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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 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-6100,000W
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
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
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
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
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Mark Fletcher
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3:05 AM
Halifax

John Ramsbottom.If yer receiving the Thetford relay on vertical polarisation then it is true only three mux's BBCA,D3+4,BBCB (HD) will only ever be transmitted as such.Are there any households in Thetford itself whose antennas are horizontally polarised directly receiving transmissions from Tacolneston itself.Unfortunately i'm off to bed very soon,but i am pleased that in Tacolneston region itself the switchover ran smoothly with few problems as such.Goodnight and happy viewing !

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John
3:08 AM

Thanks mike all sorted except 62hd i need me a nice humax hd now :)

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billy
3:51 AM

All muxes working for me now including the HD mux on C62 :)

DRM on the HD is a bit of a chore though if i want to archive recordings for personal viewing


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Tim C
7:07 AM

Just done another rescan and we have a full set of channels here in Costessey.


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John Ramsbottom
10:27 AM

Yes Mark, yes some Thetford households have been receiving Tacolneston even with the (until now) reduced power of the digtal system. It generally depends on the height of the property above sea level. I'm quite low down but some of my neighbours received it using a high gain aerial on a high pole but even then it was iffy at times. They may as well continue to use Tacolneston as the signal is stronger anyway now and there are the extra muxes. I don't watch much TV so will probably stay on Thetford for the moment. It seems odd and a bit sad not being able to see the Ceefax weather this morning (although I took a photo of Wednesdays day and night forecast page yesterday!!). The digital text is ok but seems take longer to sort itself out than teletext. I also find the tendancy of only using a small part of the page for text on the digital system rather annoying.

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John Ramsbottom
11:49 AM

I've done another scan and am surprised find I can now also receive the SDN multiplex fron Tacolneston on C42 with a decent signal level. I'm surprised because my aerial is pointing pretty much the wrong way! The fact that this channel is nearer to my aerial group than the other Tacolneston channels probably helps a lot.

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Tony
2:26 PM
Norwich

Am using the Tacolneston transmitter - my post code is NR12 0UR.
Last night from about midnight through to about 4am I lost about 2/3rds of my digital channels. Most of the BBC stuff was available but practically everything else disappeared. Did a proper reset on my Sony digital PVR and Digital TV (freeview) but problem persisted. It finally all retuned at about 4am, but some channels{ie 4+1) were playing now you see me now you dont,every few seconds.Any ideas?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:51 PM

Tony: Do you have a signal booster/amplifier fitted? And if so, try removing it?

What is the signal strength like?

Did you get digital TV ok before switchover? How was your analogue reception?

Looking at Google Streetview, it does look like the church could be in the way for some of the houses.

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Adrian
6:22 PM
Woodbridge

Hi , I'm in IP13 7HZ, receiving from Tacolnston, got a C/D aerial and a Philips DTR220/05 box. I got all Freeview channels prior to the first switchover, then I lost BBCA, now after the second I can't get ArqA or B either! The other signals come in ok. I have done the full reset and tried with and without amp, with and without attenuator and turned off every piece of electrical equipment in the house but with no joy. Is it the box? Any ideas?

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Dave Lindsay
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6:41 PM

Adrian: Try carrying out this procedure:

My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

If that doesn't do the trick, try manually tuning. I found the instructions here:

http://download.p4c.phili….pdf

Page 16 sets out the procedure. For BBC, search for 55.

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