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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 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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
J
Jane Hore
7:06 PM

BBC1 & BBC2 both impossible watch/hear.

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Jane Hore
7:10 PM

Nothing working now.

Signal Strength 0%

What a nightmare.........

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Keith
10:57 PM

Collegue at work has the 37 inch version of my Sony kdl 40ex403 and he had the hd channels appear all be it temporally on his set.. Bringing pictures in to prove the fact we are both in ip256xs and I know we officially don't get hd till the 23rd has tacolneston been doing tests?? The reason I ask is I bought this set a year ago and don't want to find there's a fault after waiting all this time for hd to go live in this area.. I have a newly installed digital aerial mounted outside.. Cheers

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
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Mark Fletcher
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:53 AM
Norwich

Jon,Norwich.West Runton most unlikely to affect your signal quality as such,Overstrand probably also unlikely to affect your signals too.The most likely effect is what i mentioned previously that being the "Inversion Effect" happening over the last few days or so mainly over eastern UK,and until low pressure weather systems sweep in soon you will have to put up with it until the weather becomes unsettled.

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Mark Fletcher
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3:01 AM
Halifax

Correction to my above post.My location is Halifax not Norwich.My apologises for inputting the incorrect location.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:26 AM

Keith: As far as I can see there shouldn't be any problems with that model of TV, and although the temporary appearance of HD could of course be due to tests being carried out, it could however also be because the TV has picked up a weak HD signal from elsewhere that is hovering just under the reception threshold of the set, the "elsewhere" referred to being either Sudbury / Rouncefall / Belmont or Sandy, as these are indicated as possibilities under the category of being "variable".

A simple way to check this possibility being, if the EPG has anything stored in the 50 / 54 range click on it and carry out a signal check, as even although the screen may be blank, should any weak signal be in existence just under the reception threshold then the multiplex channel number associated with it will be shown, anything other than Mux Ch62 not being Tacolneston.

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Ed Slade
9:37 AM
East Grinstead

I live in Felbridge near East Grinstead and for the last 6 days I and my neighbours have had poor reception of BBC1,2 ITV 1,2 Ch 4 and Ch5. We are all on freeview. When I say poor reception the picture breaks up and then disappears and will then return momentarily and then disaapear again. I canot seem to find anyone to talk to to find a solution to the issue.


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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:49 AM
Doncaster

Jon: If you follow the link to "Digital UK tradeview" by your name it will take you to the Digital UK predictor.

West Runton is predicted as being quite good where you are. Note that it is only since 9th November that it has been broadcasting digital (BBC only) which might explain why you've never had this issue with BBC channels. On 23rd the rest of its analogue will be switched off and replaced by ITV/C4/C5/HD on digital.

If the problem you are having affects only BBC channels, then perhaps it could be because it's tuned to West Runton which is at 2kW.

If you believe this to be the case, the simplest and most generic solution I can advise is to start the autotune scan with the aerial unplugged and plug it in when it gets to 25%. This should have it disconnected when it scans West Runton's frequency.

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Jon
4:34 PM
Norwich

Thanks Dave,

Other channels have been poor at times but I do think the West Runton change has affected things.

I'm off out soon so I'll try a retune(s - I also use mythtv) skipping the West Runton frequencies tomorrow.

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Jon's 15 posts GB
Thursday, 17 November 2011
K
kevk
1:45 PM

Since the first switch over date I've lost everything but BBC channels? Will everything else come back on the second switch over date?

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