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The symbol shows the location of the Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter. 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 Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Clacton 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.

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)47mDTG-400W
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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

 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)47mDTG-400W
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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),

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)47mDTG-400W
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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 Clacton (Essex, 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 Clacton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 92km north (2°)
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, 92km north (3°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Clacton (Essex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1319 Jul 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury 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. Clacton 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.

Thursday, 11 March 2021
Transmitter engineering

4:44 AM

CLACTON transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Mar 22:45 until 10 Mar 23:47. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,812 posts xx flag
Thursday, 10 June 2021
4:35 PM

At present channel 22 26 and 70 and 81 are not avaliable from Clacton On Sea is only temporary

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Geoff's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 11 June 2021

3:31 AM


LCN70 will never be available from Clacton as it's on COM7 which isn't transmitted at Clacton-on-Sea.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview

The loss of other channels is probably due to "Tropospheric propagation" at present, often associated with High Pressure weather systems.
It causes signals from more distant transmitters to travel a lot further than normal. It is currently affecting different parts of the country by varying degrees and signals can change by the second or remain stable for much longer periods.
In the old "analogue" days there was a lot of talk about "continental" interference often in the summer months, but the interference can come from transmitters anywhere in the UK or Europe and even further afield. At the moment some people are getting DAB radio from the Netherlands and FM Radio from France as well as the interference to DTV previously some coming from Norway.

It is predicted to continue for a couple more days, and you are advise NOT to retune as you will likely lose the correct tuning that you had. The "propagation" can be very frequency dependent, and it can only affected one frequency or several, but it can/will be different for others.
For those that have retuned and lost correct tuning, you will have to try again and it could be hit and miss whilst the unusual propagation continues. If you are able to do a manual tune for the correct UHF channels, you may still receive interference or the wrong programmes.

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Chris.SE's 4,076 posts GB flag

3:41 AM

A further reminder -

Clacton is no longer a "Light" transmitter as of 1st August 2018, it now broadcasts the 6 main muxes.

PSB1(BBCA) - UHF32; PSB2(D3&4) - UHF34; PSB3(BBCB HD) - UHF45; SDN - UHF40; ARQA - UHF43; ARQB - UHF46. 400W for each Mux. Aerial group K, Horizontal.

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Chris.SE's 4,076 posts GB flag
Thursday, 17 June 2021
david king
8:17 PM

after returning i found i was getting a signal from the wrong area I then tuned into East Anglia
and got my lost Freeview now they have a signal warning and I cant see my channels again. my signal comes from Clacton on sea

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david king's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 25 June 2021
Transmitter engineering

8:46 PM

CLACTON transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 25 Jun 18:46 until 25 Jun 19:11. . [BBC]

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Monday, 9 August 2021
Transmitter engineering

6:20 PM

CLACTON transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 9 Aug 18:11 until 9 Aug 18:13. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,812 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 March 2022
7:32 PM

Forces TV, Freeview 96, COM7 , is missing from the Clacton relay (along with the rest of the COM7 channels). What a shame for all the folk who struggle to get good reception from Sudbury. Will Freesat continue to be the only option forever and a day?

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Allan's 1 post GB flag

10:38 PM


From the outset, COM7 (as was 8) was a temporary HD multiplex only ever initially transmitted from 30 main transmitters. This reduced to 25 with the 700MHz Clearance program as it wasn't cost effective to modify antenna and transmitters at the 5 where it closed.
COM7 is currently scheduled to close by the end of June 2022 under its current licence. No announcements have been made about what will happen to channels currently carried on COM7.

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Chris.SE's 4,076 posts GB flag
Saturday, 15 April 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:07 AM

CLACTON transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 15 Apr 01:45 until 15 Apr 02:16. . [BBC]

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