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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Lowestoft (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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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.

 V max
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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 45 Freeview 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, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Action, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, HorrorXtra, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 70s, That's TV , Together TV, 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.

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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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 January 2012
9:35 PM

i have tried a variable attenuator. and removing preamp. aerial is pointing at tacolneston but local relay frequencies drowning out tacolnestons signal to my tvs. shame they were put so close. i only pick up bbc and itv via local relay now and it drops out yet its only across the road.i am too close. . thinking of combining the existing rooftop and installing a loft vertical to across the road hehehe

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lee's 9 posts GB flag
9:39 PM

yup ch59 from tacolneston not receivable. as lowestoft uses ch60. poor planning. . . .

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Dave Lindsay

9:50 PM

lee: At least it is the PSBs are that are drowned out. If it were the COMs then you would probably have to go with Freesat.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 24 January 2012

7:39 AM

lee: It's not "poor planning", digital services can use frequencies that are next to each other!

Please see Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Thursday, 26 January 2012
11:36 PM

True Dave, and Brian I have read this a lot elsewhere, but i dont actually beleive this is true, on the basis of what I am experiencing and the tests I and others have carried out.

I am going to combine my rooftop and position a vertical towards the local relay, "solved"

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Lee's 5 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 19 February 2012
9:04 AM

I haven't used the TV since Nov last year when the digital boxes were working ok, I tried it this weekend and the signal was very poor, I tried re tuning the boxes, 1 technika, 1 phillips, and the reception was better but would freeze the picture every 5 sec, the aerial is loft mounted, i think pointing toward Norwich the elements of the aerial are horizontal, should they be vertical? im not sure what type of aerial it is is there anyway of identifing, colour coded etc? the aerial feeds a 'loft box' with 2 of the 4 outputs used

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Dave Lindsay

9:40 AM

pete: I think that your best bet will be Tacolneston. It carries all the commercial channels as well and (having looked on Streetview) all your neighbours' aerials are on it. It is at 282 degrees.

You are right that for reception of the Lowestoft relay (which is on the top of Lowestoft College), the aerial should be vertical. For Tacolneston it should be horizontal.

It's probably best to confirm that it is tuned correctly. This information is usually given on the signal strength screen. For Tacolneston:

BBC One = C55
ITV1 = C59
HD = C62
ITV3 = C42
Pick TV = C45
Yesterday = C50

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
R. Wright
3:55 PM

Why has is freeview reception giving problems today is there a problem for this area.
Post code nr32 4qg

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Saturday, 11 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:24 AM

LOWESTOFT transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 23:48 yesterday to 00:51 today. [BBC]

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