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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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
Friday, 17 September 2021
Transmitter engineering
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10:47 AM

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

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Saturday, 18 September 2021
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Sandra Clarke
6:39 PM

This lack of tv channels has been going on for some time and each time you autotune you get a different set of channels.

I live in HIckling and my son three miles away in another village with better signals so when is this going to get back to normal. I am sick of watching half a programme and then having to go elsewhere.

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Sunday, 19 September 2021
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Chris.SE
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12:29 AM

Sandra Clarke:

Why are you retuning? If you were correctly tuned to the Tacolneston transmitter and something is affecting your reception and you have pixellated pictures or loss of signal, the last thing you should do is retune, as most times it invariably just clears the correct tuning which you previously had!

How good your reception will be depends on your "locale" as the terrain between you and the transmitter can be different from a locale a couple of miles away, so your full postcode would enable the predicted reception to be checked.

To complicate matters at present, the Tacolneston transmitter has had Planned Engineering for a couple of weeks with the possible effect "Screen may go black on all or certain channels", so another reason not to autoretune.

Check in your TV tuning section that you are correctly tuned for Tacolneston's UHF channels, which are -
C40, C43, C46, C42, C45, C39, C55, C32 in the multiplex order -
PSB1/BBC A, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, COM7, Local.

Note, satisfactory reception of all multiplexes will depend upon your location as well as your aerial installation - how long ago was it installed? Has it or the downlead degraded etc.?

FYI see https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings-industry-professionals for which channels (LCNs) are carried on which multiplex.

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Monday, 20 September 2021
Transmitter engineering
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6:09 AM

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 20/09/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 27 September 2021
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11:49 AM

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/09/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Saturday, 2 October 2021
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Steve Dowson
5:17 PM

Our transmitter is Tacolneston, which shows as transmitting the COM7 mux. But we have never been able to receive any of the channels on this mux, despite several retunes. We have a Samsung smart TV which is about 6 years old. Any suggestions?

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9:48 PM

Steve Dowson:

According to the Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker as you are only 17km from the transmitter, you should have reasonably good reception of COM7 as well as good reception of the Local Multiplex on UHF C32 (giving That's TV East Anglia at LCN7 in your EPG, as well as a number of other commercial channels) also good reception of the 6 main multiplexes.
See https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings-industry-professionals for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

Tacolneston has been listed for Planned Engineering for the last 4 weeks (as per the post before yours) and this could affect your reception if the transmitter is on reduced power whilst any work is being done.

Your aerial should be pointing at bearing 195 degrees (almost SSW) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal. Check that it's still pointing the correct way and has no missing elements. Is the downlead secure and not flapping in the wind? How old (roughly) is your aerial and downlead?
Do you have any aerial amplifier/splitter serving more than one set?

Are there any trees in the aerial direct line-of-sight at aerial height?
Looking in your TV tuning section, what strength figures and error counts are you getting for all the other multiplexes?

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Monday, 4 October 2021
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5:43 AM

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Friday, 22 October 2021
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Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 18/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 25/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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