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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

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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
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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, 6 June 2016
Richard Cooper

9:50 PM

Mary Green: Hi Mary, Allow me to give you a quote from the Digital UK website:"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." Hope this explains your issue- Richard, Norwich.

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Tracey Sparkes
10:31 PM

We have disrupted BBC TV constantly . This now happens so often watching is virtually impossible. Atmospheric pressure is now being blamed - a pathetic service, much worse since the digital service began.

Completely fed up.

T. Sparkes.

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11:53 PM

Tracey Sparkes: We need a postcode to find out what your problem is, but there is a high pressure system at the moment which is causing problems. And exactly the same thing used to happen to analogue, whatever people might chose to remember.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

12:38 AM

Tonight again we have intermittently lost the HD channels......sig strength around 40-50% (normally 90) quality also down. IP23 8LP

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Friday, 10 June 2016
shirley cooper
9:03 AM

MikeB: like tracy sparks i too am fed up with having poor or no signal from tacolston mast. blaming the weather iis a very poor excuse and it it is time to do something. i suggest strenghening the signal but i suspect that isn't possible. i live near cromer and numerous complaints have been aired on streetlife. my postcode is NR27 0LB. thoroughly fed up and cannot find a complaint address for tacolston mast.
--------shiley cooper

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Chris Stanforth

10:01 AM

HIgh pressure weather conditions have always caused this problem for viewers on the east coast from time to time .Nothing to do with the change to digital. The power cannot be increased because that would cause interference to other countries . Now that all the same channels except Dave and Quest are on Freesat the best solution is to get a Freesat system which is not affected by high pressure weather.

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Richard Cooper

11:23 AM

shirley cooper: Hi Shirley. Regretfully, you have been unable to learn from the many excellent comments made on the website this week concerning weather conditions, all of which have been accurate, factually correct and certainly not 'an excuse' for a 'poor signal' or 'no signal' message on Freeview screens. Tacolneston is already running at a very high power, and, as you surmise in your post, cannot have its power increased any further. The Tacolneston mast is run by a company called Arqiva. Arqiva's telephone number is 01962 823434, should you wish to contact the company. It runs most of the transmitters in the country, but has to abide by Government and international agreements about transmitter powers. Hope this helps, Richard, Norwich.

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Mary Macer
4:32 PM
Bury St. Edmunds

I too was getting interruption of my Freeview signal (Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 2PE) recently and wondered whether it was related to high atmospheric pressure, as I do remember analogue signal problems in the summertime months years ago. However, when I looked at my barometer I didn't think that the reading was all that high, so went slightly into panic mode! When a friend of mind, who lives fairly close-by, reported similar problems I was reassured and things now seem to have improved, but I would agree that it was infuriating when in the middle of "Wallander" the picture disappeared and I "lost the plot". Nowadays many people do have catch-up, and as this happens infrequently I think we should all be glad that we do have a Freeview service which mostly serves us well. I hope the dissatisfied people are now back to happier days.

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Richard Cooper

5:11 PM

Mary Macer: Well said, Mary (in your last post!). I must say I have had picture and sound break-up on PSB 2 (D3+4) multiplex when the pressure was only 1014 millibars, when standard atmospheric pressure is 1013.25 millibars, so the pressure doen't need to be much higher than normal for atmospheric conditions to start affecting tv reception. This surprised me as much as it seems to have surprised you. The pressure here in Norwich is currently 1013 millibars, so hopefully that's decreased enough for us not to experience any more break-up for a while! Richard.

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5:45 PM

Mary (and Richard):

It is not just pressure that is relevant but the temperatures of the several layers of the atmosphere as well - which is why it's often referred to as a temperature inversion effect. The problem occurs at the boundary layer between lower warm air and higher cooler air and causes RF signals used for TV transmission to travel further than usual. That means it becomes possible for a more distant transmitter using the same frquency to interfere with your reception. That used to happen on the south coast when French signals caused problems, but that has largely been reduced by the adjustments made by the French authorities to the transmission patterns they use across northern France.

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