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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Thursday, 28 December 2017
3:04 PM

After a bit of checking, I can say for sure that there is no problem with my aerial or the recorder and the tuning is okay and to the correct transmitter. Yes, there is a lower signal strength for BBC4HD, but as I seem to recall, this station, the BBC HD News and possibly RT have always been a bit lower and I was certainly able to records from BBC4 HD relatively recently. Funny how some of the other HD stations you never watch have no recording problems.

While I'm unable to record on BBC4HD, I have managed to make a couple of test recordings from the regular BBC4 channel. Better than nothing, I suppose! While my Samsung and Toshiba TVs have superior reception/tuning performance to the Panasonic recorder, I do think this is clearly an issue with the BBC or the transmitter.

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Bill's 7 posts GB
6:59 PM

Bill: The question I was asking is the BBC4 your trying to record actually coming from Talcneston?

My PVR used to find another BBC1, and in essence 'get stuck' on it - check which channel its trying to pick up.

Your getting a good signal from that mux, so I'm otherwise at a bit of a loss - might be worth swapping out the flt lead, but I suspect it wont change much, and frarnkly, there is no logical reason why it would be the transmitter - if the mux is working, the mux is working.

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MikeB's 2,466 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 29 December 2017
3:48 PM


Looks like all the Tacolneston channels are going to have different numbers around Apr - Jun 2018, maybe it will help our situation!

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Sunday, 7 January 2018
2:58 PM

sounds a bit like the only change might be a new source of interference such as from a telephone mast . Or also possible that you are getting a signal from a Dutch transmitter . There are some on UHF channel 31 . But Dutch interference usually only shows up occasionally in times of high pressure weather. Loss of signal shows as a low reading of signal strength . Interference can read like high signal strength fooling you into thinking everything is ok. Also living near the coast I have reverted to Freesat to avoid continental interference . I may switch back to freeview next june when the freeview channels will be changed but there is not much incentive as you can now watch all the same channels on freesat.

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hardy's 29 posts Bronze Bronze GB
9:42 PM

Yup, time to switch to Freesat: Freeview is very likely to become unwatchable.

Bill, your BBC4HD on COM7 doesn't surprise me at all. This channel/mux drops s/s frequently. BBC et al refuse to admit it but you can watch s/s and quality shift, many people have exactly the same problem and excuses such as propagation issues don't wash.

That said, I would have thought that with the figs you give recording would be ok. Points to a transmission fault of some kind.

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Mardler's 1 post GB
Monday, 8 January 2018
8:15 AM

Mardler : North Norfolk has always been problematic for TV reception from Talcneston - the geography of the area means a lot of places are blocked, hence the reason why many aerials use Belmont instead.

Thats the nature of the physics - when people start saying that their reception has got a lot worse, then that points to problems within the home system - the transmitter is in the same place, with the same power output, etc. There are always people who insist it has to be the transmitter, the BBC, etc, but it very seldom is. And some will tie themselves in knots trying to explain signal loss away, often ending up confusing themselves.

If people find it easier to go to Freesat, etc, fine. There is no point in repeatedly trying to do what cannot be done - physics hasn't changed. But if the change is relatively sudden, then almost certainly its not the transmitter or even Freeview itself.

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MikeB's 2,466 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
5:40 PM

Looks like many others are having the same problem, and it does seem to be pointing to a BBC issue

Panasonic HDD Recorder DMR-HW100 - WILL NOT RECORD! | AVForums

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Ian's 11 posts GB
Saturday, 13 January 2018
HIlary Woodward
2:53 PM

Once again no TV reception at all (Bad or no signal) for three nights last week as located in a reception "dip". Had to watch TV on computer.

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HIlary Woodward's 3 posts GB
6:09 PM

HIlary Woodward: Did you read or act on any of the replies to your previous post a year ago? No one else is reporting any problems with the transmitter so you need to look for a fault in your aerial system. Complaining about it online won't do anything to fix the problem if you don't act on the advice given.

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StevensOnln1's 1,362 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 15 January 2018
8:38 PM

A new breakthrough today. Done a re-tune for all channels, and BBCFourHD (106), has now come through on Channel 37 Com 8, and is recording fine. (All the rest of the channels that have come through on the original Com 7, still won't record, but nothing of interest on those anyway).

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Ian's 11 posts GB
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