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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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
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73 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

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

 H -10dB
C57 (762.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's 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
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

10:18 PM

John Clark:

Can you receive the SD signals on LCN1 in your EPG?
Tacolneston is still listed for Planned Engineering with the possible effects of "Screen may go black on all or certain channels" as mentioned in the post immediately before yours.
To add to the issue there has been some weather related issues which may cause intermittent problems with reception over a few more days.

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021
John Clark

9:13 AM

If you mean, when I go to the Humax box, do the programme listings for channels 101/102 etc still exist, the answer is yes.
But I can't get these programme channels 101/102 etc on TV or Humax.

Would it be best to wait for weather change before re-tuning TV?

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10:34 AM

John Clark:

Do NOT retune, it serves no purpose whatsoever. You are correctly tuned at present. if you retune when you have no signal (or very weak or badly pixellated) on most devices it will just clear the correct tuning.
I'm afraid it's a case of sit it out. I assume you must be in a location that does not have the strongest of signals but need a full postcode to look at the predicted reception in your locale.

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John Clark

10:40 AM

Post Code is :- IP19 9BN, could you advise if weak signal please?

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John Clark

6:35 PM

Just realised, we can get ITV digital but not the BBC Channels, so is it the Transmitter or weather or the TV?

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John Clark

6:47 PM

Sorry to confuse, I meant to say we can get ITV HD, but not the BBC channels, so is it the Transmitter/weather or a TV problem?

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11:47 PM

John Clark:

I can't normally tell whether it's weather or the transmitter as I'm not at your locale or aware of what your normal signal strength readings and quality or error count readings are for each of the mulitplexes.
For future reference, when things are "back to normal", make a note of the typical signal strength and quality or error counts figures for each multiplex in the set's tuning section.

What I can say is that it's slightly odd that you are getting ITV HD and not the BBC HD channels as they are carried on the same multiplex, so this is unlikely to be anything to do with the weather.

If you have retuned at some previous point whilst work was being carried out and the BBC channels were not present that could be the reason. There is work taking place to replace coders for HD channels so it's possible this oddity may have arisen and providing you have a good signal and high (ideally 100%) quality or very low error count figures, then trying a retune may resolve the problem.

As far as "normal" reception is concerned, you aren't in the best of locales. Whilst reception of the BBCA/PSB1 and D3&4/PSB2 multiplexes is predicted to be "good" it is not the best, and the BBCB HD/PSB3 multiplex is not quite as good as them but nevertheless classed as variable as is the SDN/COM4 multiplex. ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6 and COM7 are predicted to be less reliable with more variable reception.
You are not predicted to receive the Local (Norwich) multiplex on UHF C32.

As far as weather related problems are concerned, whilst you may see changes in signals strength, the most common observation is a reduction in the quality figure or an increase in the error count eventually to the point where the set cannot successfully decode the signal and pixellation or sound breaks occur perhaps to the point of "no signal".

None of that means that under normal circumstances you won't get reliable reception for most of the time. A lot will also depend on the quality of your aerial installation. Roughly how old is it, have you had it replaced since 2013?

Some of the multiplexes UHF channels have not been updated in the listings above as the site owner has not had time to do all the update from the 700MHz Clearance program, so do check that you are tuned to the correct UHF channels
The full current list is as follows -
C40, C43, C46, C42, C45, C39, C55, C32 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-7, Local.
Note, satisfactory reception of all multiplexes will depend upon your location.
FYI see for which channels (LCNs) are carried on which multiplex.

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Chris.SE's 2,747 posts GB
Thursday, 9 September 2021
John Clark

10:37 AM

Retuned & now OK.
Strange but that's technology
Thanks for your help Chris

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12:15 PM

John Clark:

No problem, glad you've got it sorted.

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Chris.SE's 2,747 posts GB
Monday, 13 September 2021
Transmitter engineering

11:23 AM

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 13/09/2021 Screen may go black on all or certain channels [DUK]

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