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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
Channel icons
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 (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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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

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
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
Thursday, 14 July 2011
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Pete Barnby
11:06 AM

Since Saturday 9th Jul we have been experiencing no Digital service from Tacolneston except for Parliament, CBBC?, BBC4 and BBC Radio 1 to 4 during the mornings, approx 6:30 to 10:30.
There is meant to be no service affecting works anyone else having these outages?

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11:30 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:05 today to 05:48 today BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:00 yesterday to 04:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:51 today to 05:48 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:25 yesterday to 04:01 yeste [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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11:30 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:05 today to 05:48 today BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:00 yesterday to 04:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:51 today to 05:48 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:25 yesterday to 04:01 yeste [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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K Wells
4:08 PM

Dear Sir,

In the last month my digital signal has got worse, with picture freezing and the no signal caption, I called an aerial engineer
who made slight adjustments, but still no good
The signal is worse on windy days, but signal is akay at after 11am.
Can you explain.

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Bob
6:33 PM
Brandon

This past year have been receiving all digital channels on a amplified log 40 (periodic)with very good results at 30'height with just occaisional freezes. Annalogue a little grainy. Well pleased with this. Don't anticipate any probs with switchover.

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Bob
6:37 PM
Brandon

Bob: Forgot to say; We are at Brandon IP27


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8:37 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:00 yesterday to 04:01 yesterday BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:05 today to 05:48 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:51 today to 05:48 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:25 yesterday to 04:01 yeste [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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8:37 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:00 yesterday to 04:01 yesterday BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:05 today to 05:48 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:51 today to 05:48 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:25 yesterday to 04:01 yeste [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Gavin
11:56 PM
Thetford

Hi,

First I'd just like to say what a great site this is - I've learned stacks and this will be my first port of call for any problems in the future...
Right, brown-nosing over: we're on the Tacolneston transmitter, but only just (with a booster aerial and signal amplifier). The signal strength on the multiplex with ITV and C4 seems to have dropped markedly over the past few days. Any idea why or what I can do? You report engineering work, but not on the digital side. I've just updated the software on my Humax box, but have reset channels and so on, so I'm sure there's nothing I've done wrong there. Could the software upgrade reduce signal quality? Any ideas gratefully received....
Also - can I assume that the signal will improve a lot after the switchover in November?
Thanks very much,
Gavin


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Friday, 15 July 2011
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4:37 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:00 on 13 Jul to 04:01 on 13 Jul BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:05 yesterday to 05:48 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:51 yesterday to 05:48 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:25 on 13 Ju [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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