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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, 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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 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, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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
C36BBCB
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
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

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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
Saturday, 9 March 2019
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Harry
7:17 AM

hardy: Thank you for replying hardy. I'm pretty sure the postcode is alright and I've checked the trouble areas around Bury on the map, it seems we ought to be clear. I will double check the connections.
The aerial is fitted in the loft and the house is fairly tall with no obvious taller obstructions outside.
How would I check if I'm tuned to Tacolneston? I'm getting a few channels that are not listed on the Tacolneston channel list. The aerial is pointing in that direction and there doesn't seem to be any other transmitters from that direction. Could the coax cable act like an aerial?!...

I get 2 lights on the DVB-T Signal Strength Finder.

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MikeP
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10:38 AM

Harry:

Then you need to manually tune in to the multiplexes broadcast from Tacolnston, all 8 of them. You are clearly tuned to another transmitter as well, probably because a TV aerial can receive signals from behind as well as in front. Use the channel number data provided by the Digital UK Coverage Checker for your post code, choosing the Detailed view, and look at the listing for Tacolnston.

Tacolnston is NOT group C/D, it was but is no longer hence the need for a wideband aerial.



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Jos
10:57 PM
Norwich

Hi,

Our postcode is NR12 0HS. According to the Digital TV coverage checker, most of our channels seem to be in group B, with just COM7 HD and COM8 HD in group T. I am thinking that we need a wideband aerial to received all channels, but wondered if we would suffer from less interference (from Dutch transmitters?) and a stronger signal if we give up on the COM channels and use a B aerial?

Thanks for any thoughts on this issue!

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Monday, 11 March 2019
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Jos
10:05 AM

Hi,

Just to add a little information, we run a small caravan park (9 letting caravans + 3 TVs in our house) and during last summer had some issues with pixellation and complete loss of signal on some channels throughout the site. It's entirely possible that the problem was due to the weather, exacerbated by a slightly damaged wideband aerial, and/or the old cable from the aerial to the amplifier, both of which we plan to replace now. But having read around the subject to prepare for changing the aerial, I'm wondering if we would have a more reliable signal with the main channels is we used a B group aerial instead of a wideband aerial. The TVs are all Freeview.

Also, how do we know if we would benefit from a high gain aerial? The checker says that our reception is variable, and is predicted to be worse from June 2019, so we are trying to plan ahead and improve the system as much as possible.

Thanks,
Jos

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:57 AM

Jos:

The use of a Group B aerial will not help. Firstly, you are likely to lose some channels. Secondly, it will not change the risk of signals from across the water . The high pressure systems are well known to cause signals to travelmuch further than is usual and theype of aerial will not affect that at all as it is a natural phenomenon.

The use of a high gain aerial also means that the aerial is more directional, the more elements on the aerial the narrower the reception angle so it is less likely to pick up unwanted signals - but it will still be affected by signals from the same direction as the wanted signals.

So I would advise not having a Group B aerial but it may be worth trying a more directional, hence higher gain, aerial. Good quality cables are essential as are good connections throughout the system.



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Hardy
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9:29 PM

Harry . A group B probably would work well because it has a max response near uhf channels 55 and 56. However probably better to have a wideband .possibly a log type , as the future plan is that only channels below 50 will be used. A loft aerial may be ok in such a strong signal area but position may be important . Since there are reflections indoors you loose some directivity . A group B would be more upset by indoor use than a log too.

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hardy
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11:04 PM

ignore my last post . mixed up who I was replying to.
Jos . I think an 18 element standard group B would only give a temporary improvement as it has a peak around UHF 55 . however in future there will be a change at the transmitters so that only channels below 50 will be used .Therefore a wideband high gain is probably the best you can do in such a difficult area . It might be possible to get a restricted but reliable range of channels from West Runton relay but the aerial would need to be vertically polarised.
with such a poor signal I would switch to Freesat .

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Thursday, 14 March 2019
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hardy
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11:30 AM

Jos I am very near to you at Mundesley . I use a log aerial with an on mast amplifier for Tacolneston and accept that occasionally in high pressure weather I WILL get some continental interference . Perhaps the best you can do is use a "grid" aerial with an amplifier as these have vey low pick up in the reverse direction . But cost around twice as much as a standard aerial.

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Jos
12:03 PM

MikeP and Hardy, thanks very much for your recommendations. I think we will go with a wideband high gain aerial and replace the cables and splitters/taps for this year to see how it goes through the summer, especially after June when the transmitter is changed again. Could we have 2 aerials (an extra one for the West Runton relay) and wire them both into the same cables to the caravans, to improve the reliability of the main TV channels?

If we still have problems we will have to look into Freesat. We currently have NowTV boxes as backup for the main TV channels but WiFi into caravans (metal boxes) is difficult so internet TV is probably not a long term solution, unless we hard wire the caravans.

I know very little about Freesat. Can the same cables and splitters/taps be used? I guess we would have to buy a set-top-box or replace the TVs in each caravan?

Sorry for so many questions!
Thanks,
Jos

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Jos
12:10 PM

Hi Hardy,

Have just seen your new post. I'll look into grid aerials.

Thanks,
Jos

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