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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 15/04/2024 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

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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.

Sunday, 24 April 2016
peter Leggett
4:13 PM

I live in Bungay and am suffering severe interference on my TV channels. The interference is (a0 intermittent and occurs at various times. It is such that it totally wipes out BBC and ITV channels.
I have fitted 4g filters but even they are over whelmed.
The interference is also heard on radio channels.


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peter Leggett's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 25 April 2016

10:51 AM

Peter Leggett:

It is likely that your are suffering from the temperature inversion interference that is prevalent in the Eastern areas of the UK at present. There is nothing you can do to prevent this natural phenomenon.

4G filters will not give any benefit in this instance, they are only effective if your reception is affected by mobile signals local 4G transmitting masts. As you have not given a full post code we cannot check to see if there are any such masts in your locality.

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11:02 AM

Richard Baguley:

There are two posibilities here. The first is the well known phenomenon of Temperature inversions that give rise to interference from distant transmitters. That is currently being reported as widely affecting many areas in eastern England, so that may be relevant. In which case you should not try to retune your equipment.

The second possibility is that you may be being affected by 4G signals as there is a Vodaphone mast very close to the postcode you have given. It is on Chapel Road on the other side of Yarmoputh Road, around 200-300 metres from you. If that is used for 4G, then the services transmitted on the BBCA and the D3&4 muultiplexes could potentially be affected, they being on channels 55 and 59 so are close in frequency to the lower end of the 4G band. You may get a free filter from @800 by contacting them on

Hope that helps?

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Thursday, 28 April 2016
Richard Baguley

8:39 PM


Nope, it isn't that.

Tonight BBCB is also either down or drops out thus is unwatchable.

If it was another transmitter it would happen all the time - it doesn't.

Remember, the s/s on BBCB is 20%, if that, of all other channels.

It is the Tacolneston transmitter that has a fault but you guys won't admit it. Why?

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB flag

8:57 PM

Hi,could it be possible that either the freeview unit is faulty or you have chronic overload,try,disconnecting
the aerial connection and seeing what the effect is.I'm line of sight with oxford and have overload on
indoor aerial,hope that helps.

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nicholas's 120 posts GB flag

9:06 PM

To richard,have through check of aerial installation,how old is the coaxial cable to the aerials?,it might be
worth replacing all coaxial and plugs,i've known corrison to play havoc with installation,but use only
brand new stuff,for other reasons,old cable is also a fire hazard.Corrison can cause phantom signals,and
lots of weird effects.Buy indoor aerial and see what it receives.Try also inclining the aerials,in the vhf days,
in swindon,large parts of the town were affected by polarisiton slant and various channels disappeared
at certain times,hope this helps.

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nicholas's 120 posts GB flag

9:17 PM

For peter,turn aerial mast around and see if you can receive more inland transmitters,rescan and see,buy
indoor aerial and see what it receives,you might need to relocate to take advantage of local screening,try
inverting the aerial.Is there a church or high building thats reflecting the signal

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nicholas's 120 posts GB flag
Friday, 29 April 2016

10:27 AM

Richard Baguley:

If your signal strength is just 20% then your aerial system is faulty. You need at least 50% strength but not more than 80%. If it was the transmitter at fault there would be thousands of viewers complaining. As there are not, it must be down to your system.

Check all your aerial connections. If necessary, replace the flyleads from the wall socket (if you have one) to the set.

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Richard Baguley

2:35 PM

MikeP etc:

The aerial system is new and worked perfectly until a couple of weeks ago when pix started to break up on BBC1&2 HD - only.

S/s on all other channels is unchanged at c.7 of 10.

Extremely unlikely it's the aerial but I'll get my man out to look.

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Transmitter engineering

2:33 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:08 today to 11:13 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:08 today to 11:16 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 13:13 on 07 May to 15:02 on 07 May, Radio 1 FM Sound in Mono from 11:08 today to 12:18 today, Radio 2 [BBC]

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