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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.

Friday, 23 November 2012
Dave Lindsay

6:21 PM

david: Maybe because ITV is on low power, but not BBC.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 26 November 2012
5:50 PM

I'm in Norwich too and having real issues with ITV & Channel 4. Does anyone know when the works are due to be finished and we can expect a normal service?

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Lexy's 6 posts GB
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Rod Cole
7:20 PM
Great Yarmouth

Prior to the switch over to full digital we received reasonable signals and on the odd occasions that a signal was not good we could always get an analog signal. Since the switch over our signal during bad weather has deteriorated and over the last few weeks it is doubtful if we get a signal for the main channels (BBC/ITV1&2/CN4&5). We never seem to have any problems getting the junk channels and can usually get Sky News, RT and Al Jazera News programs. Tonight is typical, no BBC or ITV etc. its raining!!
There are never any problems in good weather conditions and they are usually OK during the daytime. PLEASE fix the problem, I am fed up with having to connect the computer to the TV every evening.

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Rod Cole's 1 post GB
Friday, 7 December 2012
Alan Dooley
12:12 PM

I live 4 miles from Tacolneston and on the 5th between 6.30pm and 8pm I have lost all signal on my freeview TV sets. I have tried resetting them and re-tuning but with no luck. My aerial is in the loft but being this close to the transmitter I have pretty much always had 100% quality and signal. One of my televisions is picking up channels but only with a strength of around 15% so cuts in and out. I was wondering if this weeks works at Tacolneston could have done this or is just coincidence and I need to get my aerial looked at?

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Martin French
2:12 PM
Downham Market


Do you or anyone else know when the engineering works at Tacolneston are likely to be completed.

We are totally frustrated at having been denied virtually all channels for most of the time during the last few months and are seriously considering replacing our Samsung LE32A457 television in our bedroom with a Panasonic Viera TX-L42E5B and then transferring the Samsung TV into the lounge to replace our really ancient and bulky Phillips CRT television used for watching non premium SKY channels on an inherited box. Is there a particular Panasonic TV that has a more robust inbuilt tuner? If there is little likelihood of getting watchable television with this or any other Panasonic TV we will just have to wait patiently until the maintenance works have been completed whenever that may be.

Also do you know what steps are going to be taken to prevent the forthcoming 4G mobile signals from causing problems with our TV bandwidth especially as we can't even get a 3G signal at our home or in many other local areas.

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Martin French's 3 posts GB
Friday, 21 December 2012
Alan Dooley
10:13 PM

Oddly enough our signal problem went away after a few days and as of about half 9 tonight it is back. 4 miles from transmitter and nothing. What on earth could be causing this?

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Alan Dooley's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 23 December 2012
11:23 PM


On only 1 tv on the house the bbc and film 4 channels are not receiving properly since Fri

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T's 1 post GB
Thursday, 10 January 2013
8:37 PM

Anyone know what's happened to Com5 ArqA from Tacolneston tonight. All the channels on this Mux report zero signal. All the other Muxes are fine


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pete's 12 posts GB
Mike Smith
11:41 PM

Pete Now looking at Sky News and also just checked Pick TV both are on Com5 and at the present time 11.39 they both look they are on normal strength

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Mike Smith's 19 posts GB
Friday, 11 January 2013
10:38 PM

Thanks Mike, The Mux seems OK now. It must have been a temporary glitch

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pete's 12 posts GB
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