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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, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 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, 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, 123 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, 122 CITV, plus 18 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, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 BT Showcase (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 90 Quest Red +1, plus 21 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, 67 CBS Reality +1, 74 CBS Action +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, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -6.2dB
C37 (602.0MHz)263mDTG-624,000W
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55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, 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

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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.

Thursday, 29 June 2017
Christopher Webber
2:04 PM

I will take in to account your recommendation to move away from the screen, I am currently sitting about 6ft away as this monitor is for the PC, with the DVB-T set top box connected up via HDMI when I want to watch any TV if the wife is watching the main TV in the other room.
I agree that the term 'unwatchable' is certainly subjective, and maybe I was a tad over the top with my comment. I have been a long fan of cycling and can remember fondly Channel 4 airing the Tour De France back in the late 80's, back then it was all analogue and the PQ was always excellent, even from the motorcycles.

The broadcasters now use digital and often the picture break-up on their feeds from the motorcycles also makes watching cycling on Digital unwatchable, obviously that is nothing to do with transmission or bit rates etc but the satellite link from the cameras to the plane and FEC etc.
The 2016 Tour De Yorkshire (for example) had to abandon 'live' coverage due a fault with the plane (that was ITV4)

I would really appreciate if Brian could do an article about the switch to T2 as it is now less than 12 months away for people receiving from Tacolneston.

Really appreciate your posts, and sorry if I came across as a moaning old git :) It seems I have become Victor Meldrew in my dotage!

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Christopher Webber's 1 post GB
9:56 PM Peterborough

Christopher Webber: 6 feet away is fine for a 28-32in, but obviously something isn't quite right.

Can you check to see what the cycling is like on the main TV? If thats fine on cycling or other relatively fast moving action on same settings, then its the monitor. If they are both bad, then thats probably a more subjective thing. Obviously signal breakup (of your system) is down to the feed your getting.

And have you tried streaming content? If the BBC stream in SD is OK, then at least thats a benchmark. And while the digibox is the easiest way to get a signal, you can use tuner cards directly for your PC.

As far as I'm aware, there is nowhere that is 'switching to T2' - there are some retunes due to shuffling of the frequences, and that might mean some possible replacement aerials, but overall, if you've got a standard non T2 tuner, you still fine. Personally, I think a switch to T2 tuners only should be announced soon, since it would be pretty doable in the next couple of years, looking at the state of the market, but there you are. However, I would welcome a Brianist article on where any switchover is at present.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017
Christopher Webber
4:07 AM

Cheers for the reply,
I can confirm cycling loos as bad on the monitor as it does on the main TV (I watched the Criterium De Dauphine highlights a few weeks back on the main TV and it was the same.
The picture break-up I mentioned is due to the broadcaster pictures and not my feed from Tacolneston, sorry for the confusion.

I have tried to stream from the ITV Player, but that is the most rubbish piece of software on the Internet, it constantly crashes after enduring 8 minutes of adverts and then has to reset meaning another 8 minutes of adverts and then it may finally stream, before inevitably crashing with an 'oops, something went wrong' - so I gave up on it.

Regarding next years retune, I am confused, Brian stated that no channels would be lost, but how can no channels be lost if com7 and com8 will no longer be available if the other muxes do not change to T2 coding, I guess I am showing my lack of technical knowledge again.
com7 serves BBC News HD & BBC 4 HD, so does that mean they will no longer be available after next year?

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Christopher Webber's 2 posts GB
11:21 AM Peterborough

Christopher Webber: Can't help you with the motion handling on the main TV either (whats the brand/model?), although its worth having a play with the settings (AV forum has a 14 point guide, but even 3-4 of those might really help). You'd be amazed at how many people leave it on the factory setting, etc Long term, I suspect a decent new TV will handle motion better.

As for the switchover, I can't find right now Brianists article on it, but there is one here: , and as you can see, it looks more like a mover around, so you should notice much difference. If your in North Norfolk, it could be that looking at Belmont is more useful (its that kind of area), and the worst that needs to happen is that you might need a new aerial.

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