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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 19/02/2024 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

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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

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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.

Friday, 26 February 2016
mr r coates
11:34 AM

i do not seem to have signal on itv itv2 itv4 film 4 channel 4 channel 5 ihad itv on yesterday at 17-45 it suddenly went off as though a switch had been turned off can you explain

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mr r coates's 2 posts GB flag
11:01 PM

jb38: Thanks jb38 for your info

I went with a UNI-220409 log periodic which is an active antennae with 26-28 dBi gain, just a few hundred yards up the road from my location are at least 3 properties who's aerials are pointing towards Tacolneston one of which is a log periodic and the other two yagi types.

I'm quite confident that with the extra height of the longer mast and the gain on the Unispectra antennae that I'll get a reasonable if not good signal, waiting for the weather to improve before I chance getting up on the roof.

Didn't realise but as I went for WF125 I had to buy larger diameter fplugs as the cable is thicker, might not have been necessary but hopefully the lower loss cable will pull every bit of signal into my free view box & hopefully a worthwhile upgrade over my existing WF100

Will update once I've got it up with my experience.



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Ed's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 27 February 2016

4:49 PM

Ed: Well, lets put it this way, I feel that I can say with reasonably high level of confidence, that if you are unable to achieve satisfactory results using the active log, then it's almost guaranteed that you won't by using anything else.

The only point I would like to make is concerning aerial height, insomuch that in situations such as yours don't automatically assume that the general rule of "the higher the better" always applies, as in many cases it doesn't, therefore experiment with the aerial mounted at different heights.

I did however have a somewhat more comprehensive study at your area via Google earth, and although I can't really say that I noticed any aerials pointing towards Tacolneston, (poss dated image!) I did though as far as Belmont is concerned, e.g: a property in Britons Lane facing (approx) towards Robyns Road, and of course Belmont is predicted as providing a higher signal level in your area, i.e: "variable and good" levels predicted across all Muxes, whereas with Tacolneston its "variable and poor", especially so the latter!

Taking the aforementioned into consideration, you might possibly achieve better results by concentrating on getting the best reception of the COM channels from Belmont, and using West Runton for the reception of PSB channels, as you will most likely find that West Runton can be received perfectly OK on the rear (or near anyway) of the aerial facing towards Belmont, meaning that you do not require a separate aerial for Runton. Needless to say, all channels being tuned in manually.

By the way, Belmont is located at 64 miles / 293 degrees, COM channels being : 30 - 53 - 60 - 33 - 35, the two latter being COM 7/8 transmitting on lower power than the rest.

West Runton @ approx 1 mile / 126 degrees, PSB channels being: 26 - 23 - 29. (Vertical polarity)

Tacolneston @ 29 miles / 184 degrees.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 February 2016
6:55 PM


Thanks Jb38

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Ed's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 March 2016
Chris Carver
8:06 PM

Hi having problems tonight with BBC Digital reception, Post Code NR21 7AW Gt Ryburgh. Could be atmospherics I suppose. Think we are served by Tacolneston.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Steve Gee
9:52 PM

I have just read that ITV Anglia News is now being broadcast on Freesat in HD, (replacing ITV Meridian HD, although according to reports is is actually only upscaled HD) -
Does anyone know if or when it will come to Freeview HD?

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Steve Gee's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 8 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

5:32 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 12:13 yesterday to 12:33 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 9 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

5:31 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 12:13 on 07 Apr to 12:33 on 07 Apr. [BBC]

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Friday, 22 April 2016
Richard Baguley

12:22 PM

TacolnestonBBC1 and 2 dropping out; signal strength very low - what is going on?

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts US flag
Saturday, 23 April 2016

11:11 AM

Richard Baguley:

To be able to assist we need a full post code for where you live, or that of a very nearby shop or post office. Then we can look at reception conditions for your location.

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