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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

 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 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

 H max
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.

Thursday, 15 July 2021
7:56 AM

OK, thanks....just seemed strange that only that mux was affected

do you know why I am not receiving email updates to this forum?... I am not signed up for the daily updates but the "email me updates" box is ticked

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david's 13 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 July 2021

4:35 AM


Although there were some odd problems with email updates a while ago, mine (weekly) have been working recently.
The system may not be correctly recognising each of your posts as being from the same person as the cumulative post count for you doesn't seem to be correctly updating.
Try checking that your details are correctly entered in the system using the Mail Icon at the top RHS of the page and that it's the identical email address and name in the boxes etc when you post.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 July 2021
Transmitter engineering

11:17 PM

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 19/07/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,449 posts GB flag
Sunday, 15 August 2021
david faulkner
8:59 PM

Hi for your reply and apologies for the delay in response
I checked the email envelope and I get a fatal error message...I cannot paste it here for some reason

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david faulkner's 13 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 August 2021

4:19 AM

david faulkner:

Hi David, hopefully the site owner will be able to resolve this problem.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
David Faulkner
10:19 AM

still having major problems with COM7 channels...the signal strength remains reasonable at around 70% but the quality is varying between 100 and 38% which is clearly the problem.....but what is the cause???.....ALL other muxes are received at 100% signal and 100% quality with no variance at all

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David Faulkner's 13 posts GB flag

3:11 PM

David Faulkner:

Tacolneston was listed for Planned Engineering for 3 weeks in July. We don't know what the work was, but from information that is appearing in various places, there's a possibility it was in preparation for some 700MHz Mobile equipment. Work may have still been going on despite not being listed, the lists haven't been that accurate of late!

Just to complicate matters further, some Tropospheric Ducting has appeared in some places causing interference from other transmitters. Some predictions are showing this could get worse for a few days as the week progresses. But that will depend of whether the current weather forecasts change in any way which might have a significant effect on that.

However, if there are any new 700MHz mobile transmissions near you (do you have any mobile masts within say a couple of hundred metres) that could be deafening your receiver a bit. I note from your post that you have 100% signal, do you have an amp/distribution system? If so, if the amp has a gain control, turn it down a bit until the other mux signals just start to drop from 100% to make sure you aren't overloading the front ends anywhere. See if that has any effect on COM7 quality.

If you have a mobile phone that covers the 700MHz band, you might be able to get it to scan to see if there are any strong transmissions in the band.

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Chris.SE's 4,241 posts GB flag

3:15 PM

David Faulkner:

Sorry also forgot to add that sometimes it can take a while on this site for posts to appear, so hold on somewhat before trying to post again (I tend to take a copy of what I'm about to post if it's quite lengthy just in case the post fails and I have to repeat it). The site also eventually removes duplicate posts!

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david faulkner
9:02 PM

Thanks Chris....yes, I did notice my duplicate post but that was because I again received the previously posted page of errors...I have tried 3 different browsers!!
There are no new 4G or mobile masts around - in fact there are no masts around for miles as we live in the middle of nowhere :) - IP23 8LP and served of course from Tacolneston -have tried Sudbury but Taccy was way better
Thanks for your tip about turning the gain down - I do have a 4 way distribution amp and am aware of problems caused by overloading etc...ALL the other muxes are absolutely fine, when I installed it many years ago I turned the gain down until the strength read 90% then tweaked it up gradually until it was just at 100....I have bypassed the amp completely and connected only the lounge TV which dropped the signal to around 80% on all the other muxes but COM7 dropped to the point where I couldnt receive any channels
I have a Televes DAT 75 aerial in bypass - i.e. without the PSU conected at all as it wasnt needed after full DTTV switchover (before full DTTV we could just about pick up channel 5 with it powered !

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david faulkner
9:06 PM is a Televes DAT 45 (the black plastic one) not 75

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