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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.

 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

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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),

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C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
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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

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C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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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

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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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

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C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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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

 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
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB

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.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

12:19 AM

Martin French: Many thanks for your kind comments, and am pleased to know that the info has also been of assistance to yourself in respect of you now being aware of NOT to carry out a rescan in an attempt to recover lost channels, albeit that I fully appreciate that when someone is confronted with this type of situation that they might automatically feel that they should be doing something, but there isn't really anything that can be done except to check now and again to find out if the situation has resolved itself.

This is because the main aspect about digital television that is misleading to many is that unlike in the case of analogue TV that is capable of producing a picture right down to a near zero signal level albeit it covered in speckles! "all" digital receivers work on a cliff system whereby the picture stays exactly the same quality until the signal drops down to a certain level (known as the cliff threshold) and then completely cuts out.

This is why that when anyone discovers that their favourite programme(s) show a blank screen, that if they carry out a signal check (via the menu) whilst "on that same blank screen" its nearly always found that a signal level of sorts will still be seen, albeit that the level seen is under the threshold cut off point hence no picture.

Another aspect about cut off points that is also misleading being that this level referred to can vary from brand to brand, and with Panasonic and Humax (boxes) being amongst the best of tuners for being able to cling onto a signal, this being why some people with more than one TV or box can find that in a weak signal situation some devices will work whereas others not, as it all depends on how sensitive the tuners are.

Hope this might have given you a slight insight into how the system works.

Kind Regards / jb.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
5:58 PM

Does anyone know when the Tacolneston transmitter is going to be sorted? ITV, channel 4 etc are unwatchable and it's getting frustrating.

I'm in NR1, is anyone else having issues here?

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Lexy's 6 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
6:30 PM

Hi, I live in a rented groudfloor apartment in Thetford. As this is a communal building, I cannot put up an individual antenna. Would an internal one suffice?

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Rui's 1 post GB
9:55 PM

What is going on with the signal the last couple of weeks?

Service is just unacceptable as can't watch certain programs/channels

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Mike's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

9:58 PM

DavidwFaulkner: Manningtree is 88.1. Peterborough is 90.1.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 21 November 2012

2:01 PM

Dave Lindsay
Tuesday 20 November 2012 9:58PM
16 hours agoDavidwFaulkner: Manningtree is 88.1. Peterborough is 90.1.

Thanks Dave, but I can't quite see the relevance to your answer.....fortunately 89.7 was back this morning.

Any idea why ??

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davidwfaulkner's 26 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:10 PM

davidwfaulkner: I should imagine that it was to do with the works at Tacolneston that have affected TV broadcasts.

I provided the frequencies for Manningtree and Peterborough because they appear as if they may be the next best ones as well as Wrotham.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

3:09 PM

ah, right :)...problem there is they are (respectively) very low power Tx and too far away.

What happened is the outstanding question though......

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davidwfaulkner's 26 posts GB
Thursday, 22 November 2012
7:09 PM


Any idea when the transmitter weak signal will be fixed? For me its been down since Saturday the 17th. I can only get 18-20 freeview channels, and they are all lets say... rubbish :>.

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Macey's 1 post GB
Friday, 23 November 2012
6:18 PM

Why have i got such a weak signal on itv channels but not bbc. I live in norwich

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david's 1 post GB
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