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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?

regional news image
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
regional news image
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;
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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.

Saturday, 7 April 2012
m smith
10:44 AM

when will we recieve all the freeview channels from aldeburgh, as we are only recieving basiclly what we had before and considering the bbc channels are mainly the only channels we get which are a pay to view service which mean from aldeburgh it is not free to view. full freeview should be available to all. i hope sometime in the near future this will be the case as we all pay the same tv liscence.

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Dave Lindsay

3:07 PM

m smith: There are two types of terrestrial broadcaster: Public Service Broadcaster and Commercial.

The channels that are not broadcast from Aldeburgh transmitter are the Commercial ones. The Public Service Broadcasters are BBC, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

The Commercial broadcasters choose where to broadcast from. They broadcast from 80 of the largest transmitters (by population) and achieve a 90% coverage. In order for them to transmit from the 1000 or so small relay transmitters such as Aldeburgh would roughly double their cost of transmission whilst only adding 8.5% of the population to their potential viewer base. They were asked if they wished to increase their coverage and they declined.

That is capitalism for you; if it isn't likely to produce a return it won't get done. For a more in depth explanation, see Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

The law requires payment of the Licence Fee in order to watch television broadcasts. It does not guarantee reception of any television signals by any method. The Licence Fee goes to the BBC and as the BBC is a Public Service Broadcaster, it is available to you.

The only thing you can do is investigate the feasibility of receiving from a main station such as Tacolneston or Sudbury that carries the Commercial channels. At 10kW, Aldeburgh must be one of the most powerful relay transmitters that don't carry the Commercial multiplexes.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 April 2012
m smith
10:43 PM

it is a shame with the technology available that the rural areas always get the bad deal on freeview. why have we got rabbit and gay rabbit rubbish when we could have perhaps something descent instead like pick tv, or do it come down to price again.

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m smith's 4 posts GB flag

10:51 PM

m smith : Most high powered transmitters ARE in rural areas. I can't think of anywhere more rural than Emley Moor, for example.

Removing the text channels will result in less than 5% of what is required to carry a television station.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
m smith
12:15 AM

my last coment is it seem the only way to get any channels in the aldeburgh area is to forget about freeviw and have satelite instead as it is the only other option. i was looking forward to the arrival of freeview from the aldeburgh transmitter but feel cheated and let down and is the view of many other people also.

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Dave Lindsay

12:24 AM

m smith: The only thing you can do is investigate the possibility of receiving the full Freeview service from one of the main transmitters, probably Tacolneston or Sudbury.

Switchover saw a taller mast come into service at Tacolneston, so it will reach places it didn't before.

Go to the Digital UK Post Code Checker, enter your post code and house number and tick the box to say that you're in the trade for a prediction of coverage:

Digital UK - Postcode checker

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Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

ALDEBURGH transmitter - Over the next week Aldeburgh main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Mike Dimmick

4:11 PM

Dave Lindsay: Aldeburgh is one of the most powerful BUT it is not one of the most populous. It's about 54th on the list of sites not served by the COMs, when ordered by population served by the PSBs.

The list of sites and the predicted served population can be found at http://consumers.ofcom.or….pdf . Nitro Pro trial edition converted this to Excel format quite nicely.

The site with the highest number of viewers (excluding Caldbeck Scotland which is really just apportioning Caldbeck's coverage, and Storeton Wales which is a fill-in to give Welsh services to viewers getting a full service from Winter Hill) is Rouncefall - 51,000 predicted households, 4 kW output. It's also SFN with Sudbury for the PSBs already and line-fed, and the frequency use was cleared internationally, so adding the COMs there should not have been too much trouble. However, it would cause problems for D3&4 at Chatham Town and BBC A at Otford, if you believe Brian's coverage map for Rouncefall, and probably more sites in North Kent and east London, given that the interfering area is greater than the area of usable coverage.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Thursday, 19 April 2012

11:48 PM

But no ITV 3

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Nick's 425 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

1:30 PM

ALDEBURGH transmitter - Over the next week Aldeburgh relay: TV (digital) Service Shutdowns, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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