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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 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
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
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.

Friday, 29 December 2017
3:48 PM


Looks like all the Tacolneston channels are going to have different numbers around Apr - Jun 2018, maybe it will help our situation!

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Sunday, 7 January 2018

2:58 PM

sounds a bit like the only change might be a new source of interference such as from a telephone mast . Or also possible that you are getting a signal from a Dutch transmitter . There are some on UHF channel 31 . But Dutch interference usually only shows up occasionally in times of high pressure weather. Loss of signal shows as a low reading of signal strength . Interference can read like high signal strength fooling you into thinking everything is ok. Also living near the coast I have reverted to Freesat to avoid continental interference . I may switch back to freeview next june when the freeview channels will be changed but there is not much incentive as you can now watch all the same channels on freesat.

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hardy's 137 posts GB
9:42 PM

Yup, time to switch to Freesat: Freeview is very likely to become unwatchable.

Bill, your BBC4HD on COM7 doesn't surprise me at all. This channel/mux drops s/s frequently. BBC et al refuse to admit it but you can watch s/s and quality shift, many people have exactly the same problem and excuses such as propagation issues don't wash.

That said, I would have thought that with the figs you give recording would be ok. Points to a transmission fault of some kind.

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Mardler's 11 posts GB
Monday, 8 January 2018

8:15 AM

Mardler : North Norfolk has always been problematic for TV reception from Talcneston - the geography of the area means a lot of places are blocked, hence the reason why many aerials use Belmont instead.

Thats the nature of the physics - when people start saying that their reception has got a lot worse, then that points to problems within the home system - the transmitter is in the same place, with the same power output, etc. There are always people who insist it has to be the transmitter, the BBC, etc, but it very seldom is. And some will tie themselves in knots trying to explain signal loss away, often ending up confusing themselves.

If people find it easier to go to Freesat, etc, fine. There is no point in repeatedly trying to do what cannot be done - physics hasn't changed. But if the change is relatively sudden, then almost certainly its not the transmitter or even Freeview itself.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
5:40 PM

Looks like many others are having the same problem, and it does seem to be pointing to a BBC issue

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Saturday, 13 January 2018
HIlary Woodward
2:53 PM

Once again no TV reception at all (Bad or no signal) for three nights last week as located in a reception "dip". Had to watch TV on computer.

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HIlary Woodward's 4 posts GB

6:09 PM

HIlary Woodward: Did you read or act on any of the replies to your previous post a year ago? No one else is reporting any problems with the transmitter so you need to look for a fault in your aerial system. Complaining about it online won't do anything to fix the problem if you don't act on the advice given.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Monday, 15 January 2018
8:38 PM

A new breakthrough today. Done a re-tune for all channels, and BBCFourHD (106), has now come through on Channel 37 Com 8, and is recording fine. (All the rest of the channels that have come through on the original Com 7, still won't record, but nothing of interest on those anyway).

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

3:31 PM

here is an interesting website where you can check the quality and reliability of tv signal that you are likely to receive at any given post code . You can see from Tacolneston that there is a retune required in February 2018 and one in april. The changes are due to frequencies above 700mhz being given over to mobile phone use. Digital UK | Clearance events in 2018
The channels marked orange are not guaranteed to always give 100% perfect reception . But as Mike remarked it has always been difficult to provide perfect reception in ALL parts of Norfolk ALL the time for genuine technical reasons .
I also note that in most areas a wideband aerial is the best future proof choice but in difficult areas after april I think I would recommend a group B aerial

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hardy's 137 posts GB

11:40 PM


That is a useful website that some of us contributors already use. If people put their post code into this website one of the blue boxes underneath their posting is a link to the digitaluk website with the information relevant to the given post code. Used together with the reception prediction and the terrain information, it is very useful for us to offer suitable advice specific to a given location.

The use of a Group B aerial only applies to some areas as others use higher or lower frequencies and will continue to do so for some years. It is better to use a Log-Periodic aerial that is able to cover all the forseen frequencies, they are sufficiently directional to eliminate most extraneous signals and sufficient gain (if you choose the correct one for the reception area) so most will not need an amplifier, though some will if they are some distance from their chosen transmitter.

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