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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) mast?

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 26/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

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C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1717 Jul 2018
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Monday, 16 November 2015
1:07 PM

Thanks for your reply MikeB :)


Firstly, the problems seem to have disappeared today and after manually rescanning the UHF numbers I now have all muxes and they all appear to be fine.
It all started started Friday evening around 9pm, initially on just com7, Saturday com7 was even worse and so I stupidly did a rescan.
This caused com8 to disappear and com7 to get even worse.yesterday (sunday) things got even worse with the SD muxes displaying the same symptoms.

This morning around 10am everything appeared to return to normal, a rescan got me back com8 and com7 appears to now be flawless.

The signal strength on the muxes has been and always is 90%, yet over the weekend when the problems started it was jumping from 90% to 5% constantly in sync with the picture break-up.

I would postulate that the weather is at fault, if I recall correctly we had a similar problem a couple of years ago with the 'newer' HD mux (BBC4 HD, BBC News HD etc) giving the exact same problems, but they seemed to disappear after a couple of days.

Thanks for the suggestion of an attenuator, it's something I will look in to if this problem resurfaces.
Thanks again MikeB for your help!

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1:51 PM

Jon: It does sound like the weather, but your just 16km from the transmitter, and 90% is way high - 'see too much of a good thing'. An attenuator would bring it down enough to avoid the HD channels breaking up. They might have been just at the limit, but not quite getting there, until the high pressure system came along.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015
1:13 PM

I have returned to hopefully help other users.
It is almost unbelievable how crazy the explanation is.
It transpires that my issues with FV reception is down to my own stupidity, the weekend when I suffered all the problems I tried to print a document, my printer was out of ink so I pulled the printer out.
Doing this caused my speaker cable to rest upon my coax cable from the aerial!
When I put the printer back after the weekend I managed to move the speaker cable away from the coax. DOH!
I received my new cartridges for the printer yesterday and pulled the printer out to install them, upon putting the printer back it would appear that the speaker cable was again resting on the coax, and as a result COM7 was playing up last night.
Luckily I managed to equate that moving the printer was the problem, so I looked behind the printer, noticed the speaker cable upon the coax cable and moved them away from each other = problem solved!

So may advice to anyone suffering FV problems, check for any cables touching, it seems so stupid to say, but this clearly caused my issue.

I am so glad I did not get an engineer out or invest in any new hardware.

Thanks again for your help!

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Jon's 4 posts GB flag
1:21 PM

Out of interest Mike, what strength attenuator would I require?
There appear to be variable ones (although these seem to get negative feedback) and they also come in 3dB, 6dB & 12dB flavours.
Which one would you recommend Mike?

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8:37 PM

Jon: Glad you got it sorted, and sometimes its the maddest things which cause the problem!

As for attentuators, its kind of whatever works. Toolstation do a variable one for 3.76, and when I used mine the other day to try to calm down the HD box, its worked surprisingly well. On the other hand, when I used it before, it didn't have much effect, and I ended up with fixed ones. I bought from these guys 9dB Coax Plug Inline ATTENUATOR: Electronics a couple of different ones - 6db, 12db, etc.

If one isn't strong enough, you can always add another. So a 3db, a 6db and a 12db might be fine. They are also pretty cheap at about 1.50 each. They even fit together, so all you need is an extra coax to complete the link - again, Toolstation do shielded ones for 1.19. By the sound of it, something shielded might be no bad thing anyway. Toolstation do really cheap Hook & Loop (Velcro) Cable Ties as well, so you can keep cables away from each other.

See if you can bring it down a little, and if the strength/picture isn't jumping around, leave it be. Good luck.

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Sunday, 3 January 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 09:24 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 06:05 on 31 Dec to 11:55 on 31 Dec. [BBC]

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1:32 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 09:24 today to 11:03 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 06:05 on 31 Dec to 11:55 on 31 Dec. [BBC]

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Monday, 4 January 2016
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 09:24 yesterday to 11:03 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 06:05 on 31 Dec to 11:55 on 31 Dec. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 09:24 on 03 Jan to 11:03 on 03 Jan. [BBC]

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Thursday, 21 January 2016
Norman Shilling
2:06 PM

I have built in Freeview on my Panasonic TV and DVD and I receive all channels ok but the TV Guide Does Not Fully Update with times and programmes missing. I have Re-tuned several times but it doesn't improve. I have an aerial in the loft which was in the house when we moved here three years ago, not sure how old it is but it looks quite old and basic.

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