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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?

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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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

7:25 PM

david faulkner:

Apologies, one of us should have said try clearing all previous tuning by doing an automatic scan with the aerial unplugged. Then with the aerial plugged in either do an automatic scan if that works ok for your locale, or a manual scan of each multiplexes' UHF channel.

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Chris.SE's 4,245 posts GB flag
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Birt G
10:37 AM

Most days a request appears on the screen to update FW for new channels. Is this normal?

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Birt G's 6 posts GB flag

11:42 AM

Birt G:

It's likely it will continue to appear until you do the update.

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Chris.SE's 4,245 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
carl cutting
7:18 PM

Arial is on top of roof on 3 storey house.
I do not recieve bbc channels but I do recieve itv channels I have looked on the freeview Tacloston map transmitter the shaded area does not appear over my area am I too far away from the Tacloston transmitter.
Please help.

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carl cutting's 1 post GB flag

9:30 PM

carl cutting:

Tacolnston is not the best transmitter for you to use in Great Yarmouth. There is a Freeview light transmitter that will give better and more reliable reception - but with a limited range of services. See About us | Freeview for more details.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

12:51 AM

carl cutting:

Whilst MikeP is correct in what he says, you are nevertheless not too far from the Tacolneston transmitter BUT it depends/could depend on the house number for your address. MikeP's search looks at results for no:1 in your road, whereas a general search for prediction reception at your postcode About us | Freeview gives much more optimistic results.

Whilst the predicted results for ITV/C4 channels (D3&4 multiplex) are marginally better than BBC multiplexes, I'm surprised you aren't getting BBC channels.
Your aerial should be pointing roughly slightly W of NW (254deg.) with the rods horizontal. If its and old Group B aerial you may struggle a bit with the COMs 7&8 multiplexes. Ideally you need a Group T /Wideband.

I would check all you coax plugs. connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section.

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Chris.SE's 4,245 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Simon Moss
5:42 PM

ITV channels having poor reception in Hempnall, BBC all OK. Thought that it was our old TV box, but newer bedroom TV also having problems with reception.
Can a booster box be selective, or is the weather or leaves wrong at present?
Or has the mast having problems?

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Simon Moss's 1 post GB flag

6:55 PM

Simon Moss:

There is Planned Engineering this week at Tacolneston with "Possible weak signal". So this is probably the problem you are seeing.

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Chris.SE's 4,245 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 November 2019
Chris Wright
3:26 PM

With a roof aerial, a new smart tv and having retuned, all channels
are fine except Sony channels 48 and 50 which have persistent sound and missed
picture block problems.
Is this an aerial problem?
We are in Great Moulton quite close to Tacolneston.

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Chris Wright's 1 post GB flag

9:17 PM

Chris Wright:

Without a full post code we have no idea just how close you might be to the transmitter. If you are quite close, then you may have too much signal and that can cause many problems. So please check what the reported signal strengths are, especially on the channels giving you problems. Ideally you want between 60% and 85%. Less will cause drop outs whilst more will give unreliable reception.If the signal is too strong you can add an attenuator into the aerial cable to reduce the signal.

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