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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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 Player, 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, 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 9 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, 91 Classic Hits, 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


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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 May 132013-1717 Jul 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C36BBCB
C37com8com8
C39 ArqBArqBArqB
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, 28 July 2011
J
Jane Hore
1:49 PM

Dear Mike.
This is turning into a saga.

The Freeview is within the television set. I do not have a box or a scart lead to fiddle with. I do not have central heating and my mobile is invariably in the car.
My computer modem lives in one place and does not move around the room.
I am currently doing a re-tune and I will do a log of the signal loss over the next 24 hrs.
Speak tomorrow
Jane

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Friday, 29 July 2011
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Jane Hore
1:24 PM

Another tedious update from OB.
Yesterday's re-tune seemed to have cured the problem albeit with sound cut-out of a few seconds, which was bearable as I could pretend all the speakers were stutterers.
That was yesterday!
Today I have reverted to the 'no signal' scenario - at 9.40am, 11am and 11.40am.
I know you said this should not occur on analogue but it is!

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:33 PM
Lowestoft

Jane Hore: Looking at the trade reception predictor indicates to me that you are obviously if a very iffy area for reception, as none of the indications seen for your post code would fill me with confidence, Mux1 (Ch63) BBC1 etc being about the best, Ch's 61 & 58 (Mux C & B) also being in the green although not as good as Ch63, however the other unfortunate aspect is that the main ITV1 Mux2 transmitter (Ch60) is shown as giving variable reception, this along with MuxA Ch53 & MuxD Ch64.

The reason I say not filling me with confidence is because conditions do vary quite considerably over relatively short distances where you are located, to give a few examples, Oulton Broad library @ NR32 3LR shows reception of only one Mux (Ch63) as possible, with it being poor, Lowestoft Library @ NR32 1DR shows the possibility of three Mux's (Ch63-61-58) but with all being poor, and even although your post code does give better indications in practical terms I would consider these as only slight, and as such not reliable, so to me what you report would not be entirely unexpected, as in my experience these predictors are inclined to err on the side of the fanciful!

You will have to wait until the 23rd of November before the situation is liable to change for the better, that being what is indicated on the predictor anyway!


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Saturday, 30 July 2011
J
jane hore
12:19 PM

@jb38
Whilst I know a 'lux' is a measurement of light emitted by a lamp I have no idea what a 'Mux' is. However as I can see Oulton Broad library, 200m across Lake Lothing, I guess I have to put up with its one Mux reading.
I await November 23 with heightened anticipation!
Thank you

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:46 PM

jane hore: Sorry about having caused you confusion on that!

RF channels transmitted on a Digital transmitter are called Multiplexes or Mux for short, as each Multiplex channel contains a variety of programme channels, this unlike analogue where one RF transmitter channel = one programme, and in your case there are six Digital Mux channels.

People located in areas of bad reception usually always receive some Mux channels much better than others (or some not at all!) and its these individual transmitter channels I was meaning when I mentioned the various Mux channels and what their reception possibilities are shown as being.

November 23rd does indicate a better situation existing "on the trade predictor" for your location, but as I previously mentioned predictors of any sort can never really cater properly for local conditions, and indeed its quite impossible for anyone to accurately predict in cases like that as nothing beats a site visit.

However come the end of November and you still have problems then I cant really see anything other than Freesat rectifying the situation, as the situation seen at the end of November carries on into 2013 at the end of the chart.


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Monday, 1 August 2011
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Jm F
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

1:33 PM

jame hore: many of the failures like yours are caused by a dodgy coax cable from the wall socket to the TV set (especially if the TV is wall mounted and the coax cable has a tight bend close to the connector).
Try a different coax cable and see if that helps.

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
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4:41 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 today to 14:49 today BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 today to 14:19 today Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 today [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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4:41 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 today to 14:49 today BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 today to 14:19 today Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 today [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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6:33 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 today to 14:19 today BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 today to 14:49 today Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 today [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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