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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, 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, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (STV Edinburgh), 34 STV+1 (STV Edinburgh),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)639mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 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, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 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, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30 (546.0MHz)639mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -8.4dB
C55 (746.0MHz)639mDTG-614,500W
Channel icons
from 20th May 2014:  Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court 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
Sunday, 30 September 2018
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Gary Duthie
8:46 PM
Fraserburgh

Hi, Can anyone explain why the Rosehearty transmitter on has a fraction of the channels that the Durris transmitter has. I know that Durris is the main one and Rosehearty is a relay, but would just like to know why we in the Fraserburgh area have far less freeview channels.

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StevensOnln1
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11:10 PM

Gary Duthie: Because Rosehearty only serves a few thousand homes and therefore the commercial broadcasters don't think they would get enough extra viewers to make a worthwhile return on the costs of providing their channels. There are over 1,100+ transmitters to cover 99.5% of UK housholds and the commercial broadcasters can reach over 90% of them by broadcasting their channels from 80 or so main transmitters. The vast majority of Freeview channels are also available on Freesat if you want more channels and are unable to receive them from Durris.

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StevensOnln1's 3,158 posts GB
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
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J Chapman
2:07 AM

I'm not getting any channels at Cothal

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J Chapman's 2 posts US
Transmitter engineering
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6:06 AM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:07 today to 02:33 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:07 today to 02:33 today. [BBC]

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StevensOnln1
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10:08 AM

J Chapman: There was engineering work taking place overnight. You may need to retune to restore your channels if any are missing, as some services have now changed frequency.

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StevensOnln1's 3,158 posts US
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:06 AM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:07 yesterday to 02:33 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:07 yesterday to 02:33 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 5 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:06 AM

DURRIS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:07 on 03 Oct to 02:33 on 03 Oct, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:07 on 03 Oct to 02:33 on 03 Oct. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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Douglas Gove
1:45 PM

Transmitter engineering: Sirs, since the engineering work on the Durris Trasmitter I have not been able to receive ANY t v channels excepting those received via by B T Box. I have tried to re tune, a procedure I am familiar with , but always see that there are no channels being received during and after this operation has been completed.
I continue to receive a screen message to say Weak or No Signal but I am convinced there is a strong signal available to my flat. This is because I have another smaller set in my bedroom which takes its signal from the same arial socket and no other tenants in my block are having this problem.
Before the engineering work took place at Durris all channels worked well. I have been away for a while and have returned to exactly the same situation that prevailed before I went away.
Whist attempting to retune the auto tuning message on screen shows the green bar percentage increasing with time so I assume its trying to find channels but the end game is no channels received. Please help me overcome this problem as I am an OAP and need my television so much.

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StevensOnln1
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3:38 PM

Douglas Gove: Do the missing channels return if you connect your TV to the aerial socket in the bedroom and retune? If they do, you should contact whoever is responsible for building maintenance and get them to send someone to check the aerial socket your TV is usually connected to.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018
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Leigh Wilson
5:54 PM
Montrose

Dear Sir,

I am a local councillor for the Mearns area. A number of residents have reported a recent loss of service to me following the recent work conducted, parimarily in the DD10 0SJ area. Returning has been advised but the problems have been persistent, including channel signal being very poor on the few returning channels.

Kindest Regards
Leigh

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