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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
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Sunday, 1 July 2018
10:38 PM

This weather has finally allowed me to tune my BT Youview box into Com7 and Com8.

The picture through the box disappears during the day. Through the TV tuner it's available 24/7.

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DJB's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
8:23 AM

I too find my BT YouView box to be less sensitive for Com 7 and 8. Do Humax boxes suffer from the same problem?

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Chris's 7 posts GB flag

2:45 PM

some if not all BT youview boxes are made by Humax. Com7 and 8 are transmitted on lower power than the standard channels .

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
11:23 PM

Hardy: I do understand that these are on lower power but my TV tuner using the loop through from the box manages to show the Com7 and Com 8 channels without any problems.

I recall that when the power levels were much lower a few years back I'd get some pixellation on some of the channels from this transmitter.

Today when I get a constant clean picture on the TV and none at all from the box is confusing. It's been suggested that the amplifier I am using could be the issue, but surely it would be a problem for the TV tuner and the Youview tuner.

Aren't the power levels on Com7 and Com8 far higher than the power levels we had prior to switch off of the analogue channels? The steady picture I get through the TV suggests that they are and that the tuner in these Youview boxes are the main issue.

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DJB's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 July 2018

8:20 AM

I'm not sure about the power of COM7/ 8 after analogue switch off . I know its now 18 killowatts . wheras the main channels are 100KW. The local Norwich channel comes through fine on 10Kw because it is standard definition. A stronger signal is needed for proper reception of HD. I agree that the youview boxes are less sensitive than many tvs . But it can be tricky to get the right degree and type of amplification that would fix it. The "proper" technical solution is a better aerial that is sensitive to com7/8 . The super solution is the use of two aerials one of which is filtered or sized to just pick up com7/8 . But is the expense and bother worth it.? Especially as in the future com7 and 8 are likely to be discontinued.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag

10:08 AM

Hardy: COM7 & COM8 did not come into existence until several years after analogue TV was switched off. According to Digital UK, COM7 & COM8 are both broadcast at just over 18kW from Tacolneston. The local mux uses QPSK modulation which is much more resilient but comes at a cost of providing much less capacity and therefore is able to broadcast at a much lower power level than the main muxes.

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 July 2018

8:01 AM

yes Stevens . the point being that before the recent change they were 27.4kw and 24kw .At the new level of 18kw they are a bit harder to receive in fringe areas.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 July 2018
Paul White
2:48 PM

4.5 miles from Tacolneston transmitter and no longer able to receive BBC4 HD on FreeView.

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4:09 PM

Paul White: It's highly likely that you're getting interference from other distant transmitters that you would not normally be able to receive, due to the current atmospheric conditions caused by the hot weather. Do not attempt to retune.

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 July 2018

9:45 AM

Paul. I assume you retuned your tv after the frequency change of june6th? You are so close to the transmitter even a small indoor aerial should work. Though indoors where the aerial is placed can be quite critical . I don't think interference from other transmitters would be strong enough to cause problems. Outdoor aerials are always preffered (in youre case a short log type should be ideal) . In the loft being a second choice to place it . With such a strong signal an attenuator (signal reduction device) may be needed inline with the cable.

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