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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-3100,000W
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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-3100,000W
Channel icons
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-6100,000W
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
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 MAX, 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 8 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LNR
 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1717 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, 10 June 2018
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Paul Thompson
8:16 PM

Just a quick warning whilst we're waiting for further news about COM7 that the local mux from Tacolneston presently on 57 is due to move to 32 on July 17th and this is the channel also being used by the relay in Lowestoft, which means it will be lost to many who are more than a few miles south-east of Norwich. I doubt many will mourn the loss of That's Norfolk but some will have kids who watch POP Max and Tiny Pop, both of which are also carried on it.

This is presumably a result of them having fewer frequencies to reuse which means shoehorning more services into the same space, but it's a pity they couldn't find an alternative frequency which wouldn't have resulted in a clash like this.

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Peter Terry
8:40 PM

MIssing BBC News HD since yesterday but sure it was there when I did the return on Wednesday. Looks like COM7 is down. Frustrating that there is nowhere to find out if there are any issues or not and the number I tried yesterday was unable to assist but wanted to follow their script of 'retune' if that does not work 'reset factory settings' etc.

Hoping that once COM7 back a retune should restore the missing channels :)

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Monday, 11 June 2018
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Colin
2:44 AM

Same as all of the above, did the retune on June 6th, all channels working properly and all muxes received,
Friday lunchtime com7 and com8 disappeared, com8 eventually came back Friday evening and still receiving it, however com7 not been seen since Friday afternoon, it's now Monday morning.
No it's not my aerial, no it's not 4G interference blah blah blah,
I know there is reduced power on com7 and com8, but I am getting com8 fine at ch56 but only epg on com7 at ch55.

I also noticed on June 7th ITV4 SD looked much better than usual and all the HD channels look worse now, way too much contrast and lacking colour.
ITV4 SD was back to it's poor usual picture quality Friday though.

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Paul Thompson
9:59 AM

It's back!

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Bill
10:41 AM

As mentioned by Paul, everything seems to be up and running again.

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Hardy
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1:00 PM

there has been some work going on in the last few days at Tacolneston. Probably this is mostly a final transmitter tuning to ensure that the reception is as intended on com7 and com8. All the other multiplexes should be fine or even slightly better than before but the reduction in the number of available frequencies has forced com7 and com8 (which have always been designated as temporary bonus channels) to lower their power. As the weather warms up there are also going to be periods of high pressure which will throw a red herring into reception problems. I think the transmitter authorities have done their best . They have no control over the amount of frequency space they have available which is allocated by government policy.
Near the Norfolk/Suffolk coast the best you can do to get Com7/8 is to use an amplified group K or B aerial or high gain wideband type . (Not the cheap DIY store wideband) . Personally I switched to freesat.

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JP
1:21 PM

Seem to have lost some HD channels after recent retune. 113, 107 etc. Are these channels coming back?

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:32 PM

JP:

They are still there! Maybe you do not have ideal reception or are too far away from the transmitter, or maybe do not have a wideband type aerial.



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Richard Russell
3:21 PM

> there has been some work going on in the last few days at Tacolneston. Probably this is
> mostly a final transmitter tuning to ensure that the reception is as intended on com7 and com8.

None of which explains or justifies channel 55 (COM7) being completely off-air for two-and-a-half days! Arqiva have apparently said that the cause was a cooling system failure, but it's not very satisfactory that the fault wasn't spotted until 9 a.m. today.

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Hardy
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3:23 PM

JP. due to the government making less frequencies available for tv (given to new radio/phone services) the transmitting authorities have been forced to reduce power for tv groups (multiplexes) com 7 and com 8 which carry channels like BBB4 HD and BBC news HD. So in some areas viewers may need a wideband and/or amplified aerial for these channels.

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