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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.

Monday, 30 July 2018

4:30 PM

James: you are only about 15 miles from Tacolneston . The coverage checker indicates a strong signal which should be fine with an outdoor aerial without an amplifier. If the signal is bad at a mid frequency I would guess that there is a poor connection in your aerial system . Or if the aerial is in the loft it may need moving to find the best reception spot .

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
9:07 PM

Thank you guys
I will try Mikes instructions and will report back.

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James's 4 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 August 2018

12:20 PM

Mike . surely an 18 element group B should work well for TAcolneston and Com7 and 8 ( at least until any lower frequencies come into use ) as it has a peak around UHF 55 and is as good as a log at UHF 32.
very old areials in this area will likely be group CD which also will be good on com7 ,8 but not the main channels . Having said that I agree with your usual recommendation that in a good signal area a wideband is the best future proof solution .

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag

4:08 PM


The whole idea is to make the aerial as 'future proof' as is feasible. We know there will be several more changes along the way well within the lifetime of a good quality aerial. A Group B will become unsuitable within that timescale, hence the advice to have a wideband type fitted that will be suitable for many years to come. That will also mean just a single change of aerial and not two or more, so saving the users some expense that is not necessary if a wideband aerial is used.

The tinking comes from many, many years experience in the TV field service and technical training sphere.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 August 2018

11:30 AM

well . if I had a groupB I would stick with it (for Tacolneston) for the time being because I bet there will be new aerials in the future that just cover the reduced tv band after 2020.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag

3:21 PM


But if you are advising someone who is having reception problems and find they need to replace the aerial, then you should advise them to have a wideband type fitted as that will cover all the current and foreseeable future channel usage - even after the completion of the current changes.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 6 August 2018
12:19 PM

Are the UHF frequencies up to date ?.
Are the channels allocated to the UHF frequency up to date?.

I am on a communal aerial and think there may be some remodulation.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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Stephen's 6 posts GB flag

3:31 PM


The channels shown on this website have sadly not been updated. For the current channel allocations, go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at…ker. Then scroll down to the listing for your best transmitter.

A communal aerial will likely need attention if there have been changes to the channels used. They do not perform any remodulation and the correlation between frequencies and channels does not change as they are internationally agreed.

You will need to contact whoever is responsible for the management of the premises so they can have an engineer adjust the aerial and its filters to suit the new channel allocations, if they have changed.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
4:30 PM

Hi Mike / Hardy
Just an update. I cleared channels then fit a new aerial lead and tried re-installing and everything back working fine, with Dave etc back. So i can only assume something wrong with lead, but all ok now. Thanks again for your help.

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James's 4 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 August 2018
jeremy spiller
6:29 PM

Peter Terry: IP14 4NY, drama channel has gone missing since retune. I am in IT so done all the usual. Mother in law can get channel 68 as well, but apparently we cant...any suggestions? TV aerial quite new, brand new tv's.....

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