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The symbol shows the location of the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter which serves 330,000 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 Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston 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.

 H max
C55- (745.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C59- (777.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 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,

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 203 CITV, plus 19 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 88 Quest Red +1, plus 22 others

 H -10dB
C57 (762.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

 H -5.6dB
C31 (554.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -6.2dB
C37 (602.0MHz)263mDTG-624,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 4 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
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Tacolneston transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 16km northeast
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, 16km northeast
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

Gt YarmouthTransposer1 km S town centre30 homes
Lowestoft (2)TransposerRotterdam Rd125 homes

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

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-131/5/13-2013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEEWB E K

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 9th November and 23rd November 2011.

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

Analogue 1-4 250kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100kW
com7(-9.6dB) 27.4kW
com8(-10.2dB) 24kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LNR(-14dB) 10kW
Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 5kW
Analogue 5(-18dB) 4kW

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. Tacolneston 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.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017
9:43 AM

Christopher Webber: I didn't say there will never be a change to DVB-T2, I said that none had been announced yet. It is widely expected that it will happen eventually and that PSB channels will switch to HD only output. Both the government and BBC have said in the past that this is the plan long term (and switching BBCA/PSB1 to DVB-T2 will provide more than enough bandwidth for all BBC channels to be available in HD from every transmitter). No one will be forced to switch to Sky or Virgin. I'm not sure how DSO was a con when everyone is now able to receive far more channels than the 4 or 5 that were available with analogue and there wasn't even any suggestion of HD being available on Freeview when DSO was first announced. DSO was not undertaken at tax payers expense, it was paid for by the many millions of pounds that were raised when the 800MHz band was auctioned to the mobile networks (leaving a large surplus) and the many millions more that will be raised from the 700MHz auction will pay for the 700MHz clearance, including providing new aerials for those who need them. The date shown on the table appears to be based on when the frequency changes are due to take place at that transmitter, not the date the the frequency clearance program will be completed.

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StevensOnln1's 796 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 3 August 2017
Christopher Webber
3:33 PM

By the time Freeview finally gets plenty of HD content Netflix and other services will be offering 16K or 8K at minimum lol, even Youtubers are shooting in 8K and uploading in 4K (using Red cameras @ $35,000 each lol) - LinusTechTips being a prime example.
Long term there is no way Freeview will ever have the capacity to support 4K let alone 8K, this is why I think the DSO has been a con, now the 800 and 700mhz bands are being sold it just leaves the 600mhz band, even at QAM256, even with all 6 muxes transmitting at that rate, it only equates to 240MB/s maximum for all channels and radio services.
I think Freeview will eventually cease and all TV will be IPTV, probably within 20 years, it's inevitable, but during this time so many households had to upgrade aerials, TV's, set-top boxes, once to get DVB-T with so-called HD ready and again to get DVB-T2 so-called FullHD
To me it seems like it's been a con, but I'm a grumpy old git who dislikes parting with my hard-earned money !

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Christopher Webber's 4 posts GB
Friday, 4 August 2017
10:50 AM Winchester

Christopher Wbber:

The uk UHF TV frequencies will range from 450 MHz to 699 MHz after the 700 MHz changes so a lot more space than you suggest. That encompasses Band 4 but in the future Band 5 is being sold off to the mobile operators, etc.

Many rural areas still get attrocious broadband speeds. Where I used to live the maximum quoted is 1.25 mbps which is far too slow for streaming anything let alone TV services. So don't think that 'everyone' can get the USO of 10 mbps for many years to come.

I don't think all TV services will use the full bandwidth available with 256QAM and radio services do not need anything like as much as TV does.

'HD Ready' only refers to the screen being able to display at 1080P, Freeview HD refers to eqwuipment that can both receive and display HD services. 'HD Ready' cannot receive the signals and decode them into sound and picturte.

DSO was not a 'con' in my view.

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MikeP's 1,523 posts Gold Gold GB
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12:04 PM Peterborough

MikeP: Agreed.

The idea that suddenly 8k/16k will be available is laughable - the sets dont yet exist, and even cinema screens are 4K. And since DVD boxsets are still the most popular in stores, I can't see SD vanishing instantly. HD could be standard on Freeview within 3 years if the govt could get its act together - the market is mostly there.

If DSO is such a failure, why is it so popular?

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Saturday, 5 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 14:44 today to 14:51 today, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 14:44 today to 14:51 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 6 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 14:44 yesterday to 14:51 yesterday, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 14:44 yesterday to 14:51 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 7 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 14:44 on 05 Aug to 14:51 on 05 Aug, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 14:44 on 05 Aug to 14:51 on 05 Aug. [BBC]

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11:28 AM Melton Constable

NR24 2RL, Tacolneston

Although the coverage map indicates otherwise, in my village, Edgefield, COM7 cannot usually be received due to extremely weak/no signal. COM8 however, is usually fine.

Any suggestions as to why this might be?

Thanks in advance.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017
10:32 AM Hastings


What type of aerial are you using? The main channels from Tacolneston are on 55, 59, 50, 42, 45 and 39. COM7 is on 31 while COM8 is on 37. It could be that your aerial, though probably of a Group C/D type, may not be good at receiving channel 31, it's right down at the bottom end of the band.

One possible sollution is to have your aerial changed to a log-periodic type which will cover all the channels you should receive and will be suitable for the foreseeable future.

Hope that helps?

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MikeP's 1,523 posts Gold Gold GB
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Monday, 14 August 2017
Christopher Webber
6:23 AM

MikeB said:
If DSO is such a failure, why is it so popular?

I never claimed the DSO was a failure, I stated, that in my opinion, it was a con and is most likely antiquated and at pretty much full capacity already :)
as MikeP stated, eventually all that will remain will be the 600mhz band,
It will never support enough bandwidth going forward as 4K is now emerging (4K tv's are everywhere, Sky offer UHD and so do BT, Netflix etc)

Of course the DSO was not a failure, it was never going to be because millions still rely on basic FTA TV and the fact that the system changed to digital meant everyone had to either:
1. replace their aerial
2. replace their TV
3. purchase a digital set-top box
4 (or even all of the above)
5. subscribe to Sky/Virgin

Any, or even a few of the above had to be implemented by EVERYONE just to get the basic FTA channels, that's like saying the government bans petrol and diesel, forces everyone to get an electric car conversion and then claim electric cars are a huge success #lol

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