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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

 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),

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

 H max
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

 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! 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.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

11:45 AM

john Clark:

As we've said before, both Hardy and I, you might well do better to have Freesat rather than struggle with poor reception from Tacolnston. It will not get better because of the geography of the area causing very poor signal reception. That will not affect satellite reception though so you will get far better results reliably with Freesat for which there is no subscription.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 11 January 2019
john Clark

8:21 PM

Questions please:-
1 Would the poor HD signal be anything to do with the TV? It's an old, 12 years, Sony KDL-V32A?
2 I assume with Freesat I would need a Satellite dish?
3 I have a Saterlite dish which is connected to a old Sky box that they fitted 12 years ago for 10. Could I use this box & still keep the Sky box attached?

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john Clark

8:32 PM

Is what I meant about the age of the TV :- Is the Tuner not up to the job being 12 years old?

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9:36 PM

john Clark:

No the tuner is not 'up to the job' as you put it. TVs of 12 years ago did not have a DVB-T2 tuner so it is unable to get the HD broadcasts. The solution to that is to use a set top box that is Freeview HD capable.

As to your other questions:-

1) I doubt it is seeing any HD signals due to the tuner design. According to the spec issued by Sony it does not have any HD capability. You will only get the HD services via a set top box but the TV is not equipped with an HD display according to the spec.
2) Yes, you need to use a suitable dish for Freesat as it is broadcast from satellite in geostationary orbit.
3) The same Dish and LNB could be used for Freesat. Whether you can use the existing LNB depends on how many outputs it provides. Many earlier ones only provided 2 outlets, both neing needed by the Sky box. If it has 4 or more outlets it can be used for a second box at the same time. If it only has 2 outleys you could have it changed to an octal output type to provide more than enough outputs for a number of satellite receivers. Such LNBs are not expensive but have to be fitted and aligned correctly.

You did not give a full post code so we cannot advise you what HD services might be available to you.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 January 2019
john Clark

9:31 AM

Strange you say that the TV in question is not HD compatible because looking at the Information Book it states that it is "HDMI" & incorporates HDMI technology, the unit number is KDL-V32A12U. Perhaps it was one of the first produced?

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10:43 AM

john Clark:

The term HDMI is nothing to do with the capability to receive and display HD programmes. It is the name of one of the connectors provided on the back of the TV. It has a number of SCART sockets which cannot carry HD data and it has one HDMI socket which can be used for a range of digital data types. But the TV does not have a DVB-T2 tuner, so it cannot receive HD transmissions. Further, the manufacturer data shows it does not have a true HD display, so it is unable to show true HD images even if they are supplied from a Freeview HD set top box via the HDMI data connection.

Do not confuse the term HDMI with being able to receive HD programmes. Check the meaning of HDMI on Wikipedia - see…DMI.

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john Clark

2:14 PM

Now I'm more confused.
The picture that is breaking up, but only on a few occasions is:-
BBC 101, Channel 46, 674000KHz, 8MHz, 1/128 (DVB-T2)
I'm getting this through my Humax HDR -FoxT2 box

I thought this was a HD channel/picture am I wrong?

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8:18 PM

John Clark:

You have misled us by not stating that you use a Humax HD box! Your TV set that you mentioned is not equipped with an HD tuner, but the Humax is. I presume you have that connected via the HDMI sockets and cables?

That shows how important it is to give full and accurate information as we have no idea what equipment you use as we are entirely remote from you.

Programme 101 is indeed an HD DVB-T2 transmission that is being received and decoded by your Humax box. Whether the TV is capable of displaying it in true HD is still questionable from the Sony data available. It is perfectly possible for the equipment to show an HD programme in SD if the TV cannot show the true HD images.

As for the picture pixilating, that may be due to signal issues or possibly the current weather patterns. Whatever happens DO NOT RETUNE.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 January 2019
john Clark

9:18 AM

Sorry, but I did state I was using a Humax box in my post of 4 Jan, but this site does not link posts so I apologize.
More than that, why should I not retune (Capital Letters!)?

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john Clark's 24 posts GB flag

8:56 PM

If poor reception is due to a transmitter power reduction or atmospheric conditions or aerial fault it is recommended not to retune as if the signal is poor the set may not tune in all channels. If your set is not designed for HD there is no point tuning in hd channels on an external box . However you can get an HD picture with such a box if the tv is 'HD ready' . Of course a modern tv will have an HD tuner so will not need an external box.
A free sat box can be used in place of a sky box as the dish will work for either. Personally I use a 'free to air ' satellite box as these are cheaper. But these boxes have a reduced or no on screen programme guide.
Note I have found some recorder boxes a little less sensitive than tvs and HD always needs a bit stronger signal than SD.

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