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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 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
Sunday, 2 October 2011
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Bob
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8:12 AM
Brandon

Once stage 2 switchover has taken place on Tacholneston, will ALL MUXs be on full power 100KW from the new higher mast? Or will there be further messing about, as with Sandy heath (I live on the fringe of both TXs)
Thanks Bob

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Crocklebog
5:40 PM
Harleston

Hi Bob
All sorted on the 23rd Nov at 100KW ERP for all MUXES - I've had problems with reception just 17KM away on some MUXES (especially since things changed) and in Suffolk also picking up the main MUXES from Belmont too. Down the road Sudbury is flying in on the main MUXES (low power reception is not possible). Have picked up Sudbury and Sandy here nr Bungay.

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Crocklebog's 13 posts GB
Monday, 3 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:40 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:22 yesterday to 14:30 yesterday [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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Transmitter engineering
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1:40 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:22 yesterday to 14:30 yesterday [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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david faulkner
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10:25 PM

Bob
Sunday 2 October 2011 8:12AM
1 day ago Brandon.....
Just a minor point but the new digital mast at Taccy is actually shorter.......

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david faulkner's 26 posts GB
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:47 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:22 on 02 Oct to 14:30 on 02 Oct [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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4:47 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:22 on 02 Oct to 14:30 on 02 Oct [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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Wednesday, 5 October 2011
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Mike Smith
11:02 AM

David Faulkner I believe the post you made about the Taccy mast is incorrect. The old mast is 541ft (165 meters)and the new one is 676ft {206.1 metres high. I saw the the new mast and it was already higher than the old one even before the aerial array was mounted on the top.

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graham
1:11 PM

I had an Aerial upgrade many years ago, The chap who installed it was very helpful but he said i might need to get him back after the DSO, he advised a wideband aerial and one with hig gain (my aeriel HAS to be loft mounted)
I have had good reception on Freeview with this set up since 2006

Where i live in Norwich city centre (about 700m from the City Centre transmitter on Mousehold Heath. All my neighbours etc are pointing at Tacolneston (about 11 miles away) and this is where my aerial is pointed.Since August 27th i have suffered with lost muxes and some disruption. I assume this is down to the DSO starting as upto then i had flawless Freeview.

My TV says green signal (green/yellow/orange/red with an SNR value
i have full green signal bar and 30 dB avg on 5 muxes and 27 - 24 dB on Mux A but the green bar drops to about 90% with the dB flucuation (

So my main question is after 23rd November when the transmission watts are increased, am i at risk of too much signal?

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graham
1:16 PM

Reply to Mike Smith & David Faulkner

All the info on the old and new transmitters at this link (including pictures)

The BigTower Tacolneston Transmitter

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