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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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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, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 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 9 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, 84 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, 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,

 H -6.2dB
C37 (602.0MHz)263mDTG-624,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 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~851984-971997-981998-20112011-131/5/13-2013-1731st Mar 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.

Friday, 18 August 2017
Christopher Webber
3:30 PM

Quite telling MikeB has no rebuttal for my post :) Only joking!

Another point I wish to make: why did the BBC not adopt encryption at the DSO, which would of course killed all tv license evasion? I find that incredibly strange, the cost of encryption against the cost of outsourcing tv licenses to capita would surely have made more sense? I am not technically minded, but even I can see that encryption would have put a stop to any kind of license evasion overnight, this would have saved the BBC millions a year in contracts with capita.
I am literally at a loss to explain the BBC's decision to make all STB's 'dumb', if Sky can use NLD and have watertight encryption, then why cannot the BBC implement the same?
As I have stated so many times before, the DSO was/is a con, the BBC could have made license evasion impossible, yet here we are 8 years later with Freeview which is open to easy license evasion, full to capacity and pretty much dead in the water moving forward with bandwidth limitations and frequency limitations.
Correct me if I am wrong, but it still appears that the DSO was a con, can anyone explain the thinking behind these decisions?

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Christopher Webber's 6 posts GB
10:21 PM Peterborough

Christopher Webber:
Actually, MikeB has been on holiday for the last week, and hasn't been able to reply...

Firstly - how exactly has DSO been a con or isn't fit for purpose? You get far more channels, many in HD, even on a light transmitter, then you would have done on analogue. On a main transmitter, you get loads more, and again, often in HD. And all you would need is a digital receiver, which can be had for ?20, or even better, and HD one, which is less than forty.

And rather than mobile phone companies getting something for nothing (and if you have a mobile phone, its likely your using those frequencies), they paid big bucks for the spectrum to the government. And Freeview can work perfectly fine without them. And will do so even better once there is a full move to T2 tuners, which could be done in the next three years with no problem.

Steve had explained the situation regarding Com 7 & 8, but its unlikely anyone will lose any actual channels - there will likely be a solution. I certainly cannot see how anyone would be happy with losing HD channels - there would be an outcry.

As for 4K - the format was demoed by NHK as a 'live' transmission only in 2007. There was a test transmission to a conference in Holland from London in 2008, but it was only 2012 that the format really began to come together as a viable consumer technology (that was the year that the minimum number of pixels in a UHD display was agreed , and the BBC showed it off that year for the Olympics. So again, 4K wasn't really a thing when DSO was agreed, or even finished.

Encryption at DSO? Seriously?
A) there were million of DVT tuners out there (which is why they didn't just go to DVB-T2 either) , which was why they could carry out DSO in the first place, which were totally incapable of any encryption.
B) Read Brianist's article about Greg Dyke and the role the BBC played in the rebirth of digital TV after the collapse of ITV's effort. Popular misconceptions 3: looking back at DG Greg Dyke

As Dyke points out -
'Opponents of the licence fee always argue that once everyone can get pay television the licence fee as a means of funding the BBC will be unnecessary... Freeview makes it very hard for any Government to try to make the BBC a pay-television service. The more Freeview boxes out there, the harder it will be to switch the BBC to a subscription service since most of the boxes can't be adapted for pay TV.'

Its not a bug, its a feature.

c) Iplayer was launched in Dec 2007 in beta. Digital switchover didn't start until 2007, and lasted until 2012. Which is when Netflix UK was launched.

In fact TV licence evasion is relatively low, in percentage terms (the vast majority of households have TV's, and the vast majority of those use BBC services, so its fairly simple), and its pretty efficient to collect. Costs can be cut by not even having a paper licence - mines been a PDF for at least 3 years, its paid by DD, and when I moved house, it was really easy to do online.

And when the BBC launched Iplayer (which blazed a trail for everyone else), there really was no online only service, and even by the end of switchover, the bulk of people just watched (and still do) the bulk of viewing via terrestial TV. So encryption was a solution in search of a problem. Its more difficult now, but frankly, the vast majority of people still have TV's, so its fairly clear if people havn't paid, and the bulk of evaders are caught.

The BBC isn't Sky. Sky has its own box to stop people stealing its content, etc. If you want live football from them, you have to pay for it. And if your a pub, if you dare to use a Euro box (cheaper), if they find out, they will seek not just to get cash off you, they will get your licence taken away. Thats why they have a Sky box (like BT as well), and that costs - Brianist reckoned in an article as much as 25% of revenue - costs that ultimately are paid by the subscriber.

