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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 27/11/2023 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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, 20 May 2016

9:08 PM

Kilroe: As no faults nor engineering work has been listed against Tacolneston, the problem "might" be down to a glitch having occurred in your TV / boxes tuner. If same has a manual tuning facility? try carrying out a manual scan on Mux C31 (554.0 Mhz) and see if this rectifies the situation.

Although a better method is to carry out an auto-tune "after" having first of all removed the aerial connection, this action blanking out everything stored in the tuner, reconnecting the aerial on completion followed by another auto-tune to load the programme channels back into the tuner.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 May 2016
Richard Baguley

10:19 AM

Why so many posts re the same off air report?

Is there a reason why Tacolneston has so many BBC HD off air situations? Is there a more serious problem that we're not being told about?

Oh and isn't the word "digital" redundant?

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB flag

1:49 PM

Richard Baguley:

It is possible that temperature inversion atmospheric effects are causing many of the reported loss of signal problems.

The Freeview signals are digitally encoded data modulated onto a UHF carrier signal, so the term digital is appropriate when discussing the data multiplexes carried on the several different carriers.

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2:03 PM

Richard Baguley : Tacolneston transmits to some 330,000 homes, so even if 99.9% of them get a perfect signal all the time, someone is still going to have a problem. The geography of the region can also be a problem - the north Norfolk coast has hills which make reception difficult, hence the light transmitters in the area.

They seemed to be doing engineering work earlier in the month as well, and strangely, that can cause problems as well, since it often used to be the case that after such work the signal strength went up, and overloaded some peoples tuners, especially if the are HD channels.

The biggest single problem, if you look back at peoples complaints, is failure of their system, not the transmitter.

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Friday, 27 May 2016

12:21 PM

Not a TV issue but has anyone else noticed a downgrade in reception on DAB - particularly car DAB ??

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davidwf's 21 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 May 2016
Pete Barnby
7:42 PM

Is there a current problem on Tacolneston ch 55 (746000khz) as the signal quality is dropping from 100% down to as low as 40% on this multiplex, all other channels are remaining at 100%? Signal strength is consistent at around 60%.
This is affecting the BBC channels, I have monitored other channels/programmes and have no problems.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016
Richard Cooper

10:17 AM

Pete Barnby: Hi Pete Barnby. This is Richard, just south-west of Norwich city centre, writing at 10:02 on Thursday 2nd June 2016. I am achieving 99% signal level and 99% quality on mux PSB1 (BBCA). My barometer tells me that the atmospheric pressure is currently 1020 millibars, which is high, and this could be causing you issues if you are in Barnby. I must say that I tend to experience issues on mux PSB2 (D3+4), which contains ITVAnglia and Channel 5, as well as mux LNR(LOCM) which contains Mustard TV, although this does transmit at 1/10 of the power of most of the other muxes. When atmospheric pressure is high, the only thing you can do is to wait until it lowers, assuming you have checked all of the obvious things like aerial lead connections, condition, fixings and alignment of your aerial, etc. Incidentally, it would be interesting to hear the specs of the aerial you are using, as well as the length and type of aerial (coax) cable. Perhaps you will make another posting to ukfreetv, Pete Barnby. all the Best, Richard, Norwich.

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Monday, 6 June 2016
Tricia Maile
11:08 AM
Melton Constable

NR24 2RL

We're in Edgefield. Roof aerial, more than one TV & PVR used to test signal. We are definitely receiving signal from Tacolneston. Today we also experienced the complete loss of signal as reported by the peeps in Beverley. Recently it appears that, although we do NOT get our signal from West Runton, when there are problems there with HD channels, we also lose HD signal (mux BBC B) e.g. yesterday pm 05/06/16.

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Richard Cooper

11:19 AM

Tricia Maile: Hi Tricia. I just checked to make sure you should be using Tacolneston in Edgefield. While I was checking, the following message popped up on the 'digital uk' webpage: "Latest News: Some viewers living on the East Coast of England or Scotland may experience temporary disruption to their TV signal today due to high pressure. We advise that you do not retune - reception will return to normal once this weather system passes." Having quoted from the official body, I would advise that members take note and follow this advice! Richard, Norwich, 11:15 a.m.

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Mary Green
9:16 PM

Is anyone else having signal problems in the North Walsham/Bacton area. This is our second night of poor/No signal, No Service?

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