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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, 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 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

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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, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
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! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 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?

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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
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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;
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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, 13 January 2019
john Clark

9:05 PM

Hardy & Mike,
Many thanks

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john Clark's 24 posts GB flag
Monday, 14 January 2019

11:57 AM


Please note that if replacing a Sky Q box with another satellite receiver then a new LNB is required. Sky changed the way the command signals are sent so they can have different options in Sky Q but 'normal' satellite receivers do not send the commands in the same as Sky Q. They use the traditional command system.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
1:30 PM

Signal strength on all channels reduced so that sound level has to be increased from 14 to 24 on both TV sets.
Sound in the evening has to be increased to 50+ & at this level is unclear. I have noticed that HD channels
have tor some time had variable signal strengths from 40 to 100 & bit errors from 0 to 2000 & also shown
no signal normally in the evening. I have stopped recording in HD as it has become increasingly likely that all it will show is No Signal. Today it has gone one better in that nearly all HD channels show No signal at mid-day.
Checks show 0 signal strength & 2000 bit error rate. A retune only confirmed that 26 channels were no longer available & I cannot of course get them back unless they start transmitting again. I have tried different ariels & a new booster but to no avail. My other TV is just about hanging on to HD channels with a 46 signal rating , at least at midday. Until 2/3 weeks ago I had no problem with any channel. Are there any plans to return to the signal strengths of a short time ago ? John

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John's 2 posts GB flag

3:17 PM

John there is clearly A problem with your aerial , cable or aerial amplifier. The transmitted signal has not been reduced recently . Reception is still good here on the north Norfolk coast . Another possibility is interference from a source such as a new phone transmitter ,It helps if we know your town or preferably post code.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Saturday, 26 January 2019
11:45 AM

Tacolneston signals on frequencies on 746000 & 754000 are very poor & erratic . They pixlelate morning ,noon ,& evening with frequent ' No Signal' when 0 signal strength & 2000 bit error is reached. All other frequencies show 100% signal & 0 bit error at the same time except for 762000 which has a 92% signal & 0 bit error.
I have tried new Ariel & Booster & other TV's but to no avail. Could someone please suggest what else I may try. The problem is recent over the last 2/3 weeks. The only general problem is that the level of sound has diminished across all channels . Normally the sound would have been set to 14 in the morning rising to 16 in the evening. At present it is 18 am & 50+ pm. Advice on these problems would be appreciated.

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John's 2 posts GB flag

5:14 PM


Please provide a full post code so we can look at the expected reception at your location.

If you have 100% signal strength then you have too much signal and that will cause several problems. So that could be the root cause of your problems.

There is no fault reported for the Tacolnston transmiitter and no other viewers are reporting any problems.

The recent high pressure over much of the UK could have caused problems but that has largely moved away and there would have been nothing anybody could have done about the prerfectly natural phenomenon anyway.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

8:48 PM

John two of the channels you mention have been reduced in power . But that was last year .Not recently .the other channel is not now used by Tacolneston. Perhaps you are getting signals from another transmitter . If you were getting good reception until recently that suggests that there is minor fault reducing reception such as rain in a connection. Obviously a small reduction in sensitivity will knock out the weakest channels.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Sunday, 24 February 2019
gary willis
8:01 PM

why do I loose all tv about 1900 every night, ive had a new aerial and cable fitted but still I loose all tv on all my sets at home

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9:08 PM

Gary . That's likely to be interference . Ideally we need a post code so we can check if you should have good reception xx

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Monday, 25 February 2019
E.D. Gooderham
11:44 AM

I am having problems the last 24hours getting `no signal` display on all stations and break up in between. It mainly started last evening about 9pm when all channels went off and repeated this morning although back on now 11.45 am. My neighbour similarly affected also from Tacolneston.Writing this on Monday 25 Feb

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