Full Freeview on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston transmitter broadcast?If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.
Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.
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 601 BBC RB 1, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Norfolk (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Suffolk (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Cambridge (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Essex (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 VisionTV, Racing TV, Arise News, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, WION NEWS, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 37 QVC2, 212 Pop Player, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 FailArmy, 265 On Demand 365, 266 Pet Collective, 268 AlJazeera Arabic, 270 Real Crime, 271 Channelbox, 272 Asharq News #2, 274 Asharq News, 275 Al Arabiya, 276 Shots!, 277 UK RADIO PORTAL, 278 Zee World, 279 Alaraby Network, 280 Rok, 281 Revelation TV, 282 God TV, 283 3ABN, 284 AmazingDiscoveries, 286 NHK WORLD, 287 Newsmax, 670 ADULT Section (start), 727 Absolute Radio,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 724 Capital, 728 Heart, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, QVC Style, 50 GREAT! tv, 51 Ideal World, 62 GREAT! tv +1, 72 Jewellery Maker, 285 Together TV +1, 671 ADULT Xpanded TV, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
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?
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
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?
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|Lowestoft (2)||Transposer||Rotterdam Rd||125 homes|
How will the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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?
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-4dB) 100kW|
|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
no. The effect was like loss of signal on most channels . Worst on UHF channel 31 . affecting freeview 107 (BBC HDnews) etc . I suspect Oxford because it transmits half its multiplexes on the same UHF channels as Tacolneston at medium power. And is only about 20 degrees off Tacolneston in terms of bearing from central north Norfolk. In a couple of years time the plan is to move Tacolnestons channels away from Oxford
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No need to give post code as I'm not asking about specific location.
If the transmission is dropping and/or s/s is low on only some channels it's the transmitter, atmospherics, nearby interference or user aerial system- in that order. In this case the problem was excellent s/s but zero quality so transmitter or (unlikely) atmospherics.
You guys always give the same answers: never the transmitter. In all my dealings with TV and radio reception transmitter faults have nearly always been the cause. Indeed, a couple of acquaintances were BBC transmission engineers and they said the same.
So, all I'm hoping to get is confirmation that others are having similar problems.
This site is a mine of information but it is terribly designed. For instance, why not use open source software to run a proper forum with threaded topics? I guarantee you will get better coverage immediately.
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Transmitter problems are very rare and are normally dealt with quite speedily by Arqiva. Plus any such problem will normally affect all viewers who receive from that transmitter, not just one or two.
My fifty plus years experience show the opposite to yours as transmitter faults are rare. However, there are regular maintenance visits to them and during such it is not uncommon for there to be either reduced power operation or sometimes outages to protect the staff from extreme levels of RF radiation when they are close to the aerials.
In fact, there are more problems due to aerial systems at the reception end as they are generally poorly maintained - if at all.
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MikeP: Mike, I totally agree - this statement:
'If the transmission is dropping and/or s/s is low on only some channels it's the transmitter, atmospherics, nearby interference or user aerial system- in that order.'
would seem to be the exact opposite of the reality of people asking questions on this site. Just trawl through the posts which ask about reception, and automatically assume that there is a problem with the transmitter, and demand that the BBC/Government/'them' do something about it, often accompanied by the phrase 'I pay my licence fee!'
When you ask the essential questions: 'what is the signal strength, have you checked with neighbours', and have you checked that all the wires are OK and not loose', your surprised at the lack of feedback, which is possibly largely explained by people checking out the rear of the TV and discovering that the aerial lead has fallen out of the back.
Discounting possible high pressure system problems (which do occur occasionally), when you check the actual status of the transmitter, its usually fine. Yes, there are delays in updating the information sometimes, where a rash of questions about reception lose predate a warning, but most of the time, the transmitter is fine. Even if its on lower power for a short period, that power level is still generally higher than pre-digital switchover levels.
Its strange that people automatically assume that a transmitter is at fault, even though it may serve many thousands of households and has generally backup systems, but discount totally that their system, which ultimately is linked together by wiring just 6mm wide, has plenty of joins in it, may have been installed by the biggest bodgers on the planet, and has an aerial which might be in place for decades battered by all the weather can throw at it should be totally fine. Its a TV Occams Razor.
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The point is high pressure reception can DECREASE the apparent amount of signal received. The local and interfering signals do not necessarily add . Sometimes because interference looks like electrical noise the total signal appears smaller . (technically called reduced signal to noise ratio) At other times the same atmospheric condition that lifts distant signals will kill the local signal.
Note I have an academic qualification in telecommunications . Do not work for any tv service so am not part of the transmitter workers "conspiracy"
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