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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
Channel icons
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

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.

Saturday, 10 June 2017
10:30 AM

Christopher Webster:

I'm afraid you've missed the point. The changes planned will mean that COM7 and COM8 will no longer be needed as other multiplexes are transferred to DVB-T2 coding which will provide more channels than currently available. So the COM7&8 services will transfer to new multiplexes and not be 'lost'.

As you already have a wide band aerial, you will not need to change that either as it already covers all the frequencies available for TV broadcasts now and in the foreseeable future.

Satellites cannot provide services to any conventional mobile phones. You need a specialised type of phone to get any signals from the communications satellites. 'Normal' phones use ground based transmitters all around the country and serve most of the populated areas but less so in the more rural areas.

So you will not lose anything and not have to obtain any new equipment if you already have DVB-T2 equipment for Freeview HD. All you will need to do is a proper retune. The cost to you is zero. Then you can enjoy all the available programmes that you currently enjoy and perhaps more as new services start.

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7:25 PM Peterborough

MikeP: Totally agree. And why would anyone have to get a new aerial for HD services? Thats sounds like someone was conned.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017
Christopher Webster
3:26 AM

Hello MikeP,

Thank you very much for clearing up what will happen in 2018, to be honest we feel as if we have been conned throughout the DSO.
We originally had to have a new aerial installed when the digital services started and it had to be pointed to Tacolneston as we were receiving our signal from the Norwich relay.
I am not sure what aerial type was installed, but it cost over ?150 with fitting.
We also at that time had to purchase a set top box, but we were unaware of what DVB-T and DVB-T2 was and at the time Tacolneston was not even transmitting any DVB-T2 muxes so we ended up with a DVB-T only set top box, when HD services started we had to purchase a DVB-T2 capable TV to get the HD channels but for some reason it would not work, we called in a guy who suggested we needed a wideband aerial, so we had one installed at a cost of ?170, it must have worked because since then we have had HD and all the muxes transmitted from Tacolneston.
When I heard about the 700mhz band sell off and the changes in 2018 I feared we would have to spend yet more money!
It's good to know that no services or channels will be lost with the adaption to all the muxes becoming DVBT-T2, but i fear for people who only have DVB-T boxes or TV's as they will have to spend money on an upgrade.

Hello MikeB,
I fear you may be correct, not being technically minded it is of course possible we were conned in to buying a new aerial we did not need to get HD.
This is why we believe the whole DSO has been a farce. Aerial installers are taking advantage of people, as are TV and set-top box retailers.
On the plus side I now know what a multiplex is, what frequencies they are transmitted on and the difference between DVB-T and DVB-T2.

Thank you both for your replies.

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11:03 AM Peterborough

Christopher Webster: My parents-in-law live in North Norfolk and I get a fair number of customers from there, so I understand the confusion to some extent - reception in that area is often difficult owing to the local geography.

The only reason you might have needed a new aerial at DSO was if your old one didn't work, or had become so degraded that a new one was required. There is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'. However, 150 plus VAT was reasonable, albeit it didn't seem to work!

Likewise, there was no need for you to buy a T2 equiped TV to cope with HD (I sold a lot of TV's at the time because people WANTED to upgrade, but they didn't have to) - if your TV was a flat screen, then a HD PVR would have both replaced your often by then useless VCR and got you HD on your TV. However, if you were in the market for a new TV anyway, no harm done.

However, you now have an HD TV with a HD tuner, and thats fine.

Did installers take advantage of people regarding aerials? Many did. Manufacturers got a lift, but to be honest, a lot of TV's were sold that would have been bought at some point anyway, but just at a later date. They really didn't try to take advantage of anyone.

But one of the problems with DSO was that Digital UK trained us all in the trade, often using their experience with the early DSO's, plus sent a very useful booklet out to everyone - many of which then didn't bother reading it. And then at least perhaps bought things they didn't absolutely require out of panic/ignorance, and at worst got taken for a ride.

The media printed often incorrect information, and frankly, a lot of people just didn't make any attempt to understand what they needed, confused themselves, and now complain they were 'fooled' to do the wrong thing.

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