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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 - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 26/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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

PSB2
D3+4
 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 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

COM4
SDN
 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

COM5
ArqA
 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

COM6
ArqB
 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

LNR
 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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBCB
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB
C52tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCAcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offLNRLNR
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Saturday, 19 August 2017
H
Hardy
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10:45 AM

Tricia: re reception in edgefield . I live not far away in North Norfolk . com7 is the most unreliable group here too even though I do have a wideband log aerial . I notice its worse during high pressure weather conditions so I guess that it is interference from the Oxford transmitter that uses the same UHF channel 31.
The problem should go away (touch wood) next year when Tacolston stops using channel 31 . Meanwhile I use freesat because fromn august 1st freesat now transmits all the same channels as freeview including Dave!
Fresat does not suffer from continental interference . Ocassionally a problem here near the North Norfolk coast.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 today. [BBC]

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Tricia
1:49 PM

Many thanks to MikeP and Hardy for your comments. It sounds like using our Freesat connection and waiting until next year, is the best bet.

Kind regards,


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2:32 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 today to 11:44 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 27 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 yesterday to 11:44 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 28 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 08:00 on 26 Aug to 11:44 on 26 Aug. [BBC]

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Thursday, 31 August 2017
C
Christopher Webber
3:33 AM

Reply to MikeB

Thank you for such a comprehensive and detailed post, you do make some very good points, and as you are obviously of a technical background you understand the DSO more than I, I will happily redact my comment the DSO was a con and rephrase it as we were conned during the DSO (two aerials, an STB and new TV) to get to today where we have Digital and HD.

One point I have to bring you up on, you mentioned 'how would encryption work for radio) - As you must surely be aware, no TV licence is required for Radio, so no encryption would even be required.

I think we have exhausted this exchange, and I thank you for all your replies and explanations.
Until June 2018, when no doubt we will need another aerial upgrade - joke!

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MikeB
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2:33 PM
Peterborough

Christopher Webber: I'm not that techincal, but I've sold TV's for some years, and I've seen all the arguments before on this site, over and over again.

As for your rephrasing of conned - who conned you? Whether you'd actually needed a new aerial is a moot point - a lot of people were fooled into getting a new 'digital' aerial, even though their existing one worked fine. In my case, the house I just moved into had an aerial which was about to fall apart anyway, as it turned out, which explained the need to buy a new aerial in any case.

Did you actually need a new STB? If it was a 2K model, then yes. But other than that - no. And while I was more than happy to sell people new TV's during DSO, there was not votal need to do so - as long as it could be fitted with a STB (and they all could), you were fine.

People complained about what they needed to replace, but in reality they generally didn't unless the thing wasn't working in the first place. The only exception was probably the VCR, which Digital UK explained was something people tended to forget about. So the analogue ones obviously did need changing, although even then you could fit one with a cheap STB, although it was a pain to use.

Digital UK sent everyone a decent booklet answering the major questions - if people then ignored it, thats not their fault.

'One point I have to bring you up on, you mentioned 'how would encryption work for radio) - As you must surely be aware, no TV licence is required for Radio, so no encryption would even be required. '

But BBC radio still has to be paid for - how do you do that? Adverts simply would result in the bankruptcy of the commercial stations, so thats not going to happen. Subscription? How? Internet, maybe, but broadcasting - no chance.

And even if people were willing to pay, how do you stop people who hadn't paid listening to it?

2018? Actually, some might need another aerial - and will no doubt endlessly complain about it.

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Saturday, 23 December 2017
B
Bill
11:08 PM

For the last couple of weeks, I've been unable to record Freeview BBC4 programmes in advance. Reception is perfect and all other channels record without any problems. But although the machine starts at the right time, it seems unable to lock onto the code/programme. I would also mention that my neighbours across the street are having exactly the same problem with BBC4. What's going on?

Any comments would be appreciated.

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Sunday, 24 December 2017
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Ian
2:14 PM

Bill: I live in Gorleston, and have the same problem recording BBC4HD. It was fine about a month ago. I have tried a factory reset on my Panasonic recorder, and left it unplugged for a while, all to no avail.
Recorder starts on time, and says it is recording, but recording light just flashes.


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