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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 22/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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

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C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
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20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&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 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&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
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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.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

2:32 PM


Please read my long post yesterday on p159 Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy Also note that the "tropo" is now subsiding so you shouldn't have any problems with a manual retune.
If you are still having problems with a new retune, try the following first - unplug the aerial and carry out a full automatic retune. This should clear all previous tuning as no channels will be found.
Plug the aerial back in and ideally carry out a manual tune using the UHF channels previously advised, or if you can't manual retune, repeat an automatic tune.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
7:37 PM

April 14, 20:30

All Tacolneston high power mux HD transmissions down. Suddenly broke up then nothing.

SD OK and oddly some low power Com7&8 HD.

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Mardler's 11 posts GB flag

11:33 PM

Mardler :

The transmitter is listed for Planned Engineering this week with "Possible service interruptions" (which might include what seems like low power). If you happened to have retuned (not advised in those circumstances), it may have cleared the correct tuning and you will have to retune at some point when transmissions return to normal.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Friday, 1 May 2020
Kenneth Lock
11:48 AM

I have two set-top boxes both of which receive all stations perfectly with the singular exception of channel 50 (Sony Movies Classic). Each are on a separate aerial therefore the same malfunction' would appear to exist, and I have tried retuning many times to no avail. I would be grateful if you could advise. my grateful thanks for an otherwise perfect service.

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Kenneth Lock's 1 post GB flag

10:12 PM

Kenneth Lock:

Last year Sony moved a number of their channels to Local Multiplexes see Channel listings | Freeview
There is a Local multiplex broadcast from Tacolneston with a Local station - That's TV East which is at LCN7 in your EPG. It is beamed towards Norwich from the transmitter, so unless you live to the NE of Tacolneston and/or are close enough, you may not receive the multiplex. It's on UHF C32, you could try a manual tune on that UHF channel.

The UHF channel list at the top of this page is out of date as the site owner has not had time to update many pages with all the 700MHz clearance changes. The full current list is as follows -
C40, C43, C46, C42, C45, C39, C55, C56, C32 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-8, Local.
Note, satisfactory reception of COMs7&8 and the Local multiplexes will depend upon your location.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Monday, 31 August 2020
Reg Godfrey
2:28 PM

Getting poor or no signal from channel 32 i.e. no BBC channels.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

2:20 AM

Reg Godfrey:

Are you sure you mean C32? That is not the BBC multiplex, C32 at Tacolneston is the Local multiplex.
I can't find any reported problems with any transmissions from Tacolneston.
Do you perhaps mean C32 from the Winter Hill transmitter which has had changes recently. If so, then free help is available from Freeview, ring them on 0808-100-0288.
If it's not that, please provide a full postcode so we can check which transmitter(s) you may be receiving and hence any reported problems might be identified.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 December 2020
9:39 AM

My mother is on the Tacolneston transmitter and now cannot get Talking PIctures. It was not on the list for that area as it now gone she will be extremely upset would you be able to let me know if there's anything I can do to sort this and please keep it as simple as possible as I will need to do this over the phone thank you

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Sharon's 1 post GB flag

4:12 PM

Sharon: Talking Pictures has not been removed from any transmitter, it is still being broadcast on Freeview channel 81, on the COM6 multiplex along with Dave ja vu, Yesterday, DMAX, HGTV and various others. Has your mother lost any of those channels too? If those channels are present, then retuning should restore Talking Pictures. If those channels are also missing, do not retune, but please provide your mother's full postcode so that we can see what the predicted reception is like at her location.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag

4:14 PM


Talking Pictures is on the ArqB multiplex, see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex for your reference though you don't need to bother your mother with all that information.

There hasn't been any changes recently, so if your mother used to get it, she should still be able to.
There was some Planned Engineering back in mid-Novemeber and there have been some periods of "continental interference" (to keep the language simple) on occasion more recently which could have disrupted reception at various times.
If your mother's set retuned automatically or she retuned at some point when there was no signal or there was strong interference, this usually just clears the correct tuning and a further retune is needed when signals return to normal.

The usual solution in these situations is to use the following technique -
Unplug the aerial and initiate a full automatic retune from the set's tuning menu - this should clear all previous tuning (in case there's incorrect tuning or channels in the wrong place etc.). Plug the aerial back in and repeat the automatic retune which will hopefully restore all channels correctly.
If that hasn't worked please post back with your mother's full postcode, details of missing channels etc., so we can look at predicted reception and offer further advice.

FYI if your mother is upto looking at the TV's tuning section, if there's any setting for the set to automatically update for channel changes, it's usually best to turn it off, as it's often more trouble than it's worth when there is signal disruption. Maybe you could do it for her at some future date if that's not possible for her to do. If a retune is needed at some point in the future, there's usually an on-screen pop-up to advise and a retune can be initiated manually.

For your information (and anyone else reading), the UHF channel list at the top of this page is out of date as the site owner has not had time to update many pages with all the 700MHz clearance changes that took place a while ago. The full current list is as follows -
C40, C43, C46, C42, C45, C39, C55, C32 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-7, Local.
Note, satisfactory reception of COM7 and the Local multiplex in particular will depend upon your location.

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