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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 - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:42 today to 05:45 today. BBC

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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
C55- (745.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C59- (777.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -10dB
C57 (762.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

 H -5.6dB
C31 (554.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -6.2dB
C37 (602.0MHz)263mDTG-624,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-131/5/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEEWB E K

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 9th November and 23rd November 2011.

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.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017
7:05 PM

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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hardy's 32 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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 3 posts GB
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 2,514 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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 1,979 posts Gold Gold GB
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 32 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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 32 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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
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 2,514 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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 80 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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 2,514 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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