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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.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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

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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, 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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, 25 July 2018

3:26 PM

Paul O'Neil:

If your aerial is pre-1983 then it is not suitable for current transmissions and needs to be replaced with a wideband type aerial. Note that there is no such thing as a 'digital' aerial, ALL UHF aerials are suitable for reception of Freeview as the type of encoding is irrelevant to the aerial. What you do need is one that is suitable for the range of signals available from your local transmitter(s). The best way to ensure that is to have a wideband type fitted. That will then be suitable for current and future transmissions.

When giving a post code for helping determine reception conditions, a full post coxe is essential as a partial, as you have given does not trigger the website to find any useful information.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

11:12 PM

Paul . I put your post code (omitting the "blank") into the coverage checker .Looks like you should get a strong signal from Tacolneston . So that a medium gain wideband aerial should work well for now and for the likely future .

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
11:52 PM

Question about this web page. Why does it still show the multiplexes on the old pre-March channel numbers? In particular it doesn't list the frequencies of the current channel assignments. I expect I can find them elsewhere but it would be nice to see them on this otherwise excellent site.

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Dave's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 26 July 2018
8:38 AM

Actually, having now checked on Ofcom, I see that you have the date of the change wrong and the assignment of multiplexes to channels wrong, so not much use at all.

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Dave's 2 posts GB flag

12:49 PM

Paul O'Neill: If you don't have satellite or cable you may be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag

2:24 PM

Dave . apart from com7 and 8 which moved to UHFchannels 55 and 56 the listed multiplex frequencies here are correct .Its just the particular multiplex programme allocations that are incorrect . eg BBCA is on UHF40 not 39.
I believe the info here was the original plan and dates but was modified later . Since this is only one page of a large website covering all transmitters and much other information . It will take time to update . And that assumes the original webmaster is available or has the time to do it.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 July 2018
12:00 PM

A few days ago, started to get a bad signal on Dave. So retuned TV and now lost some channels including Dave. It seems lost all the channels from COM5 ArqA ? Have tried the unplug aerial, turn off retune, then plug back in retune. Also tried factory reset on TV and retune but still cannot get them. All other channels fine. The missing channels had been working fine over the last months. Also tried manual search for Ch 45 but will not have it. Can manually search the others ok. Can anyone help me in the right direction ?

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James's 4 posts GB flag

3:26 PM


Please provide a full post code so we contributors can see what the expected signal reception conditions are like at your particular location.

In the circumstances you describe, retuning was the worst thing to do as all that has happened is you have lost some channels that were working.

With your full post code we may be able to offer more helpful suggestions.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT flag
7:53 PM

Thanks Mike
Post code is NR12 7LT.

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James's 4 posts GB flag
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Monday, 30 July 2018

4:27 PM


Looking at the Digital UK Coverage Checker for your location shows that you should be getting perfectly good reception od all the multiplexes broadcast from the Tacolnston transmitter. See Coverage Checker - Detailed View for that information.

As you are only 25 km from it, your signals should be good but not too stong. Please will you check all the connections between your aerial and the TV set, unplug any plugs from their sockets and then refit (that clears any corrosion/oxidation that can build up on the cantact and prevent the signals getting through properly). Then perform a manual tune for the 8 multiplexes offered (less if you do not have a Freeview HD equipped TV), look at the listing mentioned above for the channel numbers to use.

Then check that you are getting all the expected channels and then check the signal strengths reported by your TV set (the User Manual will tell you how to do the manual tune and the signal strength check). Note that the quality is irrelevant at this stage. The strengths must be between 60% and 85%, any more or any less will give you problems of pixilation, loss of channels, loss of sound, etc. If the strengths are all greater than 85% then you need to fit an attenuator into the aerial lead using an additional short flylead so the weight does not 'hang' on any socket. If all the strengths are below 60% then you may need an amplifier. You should also check that your aerial is correctly mounted still and is either a wideband type or a Group T type, the 'old' Group B will give poor results for the COM7 and COM8 programmes.

Hope that helps? Please let us know if it works for you again.

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