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The symbol shows the location of the Norwich Central (Norfolk, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Norwich Central (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Norwich Central 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
C23 (490.0MHz)53mDTG-7W
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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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C26 (514.0MHz)53mDTG-7W
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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),

 V max
C30 (546.0MHz)53mDTG-7W
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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?

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The Norwich Central (Norfolk, 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, GREAT! romance mix, 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 Norwich Central transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 2km south-southwest (213°)
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, 1km south-southwest (199°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Norwich Central (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-136 Jun 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?

Analogue 1-5 34W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 6.8W

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. Norwich Central 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, 24 September 2011
Pat G
4:57 PM

My daughter has moved in to a rented house in NR2 3HD. We were told there was a TV aerial, which is there, but it has no connection on the end of the cable which does not even go to the living room. There is a satellite dish with cable going in to the living room.
How do you suggest they could get a signal, given that they will not be able to test whether the dish is working without buying a box, or make any changes to the rooftop aerial. Thanks for suggestions, PS have only just discovered that DSO is not until November there.

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5:58 PM

Pat G: Well, without having any devices to use for a test then there isnt any way to check other than physically, which you have already done as far as the co-ax with no plug on it is concerned.

I will say that although switchover isnt until November 23rd the predictions are that reception should presently be possible from Tacolneston,(@ 9 miles away) so if you are also in the area and have a small Freeview TV it would be advantageous to try it out at your daughters house, preferably if pre-tuned to Tacolneston as it would save going through the scanning procedure.

I only mention Freeview as its less of a hassle to test this over a Satellite set up using a TV and separate box.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 November 2011
5:59 PM

Hello, NR105ET

Since the switchover we can only get BBC channels (21) mostly radio stations and all of them have problems with the picture breaking up. The signal strength is 8 - the The aerial is in the loft and we never had a problem before the switchover. We have a grundig digibox model gud1500X1 We have tried many times a day to try to tune it in again with the same results. A neighbour says their tv eventually corrected itself. Any assistance would be gratefully received.

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Dave Lindsay

6:25 PM

Sally: Is your aerial pointing it Tacolneston (roughly south south west)?

Did you get digital (Freeview) channels before switchover? Did the aerial work with analogue (and does it still do so) ? Perhaps it's being in the loft that's the main problem.

I have just found the instructions for your unit here:….pdf

If it is Tacolneston, it will say "55" alongside "No of Channel" when you go into the menu and select "Accessories" and then "Information". (DN31NJ)

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Sunday, 4 December 2011
john tansley
9:12 PM

i wonder why after everthing has been sorted and i've retuned several times i still only get 74 channels and i've used a maxview signal strength meter with all 4 led's lit the worst thing is i live in line of site.. poringland to tacolneston, am using a masthead and 4 way amp. any idea's

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10:02 PM

john tansley: Being located at only 9 miles from Tacolneston and using the type of aerial system described, your receiving equipment is very likely to be suffering from its tuner being overloaded, and it should be pointed out that in this type of situation the readings you will see of the signal strength etc can be totally inaccurate.

I would normally have requested you try by- passing the amplifier, but with a mast head type that's not possible, so purely for a test try a set top aerial and see what indications you have from that, although the best test of all is to insert an attenuator in line with the aerial socket.

In other words, the symptoms of an overly powerful signal are exactly the same as that of a weak one, this being the aspect that misleads the unwary.

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11:25 PM

john tansley: Also meant to add, that the mast head amplifier itself can also suffer from the effects of an over powerful signal, and although this is not just so sensitive to overloading as is the receivers tuner, it can however sometimes partially block the signal rather than amplify it, this being the reason for my request to try using a set top aerial (purely for a test) as the results obtained would enable a better assessment to be made for the reason of the reportedly low signal.

That said though, a better assessment could be made with knowledge of the readings seen if you carried out a signal test using your TVs signal checking menu. (also of assistance to know the model of TV).

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Thursday, 19 April 2012
Alistair Mackie
8:40 PM

I live in central Norwich - receiving Freeview from the Norwich Central transmitter via a communal aerial but cannot receive ITV 3 or 4. Will this be possible in the furure?

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9:10 PM

Alistair Mackie: Unfortunately no! as Norwich Central is a PSB only relay, as the purely commercial interests that would be involved if it was anything more than PSB not being willing to contribute towards the running costs involved of any additional multiplexes, as the returns expected would be outweighed by the running costs.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 July 2012
5:53 PM

once again I have no signal from Norwich Central live NR3 wondered if anyone else is experiencing this probem. Last time it happened the relay to ariels was switched off.Anyone know of any current probs please

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