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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) mast?

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

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

 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),

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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

10:49 PM

At present it is possible to use a combiner to add a West Runton and Tacolneston aerial on one cable .
Which splits at UHF channel 38 . But not sure if the West Runton signal is good enough to make it worth while . I can receive it at Mundesley without an amplifier wheras an amplifier is essential for Tacolneston..

Distributing freesat is more expensive . I suppose for a very small site one dish could have a head (LNB) with eight outputs and eight freesat receivers . There are professional systems like hotels use but not cheap!

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hardy's 137 posts GB flag

11:39 PM

hardy and Jos:

Octo LNBs are readily available and can be used with a single dish, they are not terribly expensive, see for exam0le Octo LNBs. Primesat octo LNB, Sky octo LNB. Satellite Superstore UK octo LNBs. Low prices. (other sellers are also available). The costly issue is the amount of quality satellite quality coaxial cables, at least CT100 standard but there are better cables that are more expensive. You will need to think about where the cables will have to run to reach all the rooms you want to used to watch satellite TV.

Incidentally do not buy one that is for use with SkyQ as that uses a completely different control system to a that of a Freesat LNB.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 March 2019

9:35 AM

perhaps if two caravans had octo dishes then upto 16 caravans could be connected. As Mike says its the cost of quality cable and sat/fresat receivers that has to be considered.

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hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Saturday, 30 March 2019
7:26 PM

Just a quick update. We installed a wideband tri-boom aerial, replaced any poor quality or old cable, and all of the splitters/taps. We also replaced the masthead amplifier, but re-used the Fringe distribution amp with 4G filter. As a result the signal strength went from 47dB to 80dB+ in the caravan at the end of the line. The TVs also report that the channel signals are 95-100% strength and 100% quality (except for 45 at 83-95% and 42 at 95%).

So now we will see how it goes through the summer before deciding if we need to switch to Freesat.

Thanks again for your advice - I've saved the Freesat info. in case we need it!


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Jos's 5 posts GB flag

8:53 PM

Jos. Sounds good . It could be worth trying the aerial on its side .vertical polarisation. pointed at west runton without a mast amp to test if west runton is a viable backup.

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Lee Donaghy
9:06 PM

Is BBCB on C36 wrong, digitaluk detailed coverage checker says C46

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Lee Donaghy's 14 posts GB flag

9:41 PM

Lee Donaghy:

Use the details given by the Digital UK Coverage Checker. That is run by the transmitter operator so is the most accurate source.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 5 April 2019
Lee Donaghy
6:02 AM

wasted nearly an hour trying to sort out a channel problem on mythtv trying to manually tune to C36 sigh.

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Lee Donaghy's 14 posts GB flag

7:45 PM

Lee Donaghy: Yes c36 is wrong . I believe that the channel plan was changed at the last minute . This website covers all of uk so there has not been time to bring it upto date. You can find the channels on the coverage checker website .32 39 42 43 45 46 55 56

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Hardy's 137 posts GB flag
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Teresa Marshall
8:13 AM

We are getting intermittent interference on 3 TVs in our house early morning and evening time ,we receive our signal through a digital Ariel on the roof which has been checked and no fault found ,it has a booster which is fine also , the TVs has built in digital channels ,we have retuned but the picture pixelates and we lose pictures and signals and all channels on all TVs . Our postcode is NR66LZ we live on Cromer road. Our catch up TVs is fine ,as are Netflix etc . Can you give us any advice.

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