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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, 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
Friday, 5 August 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:37 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 on 03 Aug to 14:49 on 03 Aug BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 on 03 Aug to 14:19 on 03 Aug Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 on 03 Aug to 16:55 on 03 Aug [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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4:37 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 on 03 Aug to 14:49 on 03 Aug BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 on 03 Aug to 14:19 on 03 Aug Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 on 03 Aug to 16:55 on 03 Aug [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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Alan
7:14 AM

Reading notes above it states Mux2 moves to ch59 on 17 August. I am intrigued to know how this will not make the signal on ITV1 Analogue also on ch59 not go very snowy.

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Briantist
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10:29 AM

Alan: I think the idea is that ITV1 analogue closes a few months early.

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Mike Dimmick
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1:35 PM

Briantist: I'd been meaning to mention that. I'm certain they will not shut down ITV1 analogue early.

There will be some clashing with Belmont C60 but that has been handled by delaying power-up - it will double to 8 kW at DSO2. Hemel Hempstead will release C60 for Oxford on 14 September; this is a PSB channel at Oxford, launching at full power (100kW). It's already an analogue frequency there, so there might be a small net reduction in interference at TAC for the last couple of months.

There's a note in the 'Supplementary License Documents for DSO' version 3 that says, for Mux 2, "until 17 August 2010 services will be provided on channel 60". If we assume that 2010 should read 2011, it does match where Mux 2 is now, and the date that Mux B moves from C58 to C66, and Mux C from C61 to C68. I have to assume that this note is just complete rubbish.

The document does not mention the Mux B and C retunes at all. It does seem to indicate a power increase to 10kW on Mux A at some point between now and DSO2, or that could just be more rubbish.

There is a version 4 document now at http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/tv/sup_dso/digital-stations-v4.pdf which looks like it has the same notes, but for Mux 2 the rows of the spreadsheet are too short and only the first line is visible.

Ofcom are really, really failing with switchover. They're letting the broadcasters do whatever they want and not keeping up with the paperwork.

The best source of information seems to be the 'Trade Region' section of DUK's postcode checker at Postcode Checker - Trade View , though that doesn't include power levels.

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DAVE
4:41 PM
Thetford

I am thinking of buying a indoor freeveiw Ariel, i live in watton ip256ba about 15 miles from the tacolneston transmitter, will this be strong enough to pick up freeveiw channels, thanks, Dave.

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Transmitter engineering
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4:50 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 on 03 Aug to 14:19 on 03 Aug BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 on 03 Aug to 14:49 on 03 Aug Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 on 03 Aug to 16:55 on 03 Aug [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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4:50 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:11 on 03 Aug to 14:19 on 03 Aug BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 14:47 on 03 Aug to 14:49 on 03 Aug Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:03 on 03 Aug to 16:55 on 03 Aug [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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Alan
7:40 PM

Thanks Mike for your comments I think a lot of people on the 2 Bury st Edmunds and the Thetford relay analogue transmitters would be very upset if Itv1 analogue was closed down early and they had to wait till November to watch digital channels.

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Bob Archer
9:36 PM

Is the new taller mast at Tacolneston in use yet? or will it wait until power up in November? - it's quite an impressive structure.
Bob

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