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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

 H max
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.

Thursday, 12 January 2017
Hilary Woodward
10:03 PM

Once again (12th January 2017) a message, "no or weak signal". I've lived here nearly 20 years, (about 13 miles NW of Tacolneston) but only over the last year have experienced this problem, with increasing frequency. Why should I need to re-tune my TV seemingly every few days? It is an absolute pain, and a joke when there are supposedly no reported problems with the Tacolneston transmitter.

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Hilary Woodward's 4 posts GB flag

10:25 PM

Hilary Woodward: 'It is an absolute pain, and a joke when there are supposedly no reported problems with the Tacolneston transmitter.'

Since there ISN'T a problem with the transmitter, there is only one alternative - your system!

I must admit to slightly be in despair - a whole rash of people have reported 'no signal', and insisted that it must be the transmitter, even though all information says its fine.

Both Mike P and myself have continually said the same thing about its most likely the householders system, and still the same questions come in, again and again.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 January 2017

4:26 PM

Hillary Woodward:

Further to that said by MikeB, I strongly suggest that you make some investigations first. Check what the reported signal strength is for all the available multiplexes and then report them here. Secondly, check that all the connections in your aerial system are in good condition and the plugs fully inserted. Thirdly, check that your aerial has not moved or been damaged.

Finally, help us to help you by giving your full post code so that we can check what the reception and transmission conditions are for your location.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

9:36 AM

I notice that very many houses in North Norfolk still have the old group CD aerials . Fine for the basic BBC and ITV channels but anything else such as Dave channel will not be received well.

Note today and most of this week atmospheric pressure is high so interference WILL be quite likely . Which can seem like a problem with Tacolston . BUt Tacolston is actually working fine. I would suggest a wideband aerial is best for Nw of Tacolston as it will cover the present channels and also be ok when the channel frequencies are changed next year.

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hardy's 137 posts GB flag

11:06 AM

People should not retune during a period of poor reception they may well tune into say Sudbury instead of Tacolneston . Then when reception actually goes back to normal they will loose some channels because they wont still be tuned to Tacolneston!

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hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Thursday, 19 January 2017
8:13 PM

Hi, we lost all BBC channels around lunchtime.My daughter is severely autistic and relies on routine to get through the day. Not being able to watch cbeebies has made this evening very stressful! My aerial is in the loft and has not been moved. I have tried different aerial leads and a different digital recorder, nothing works! Cannot think what to do! When I check the transmission, it says there is nothing wrong. We are just North East of Dereham.
Perplexed! Could it be high pressure?

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Susan's 1 post GB flag

10:38 PM

Susan: Since the transmitter seems to be fine, its almost certainly a problem with your system, possibly a duff cable, frayed connection, etc.

In the meantime, you can stream via Iplayer.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 20 January 2017

1:29 AM

I see I am not alone: a number of people is complaining that signal problems are increasing.

Tonight, two muxes were down near N. Walsham. The latest is Ch31. It has returned after wild s/q fluctuations but is unreliable.. S/q is varying rapidly from zero to 100%. Again: s/s is at max or very close on all stations but s/q is zero on affected stations.

All other muxes are fine.


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Mardler's 85 posts GB flag

9:25 AM

Mardler : Talcneston serves about 330k homes - if just one percent of those households has a problem, thats over 3k households. And the area served is notorious for having a geography which can mask the signal from the main transmitter, hence the fair number of Lite transmitters.

You can look at the status of the various transmitters yourself - they seem to be fine. Yes, it could be high pressure, etc, but the most likely and logical conclusion is that its your own system. You've already said you have an unreliable wall socket, so why do you think that somehow one mux on a transmitter is fine, whilst the other one is rubbish? That makes no sense.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

12:33 PM

yes there was a severe high pressure event . For a time I could tune in pictures from transmitters at Sandy Heath , Sudbury , Crystal palace and even Dover! The multiplex on UHF channel 31 is usually the most affected . I believe that interference from the Oxford transmitter is the main culprit because it transmits on most of the same UHF channels as Tacolneston. In North Norfolk we also pick up signals from the continent . Its probable that there will be less problems next year when Tacolneston will change to new frequencies (retune and possibly new aerial then needed) . You will be most affected by interference if you do not have the right aerial . Loft aerials are definitely not recommended in problem reception areas .
If you cannot stand loosing channels a couple of times a year I would recommend switching to Freesat . Freesat uses a dish just like sky and is not affected by high pressure weather. Freesat receivers are not expensive and receive all the same channels as freeview except QUEST and DAVE. FREESAT needs no subscription (unlike sky)----------------------my location Mundesley

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