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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

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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

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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.

Monday, 28 February 2022
3:23 PM

Moved recently to Knodishall, the house seems to have an aerial that was directed towards, I presume tacolnston, since the high winds the aerial has gone askew, is there anyway I can find the correct alignment that I need?

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William's 1 post GB flag

5:21 PM

William: If you put your postcode into Freeview's detailed coverage checker it will give you the compass bearing of each transmitter predicted to cover your location.

Detailed transmitter information for industry professionals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,618 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 1 March 2022

1:31 PM


It'll depend on where you are within your locale. Using the coverage checker will be the best way, also look at your neighbours aerials.
Reception from Tacolneston doesn't look the best and Sudbury may be better BUT there's a local relay at Aldeburgh but will only provide the PSB multiplexes.
How many channels did you used to get? Are the rods (or squashed Xs) on the aerial vertical or horizontal?

If you are having no luck with the checker come back here with that full postcode.

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Chris.SE's 4,128 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

1:36 AM


It's quite well known that HDMI can cause interference to some UHF channels but especially UHF C55 (COM7). It's best to keep aerial cables as well separated as possible from other cables such as HDMI, mains etc.

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Chris.SE's 4,128 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 July 2022
7:31 PM

Hi I'm thinking of buying a Which recommended indoor aerial for my kitchen TV but it only has a reception range of 15 miles. Are you able to say if I would receive good reception here in Kessingland on the coast from the Tacolneston transmitter. Or will I have to look again for a different indoor aerial.
Many thanks.

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DAPHNE PRENTICE's 1 post GB flag

10:28 PM

DAPHNE PRENTICE: Most indoor aerials will only work well if you are very close to the transmitter, or can see if in the distance if it broadcasts at a high power level. If you provide a full postcode we can check the predicted coverage at your location.

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StevensOnln1's 3,618 posts GB flag

11:41 PM


Just doing some random checks in the area, especially if you are close to the coast, I don't think you will stand ANY chance of getting a reliable signal from an indoor aerial, either from Tacolneston or from either relay transmitter at Lowestoft or Adelburgh.

If you are close to or west of the A12 you might stand a chance of getting a reliable signal from Tacolneston with an EXTERNAL aerial !

What sort of aerials have your neighbours got and which way are they pointing? That should give you some clues.

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Chris.SE's 4,128 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 September 2022
Nick Osborne
5:38 PM

Good evening
Did Tacolneston transmitter re shuffled is channels resulting in TV's requiring a retune?
Mostly w/c 19th September

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Nick Osborne's 1 post GB flag

10:17 PM

Nick Osborne:

There was some minor changes on the SDN multiplex (nationwide) on the 21st September.
Children's channels - Ketchup moved from 211 to 209, Yaaas! from 212 to 211. Ketchup Too was added at 210.
Two other streamed channels were added - Rok at 276, UK Radio Portal at 277.

You could retune the SDN multiplex UHF C42 if you wish.
Earlier in September (8th), if you receive the Local multiplex on C32, Great! Movies Classic LCN52 and its +1 LCN63 renamed to their Xmas versions.

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Chris.SE's 4,128 posts GB flag
Saturday, 15 October 2022
7:13 PM

I live only a few miles from the Tacolneston transmitter and get excellent signal (100%/100% solid/continuous) on all broadcast channels except for the HD ones (everything on supposed C36/actually C46). This site says they are on C36 but whenever I tune any device (Freeview box, several TVs, tried them all) the HD channels come on C46 and fluctuate between 0%/0% and 30% (SQ)/40% (Strength) over a few mins and really worse than useless.

I've tried manually scanning C36 and it refuses to due to "No Signal.

Cables and ariel are all good (e.g. 100%/100% on all other channels).

This has been going on for ages 1+ years so not a temporary glitch awaiting an engineer.

Many thanks

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