Look for Brianists articles on the future of the BBC, etc - he covers the logical of the 'Beebbox'. And there isn't one. We've seen all the arguments, and they are technologically, economically and socially insane. And try encyption with radio - how is that even going to work?

That does not mean that the BBC cannot police its content - its doing just that. Its already started with the app for BBC radio (you have to sign in and have an account), and there is no reason why you ultimately couldn't do that for Iplayer generally.

I think you've decided that DSO was a 'con', and see everything in that light. In reality, I dont think your aware of the technical and economic realities that DSO faced, and how they've been overcome. And you've become obsessed with licence evasion, looking for a technical solution that wasn't and still isn't really needed. You need to look at the archive.

DSO worked, and did so because people liked what it did before switchover. The people who complain about how much better it was in the old days forget that they probably only had 4 channels, all in SD, and if they get a rubbish signal now, then they probably had a rubbish signal before - they have just forgotten that. But now they have a lot more options to deal with that.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017
10:45 AM

Tricia: re reception in edgefield . I live not far away in North Norfolk . com7 is the most unreliable group here too even though I do have a wideband log aerial . I notice its worse during high pressure weather conditions so I guess that it is interference from the Oxford transmitter that uses the same UHF channel 31.
The problem should go away (touch wood) next year when Tacolston stops using channel 31 . Meanwhile I use freesat because fromn august 1st freesat now transmits all the same channels as freeview including Dave!
Fresat does not suffer from continental interference . Ocassionally a problem here near the North Norfolk coast.

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Hardy's 18 posts GB
Saturday, 26 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
8:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 today. [BBC]

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1:49 PM

Many thanks to MikeP and Hardy for your comments. It sounds like using our Freesat connection and waiting until next year, is the best bet.

Kind regards,

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Tricia's 3 posts GB
Transmitter engineering
2:32 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 today to 11:44 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 27 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 yesterday to 11:44 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 28 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 on 26 Aug to 11:44 on 26 Aug. [BBC]

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Thursday, 31 August 2017
Christopher Webber
3:33 AM

Reply to MikeB

Thank you for such a comprehensive and detailed post, you do make some very good points, and as you are obviously of a technical background you understand the DSO more than I, I will happily redact my comment the DSO was a con and rephrase it as we were conned during the DSO (two aerials, an STB and new TV) to get to today where we have Digital and HD.

One point I have to bring you up on, you mentioned 'how would encryption work for radio) - As you must surely be aware, no TV licence is required for Radio, so no encryption would even be required.

I think we have exhausted this exchange, and I thank you for all your replies and explanations.
Until June 2018, when no doubt we will need another aerial upgrade - joke!

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Christopher Webber's 6 posts GB
2:33 PM Peterborough

Christopher Webber: I'm not that techincal, but I've sold TV's for some years, and I've seen all the arguments before on this site, over and over again.

As for your rephrasing of conned - who conned you? Whether you'd actually needed a new aerial is a moot point - a lot of people were fooled into getting a new 'digital' aerial, even though their existing one worked fine. In my case, the house I just moved into had an aerial which was about to fall apart anyway, as it turned out, which explained the need to buy a new aerial in any case.

Did you actually need a new STB? If it was a 2K model, then yes. But other than that - no. And while I was more than happy to sell people new TV's during DSO, there was not votal need to do so - as long as it could be fitted with a STB (and they all could), you were fine.

People complained about what they needed to replace, but in reality they generally didn't unless the thing wasn't working in the first place. The only exception was probably the VCR, which Digital UK explained was something people tended to forget about. So the analogue ones obviously did need changing, although even then you could fit one with a cheap STB, although it was a pain to use.

Digital UK sent everyone a decent booklet answering the major questions - if people then ignored it, thats not their fault.

'One point I have to bring you up on, you mentioned 'how would encryption work for radio) - As you must surely be aware, no TV licence is required for Radio, so no encryption would even be required. '

But BBC radio still has to be paid for - how do you do that? Adverts simply would result in the bankruptcy of the commercial stations, so thats not going to happen. Subscription? How? Internet, maybe, but broadcasting - no chance.

And even if people were willing to pay, how do you stop people who hadn't paid listening to it?

2018? Actually, some might need another aerial - and will no doubt endlessly complain about it.

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