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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

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

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
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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.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

9:58 PM

Well the retune was interesting.

BBC4HD came back but dropped out. It then reappeared on the original channel so the new one was deleted.

BBCNewsHD disappeared completely. It then popped up in the All Channels list but could not be added to Favourites as it was. Neither could it be watched. I added the SD channel to Favourites. Clicking on the SD channel then gave the original HD option (107)! It works, too.

I'm tech savvy, more so than people running this site it seems, but what about the hundreds of thousands of people who aren't?

Freeview is a crock. Badly implemented, pathetically managed and being downgraded like Sky satellite in the barking mad view that internet streaming is the future.

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Mardler's 85 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 February 2018
HIlary Woodward
9:10 AM

It is frustrating to note there are no apparent problems with the transmitter, when for three nights running recently I had no TV because of "no signal". Admittedly my house is located in a "dip" (along with the rest of most of a housing estate) but I pay my licence fee, and should not the signal be stronger.

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HIlary Woodward's 4 posts GB flag
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11:17 AM

HIlary Woodward: The signal strength has nothing to do with your licence fee. Tacolneston is on 24km away from you, the main services (PSB1/2/3 & COM4/5/6) are all broadcast at 100kW and the postcode checker predicts that you should have good reception. No one else is complaining about the same problem so it's far more likely to be caused either by something in your aerial system or local interference. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV and and anywhere else the aerial cable passes through that you can safely access.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
clive Holgate
2:59 PM

So i see com7 and com8 will not be brodcast after march 2018 so will all those channels be carried on one of the other 6 mux ? or will they just not be broadcast in east anglia anymore ?
its not very clear what will happen
2nd question why would ofcom want tv band to be used with all the interferance that it causes , there is great wide open space of unused frequencys mobile 4G can use why not use that ?
it all seems such a mess

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clive Holgate's 2 posts GB flag

4:57 PM

clive Holgate: COM7 & COM8 are not closing in March, they are moving to form single frequency networks on UHF channels 55 and 56 (COM8 has already moved at Tacolneston and COM7 will move on 6th June according to Digital UK). Interference from 4G mobile services in the 800MHz band was much lower than expected and in the vast majority of cases is resolved by fitting a free filter from and it is anticipated that this will be no worse when 4G/5G services being in the 700MHz band from the second half of 2020. It is necessary to use low frequencies (i.e. lower than 1GHz) as they allow the mobile networks to achieve coverage over a much greater distance and penetrate buildings much better than higher frequencies. Various other frequency bands will become available for use by the mobile networks over the next few years, but they are all at higher frequencies which are only useful over a short range and will struggle to provide coverage over rural areas, but will be extremely useful to provide network capacity in towns and cities where there is already a heavy demand for mobile broadband access which will only increase.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 February 2018
clive Holgate
1:15 PM

BUT i read on this website after march chs above 49 will not be used for tv , i agree the use of lower freq is needed to give the 4G coverage but there is many spare spaces below 1ghz without messing up the already messed up tv band , i disagree 4G caused few problems i install aerials in east suffolk and have had many calls from people who had broken tv signals problem in this area is no one wants to use aldeburgh because of lack of chs so everyone had aerials installed for norwich / sudbury with mast amps which were installed many years before 4G was planed the at800tv people didnt want to know about fitting a filter on rooftops so i did quite well out of it so no complaints from me but from customers point the whole thing is daft, ofcom need head testing to allow this to happen , just look how many houses the watertower at saxmundham overlooks several hundred

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clive Holgate's 2 posts GB flag

3:35 PM

clive Holgate: The 700MHz clearence program is taking place between now and May 2020 (after consultation with the industry, Ofcom were able to bring the completion date forward from the originally announced date in 2022 so that the 700MHz band could be made available for mobile services earlier). The use of 700MHz for mobile services has been agreed by broadcasters and telecoms companies across Europe (through the European Broadcasting Union, similarly to how the use of 800MHz was previously agreed) in order harmonise the use of radio spectrum that that devices sold in country are able to used across the Europe. Frequency planning has been carried out that enables 90% of UK households to retain access to a six multiplex service beyond 2020, with a program to provide free replacement aerials to households who need them. Frequency bands below UHF are not generally suitable for mobile broadband services and I understand that there are currently no other frequency bands available for use below 2.3GHz (which is about to be auctioned by Ofcom for mobile broadband use) that aren't already being used by mobile networks or other users. Please explain how any of this is a mess.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Saturday, 17 February 2018

9:39 AM

I suspect that many of the people posting with problems on this site are using a group C/D aerial. . travelling around Norfolk I see many of these still on house roofs . Group C/D aerials do not work well on UHF channels 31 and 37 . Up until recently 31 and 37 carried com 7 and 8. Com 8 reception with these aerials should now be much better because they have high sensitivity on UHF channel 56. COM7 will improve too when it moves to 55 in june.
However all technical experts recommend that the majority of housholds should now be using a wideband aerial to accommodate all possible future frequency changes . Help with aerial change is available in difficult reception areas.
Could I appeal again that it helps greatly with replying to problems to know the area you live and if possible the group , size and position of your aerial . (or at least the approximate age of the aerial)

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hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Chris W
5:54 PM

Is there some good reason why com7 and com8 are transmitted at reduced power? Living near Aldeburgh I am now getting a poorer signal on channel 56 than before and my nice new BT Youview box is struggling. Oddly my Sony bravia is ok.

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Chris W's 7 posts GB flag

7:23 PM

Chris W: Because if they were broadcast at a higher power level they would cause all sorts of problems with interference, both with reception from other UK transmitters as well as potentially causing interference for viewers in The Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France where there are transmitters operating on the same frequencies.

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