menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview

 

 

Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps52.518,1.139 or 52°31'6"N 1°8'22"Esa_postcodeNR16 1DW

 

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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
_______

Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston 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
C40- (625.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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
12 Quest, 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, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LNR
 H -10dB
C57 (762.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

com7
 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons


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
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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 May 132013-1717 Jul 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C36BBCB
C37com8com8
C39 ArqBArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
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

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.

Comments
Sunday, 18 September 2016
R
Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:44 AM

Richard: Hi, Richard. No-one has reported any problems wit the Tacolneston transmitter, so I think that you should check with a neighbour who uses Tacolneston Freeview HD. Make sure the neighbour watches the HD transmissions though. SD transmissions from Tacolneston are 'near perfect' this morning. Richard in Norwich (Sunday, 18th September at 09:45).

link to this comment
Richard Cooper's 461 posts GB
R
Richard Baguley
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:23 PM

SD was fine, just HD.

During the storm (not here, btw) several channels disappeared with no signal.

Our aerial installation was thoroughly checked and repaired as necessary two years ago but similar problems persisted: heavy rain always results in loss of signal.

Next time I'll check with a neighbour and no harm in asking now.

link to this comment
Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB
R
Richard
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:12 PM

Update

HD still u/s. SD fine.

BBC1 HD (101, Ch50) shows good s/s at c.75% but quality very poor to non existent..

link to this comment
Richard's 85 posts GB
Monday, 19 September 2016
R
Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:17 AM

Richard Baguley : Hi, again, Richard. Heavy rain over a longish period of time caused water ingress down into my father's masthead amplifier on the mast of his aerial a few miles North of Lowestoft. The water collected inside the plastic case of the amplifier caused the electronics to fail, resulting in no signal. Don't forget that such a technical issue wit your own system can cause the loss of one multiplex (or 'group of channels'), such as either the PSB HD multiplex or one, the other or both of the COM 7 or COM 8 multiplexes. So even though your aerial system was thoroughly checked a couple of years ago, water ingress over a period of time could have occurred since. By all means, check with neighbours who have and use the HD transmissions before investigating your own installation again. Richard, Norwich.

link to this comment
Richard Cooper's 461 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:09 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 138,015 posts xx
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
R
Richard
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

6:52 PM

May have found the solution and it's very odd.

The aerial plug/socket connection to the TV is iffy. Just moving it gently caused a total dropout. Took the plug out, unscrewed it slightly, tightened it up and inserted it - signal quality 10/10, strength 8.5/10.

The odd bit is that this has never been touched since I installed the TV with a carefully clipped cable loom. And I thought the wall socket plug would be the problem!

If anything useful crops up I'll post again but fingers x'd for now.

Thanks for the input, folks.

link to this comment
Richard's 85 posts GB
Thursday, 22 September 2016
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:19 AM

Richard:

That's a well known oddity that all television engineers will check on every service visit. We always checked the RF connection between the aerial and TV/VCR/etc as they are known to cause strange effects if the connections are not perfect. A common cause is the slight degree of moisture in the indoor atmosphere that causes gradual surface corrosion that has a frequency selective effect - hence some services work fine but others don't.

The advice often given on these pages is to check the connections first! If in doubt about the plugs, either replace them or replace the whole flylead (they're very cheap) and make sure the plugs and sockets are firm and not loose.

So there is nothing particularly 'odd' about your connection problems causing reception difficulties.



link to this comment
MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Monday, 24 October 2016
C
Chris
5:19 PM
Saxmundham

I'm on the edge of the Tacolneston service area (IP17 1NP) and although most of the multiplexes are OK COM7 and COM8 are too weak even with a DAT45 + MRD. Any suggestions? Will this improve after 2019?


link to this comment
Chris's 10 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
R
Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:24 PM

Chris: How high is your DAT45 mounted? Obviously the higher the better. Com 7 & Com 8 will no longer exist after DSO2, sometime between 2017 and 2020. If I were you, I'd put the DAT45 on a taller mast pole and ensure my masthead amplifier had at least 26 decibels gain. Hope this helps, Richard in Norwich.

link to this comment
Richard Cooper's 461 posts GB
Richard's: mapR's Freeview map terrainR's terrain plot wavesR's frequency data wifiR's R&TI Service businessR's digitaluk trade radioR's DAB coverage
Friday, 4 November 2016
R
Ralph Manning
11:50 AM

There is interference from the Sandy Heath transmitter when resetting channels in the Watton, Thetford area of Norfolk. You need to a specific manual load first of the frequencies from Tacolneston.

link to this comment
Ralph Manning's 1 post GB
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.








Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.