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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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, 18 September 2016
Richard Cooper

9:44 AM

Richard: Hi, Richard. No-one has reported any problems wit the Tacolneston transmitter, so I think that you should check with a neighbour who uses Tacolneston Freeview HD. Make sure the neighbour watches the HD transmissions though. SD transmissions from Tacolneston are 'near perfect' this morning. Richard in Norwich (Sunday, 18th September at 09:45).

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Richard Baguley

2:23 PM

SD was fine, just HD.

During the storm (not here, btw) several channels disappeared with no signal.

Our aerial installation was thoroughly checked and repaired as necessary two years ago but similar problems persisted: heavy rain always results in loss of signal.

Next time I'll check with a neighbour and no harm in asking now.

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB flag

7:12 PM


HD still u/s. SD fine.

BBC1 HD (101, Ch50) shows good s/s at c.75% but quality very poor to non existent..

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Monday, 19 September 2016
Richard Cooper

8:17 AM

Richard Baguley : Hi, again, Richard. Heavy rain over a longish period of time caused water ingress down into my father's masthead amplifier on the mast of his aerial a few miles North of Lowestoft. The water collected inside the plastic case of the amplifier caused the electronics to fail, resulting in no signal. Don't forget that such a technical issue wit your own system can cause the loss of one multiplex (or 'group of channels'), such as either the PSB HD multiplex or one, the other or both of the COM 7 or COM 8 multiplexes. So even though your aerial system was thoroughly checked a couple of years ago, water ingress over a period of time could have occurred since. By all means, check with neighbours who have and use the HD transmissions before investigating your own installation again. Richard, Norwich.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

6:52 PM

May have found the solution and it's very odd.

The aerial plug/socket connection to the TV is iffy. Just moving it gently caused a total dropout. Took the plug out, unscrewed it slightly, tightened it up and inserted it - signal quality 10/10, strength 8.5/10.

The odd bit is that this has never been touched since I installed the TV with a carefully clipped cable loom. And I thought the wall socket plug would be the problem!

If anything useful crops up I'll post again but fingers x'd for now.

Thanks for the input, folks.

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Richard's 85 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 September 2016

10:19 AM


That's a well known oddity that all television engineers will check on every service visit. We always checked the RF connection between the aerial and TV/VCR/etc as they are known to cause strange effects if the connections are not perfect. A common cause is the slight degree of moisture in the indoor atmosphere that causes gradual surface corrosion that has a frequency selective effect - hence some services work fine but others don't.

The advice often given on these pages is to check the connections first! If in doubt about the plugs, either replace them or replace the whole flylead (they're very cheap) and make sure the plugs and sockets are firm and not loose.

So there is nothing particularly 'odd' about your connection problems causing reception difficulties.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 October 2016
5:19 PM

I'm on the edge of the Tacolneston service area (IP17 1NP) and although most of the multiplexes are OK COM7 and COM8 are too weak even with a DAT45 + MRD. Any suggestions? Will this improve after 2019?

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Richard Cooper

12:24 PM

Chris: How high is your DAT45 mounted? Obviously the higher the better. Com 7 & Com 8 will no longer exist after DSO2, sometime between 2017 and 2020. If I were you, I'd put the DAT45 on a taller mast pole and ensure my masthead amplifier had at least 26 decibels gain. Hope this helps, Richard in Norwich.

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Friday, 4 November 2016
Ralph Manning
11:50 AM

There is interference from the Sandy Heath transmitter when resetting channels in the Watton, Thetford area of Norfolk. You need to a specific manual load first of the frequencies from Tacolneston.

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