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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C40- (625.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

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

com7
 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6.2dB
C56 (754.0MHz)263mDTG-624,000W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 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?

regional news image
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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 May 132013-1717 Jul 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C36BBCB
C37com8com8
C39 ArqBArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB
C52tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C53tv_off+A
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCAcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C57tv_offLNRLNR
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C60tv_off2
C62BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C631
C64D
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C66-B
C68C

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 9 Nov 11 and 23 Nov 11.

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.

Comments
Thursday, 14 March 2019
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hardy
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:30 AM

Jos I am very near to you at Mundesley . I use a log aerial with an on mast amplifier for Tacolneston and accept that occasionally in high pressure weather I WILL get some continental interference . Perhaps the best you can do is use a "grid" aerial with an amplifier as these have vey low pick up in the reverse direction . But cost around twice as much as a standard aerial.

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Jos
12:03 PM

MikeP and Hardy, thanks very much for your recommendations. I think we will go with a wideband high gain aerial and replace the cables and splitters/taps for this year to see how it goes through the summer, especially after June when the transmitter is changed again. Could we have 2 aerials (an extra one for the West Runton relay) and wire them both into the same cables to the caravans, to improve the reliability of the main TV channels?

If we still have problems we will have to look into Freesat. We currently have NowTV boxes as backup for the main TV channels but WiFi into caravans (metal boxes) is difficult so internet TV is probably not a long term solution, unless we hard wire the caravans.

I know very little about Freesat. Can the same cables and splitters/taps be used? I guess we would have to buy a set-top-box or replace the TVs in each caravan?

Sorry for so many questions!
Thanks,
Jos

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Jos
12:10 PM

Hi Hardy,

Have just seen your new post. I'll look into grid aerials.

Thanks,
Jos

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hardy
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:49 PM

At present it is possible to use a combiner to add a West Runton and Tacolneston aerial on one cable .
Which splits at UHF channel 38 . But not sure if the West Runton signal is good enough to make it worth while . I can receive it at Mundesley without an amplifier wheras an amplifier is essential for Tacolneston..

Distributing freesat is more expensive . I suppose for a very small site one dish could have a head (LNB) with eight outputs and eight freesat receivers . There are professional systems like hotels use but not cheap!

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:39 PM

hardy and Jos:

Octo LNBs are readily available and can be used with a single dish, they are not terribly expensive, see for exam0le Octo LNBs. Primesat octo LNB, Sky octo LNB. Satellite Superstore UK octo LNBs. Low prices. (other sellers are also available). The costly issue is the amount of quality satellite quality coaxial cables, at least CT100 standard but there are better cables that are more expensive. You will need to think about where the cables will have to run to reach all the rooms you want to used to watch satellite TV.

Incidentally do not buy one that is for use with SkyQ as that uses a completely different control system to a that of a Freesat LNB.



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Friday, 15 March 2019
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hardy
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

9:35 AM

perhaps if two caravans had octo dishes then upto 16 caravans could be connected. As Mike says its the cost of quality cable and sat/fresat receivers that has to be considered.

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