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The symbol shows the location of the Rouncefall (new) (Essex, England) transmitter. 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 Rouncefall (new) (Essex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rouncefall (new) 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.

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)79mDTG-4,000W
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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

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)79mDTG-4,000W
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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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)79mDTG-4,000W
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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 Rouncefall (new) (Essex, 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 Rouncefall (new) transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 121km north-northeast (17°)
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, 121km north-northeast (18°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Rouncefall (new) (Essex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Aug 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 4kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury 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. Rouncefall (new) 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.

Thursday, 8 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

ROUNCEFALL (NEW) transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 06:57 on 06 Aug to 16:37 on 06 Aug, HD Digital TV Off Air from 06:57 on 06 Aug to 16:37 on 06 Aug. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,875 posts xx
Monday, 28 June 2021
Adrian Smith
11:28 AM

I live a mile from this transmitter and am receiving a London signal but no Anglia south east in my conservatory dispirited I purchased and indoor aerial tuned that in and still had no signal your chart is showing no problem but I have no signal from 2 different aerials therefore it must be a transmission problem could you please fix it.

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Adrian Smith's 3 posts GB

2:34 PM

Adrian Smith: If you can't receive a signal on your aerial then there is no chance that you will be able to receive it on an indoor aerial. If you could provide a full postcode and confirm if the existing aerial is mount on the roof or in the loft, or somewhere else then we can take a look a the predicted coverage at your location and somebody may be able to offer further advice.

Nobody else is reporting a problem, so it is extremely unlikely that there is anything wrong with the transmitter. As this is an independent technical help website, nobody here has anything to do with any broadcaster or the transmitter company, so nobody here can fix any transmitter fault.

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StevensOnln1's 3,510 posts GB

3:55 PM

Adrian Smith:

A couple of points to note here, coverage maps aren't always that accurate and there appears there may be some dead spots which is why a full postcode is needed to get a more accurate estimate/prediction of coverage.
Depending on your location there could be 4 or 5 transmitters you might pick up with varying degrees of success.
Despite the page title, Rouncefall is not a "Light" transmitter it has all 6 multiplexes as per the table under 1 Aug 2018 towards the top of the page (but not COM8 that's an error).

If you are getting London signals and not Anglia you could be tuned to the wrong UHF channels, or in a deadish spot for Rouncefall. Try manual tuning.

Which direction is your main aerial pointing and are the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal? Are you pointing the indoor aerial in the same direction?

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Chris.SE's 3,456 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Adrian Smith
2:54 PM


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Adrian Smith's 3 posts GB
Adrian Smith
2:55 PM

StevensOnln1: roof installation class 2 SS43BY

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Adrian Smith's 3 posts GB

5:16 PM

Adrian Smith:

Blimey, what a mishmash of reception in your locale. The only "region" with predicted excellent and good reception is Anglia, either from the Rouncefall or Sudbury transmitters. there are 6 transmitter in total you are predicted to be able to receive, none of the other 4 (Dover, Crystal Palace, Bluebell Hill and Gillingham Test Centre) are predicted to give good reception across all multiplexes.

You haven't said which way your aerial is pointing! For Rouncefall it should be bearing 303 degrees that's slightly W of WNW, for Sudbury it's bearing 6 degrees that fractionally E of due N.
But I would suggest if the have a CAI old class 2 aerial pointing at Rouncefall which is between 1km and 1 mile away, then unless you are using splitters to feed several rooms you could well be having signal overload as the transmitter is 4kW! I would have expected you to be able to pick it up on an indoor aerial provided you have a relatively unobstructed view WNW.

Check in your TV's tuning section which UHF channels you are actually tuned to and also check what the signal and quality (or error) figures are for each channel.

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Chris.SE's 3,456 posts GB

7:17 PM

Adrian Smith:

Just FYI, of the other 4, Crystal Palace is London region obviously, the others are Meridian, with Dover seemingly predicted to give the most reliable signals overall, then Bluebell Hill/Gillingham Test Centre, lastly Crystal Palace.
The main issue with Crystal Palace is no predicted reception of the BBCB/HD mux and the COM6/ArqB mux but it does seem to depend on where in the locale you are as it might be all the COM muxes apart from COM4 and even then they are not good.

Aerial directions for these are as follows -
Dover - bearing 142 degrees, that's fractionally S of SE,
Bluebell Hill - bearing 198 degrees, almost SSW and nearby Gillingham Test Centre (Light Tx) 194 degrees,
Crystal Palace - bearing 247 degrees, that's pretty much WSW.

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Chris.SE's 3,456 posts GB
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
9:27 PM

Chris.SE: Crystal Palace transmitter - your uhf channel list differs from what the BBC website says
for BBC HD. You list ch48, BBC say it's 30 (which seems more plausible grouping wise)
Who is correct please or have I misunderstood?
I used Check transmitter faults | Help receiving TV and radio and entered a postcode in the crystal palace coverage area)

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Woz's 11 posts GB

10:11 PM


The BBC site is correct. As mentioned in the last post (of mine) in response to Tony Life on the Crystal Palace transmitter page, unfortunately the site owner (Briantist:) has not had the time to do all the updates from the 700MHz Clearance program or correct some errors that appear around the site. It's been mentioned several times on the Crystal Palace pages and as mentioned in that above referred post, I've linked to my post on the previous page with the correct UHF listing. I have done similar on many (but not all) other transmitter pages with their UHF channels when the page list was not correct.

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