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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 15/04/2024 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

 H max
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

 H max
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

 H max
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
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.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018
1:57 AM

ian wrote:
I see the message is coming on our screen to re-tune on 7th February (well, Tacolneston area at least) The only change I can spot, is Com 8 (37) moving to 56, I wonder if this will cure our BBC4HD problems, that are currently on 37 (channel 106) ?

Pre Feb 7th:
31, 37, 39, 42, 45, 50, 55, 57, 59

Post Feb 7th
31, 39, 42, 45, 50, 55, 56, 59

So it appears we are loosing a MUX, and what a surprise, I now have lost BBC News HD, RT HD, 4Seven HD etc.

When you see the channel number changes it makes no sense as we received all channels before (using a wideband aerial) the only changes are 37 & 57 removed & 56 added.
It's not like the changes are out of band to what I was already receiving.

According to digitaluk they claim a horizontal C/D or horizontal W (which we have) for NOW but they state we will need a horizontal B or horizontal T for AFTER.

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stevie's 2 posts GB flag

2:14 PM

stevie: It looks like you've lost the local mux, however it is due to move to UHF channel 32 on 6th June so you may regain it. What signal strength and quality do you get for COM8 now that it has moved UHF channel 56? Your existing wideband aerial covers all UHF channels used for Freeview both now and in the next 10+ years so there is unlikely to be any need to replace it (unless it gets damaged). Group T is essentially wideband but without the 800MHz band which is now used for 4G mobile services.

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StevensOnln1's 3,622 posts GB flag
3:47 PM

|Hey StevesOnin1

Thanks for your reply, I can confirm we now have both com7 and com8, they reappeared after a retune this morning around 8am (according to the wife) :)

Still no local mux, but to be honest it was something we never watched anyway, glad to have BBC4 and BBC News back in HD though!

Looks like we should be all set from now on, but there appear to be a few more retunes this year as the UHF numbers get moved around.

Least the wife is happy now lol

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stevie's 2 posts GB flag

11:45 PM

BBC4HD no signal and BBC News HD gone.
All other stations on the BBC4HD mux remain available.
What is going on?
This has been going on for four or more years.
No changes to equipment.
Yet another Tacolneston unreported transmitter fault.

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Mardler's 85 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 February 2018

10:54 AM

Mardler : BBC Four HD is on the COM8 multiplex, which changed frequency at Tacolneston to UHF channel 56 yesterday. Have you tried a manual tune on UHF channel 56? There has been no change for BBC News HD on COM7, however it will be moving to UHF channel 55 on 6th June.

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StevensOnln1's 3,622 posts GB flag

11:40 AM

Will look for ch56 later, also BBCNewsHD which lots of people have lost.
DigitalUK had a note of engineering work at Tacolneston with service interruptions yesterday.

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Mardler's 85 posts GB flag

11:45 AM

Comment not allowed?

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Mardler's 85 posts GB flag

11:48 AM

Last two posts because site was giving an error and/or doing nothing. Needs a total rewrite of the comments.
I note BBC4HD is still showing above as Ch107 or whatever it was.

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Mardler's 85 posts GB flag

11:49 AM


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12:20 PM

Another site says re Tacolneston;-

The multiplex carrying BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD, FreeSports, PBS America and Forces TV among other channels (multiplex COM8) is changing frequency- from UHF channel 37 to the new national frequency on UHF 56. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

If I am right, BBC4HD switches from com7 to com8 which is reduced power therefore reduced coverage.

Nothing explains the loss of BBCNewsHD

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