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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

 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),

 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

 H max
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

 H max
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

 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

 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.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

9:19 PM

It appears that channel switching is already happening.

We can no longer receive BBC 4 HD.

A retune is necessary: you didn't warn of this, why not? Or did you?

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Mardler's 85 posts GB

9:35 PM

BBC 4 HD Tacolneston is no longer being broadcast!

A retune does not work. The same message comes up: the channel has moved.

What on Earth is going on?!

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Mardler's 85 posts GB

10:01 PM

Found the channel has moved to 106.

Nothing available on the internet so far as I can see.

TV interface also totally changed and no longer intuitive.

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Mardler's 85 posts GB

11:28 PM

Mardler : BBC Four HD has always been on channel 106 since it launched on Freeview. Last week it moved from the COM7 multiplex to COM8 (see the link below for details). This website has no connection with either the BBC or any other broadcaster or transmitter company. We cannot give you advanced warning of a channel moving when we don't know about it ourselves until it happens in most cases and we certainly can't warn you unless you happen to visit this website after we become aware of the change.

Freeview changes for BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD - a516digital

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StevensOnln1's 3,432 posts GB
Saturday, 20 January 2018
9:10 PM

Cancel my post from the 15th January. BBC4HD on Channel 106, will no longer record again.... YAWN!

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
4:00 PM

I see the message is coming on our screen to re-tune on 7th February (well, Tacolneston area at least) The only change I can spot, is Com 8 (37) moving to 56, I wonder if this will cure our BBC4HD problems, that are currently on 37 (channel 106) ?

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Friday, 26 January 2018

12:31 PM

Mardler the great Yarmouth area can have poor reception from Tacolneston . That's why there is a relay transmitter there . You might find a stronger version of BBC4 hD from this transmitter using a vertically polarised aerial. However the snag is that relays do not transmit all the commercial channels .
I suspect that the root of the problem is that Tacolneston cannot transmit at a higher power on certain channels as that would conflict with Dutch transmitters . The situation may improve after the main retune this year.

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hardy's 137 posts GB
2:58 PM

All my recording problems on Com 7 and Com 8 returned to normal yesterday. All channels now recording fine. Several members on the website AV FORUMS "Panasonic HDD Recorder Won't Record" have also reported they can now record these channels once more.

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Monday, 29 January 2018

12:13 PM

Mike . I thought too that a wideband aerial would be the best but when I compared a log aerial to a typical standard 18 element group B I find that the B has slightly more gain at the low end of the Tacolneston frequencies and 4 to 5 dbs more gain at the new com7 , com 8 frequencies (uhf channels 55 56) 2018/20

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hardy's 137 posts GB

10:36 PM


You need to be thinking ahead and considering the channel changes expected between now and about 2021. Though some changes are already known, others are still uncertain. Because of that, you need an aerial that give a decent performance over a wide range of signals between channel 21 and channel 60. Many 'wide band' aerials have poor performance at one end or the other, but a good log-periodic will give fairly flat performance over that range (mind you, cheap ones don't!).

I wonder if absolute gain is an essential for you? A good aerial with good performance is the starting point and if signal strengths are genneral below 50% then a good in-line amplifier usually helps. You should be aiming to have between 60% and 75% on all channels.

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