menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps52.518,1.139 or 52°31'6"N 1°8'22"Esa_postcodeNR16 1DW


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 19/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C40- (625.8MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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),

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
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, 29 June 2017

9:56 PM

Christopher Webber: 6 feet away is fine for a 28-32in, but obviously something isn't quite right.

Can you check to see what the cycling is like on the main TV? If thats fine on cycling or other relatively fast moving action on same settings, then its the monitor. If they are both bad, then thats probably a more subjective thing. Obviously signal breakup (of your system) is down to the feed your getting.

And have you tried streaming content? If the BBC stream in SD is OK, then at least thats a benchmark. And while the digibox is the easiest way to get a signal, you can use tuner cards directly for your PC.

As far as I'm aware, there is nowhere that is 'switching to T2' - there are some retunes due to shuffling of the frequences, and that might mean some possible replacement aerials, but overall, if you've got a standard non T2 tuner, you still fine. Personally, I think a switch to T2 tuners only should be announced soon, since it would be pretty doable in the next couple of years, looking at the state of the market, but there you are. However, I would welcome a Brianist article on where any switchover is at present.

link to this comment
MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
MikeB's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Christopher Webber
4:07 AM

Cheers for the reply,
I can confirm cycling loos as bad on the monitor as it does on the main TV (I watched the Criterium De Dauphine highlights a few weeks back on the main TV and it was the same.
The picture break-up I mentioned is due to the broadcaster pictures and not my feed from Tacolneston, sorry for the confusion.

I have tried to stream from the ITV Player, but that is the most rubbish piece of software on the Internet, it constantly crashes after enduring 8 minutes of adverts and then has to reset meaning another 8 minutes of adverts and then it may finally stream, before inevitably crashing with an 'oops, something went wrong' - so I gave up on it.

Regarding next years retune, I am confused, Brian stated that no channels would be lost, but how can no channels be lost if com7 and com8 will no longer be available if the other muxes do not change to T2 coding, I guess I am showing my lack of technical knowledge again.
com7 serves BBC News HD & BBC 4 HD, so does that mean they will no longer be available after next year?

link to this comment
Christopher Webber's 2 posts GB flag

11:21 AM

Christopher Webber: Can't help you with the motion handling on the main TV either (whats the brand/model?), although its worth having a play with the settings (AV forum has a 14 point guide, but even 3-4 of those might really help). You'd be amazed at how many people leave it on the factory setting, etc Long term, I suspect a decent new TV will handle motion better.

As for the switchover, I can't find right now Brianists article on it, but there is one here: Upcoming Freeview transmitter changes 2017 to 2019 , and as you can see, it looks more like a mover around, so you should notice much difference. If your in North Norfolk, it could be that looking at Belmont is more useful (its that kind of area), and the worst that needs to happen is that you might need a new aerial.

link to this comment
MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
MikeB's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Monday, 24 July 2017

10:42 PM

any problems with channel 4+1 ?
tonight (24th Jul) it has been intermittently showing no signal
all other stations seem to be OK ...I don't understand how that can be if they are all on the same mux.

link to this comment
david's 21 posts GB flag

10:53 PM

david: Please provide a full postcode so that we can see which transmitters cover your location and where you are in relation to them. It may be that your TV has tuned Channel 4 +1 from a different transmitter. Also, have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV?

link to this comment
StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
1:40 AM

IP23 8LP
tuned to Tacolneston only I believe
I haven't checked for damaged cables etc......surely that would affect more than one channel ?

link to this comment
david's 1 post GB flag
david's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

10:33 AM


Damaged cables or poor connections does cause selective attentuation, it's a well known occurence and it is impossible to predict which frequencies will be affected by any particular cable fault. So it is very good practice to carefully check all the cables and all the signal connections, unplugging the aerial plug and then re-inserting them into their sockets - making sure you put the same cable back.

link to this comment
MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

10:27 PM

OK, thanks.
my setup is as follows : Televes DAT45, (NECESSARY before DTTV but in bypass since) on roof feeding into Antiference 4 way distribution amp feeding 3 rooms.
I checked the signal levels and quality on all the TV's and found them to be 9 and 10 respectively apart from the chan 4+1, so today I re-connected the power unit to the aerial and turned the gain on the distribution amp right down to min (don't panic - I AM aware of the issues regarding signal overload) and the signal has come up to 10 along with the quality except for chan 4+1HD which is way better but only about 7/10 signal and 60% quality - again I am aware that quality and BER are more important than signal alone.
Would the aerial group now be un-suitable for Tacolneston I wonder? topic but I am not receiving email updates when people reply......

link to this comment
david's 21 posts GB flag

10:41 PM

...oh, and I am using high quality double screened + copper foil RG6 cable and high quality full brass plugs with soldered pins throughout - I replaced the whole lot a few years ago :)

link to this comment
david's 21 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 26 July 2017

11:20 AM

david: 'No signal' can also occur when you've got too much signal, and having 100% signal would certainly count as that.

However, if the whole mux is 30% below everything else (and its got hr same power output as the others), then thats most likely a problem with a cable, as Mike P said.

But since you turned down the gain, and the quality went up, that sounds like too much signal.

link to this comment
MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
MikeB's: mapM's Freeview map terrainM's terrain plot wavesM's frequency data M's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.