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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
C40- (625.8MHz)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 11 others

 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (Anglia (East micro region)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
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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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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +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, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 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 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

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

 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons
67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -6.2dB
C56 (754.0MHz)263mDTG-624,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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?

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BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 16km northeast (37°)
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 (38°)
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~851984-971997-981998-20112011-131/5/13-2013-1717th Jul 2018
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEEWW
C39 ArqBArqBArqB

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, 12 January 2019
8:18 PM

John Clark:

You have misled us by not stating that you use a Humax HD box! Your TV set that you mentioned is not equipped with an HD tuner, but the Humax is. I presume you have that connected via the HDMI sockets and cables?

That shows how important it is to give full and accurate information as we have no idea what equipment you use as we are entirely remote from you.

Programme 101 is indeed an HD DVB-T2 transmission that is being received and decoded by your Humax box. Whether the TV is capable of displaying it in true HD is still questionable from the Sony data available. It is perfectly possible for the equipment to show an HD programme in SD if the TV cannot show the true HD images.

As for the picture pixilating, that may be due to signal issues or possibly the current weather patterns. Whatever happens DO NOT RETUNE.

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MikeP's 2,623 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Sunday, 13 January 2019
john Clark
9:18 AM

Sorry, but I did state I was using a Humax box in my post of 4 Jan, but this site does not link posts so I apologize.
More than that, why should I not retune (Capital Letters!)?

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john Clark's 8 posts GB
8:56 PM

If poor reception is due to a transmitter power reduction or atmospheric conditions or aerial fault it is recommended not to retune as if the signal is poor the set may not tune in all channels. If your set is not designed for HD there is no point tuning in hd channels on an external box . However you can get an HD picture with such a box if the tv is 'HD ready' . Of course a modern tv will have an HD tuner so will not need an external box.
A free sat box can be used in place of a sky box as the dish will work for either. Personally I use a 'free to air ' satellite box as these are cheaper. But these boxes have a reduced or no on screen programme guide.
Note I have found some recorder boxes a little less sensitive than tvs and HD always needs a bit stronger signal than SD.

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Hardy's 115 posts Silver Silver GB
john Clark
9:05 PM

Hardy & Mike,
Many thanks

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john Clark's 8 posts GB
Monday, 14 January 2019
11:57 AM


Please note that if replacing a Sky Q box with another satellite receiver then a new LNB is required. Sky changed the way the command signals are sent so they can have different options in Sky Q but 'normal' satellite receivers do not send the commands in the same as Sky Q. They use the traditional command system.

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MikeP's 2,623 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
1:30 PM

Signal strength on all channels reduced so that sound level has to be increased from 14 to 24 on both TV sets.
Sound in the evening has to be increased to 50+ & at this level is unclear. I have noticed that HD channels
have tor some time had variable signal strengths from 40 to 100 & bit errors from 0 to 2000 & also shown
no signal normally in the evening. I have stopped recording in HD as it has become increasingly likely that all it will show is No Signal. Today it has gone one better in that nearly all HD channels show No signal at mid-day.
Checks show 0 signal strength & 2000 bit error rate. A retune only confirmed that 26 channels were no longer available & I cannot of course get them back unless they start transmitting again. I have tried different ariels & a new booster but to no avail. My other TV is just about hanging on to HD channels with a 46 signal rating , at least at midday. Until 2/3 weeks ago I had no problem with any channel. Are there any plans to return to the signal strengths of a short time ago ? John

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John's 2 posts GB
3:17 PM

John there is clearly A problem with your aerial , cable or aerial amplifier. The transmitted signal has not been reduced recently . Reception is still good here on the north Norfolk coast . Another possibility is interference from a source such as a new phone transmitter ,It helps if we know your town or preferably post code.

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Hardy's 115 posts Silver Silver GB
Saturday, 26 January 2019
11:45 AM

Tacolneston signals on frequencies on 746000 & 754000 are very poor & erratic . They pixlelate morning ,noon ,& evening with frequent ' No Signal' when 0 signal strength & 2000 bit error is reached. All other frequencies show 100% signal & 0 bit error at the same time except for 762000 which has a 92% signal & 0 bit error.
I have tried new Ariel & Booster & other TV's but to no avail. Could someone please suggest what else I may try. The problem is recent over the last 2/3 weeks. The only general problem is that the level of sound has diminished across all channels . Normally the sound would have been set to 14 in the morning rising to 16 in the evening. At present it is 18 am & 50+ pm. Advice on these problems would be appreciated.

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John's 2 posts GB
5:14 PM


Please provide a full post code so we can look at the expected reception at your location.

If you have 100% signal strength then you have too much signal and that will cause several problems. So that could be the root cause of your problems.

There is no fault reported for the Tacolnston transmiitter and no other viewers are reporting any problems.

The recent high pressure over much of the UK could have caused problems but that has largely moved away and there would have been nothing anybody could have done about the prerfectly natural phenomenon anyway.

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MikeP's 2,623 posts Platinum Platinum GB
8:48 PM

John two of the channels you mention have been reduced in power . But that was last year .Not recently .the other channel is not now used by Tacolneston. Perhaps you are getting signals from another transmitter . If you were getting good reception until recently that suggests that there is minor fault reducing reception such as rain in a connection. Obviously a small reduction in sensitivity will knock out the weakest channels.

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Hardy's 115 posts Silver Silver GB
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