We live in PE343BT and are tuned to the Sandy Heathtransmitter. Not only are we suffering with heavy pixelation on lots of channels particularly BBC but we would prefer to be tuned to the Tacolneston transmitter which has local news pertaining to our area. Unfortunately I understand that the Tacolneston Transmitter is not within range for us? So what are we supposed to do - put up with inappropriate news and disruptive pictures or forget Freeview and get a Freesat receiver? Thanks. Richard
Richard: I had a look around on Google Streetview at Church Road and Stow Road and well, you appear to be in a bit of a regional TV no man's land!
I found a number of houses on Waltham (Central), some on Sandy Heath (Anglia, but not local Anglia) and some on Belmont (Yorkshire/Lincolnshire). Some houses have two aerials, each on different transmitters.
When I saw that it said "King's Lynn" below your name, I thought that the answer's easy because there is a relay of Tacolneston in King's Lynn. However, you're 12 miles away from it!
I suspect (and I'm not an aerial installer and I don't know the local terrain), based on what I've just seen, that what you can and cannot get might vary house by house.
Putting your post code into the Digital UK predictor doesn't give really sparkling results on any transmitter, although from what I understand this might be some sort of average over the whole area that that post code covers:
So you might be best advised to put in your house number in as well and see what you get.
If you're lucky, you *might* be able to get Tacolneston (or King's Lynn). Certainly for BBC after switchover, KL looks good. (It's a predictor...what you can actually get depends on what you can actually get!) But really they're the only two that will give you the news you want.
It is also the case that Tacolneston is now taller and the equivalent digital signal is stronger than the analogue one was (is).
I note that there are quite a few bungalows which by their nature have lower rooves which will obviously mean the aerial will be lower, probably reducing the choice.
As I say, I not an aerial installer. That's my six penith as a technical bod. (DN31NJ)