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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-100,000W
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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-100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 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
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 14 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
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LNR
 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

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
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBCB
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
Monday, 31 October 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:43 AM

Lee Donaghy: Yes, just over three weeks to go.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011
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billy
2:26 PM

Cannot wait for Freeview HD & the power boost at the end of this month!!
I have a PC build (as a dedicated HVR) with 2x BGT 3620's (Dual DVB-T2 tuners)
So come the end of the month i can full mux dump 4 of the 6 muxes or record 4 channels at once either HD or SD and the full mux dumping means i can record pretty much everything on Freeview SD :)

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Lee Donaghy
7:56 PM

yes the power increase is most welcome, the usb tuners i'm using are deafer than my tv and pvr.
Mux 1 & 2 are ok for one tuner but poor for the other despite them being the same device.

PCTV 290e dvb-t/t2 usb

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
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Mark Fletcher
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:06 PM
Halifax

The early hours of Wednesday 9 November 2011,around 12:25am or 0025 hours,is when the programme The Choir:Military Wives ends on BBC2,that station's analogue signal from the Tacolneston transmitter (on channel 55) and it dependent relays will be forever turned off,thus commencing DSO1 here.The BBCA 100kw (maximum powered) multiplex on channel 55 will shortly commence broadcasting around possibly 12:40am or 0040 hours,and there is a strong likelyhood that the far South East of Lincolnshire,already an overlapped Belmont/Waltham (maybe Sandy Heath ?) area,may also become overlapped by an enlarged Tacolneston coverage area,more noticeable around the towns of Spalding,Boston and possibly Skegness too.Bearing in mind Tacolneston will be a high powered digital mast broadcasting on 100kw on all six mux's,BBCA from Wed 9 Nov 2011,plus D3+4,BBCB (HD),SDN,ArqA,ArqB all the remaining five from Wed 23 Nov 2011,there is a danger that the weaker digitally powered 25kw-50kw Waltham transmitter may be given up by some freeview viewers in South East Lincolnshire in particular and instead commit themselves to the more powerful Tacolneston/Belmont (maybe Sandy Heath ?) masts.Watch this space !

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Friday, 4 November 2011
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Mike Smith
10:48 AM

I believe that when the new muxA on Channel 55 is switched on on Nov 9th it will be on its full power level. Those who pick up from Tacolneston who are used to the low power signal levels at present and consequent larger aerial systems may find that the new Mux A signals are too strong but reducing their aerials effectiveness to cater for this power level until the others catch up on Nov 23 could result in them losing the other low power muxes. That said, it is good news, at least, that the underpowered present transmitter will be outputting all muxes on full power from Nov 23rd.

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Saturday, 5 November 2011
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Mark Fletcher
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1:07 AM
Halifax

Mike Smith.Correction.The new high powered 100kw BBCA mux on ch 55 on Tacolneston's new higher mast around 12:40am,0040 hours on Wednesday 9 November 2011 will become fully operational 15 minutes after the BBC2 analogue signal on ch 55 switches off for good around 12:25am,0025 hours.The Mux A you described will be switched off along with Mux's 2,B,C,D at DSO2 on Wednesday 23 November 2011 along with analogue BBC1 East,ITV1 Anglia,Ch4 and Ch5,while the lower powered Mux 1 is switched off minutes after the BBC2 analogue signal disappears forever on DSO1 two weeks earlier (Wed 9 Nov 2011).You may find at DSO1,some channels BBC4,BBC Parliament,Ceebies,303 and all the BBC Radio stations on Mux B will become duplicated in the 800+ programming list,dont worry this is normal until these duplicated channels disappears at DSO2 along with all the remaining low powered pre-digital mux's.Come Wed 23 Nov 2011,DSO2 the five remaining higher powered mux's all on 100kw will come on air from the new mast,and soon after the 4kw restrictions on the ArqA & ArqB mux's from the Belmont transmitter (on ch's 53 & 60) will be lifted as the power increases 25 times to 100kw for its two currently understrength multiplexes there.

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Mike Smith
11:06 AM

Yes, sorry, I am getting my Muxes mixed up I should have said BBC A mux and not mux A that is launching on full power on Ch 55 on Nov 9th.

I do find all these new Mux names confusing surely Mux 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or Mux A, B, C, D, E, F would have been much easier but perhaps I look at things far too logically and methodically.

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:42 AM

Mike Smith: Old mux names: numbers given to public service broadcasters allocated by the 1996 Act (1 and 2), commercial ones auctioned off to the highest bidders - letters (A, B, C and D).

New multiplex names: public service broadcasters: "PSB1" "PSB2" and "PSB3" and commercial "COM4" "COM5" and "COM6" most of the time, or "BBC A", "Digital 3 and 4", "BBC B", "S4C Digital Networks", "Arqiva A" and "Arqiva B" when referring to the multiplex owner.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011
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mike smith
12:28 AM

BBC ceased broadcasting on C55 analogue at around 00.25

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Mark Fletcher
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1:01 AM
Halifax

mike smith.I was right.I did forecast the BBC2 analogue signal will be switched off permanently around 12:25am (0025 hours),after the programme "The Choir:Military Wives" had ended.By the time this text goes up DSO1 will have just commenced,its high powered BBCA multiplex on ch 55 will be by now broadcasting from the new mast on full 100kw power.Just so you know the low powered Mux1 from the old mast is also now forever switched off minutes after the BBC2 analogue signal disappeared.As i mentioned in my earlier text don't worry about some duplicated channels namely BBC4,BBC Parliament,303 and Ceebies going onto the 800+ programming list,this is normal until DSO2 is completed in 2 weeks time on Wednesday 23 November 2011 when the remaining four analogue channels BBC1 East,ITV1 Anglia,Channel 4 and Channel 5,along with low powered pre-digital swichover mux's 2,A,B,C,D are all switched off for good from the old mast,and the remaining 5 high powered mux's D3+4,BBCB (HD),SDN,ArqA and ArqB (all each 100kw powered mux's) being switched on from the new mast.

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