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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

 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),

 H max
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

 H max
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

 H max
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
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, 31 August 2014

8:51 PM

Dave Hagen: I honestly dont know. The address on their website is the same as Eurosat EUROSAT ? About Us - but that seems to be the UK distributors. You could have a search on Freesat Forum | AVForums , but it does seem difficult to find out what you need. I suspect somebody makes them and possibly rebadges, but thats just a gut feeling. Best thing is to look at the software onboard - if its the same as another brand, its probably part of the same group. Can I assume the box has gone puft, and your after some spares, rather than just binning it?

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Dave Hagan
10:34 PM

MikeB. Hi Mike thanks for the reply, have not received the box yet I have ordered it from Amazon. Stupidly since ordering it have been reading some reviews & most are not favourable. I suppose I will wait & see how it performs & give it the benefit of the doubt before judging after all I will have a years guarantee. I am possibly being too pessimistic.

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10:57 PM

Dave Hagan: A quick look around the net actually brings up some pretty decent reviews for the box, although apparently their recorder can be a bit sticky. I dont know which one you ordered, but the S2 (Freesat) actually gets pretty good reviews from our customers…etID , and seems a reasonable price. Several customers have said its OK, and if your after a Freeview HD receiver, then they seem to be one of the few on the market. Personally, I'd recommend Humax for Freeview and Freesat PVR's, and in the case of the Manhattan Freesat PVR, its only a tenner more for the Humax, but you pays your money and takes your choice. Let us know what its like.

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Monday, 1 September 2014
John Fox
12:17 AM

MikeB: Most people in this village have masthead amps.
Presumably, 'cause that 23km is from the other side of hilly Norwich, and we are in a bit of a hollow. Not my choice, anyway as there was already a one fitted when we moved in, and the aerial fitter replaced it with the current unit & new power supply.
Anyway, as an update, I have removed an in-line anti interference filter, and recovered all channels, albeit with very low signal strength on some. Still weird.
The new filter has splitter & 4G filtering, as well as adjustable gain, so may work better anyway. I'll let you know. Extra cable to replace some & add a feed to another room.

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Dave Hagen
10:42 AM
Chester Le Street

MikeB: Will do Mike, once again thanks for your input and I will let you know.

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Dave Hagen's 19 posts GB
Monday, 8 September 2014
John Fox
8:10 PM

MikeB: New AMP, PSU & cable fitted, & now have apparently clear reception.
However, although re-tuning shows a signal QUALITY at 10 on all channels, spinning through them individually with info panels up, showing a signal STRENGTH bar, some are still barely registering. Obviously with digital it is either on or off, but it is worrying to see such variety in strength. across both TV & radio channels.
This is with the amp at full 15db gain, and I have a high gain wideband aerial, too.
I'll let you know if any further faults develop, or interference occurs.
BTW, I haven't re-installed the filter, as this amp is shielded & 4G ready.

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Dave Hagan
9:44 PM

MikeB. Hi Mike, just an update regarding the anticipated delivery of the Manhattan HDR-S freesat PVR. It started giving problems from the get go with problems like green screen effect, ptcture break up & would not control the T.V. sound so it went straight back to Amazon. So I think you are right pay a bit more & go with Humax...........Cheers....Dave.

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Monday, 15 September 2014
Transmitter engineering

12:09 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:34 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:40 today to 00:49 today. [BBC] MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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1:33 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:40 today to 00:49 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:13 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:13 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:13 today, Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 10:13 today. [BBC] MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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