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The symbol shows the location of the Kings Lynn (Norfolk, England) transmitter which serves 3,300 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 Kings Lynn (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Kings Lynn 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C41+ (634.2MHz)100mDTG-3300W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)100mDTG-3300W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)100mDTG-6300W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 51 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Kings Lynn (Norfolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Together TV +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, 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 Kings Lynn transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 59km east-southeast (109°)
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, 59km east-southeast (109°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Kings Lynn (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-136 Jun 2018
B E TB E TB E TB E TB E K T
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C40 
C41BBCA
C43BBCB
C44D3+4
C46D3+4
C47BBCB
C49tv_off+BBCA
C52tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 339W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-0.5dB) 300W

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. Kings Lynn 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.

Comments
Sunday, 1 January 2012
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KMJ,Derby
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1:33 PM

barry beales: No, but you are supposed to be able to receive it from either Belmont or Waltham, using a suitable aerial. Historically the Kings Lynn transmitter was provided when Belmont, which used to provide Anglia TV to the area was switched to Yorkshire TV leaving viewers with incorrect local news. It provided BBC1 East and Anglia TV only, with viewers using Belmont or Waltham for BBC2, C4 and C5. At switchover therefore, only the 3 PSB muxes were provided from Kings Lynn.

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Dave Lindsay
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1:38 PM

barry beales: No, King's Lynn relays only the three Public Service Broadcaster multiplexes (groups of programme channels).

You can receive from Belmont which does carry these services.

Before switchover King's Lynn only broadcast BBC1 and ITV1 analogue so as to allow viewers in the area to get the correct regional programming. An aerial was needed for Belmont to get BBC2 and C4.

Now King's Lynn broadcast these channels (because digital signals carry multiple programme channels, i.e. BBC1 comers along with BBC2 etc), but not the commcercial channels.

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KMJ,Derby
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1:43 PM

barry beales: I should have added that viewers who have two aerials diplexed together will find that due to the spread of frequencies now used at both Waltham and Belmont they are likely to find some muxes are missing. Belmont + Kings Lynn leaves out ArqA and ArqB from Belmont. Waltham + Kings Lynn leaves out SDN from Waltham.

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Dave Lindsay
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3:04 PM

KMJ,Derby: How could this be made to work in practice?

Back in the days of four channel analogue, those in the King's Lynn area could have a Belmont aerial and King's Lynn aerial. They could be diplexed together, say 21 to 35 and 37 to 69 respectively. This would allow BBC2 and C4 from Belmont to be watched and BBC1 and Anglia from King's Lynn to be viewed.

Channel 5 analogue from Belmont was on Ch56 which meant that people with this setup could not receive it, for the same reason as they won't be able to get Arq A and Arq B (Ch53 and Ch60) because they are on channels above those of King's Lynn. The same was true of all but one digital multiplex prior to switchover.

So what would the professional solution be?

Is the answer to install a second aerial on Belmont for its services that are above those of King's Lynn? Could this be diplexed with the current King's Lynn aerial where the split is something like 21 to 50 (KL aerial) and 52 to 69 (second Belmont aerial)?


Of course, the reason for two Belmont aerials is because SDN is on Ch30 whereas the other two COMs are on 53 and 60.

Why is this? Why aren't they all in the same group?

From what I can see, the likely answer is because Ch31 to Ch35 (those at the top end of Group A) have been cleared so as to sell them off for the exclusive use of a new licencee or licencees. Had these channels still been available, then I guess that Belmont wouldn't be using two channels that are out of its analogue (exc Channel 5) group.

Surely a bit of forward planning would mean that new services could be fitted in, but by utilising different channels in different areas, just as all other services do.

The fact that this has not happened means that people like Barry now suffer unnecessary inconvenience and expense.

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KMJ,Derby
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4:10 PM

Dave Lindsay: Happy New Year. As you rightly say the reason for so many transmitters having out of group frequency allocations for the COM muxes is down to the frequency shortage created by the removal of frequencies from the present plan for auction in the Digital Dividend. Waltham and Belmont were at the bottom of the list when allocations were made for the COM mux frequencies, priority being given to Crystal Palace, Sutton Coldfield and Emley Moor to have in-group frequencies allocated from the few that were available/ not used for PSB muxes in overlapping areas. The solution you suggest for linking aerials to receive Belmont and Kings Lynn signals is probably the cheapest way for domestic installations. A neater but more expensive method using filters for the individual mux frequencies would be more likely on, say, a communal aerial. Worth noting: Mux BBCA from Kings Lynn changes frequency to C40 in 2013, so remains within the range of the diplexers, however Waltham will use C49 for Mux BBCA instead of C61, creating another problem for viewers who have chosen to diplex Waltham signals into their aerial set-up if the crossover channel is between 50 and 52. jb38 could probably give more information on professional solutions to this problem.

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Sunday, 19 August 2012
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Vicky
7:48 PM

I have just returned from overseas after 5 years and have gone to plug in my tv to get a reception and there is nothing.

My tenants used sky so go the tv through the sky dish. Do I need to change my aerial over to a digitial aerial or would it already be a digital aerial. It was installed in the house in 2001 and I left for abroad in 2005

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KMJ,Derby
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8:26 PM

Vicky: There is no such thing as a "digital" aerial, just an aerial which is suitable for reception of digital transmissions in the location in question. Depending on the transmitter being received it might be necessary to use a different aerial to cover all the frequencies in use if reception of all six muxes is required. Otherwise an aerial that gave good reception on analogue transmissions will be suitable for reception of at least the PSB muxes in most areas. In your particular area if you use the Belmont transmitter you will need a different aerial for reception of ArqA and ArqB muxes. If you give more information with regard to your location, preferably a postcode, a check can be made on predicted reception and further advice given. If your TV does not have a suitable tuner built in you will need to use a Freeview box to receive DTT transmissions, or alternatively a satellite box connected to the dish will receive the free to air satellite channels with no subscription needed.

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Vicky
8:36 PM

I can get freeview through the sky box using the satellite. But my BT Vision box, which I want to use and subscribing to cannot find the channels.
I live in the Woottons

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KMJ,Derby
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9:55 PM

Vicky: The aerial is most likely pointing NW to Belmont, with W to Waltham as the most likely alternative. Check that the cable is continuous from the aerial to the BT vision box, that is, if it goes through the loft the cables have not been left disconnected after a splitter was removed, or the cable does not go to any plastic boxes along its length which could indicate that a powered splitter was in use, the power supply now being absent or turned off. Also, if it is not brand new, did you do a factory reset of the BT vision box to clear the memory of all data before scanning for channels?

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Thursday, 15 November 2012
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Paul Ketteridge
10:08 AM

Last nigh I seemed to loose the reception on most chanels on both my TV's and my freeview plus box, tried rescanning but the problem is still there.
Post Code PE330QF with a roof mounted aerial.
The problem was still there this morning.

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