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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Saturday, 23 July 2011
2:39 AM

Briantist: Thank you fro the reply. The postcode is NR2 2DG. When the aerial was installed I think there may have been problem with some trees.

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Sunday, 24 July 2011
Pete Barnby
10:07 PM


Thanks for the response however the problem is only between 6AM and 11AM since 9th July, once this period is over all channels resume.
However during this period we have restricted channels. NOT a Freeview retune problem as only 10 to 17 digital channels are available during this period.

Pete Barnby:

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Monday, 25 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Jane Hore
10:28 AM

In Oulton Broad TV reception is spasmodic with frequent loss of signal. I have a 3 year old roof mounted aerial and a new HD ready television set.
The constant loss of signal is making television watching tedious.
This is getting progressively worse, is it due to engineering works in preparation for the HD changeover.
Who owns the transmitters?

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Mike Dimmick

11:29 AM

Jane Hore: Can you provide a full postcode please, so we can see the prediction for you?

Using Bing Maps to get a co-ordinate for Oulton Broad, I got a nearby postcode of NR33 8QH from This shows very high probability of reliable reception, suggesting a problem with your system rather than any issue at the transmitter. Is analogue reception clear? If not, is it snowy or is there 'herringbone' patterning? If snowy or lacking colour, I'd suspect a broken aerial or cable - if herringboning, it could be too much signal and you should remove or turn down any boosters or amplifiers.

In answer to your final question, the transmitters are owned and operated by Arqiva. This is the successor company to NTL, which took over the IBA's transmitters in 1993; in 2007 Arqiva bought up the company that eventually ended up owning the BBC's transmitters after they were privatized. Tacolneston was originally a BBC transmitter, the IBA (for ITV and later C4) used the site as a tenant for colour TV. At other sites, e.g. Sandy Heath, the IBA was landlord and the BBC the tenant.

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Pete Barnby
10:18 PM

There are three posts from people in the Tacolneston transmission region, including myself, who are experiencing problems with Freeview, to date there have been no "reported engineering works" but the problem is clearly across the region, in my case between approx 6:30 am and 11:00 am I can get between 10 and 17 channels if I retune, after this time all channels are available.
Can anyone give an explanation or a contact for complaining, I've followed the BBC and Digital UK sites but have been told there is no problem!

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Pete Barnby's 4 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

7:57 AM

Pierre: If you have any broadcast channels numbers, you can use Find a Freeview transmitter by frequency | - independent free digital TV advice .

Your correct (and only) transmitter IS Tacolneston. If the aerial isn't pointing southwest 218° then you should probably make it do so.

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jane hore
1:10 PM

@ Mike Dimmick.
Thank you for your reply. The ownership answer is most interesting
I have none of the issues you suggest, snowy or herringbone. I have a good picture that simply cuts out to a silent blue swirly background signing 'no signal'.
This can continue for a minute or so before I get the picture/sound back.
NR33 9LH

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Mike Dimmick

2:54 PM

jane hore: That doesn't usually happen on analogue. Are you sure you checked the right thing?

It's rare for that to happen on digital as well, it normally goes blocky for a period first. If you're using a separate Freeview box from the TV, try pressing the MENU button on the Freeview box's remote. If the menu doesn't appear, the problem is the connection from the Freeview box to the TV. Replace the SCART cable. If it still happens, try a different SCART socket at either end, because there may be a broken connection.

If the menu does appear, check to see whether the problem occurs when the heating thermostat switches on and off, or a heating pump is running. These can cause a lot of electrical interference, which is picked up by the TV aerial cable. Newer cables, termed 'satellite-grade', with better screening will usually pick up less interference, but getting the thermostat or pump sorted out is a better solution.

Do also make sure your mobile phone is well away from TV aerial cables, as its transmissions can also be picked up and cause problems.

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