miles away on a bearing of 191 degrees, then reception from Durris is not possible with an aerial in the loft no matter what type it might be, because although set top aerials are never really recommended for the reception of DTT signals because of their vulnerability to movement (human) within the room they are located in, they can be very effective when used at height.

However, if you do manage to receive a reasonably stable signal from Durris, "stable" referring in particular to quality, then the log aerial used in conjunction with a variable gain booster should meet your requirements.

By the way, a variable gain booster ideal for use in conjunction with a Log (or any) aerial is the SLX brand device sold by Argos: item number 107 / 1533.

PS: Its easy to determine if anyone in your area (albeit sparsely populated) is receiving signals from Durris by having a look up at their aerial, as any aerial used for reception from Durris will be mounted horizontally, whereby the Rosehearty relay transmits on vertical polarity.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 2 November 2014
11:13 AM


First of all a very big thank you for the excellent advice. Very much appreciated and saved me money! The advice on manual tuning saved me the cost of a cheap meter and using the Telecam to detect signals from alternative transmitters saved me the cost of a suck-it-and-see aerial.

I threaded some WF100 satellite cable up into the loft, ran it straight to the telly through a hole in the wall rather than use a wallplate, and put coax connectors each end. I then plugged in the Telecam (without amplifier) and positioned it in the general direction of Rosehearty with vertical orientation. Result. Good signal quality and middling strength. I then changed it to horizontal and tried to pick up first Durris and then Rumster. Nothing at all. So the terrain maps were correct, no line of sight to Durris or Rumster. So I will purchase a small log periodic (probably the 400mm Labgear LPCT and mount it on a small loft mast. I'm sure that will give a much better signal than the telecam. Many thanks once again.

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Neil's 2 posts GB

3:35 PM

Neil: You certainly "are" a fast mover! as I wouldn't have expected you to have tried what was suggested quite as fast as this. But though, if you failed to obtain the slightest trace of a signal from the Durris 100Kw transmitter on Mux C28, then the situation with regards to the channels really desired, i.e: COM4 -C23 / COM5 - C26 / COM6 - C29 is likely to be a non starter, as these channels only radiate on 50Kw.

Based on the reception obtained using your Telecam aerial, its almost guaranteed that the Labgear LPCT will be perfect for your requirements even although its only 400mm in length, Log aerials having always been my preferred choice of an aerial for use in most situations, and indeed three of them being used in my own installation (two amplified) to enable reception from three separate stations, albeit admittedly this mainly being for test purposes.

Thanks for the update!

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Monday, 16 March 2015
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

DURRIS transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 1 June 2015
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10:30 AM

DURRIS transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015
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1:30 PM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:16 today to 12:36 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 18 June 2015
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4:31 AM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 11:16 yesterday to 12:36 yesterday. [BBC]

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