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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

LNR
 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBCB
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB
C52tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCAcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offLNRLNR
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 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.

Comments
Sunday, 3 November 2013
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John Read
12:14 PM

Further to my post above and that of 12th Oct. I've now reinserted the AE amplifier, and can now get BBC on TV but still nothing worth looking at on the recorder. How can Tacolneston say things are normal!

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John Read's 6 posts GB
Saturday, 9 November 2013
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Bob
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:07 AM

TO Anyone getting poor freeview reception at the moment, this may be caused by local tree leaves in the TX direction dying & wet, but still hanging onto the trees - once they blow off, things will improve. Yet another weakness of Digital TV.

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Bob's 30 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
R
Rob Brett
5:12 PM
Norwich

Hi, We live in the NR16 2BA postcode and normally get good digital signal. This last week our TV signal constantly breaks up. I have checked and Tacolneston reports no issues but some engineering. Is there a way to test if our signal has dropped? I am almost sure it is not our TV/Areal at this stage. Any advise would be great!

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:02 PM

Rob:
Not knowing what equipment you have, I'd suggest looking for the tuning facility - but do not start any scanning. Just select a programme that is giving problems and check whether the signal strength is correct, you do *not* want 100% but it should be better than 50%. Also check the signal quality, that should ideally be 80% or better.
That there are works being conducted at Tacolneston can mean signal interruptions and/or periods of lower power working.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Saturday, 23 November 2013
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Bob
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:50 PM

When is the old mast at Tacolneston being removed?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:33 PM

Bob: As far as I know it should be any time now as the aircraft warning lights have been deactivated.

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Monday, 25 November 2013
S
SteveW
5:12 PM

Can anyone throw any light on reception in the Ditchingham/Hedenham area just to the north of Bungay?
I get good reception on D3&4 Ch59, and SDN Ch 42, but very poor reception (25% signal strength)on ARQA Ch45, and no reception on BBCA Ch 55.
Any ideas on why this should be and what possible actions I can take to remedy?
I have manually retuned a number of times but always the same problem. Why should channels 59 and 42 be so strong but channel 55 unable to register?

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jamie stevens
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

7:51 PM
Havant

SteveW:

These muxs are outputted at the same strength so in theory you should receive them all the same, the only time that you would is if there is an something disrupting the path of said transmission.

If this is the case then you should try mounting the aerial in a different location, it is not always the highest point which is the best, for example- imagine a block of flats at the bottom of your garden, how are you going to see past it? you will need to get above it or simply move to the left or right to see past it, the same applied to receiving aerial reception, moving even a few feet from its current location could be all it needs.

regards

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jamie stevens's 207 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
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John Read
9:51 AM
Lowestoft

Steve W. You will see from my posts above, I've been having trouble with CH55 since August. This channel's reception has been fluctuating (at this location) from the point at present,(touch wood) that It's good on the non amplified AE, to some occasions when an amp is needed to get an acceptable signal. I replaced my hard drive recorder in the summer thinking it was at fault, also the AE amplifier.
There seems to be no linking with my problems with published transmitter output levels.

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Lee Lewis
10:06 AM

John Read: I am in Lowestoft, Hawthorn Av, bog standard aerial no amp, and I just done a signal test on my LG Smart TV, and signals are normal (very good) even HD Mux. (100 strength, 97% quality) I wonder if a band pass filter would help? I suspect you maybe experiencing drop outs caused by local interference from another frequency.....that is affecting ch55

BANDPASS DIGITAL TV FILTER GROUP C/D PASS CHANNELS 48-68 | eBay

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