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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
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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 Player, 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 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
Sunday, 11 December 2011
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Chris Wildey
9:54 AM

For years we have been told that all we need to do is buy a Freeview box anc connect to out existing aerial.. I bought a Freeview + box..Since Tuesday 6th December it hasnt worked because Norwich council cut the communal aerial.. telling me that that it didnt work because it wasnt a digital aerial and woudlnt receive a digital signal!!!! and that I will have to get cable or buy and aerial for the house...

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KMJ,Derby
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1:28 PM

Chris Wildey: This sounds like the council is no longer prepared to pay for the communal aerial to be maintained, the contract to provide and maintain the aerial has possibly expired. Whilst there is no such thing as a digital aerial there are certain adjustments that may be required to accommodate changes in frequencies and transmitter power following DSO. Some councils made a decision to replace existing communal aerials with an all singing and dancing version which also provides DAB radio and satellite services for Sky and sometimes foreign channels, this came however at a price which many tenants complained about, especially if they had no TV, only watched terrestrial channels or were cable subscribers! That is why other councils decided to let tenants choose (and pay for) their own method of viewing TV.

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Chris Wildey
2:09 PM

Yes the council did ask people in flats what they wanted but they never asked those in houses. Never told us it would be cut off.

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Monday, 12 December 2011
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Trevor
11:48 AM
Great Yarmouth

Dave, thanks for the advice. On my Samsung tv I went Menu, Antenna, Manual Tuning, Digital Channel Tuning then hit the red button to add a new Channel. I selected Channel 62 and then Search and it added the 4 HD channels. Success!

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Friday, 16 December 2011
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Richard Baguley
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10:18 PM
Wallasey

Have lost nearly all channels.

ITV (Ch46) is at 30% strength (which is <50% of immediate post DSO) but Ch55 is 0 - 2%, Ch45 0%.

What on earth is going on? This is worse than pre DSO and is totally unacceptable.

Is there a transmitter fault?



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Richard Baguley
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11:01 PM

Update

Signal strength now increased on Ch55 to 35% (c.50% of normal) but every few minutes drops to zero for a couple of seconds before returning to the same level as before.

I suspect a transmitter fault because all channels are now running at 50% of previous power and I don't believe it's atmospherics. Brian?

(My son in Langley - I'm in Dilham - reports 100% ss but that was some time after we lost everything.).

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Richard Baguley
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11:02 PM

For some reason my post at 10.18 has me at Chester!

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Saturday, 17 December 2011
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Chris Wildey
8:40 AM

""For some reason my post at 10.18 has me at Chester""

Blame the Switchover.

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Richard Baguley
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:27 PM

Update 2

Ch55 now showing 72% ss so it must have been a transmitter fault.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011
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Peter
10:58 AM

Using my Humax HDR Fox T2 PVR I get a set of broken white lines across the top left hand side of the screen on ITV1 & ITV 1HD only. they don't appear using any other tuner.
Anyone know the cause?

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