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The symbol shows the location of the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter which serves 330,000 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 Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston 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
C40- (625.8MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
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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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C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
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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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C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
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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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C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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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

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C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
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7 Mustard,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 16km northeast (37°)
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, 16km northeast (38°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

Gt YarmouthTransposer1 km S town centre30 homes
Lowestoft (2)TransposerRotterdam Rd125 homes

How will the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1717 Jul 2018
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB

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 9 Nov 11 and 23 Nov 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 250kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100kW
com7(-9.6dB) 27.4kW
com8(-10.2dB) 24kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LNR(-14dB) 10kW
Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 5kW
Analogue 5(-18dB) 4kW

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. Tacolneston 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.

Monday, 2 July 2012

12:51 AM

In response yo my post on 3rd June ....... the problem we are having affects the Com4 / SDN mux transmitting on channel 42 and NOT mux A....somewhere along the line I got confused with the numbering and referred to the pre DSO mux group ....apologies to all.

By LOWERING (!!) the aerial about 4ft I managed to get the signal strength on chan 42 up whilst the others dropped by a few uV so I now have a more even spread across the channels.
The tx is 208m high and 64m above sea level, my aerial is about 11m high and we are 40m above sea level so I have angled it up a few degrees which also helped slightly.

What I can't understand though is if they are all coming from the same transmitter and all leaving at 100KW then why are we receiving them at significantly different field strengths and why did lowering the aerial increase it ?
I have always believed that higher = better with a 3dB increase for every 6ft higher.
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david's 26 posts GB
Tuesday, 3 July 2012

9:53 PM

following advice on another forum I have fitted a variable attenuator to reduce the signal strength on the other channels from 10/10 to around 9/10 which has resulted in chan 42 dropping to around 6/10 with an increase in errors and de-crease in quality to the poing where the picture breaks up.
So, what's the answer ?????

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david's 26 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Mark Fletcher

4:27 PM

I have just noticed an anomaly to the above regarding Tacolneston come 2013 onwards.BBCB (HD) multiplex currently on frequency 62 will have to relocate due to the 800mhz clearance to frequency 50.Yet at present on frequency 50 is the ArqB multiplex which has to relocate elsewhere to accomodate the ultimately reallocated BBCB (HD) mux from fr 62 to fr 50.But looking at the above 2013 and 2015? possibilities no ArqB which i suspect will move to frequency 39 but is not stated as such for 2013 and 2015?

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB

6:20 PM

I am seriously considering turning the aerial round 180 degrees and using Sudbury- gasp !! - as it's wideband it will work and when I briefly tried it I got a more even (but slightly lower) amplitide level across all the muxes.
I find this strange as the channels are similar and although Sudbury is further away I can amplify the signal if needed.
Couldn't do that until now as it wasn't full DSO.....but now it is.......:)

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david's 26 posts GB

10:25 PM

Mark Fletcher: yes, it is c39+ ... not sure why it doesn't show it.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 5 July 2012

8:12 AM

Wednesday 4 July 2012 10:25PM
9 hours agoMark Fletcher: yes, it is c39+ ... not sure why it doesn't show it.

......'cos it's in Suffolk.....everything runs at a slow pace up here....and I love it :)

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david's 26 posts GB

3:19 PM

Mark Fletcher: The page above now show the movement of ArqB to C39+.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Richard Baguley

12:21 PM


DAB has been working fine with fair to good s/s with an indoor ribbon aerial.

Turned off receiver during storms and removed FM (external) aerial.

Now, all DAB stations have gone and display says No Stations plus Tuning Aid says B for bad reception. Auto scan does nothing.

This is with an Onkyo receiver; a Roberts portable (which uses its own aerial yet has far better reception than the Onkyo) still receives DAB but with digital glitches on some stations - it was perfect.

Any ideas?

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB
Richard Baguley

5:29 PM
North Walsham

DAB update

Factory reset brought a few stations back but not all.

Signal strength still bad.

Obviously Tacolneston is running reduced strength DAB.

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB
Tuesday, 24 July 2012

8:04 PM

Why is it when there are transmissions on c42 a c/d aerial is recommended rather than wideband? I cannot get all the channels from Sudbury, whichever aerial I use, so must try Tac, but need to know the best aerial. Sudbury has as many channels out of its traditional group, specifically in what used to be the domain of Tac, yet recommends a different aerial.

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