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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 26/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

9:03 AM

Mike Dimmick: I did suspect that it will be actually BBC TWO analogue that gets taken off air two months early, and ITV1 analogue will swap to BBC2.

But that would not fit the usual plan, as ITV1 analogue would then have to go off air to make way for the BBCA multiplex on C55- during the two weeks between DSO1 and DSO2.

I have to agree with your comment "Ofcom are ... letting the broadcasters do whatever they want and not keeping up with the paperwork. "

It was bad enough when MuxD was going into 64QAM mode at low power levels, which was to provide Sky Sports for BT.

But doing the same to MuxC for a couple of low rent channels on transmitters where there is no power increase is intolerable - especially as Digital UK are claiming to the press and public that this does not happen.

Of course, there were always going to be issues with the COM multiplexes because of the issues around it being a "secondary network", and frequencies being pulled for 4G and DDR.

Even though, of course, 4G and DDR frequencies are going to remain "out to tender" for some time to come.

What really gets my goat is all the "official" data that is published as bloody PDFs so I can't ever import it, I have to manually check the documents, and of course the errors like the all important line in the document being cut off.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
9:33 AM

Help cant get any signal in Norwich Freeview cant find carrier ! any ideas

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sarah's 1 post GB flag
10:04 AM

Hello sarah when you say your getting no signal whats your set up does your aerial go straight into tv or through a dvd or vcr recorder. If it does try putting aerial straight into tv.Or have you bought a new tv and getting no signal?

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Alan's 8 posts GB flag
10:55 AM

Briantist, Thanks for your comments as well I was wondering why nobody had not posted any comments about Itv1 analogue being on ch59.There are constant on screen reminders coming up saying retune on 17th august. So maybe only way is to wait and see what happens on that date.

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Alan's 8 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

7:20 PM

Alan: yes, the relays are another very good reason why ITV1 analogue would not be switched off early, or even BBC Two turned off. The relays, as the name indicates, receive the signal off-air from the main transmitter at Tacolneston and retransmit it on a different frequency. (Some may go via another relay.) It would definitely be unacceptable to leave some viewers completely without the channel.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Pete Barnby
3:12 PM

My Freeview has returned to its normal quality of its own accord after a few weeks of problems, so whatever non existent "engineering work" was being carried out has now stopped interfering with the signal from Tacolneston.

Pete Barnby:

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Pete Barnby's 4 posts GB flag

7:19 PM

Mike Dimmick: I have emailed Ofcom to ask them about where ITV1 goes. Hopefully I will get an answer in the morning.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Monday, 8 August 2011

7:36 AM

Alan: Hopefully I will hear from Ofcom today.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Friday, 12 August 2011
5:21 PM

My aerial was installed prior to analogue channel 5. Is it likely to be adequate for freeview after DSO? I ask because SDN, ArqA, and ArqB are to be transmitted at lower frequncies than existing analogue or freeview.

Also, as I am in a weak signal area, I hear rumours that an aerial with a built in 4G filter will be needed ahead of the mast amp. Is there any truth in this?

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Mike Dimmick

5:46 PM

clive: Group C/D aerials still have some gain below the official group - there isn't a sharp cut-off as there is above the aerial group. See ATV Stock Aerial Tests for a comparison.

Whether or not you need a filter for 4G will depend on where you are and where the 4G transmitters using the 800MHz band are. As Tacolneston uses horizontal polarization, and 4G base stations are expected to use vertical polarization, your aerial is likely to pick up rather less 4G signals than if it were vertically-polarized.

Please check Digital UK's prediction to figure out if you really are in a weak signal area - if you provide a full postcode I can check this. Post-switchover digital signals will be substantially stronger than before. The coverage area could even be larger than analogue, because while the new digital maximum power levels are lower than analogue, they are relatively higher than at most other transmitters. Other sites use a power level one-fifth of analogue, Tacolneston will be two-fifths.

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