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The symbol shows the location of the Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 9,500 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 Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Aldeburgh 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.

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C28 (530.0MHz)87mDTG-10,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)87mDTG-10,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

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C25 (506.0MHz)87mDTG-10,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Aldeburgh transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 53km north-northwest (337°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 53km north-northwest (337°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1331 Mar 2018-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 9 Nov 11 and 23 Nov 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Tacolneston transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Aldeburgh was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Saturday, 4 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

12:36 PM

ALDEBURGH transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 03:36 today to 11:00 today [BBC]

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Sunday, 5 June 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

ALDEBURGH transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 03:36 on 04 Jun to 11:00 on 04 Jun [BBC]

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

12:05 AM

Dear Brian,
when Aldeburgh goes digital, are the 'powers that be' open to suggestions to replace rubbish like Rabbit and Gay Rabbit with the far more necessary ITV 3 and ITV 4? People are going to be very annoyed they have the rubbish and not the sensible stuff. Also, I consider A to be a relatively high power relay, covering a large area not covered by main xmitters and therefore it should be required to offer more channels than one of these xmitters the power of a lightbulb.
I am most curious to know why the picture from Sky is smaller, and therefore clearer on a crt when connected via the aerial, tv tuned to a vacant channel, rather than scart
Best wishes,

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Nick's 377 posts GB
Thursday, 23 June 2011

10:22 AM

Dear Brian, hope all is well.

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Nick's 377 posts GB
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Jo Drury
6:38 PM


I am trying to understand why Aldeburgh appears to only be getting a limited number of chennels at the freeview switch over. We are currently in cambridge and have about 40 channels - looking on the freeview site it appears that Aldeburgh will only have about 12. Please can you clarify.

Many thanks


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Monday, 27 June 2011

9:37 AM

Nick: Jo, I have been asking that. It serves a wide area but intends to give us Rabbit and Gay Rabbit instead of ITV4 and 3.
The powers that be need a rocket.

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Mike Dimmick

5:41 PM

Nicks: As text services, Rabbit and Gay Rabbit take very little space. Certainly not enough space to provide even one TV channel - possibly not enough to even carry one radio station.

The ITV1 +1 and Channel 4+1 channels are the most wasteful on there, but the infrastructure for carrying regional content only exists on D3&4 - they would have trouble providing regional variations (minimal as they are: on C4 just the advertising is regional) on a commercial multiplex.

Legally, the ITV companies and C4 are required to carry the regional ITV service and Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C in Wales. After that they are permitted to carry whatever *of their own services* they like on their half of the multiplex.

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Mike Dimmick

5:49 PM

Jo Drury: It comes down to money. The commercial multiplex operators didn't want to spend any more on transmitting from any additional sites. The regulator had been prepared to negotiate for 200 sites (currently, the commercial operators broadcast from 81 sites) in the international co-ordination meeting in Geneva in 2006, but the operators declined the option.

The Aldeburgh relay may not be your best option in this area, though as you say the coverage area is quite large. If you provide a full postcode we can check whether a six-multiplex service is available from another transmitter.

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