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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.

 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

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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

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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 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

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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), 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.

Monday, 2 May 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:34 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 12:26 yesterday to 12:57 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Christopher Sharpe
12:54 PM

Advice needed please. I live in IP13 9GB and have a shared aerial system curently pointing at Sudbury transmitter. The communal aerial has just been renewed and the amplifier replaced. The analogue signal is still poor (fuzzy but watchable), the digital signal mostly ok on Mux 1 and Mux B (75% strength on my Sony tuner), poor on Mux 2 and Mux D (30% strength) and non-existent for Mux A and Mux C. Should we re-position the aerial to point at Tacelneston (the recommended transmitter according to digitaluk and the coverage map on this site) now or wait till the Tacolneston full power switch-on in November, bearing in mind that the Sudbury transmitter will switch to full power in July. i.e. will we get an improvement in July then an even bigger improvement in November or will the Sudbury digital switch-on not really impact us as we are on the very fringes of reception?

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2:15 PM

Christopher Sharpe: As you say Tacolneston offers better reception according to the Digital UK postcode checker.Note though MuxD is currently shown as poor reception and then becomes zero in July.After switchover on the 23rd November 2011 Tacolneston offers good reception on all muxes. Regarding the switchover at Sudbury it is only the PSB muxes that switch to high power in July. You will gain an HD service but reception of Mux D/MuxArqB could get worse as the mode changes to 8k to carry Sky Sports.The COM muxes at Sudbury do not change to high power working until 2012.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011
Gary Patten
12:07 PM

During recent retuning of my freeview box in our static caravan at Dovercourt, I now have all channels you would expect to see. This has never happened before which has given me hope that in July in the changeover I will be fine.Generally the BBC's were ok but ITV and C4 etc wouldn't even register. Over the last week or so eventhough the channels are still recognised the reception is poor and sometimes NO SIGNAL comes up. I think I'm pointed at Tacolneston, will the power from this transmitter be boosted when the analogue goes in July? or am I better off getting a dish?

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7:02 PM


No you wouldn't be pointed at Tacolneston. It will be Sudbury. Coverage SE from Sudbury isn't that good at the moment and Sudbury does switch before Tacolneston in the summer.

There are other choices, Dover could be a possibility as you can get analogue Dover there, but you are right on the edge. Felixstowe/Aldeburgh or the other new lite DTT tx at Clacton I think will be out. Personally I'd look to Sudbury for the summer and then perhaps think about swinging the aerial round towards Dover if Sudbury isn't that good.

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James's 13 posts GB flag
7:04 PM

Christopher: Where I grew up is Line of sight for Sudbury and my parents still live there. Even with a good aerial system the ITV mux is poor. It is highly directional.

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James's 13 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
9:52 PM

hi..can u settle an argument..has tacolneston been doing tests for the hd launch later this year..a collegue says he had bbc1 hd itv hd for a few hours last week but now they have gone but he still has the channel markers on his set

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smeghead's 1 post GB flag

11:15 PM

smeghead: There are no "test transmissions" of any service ahead of switchover, mainly because they will use the current analogue transmission frequencies.

Look above and the BBCB (Freeview HD) multiplex is set to broadcast on the current BBC One analogue frequency.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 May 2011
Transmitter engineering

5:38 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 15:50 today to 16:10 today [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

5:38 PM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 15:50 today to 16:10 today [BBC] Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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