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The symbol shows the location of the Lowestoft (Suffolk, 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Lowestoft (Suffolk, England) mast?

Lowestoft transmitter - Lowestoft transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Lowestoft 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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C32- (561.8MHz)51mDTG-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

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C35- (585.8MHz)51mDTG-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),

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C48 (690.0MHz)51mDTG-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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
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The Lowestoft (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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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 Lowestoft transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 35km west-northwest (295°)
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, 34km west-northwest (296°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

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

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Feb 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?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 400W

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. Lowestoft 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.

Sunday, 12 June 2011
2:25 PM

I bought a television with in-built freeview, but cannot get any signal at all. I also do not have good signal for analogue channels. This is very frustrating. Is there anything I can do to watch television? Would an indoor aerial be effective.

My postcode is NR33 0QQ

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marie's 1 post GB flag
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6:14 PM

marie: The Digital UK postcode checker shows that you can expect very little by way of Freeview reception at your location. A good outdoor aerial might just about deliver a signal on Mux1 and MuxC from Tacolneston. After switchover reception is still not very good. Tacolneston offers poor reception on all six muxes, and a new transmitter at Lowestoft, which enters service at switchover offering the 3 PSB muxes only (Freeview Lite), deteriorates to variable reception in 2012. You might find satellite reception to be the most reliable option for tv viewing.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 September 2011
12:13 AM

Hi Marie, I am also in Lowestoft, I can see from your postcode depending on what part of the road you live but if near the bridge, reception will be poor. although in November the Tacolneston Transmitter that serves us at the moment, the power will be increased, so it may improve your reception.

Or at worse the new Lowestoft Relay which also comes on in November will only output some channels and not all, with 400Watts output will easily cover you. I live near the college, so I will get it on a wet piece of string! but doubt ill use it as I have Sky and Freesat and freeview from Tacolneston

Good Luck

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Lee's 5 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 October 2011
angela sharman
12:57 PM

Hi am living in Lowestoft and for 2 days my freeview signal is non existant. I have done several freeview resets but to no avail. My aerial is fine so have run out of options.

Please can you help.

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angela sharman's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 28 November 2011
10:56 AM

i now have reception issues since this lowestoft relay has gone live!! i have now lost UHF CH59 from Tacolneston as the Lowestoft Relay uses CH60, i now get my ITV etc from Lowestoft and it drops out!! im too close to the lowestoft relay!! looks like an attenuator needs to go inline, serves me right for having a masthead preamp and booster in the loft!
Now if i take aerial out, and use a piece of wire, Volia! i can get ITV CH5 from Lowestoft without dropout!

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Lee's 9 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

11:22 AM

Lee: I see that the new Lowestoft relay effectively replaced a self-help one on the same site:

mb21 - The Transmission Gallery

Presumably the college blocks sight of Tacolneston for those living behind it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
6:03 PM

that is correct dave, I live on the south side of the college, doesnt affect my signals from tacolneston, well!!!! until switchover!! Lowestoft UHF now attenuates my signal from Tacolneston a lot!! i now get no signal on CH55 nor CH59!!!

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Lee's 9 posts GB flag
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6:04 PM

and I was the one who uploaded some of the pics for the relay :-) on MB21 the link u supplied above

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Lee's 9 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Dave Lindsay

4:17 PM

Lee: It is highly likely that those near to relays will have their aerials directed at its parent.

Is this poor planning? Should relays not use neighbouring channels to that of their parent?

I guess you can't even fit a filter because there is not empty channel between the one you want and the one you don't want.

The only suggestion is if you can mount the aerial such that your building acts as a (sufficient) screen for the Lowestoft but still permits receipt of Tacolneston's signals.

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