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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
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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.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018
4:58 PM

I agree that if DJB is seeing 100% on com7 or 8 amplification might be too high . In my case on the youview box the level fluctuates between 44% and zero on com8 . Its zero on com7. Its hard to read strength on the tv but the picture is usually fine with no pixelating.

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Hardy's 51 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
4:45 PM

Hardy: I've just been in the loft and placed a 10db attenuator on the distribution side of the amplifier.

On the TV BBC News HD was still available. BBC1 HD and ITV HD had no picture and reported low signal. After a retune they came back and BBC News HD was still there. The TV is being fed from the out line of the Youview box.

I retuned the Youview box and there was no change. BBC News HD still missing. The same 130 channels reported prior to introducing the attenuator.

The final test will be to put the youview box and a TV in the loft and feed it direct from the aerial before the amplifier is involved. I have to do this prior to the soaps starting otherwise I'm dead.

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DJB's 6 posts GB
7:38 PM

HARDY: This is so frustrating.
In the loft, TV tunes in to everything.

First attempt at the youview box I got Com 8 not Com 7. On the second attempt I got both.
The youview box signal indicator gave a quality reading of about 40 and 20 respectively. The box tuned into 170+ channels. I get 130 downstairs.

Back downstairs and Com 8 and 7 are blank. In addition BBC1 HD etc all reported signal problems. Did a retune and now they are back. Looks like the box locked on to a weaker but viewable mux for BBC1 HD upstairs but that mux is unreachable downstairs.

No problems at all with the channels viewed through the TV.

Youview need to produce a box with a more sensitive tuner.

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DJB's 6 posts GB
Thursday, 14 June 2018
10:13 AM

DJB looking at your post code it looks like you have a difficult situation . ie you are quite close to Sudbury so you should be able to get all its channels reliably with no amplifier . To get com7 and 8 you need to tune to Tacolneston but that will require an amplifier . There is also the possibility of some small signal from crystal palace ,Dover and a local relay!! In such a situation I think a careful choice of aerial (or even aerials !) and type of amplifier would need to be made . It could be that a wideband amplifier like you have cant cope with such a mixture of strong and weak signals . I think the ideal set up would be a non- amplified aerial pointed at Sudbury combined with an amplified aerial pointed at Tacolneston. But the amplifier should be a tuned type only covering UHF 50 to 58. (a relatively expensive set up) The Youview box maybe having trouble with the mixed signals not just a lack of sensitivity . My set up is almost identical to yours but in this location its just weak signal and continental interference that is the problem so I have gone for Freesat .

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Hardy's 51 posts Bronze Bronze GB
6:01 PM

Hardy: I'm going to have to admit defeat on this one. I only went down the amplifier route as I had missed an episode of Homeland a few months ago and I wanted to watch the replay in HD on C4/7. I had hoped the retune last week would have brought those channels in for me. Ho hum.

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DJB's 6 posts GB
Friday, 15 June 2018
8:46 AM

The fact you got all channels in the loft suggests that a better amplifier would solve the problem. A wide band adjustable gain one should be ok. Otherwise if youre giving up on com7/8 I would turn the aerial to pick up Sudbury to get all the main multiplexes probably without needing any amplifier.

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Hardy's 51 posts Bronze Bronze GB
4:42 PM

Please can someone tell me if the data is correct on this page?

BBCA H max C55- (745.8MHz)

I cant seem to find it when scanning!

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paul's 2 posts GB
4:57 PM

paul: Some multiplexes changed frequency at Tacolneston last week. PSB1 is now found on UHF channel 40.

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StevensOnln1's 1,721 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 18 June 2018
1:51 PM

Paul . the frequencies on this page under "march 2018 " are correct . But they shuffled the final allocations so that PSB1 (BBCA) is actually on channel 40, for example, as Stevens says.
In addition com7 and com8 are on 55 and 56 . These two are on a lower power so may be a bit difficult to get in fringe areas.

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Hardy's 51 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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