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The symbol shows the location of the Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 9,500 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 Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Aldeburgh transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

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C28 (530.0MHz)87mDTG-10,000W
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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, plus 16 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)87mDTG-10,000W
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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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

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C25 (506.0MHz)87mDTG-10,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East, 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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Aldeburgh transmitter?

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BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 53km north-northwest (337°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
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ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 53km north-northwest (337°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1331 Mar 2018-

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, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 10kW

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. Aldeburgh 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, 11 November 2011
Transmitter engineering

2:29 PM

ALDEBURGH transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 10:48 on 09 Nov to 12:26 on 09 Nov BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:12 on 09 Nov to 08:35 on 09 Nov BBC ONE Weak Signal from 05:52 on 09 Nov to 06:54 on 09 Nov BBC ONE Weak Signal from 21:06 on 07 Nov to 05:17 on 08 Nov [BBC]

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Sunday, 13 November 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:37 AM

ALDEBURGH transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 10:48 on 09 Nov to 12:26 on 09 Nov BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:12 on 09 Nov to 08:35 on 09 Nov BBC ONE Weak Signal from 05:52 on 09 Nov to 06:54 on 09 Nov [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,822 posts xx flag
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
9:33 PM

when will people viewing on aldeburgh transmiter get all the freeview chanels

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mark's 4 posts GB flag
Mark Fletcher

11:15 PM

Mark.No,that is it as far as the Aldeburgh relay is concerned.Only the public service broadcasts BBCA,D3+4,BBCB (HD) multiplexes will transmit.There will be no commercial broadcast multiplexes SDN,ArqA,ArqB on this mast,not now not ever but never !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
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11:16 PM

mark: It is most unlikely that the COM muxes will ever be transmitted from Aldeburgh. The owners of the muxes do not consider that it would be cost effective to extend coverage to relay sites. It is worth noting that the power of the COM muxes at Tacolneston and (from June 2012) Sudbury, is 100kW which is four times what would have normally been considered for the COM muxes at a transmitter site which used to have the analogue services at 250kW.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Dave Lindsay

9:53 AM

mark: An explanation of why we now have a two-tier television network in this country is here:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Bill Mackintosh
4:43 PM

I am as an AGE UK volunteer helping a customer in a location at IP2, Ipswich. The ARQB multipleax appears to be missing. Thius includes Channels yesterday and 'Film 4' Please could you advise.

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Bill Mackintosh's 2 posts GB flag
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Adam B

5:37 PM

Bill Mackintosh:

ARQB from Sudbury (assuming that is where the customer currently gets their signal from), is at very low power at the moment and will be until next summer. The other possible problem is that if the aerial is quite old, it might still be a group B type,
and given that ARQB is currently on CH63, this is out of band for such an aerial. Many other people who receive from Sudbury appear to be having problems with ARQB at the moment. I know this doesn't really help your customer right now, but if they are prepared to wait until next June, there is a good chance that the problem will be resolved.

Hope this helps,

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Adam B's 91 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 29 March 2012

11:30 PM

In IP12 my aerial is on Sudbury, as are 95% of others, from where we traditionally got the best signal on analogue as we do now on digital, a very ghosty one from Aldeburgh on the wrong aerial. However, when I retune the box periodically, it finds channels in the channel 21-28 area, which I believe are from Aldeburgh. Does this mean that it is finding me for example the weaker BBC1 signal rather than the one from Sudbury? How can I make it detect the channels from the right transmitter?

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Nick's 425 posts GB flag
Saturday, 31 March 2012

8:47 PM

Nick: Plenty of digiboxes (& TVs) use the "first" signal they detect to populate the programme list, which may well be the "wrong" transmitter.
Subsequent signals may either be ignored, or end up with logical channel numbers in the 800s.
Aldeburgh is sufficiently powerful to reach your location, so is likely to be the source of the group A signals.
One method used to avoid unwanted low frequency signals is to start auto tuning with the aerial unplugged, and plug it back in after the scan is 30% complete. This isn't easy on digiboxes that scan very fast.
Another method is to use attenuators to reduce all the signals - the objective being to make the unwanted ones too low to detect, leaving just the ones you do want (and then remove the attenuator to watch). This can take a bit of trial and error to find out how much attenuation is enough (and needs a range of attenuators to hand, or a variable one).
A third option is to manually tune to just the Sudbury UHF channels (having cleared anything stored on the box by doing a "default settings" or "factory reset" or similar. That's OK if your box allows manual tuning - some don't!

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