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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-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

 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
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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),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
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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

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 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 8 others

 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

 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
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, 1 March 2019
John Clark

12:40 PM

Understand what you say about aerial connections.
But why in this instance can I get perfect reception for BBC1 & ITV1 when played through Humax box but no reception to these channels direct from Television. Also we do get good reception from our other TV which is on same aerial?

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John Clark's 24 posts GB

2:26 PM

john the coverage checker shows you are in a difficult area . partly because of distance , geography and the strength of Tacolneston signal in your direction . They cant increase the power to the south east as that would interfere with Dutch tv reception in high pressure weather conditions . Similarly you are so near the coast that you cannot avoid ocassionally receiving interference from Dutch transmitters. The power on BBC channels is lower than other channels again to avoid causing interference . Different TVs and boxes have different levels of sensitivity . The older Humax box is likely to be quite sensitive . Though the more recent Humax recorder boxes are a little insensitive. I think you would need two combined aerials for optimum reception but even then it would not be perfect and not cheap. In a similar situation I am putting up with a bit of interference on a freeview recorder and use Freesat for normal interference free tv watching

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hardy's 137 posts GB
John Clark

3:11 PM

Thanks, I've found the answer to the problem & solution.
For some reason, perhaps due to the recent weather, the TV had retuned itself to BBC1 East (W) as against BBC1 East (E).
Retuned the TV & all now OK, & still no problems via Humax.

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John Clark's 24 posts GB
Thursday, 7 March 2019
9:47 PM

I can't seem to receive C57, C55, C56 in Bury St Edmunds. Any ideas why this could be?

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Harry's 4 posts GB

11:32 PM


Please provide a full post code so we can look up the expected reception at your location. The Tacolnston transmitter cover a wide are in East Anglia.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 8 March 2019
6:09 AM

MikeP: My poste code is IP32 6FJ which may not come up as its new. The nearest postcode is IP32 6NT or coordinates 52.269539, 0.698076. I just can't seem to get Multiplex COM7 or C55 from Tacolneston.

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Harry's 4 posts GB

10:42 AM


Do you get any of the programmes on channels 101 to 106? Do you have a wideband aerial fitted? Is your TV a Freeview HD type and not just an 'HD Ready' one?

COM7 and COM8 are on channels 55 and 56, so check on the manual tuning page of your TV whether they have been tuned in.

According to the Digital UK Coverage Checker, at Coverage Checker - Detailed View you should have good and reliable reception.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB

10:46 AM

Harry the coverage checker shows a strong signal at your location . A modest broadband aerial should be fine . Ch 55 and 56 are on a lower power than other channels but should still easily be receivable in your area . ch57 is not currently in use at Tacolneston.
Its sounds as though there maybe a fault in your aerial connections , plugs or cable loosing some signal.

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hardy's 137 posts GB

10:53 AM
Bury St. Edmunds

Harry . there are some problem areas near Bury .The coverage report was based on IP32 6NT Its just possible you are in one of these . Also check that your TV is tuned to Tacolneston . The local relay transmitter only has limited channels .

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hardy's 137 posts GB
Saturday, 9 March 2019
7:12 AM

MikeP: Thank you for replying Mike.
Yes, I do get 101 to 106.
My aerial is wideband (SLx 27884K4 4G Filtered 48 Element Aerial).
I'm aware Tacolneston is C/D.
In the manual tuning page I see the following channels
40, 41, 45, 29, 39, 46 and 44.

I am suprised to see some channels that I did not expect to see which might mean I'm not tuned on to Tacolneston. But that is strange because I'm pointing towards it and there aren't any other transmitters in that general direction. Secondly, all channels for Tacolneston say Hmax except for C55 and C56 which are H -5.6dB and H -6.2dB. I'v tried to slightly tilt my aerial to no avail.

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