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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

 H max
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
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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.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014
2:28 AM

C57 (Mustard TV) being received fine in the city centre, no audio sync issues and as good a picture as possible on an 8.0mb/s QSPK mux :) .

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bob's 1 post GB

5:42 AM

bob: Yes, much as it says above!

"C57 (762.0MHz) QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2"

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
10:09 AM

Thanks Brian,

Any idea why the extra DVBT2 mux is not working today (C31) com7 ?
according to it should be transmitting today (1st April)
"Additional services became available on 01 Apr. Optional retune" however I can not receive the extra HD mux :(
I have a wideband aerial so should have no problem getting it as I get a great signal in Norwich and no problems with any of the other muxes.

Tried an update and could not find them (I have a PVR with a Dual DVB-T2 card and can usually just select the C number to tune specific frequencies instead of scanning from C2 - C69 which takes ages.
Will try a full scan and hope this resolves the missing mux :)

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bob's 1 post GB
10:21 AM

Tried a full scan, did not get the new HD channels but did get BBC channels & current HD channels showing up twice in my channel list after the scan.
then tried manually scanning each C number (31, 39, 42, 45, 50, 55, 59) and updating channel names too.
This fixed the double listings in my channel lists but still no new HD channels on C32 :(

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bob's 1 post GB
10:22 AM

Typo ^ C31 obviously, not C32

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bob's 1 post GB
1:11 PM

C31 now tunable and working perfectly
Well happy
Great job all engineers and technicians at Tacolneston

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bob's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
12:52 PM

Any ideas peeps?

I've been to several different TV's in the Dereham area recently to update/tune in the new "Mustard" channel. Samsung, Sony, Toshiba have all found it, no problem - but three Panasonics (two in the same street!) just don't pick it up. Full 'auto' retune or manual search. Can't be aerial/reception related as one house with an ancient aerial (Samsung TV) found it easy-peasy. Whereas one with a relatively brand new wideband aerial (Panny TV) just doesn't. Could it be that Panasonic tuners aren't capable of finding this LNR mux/band???

Thanks for any assistance/advice offered.

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Lambo's 2 posts GB

2:36 PM

Lambo: can you check you are in the coverage area? Click on LNRH on the interactive map at the to of the page. Or provide your full postcode.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
9:32 PM

Lambo i have a Panasonic TX-L32D28BS and can pick up both new mux's, NR30 area.

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deadite66's 14 posts GB
Thursday, 3 April 2014
7:15 PM

Hi. Thanks for the reply. NR19 (Dereham) doesn't appear to be within transmission range, yet both a Samsung and a Toshiba just outside town can pick up the channel perfectly. However, two Panasonics on the same street (albeit 200yds apart) cannot. Another TV (Sony) about 3 miles west of Dereham CAN pick it up and one TV (another Panny) in Dereham cannot get it.

This is the only reason why I made an assumption that it could be Panny Tv's with issues. Deadite66 seems to have settled that one though! Mind you, they are within the catchment area. Maybe Panny's aren't very good at probing for weak transmissions. I don't know.

I'll just have to deliver the bad news - no 'Mustard' for the masses of Dereham! LOL!

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Lambo's 2 posts GB
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