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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

 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

1:39 PM

graham: DSO does not start until Wednesday 9th November 2011.

I can't really say what your reception will be like without a full postcode.

Have you tried doing My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | - independent free digital TV advice ?

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Briantist's 38,905 posts GB flag
2:16 PM

Hi Brian, thanks for the reply.
I have been experiencing disruption since August 27th (Pre DSO re-tune date)
I lost Mux D for a week, after that it came back then i lost Mux C for at least 10 days and it came back. Now i only have Muxes 1, 2 A & B.
I have done all the procedures explained on this website but nothing seems to help.

Last Saturday (1st Oct) for example from 8am - at least 5pm Mux 1 & Mux 2, A, B & D were all out all day. tuner reported no signal on any of the frequencies.

my postcode is NR3 1PF
If the City Centre transmitter was Full Freeview i would simply point the aerial at that (about 700m away but actually higher than me topography wise.
I obviously would prefer to get all the muxes & HD and all my neighbours are pointed out to Talconeston

Oh i cannot find the box but i am sure my aerial is a 52 element high gain wideband.
the cable run is standard coax but it is under 10 metres in length (single feed to 1 TV , no splitters or amplifiers/attenuators

Thanks for any info you can provide!


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Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Mark Fletcher

12:04 AM

graham,Norwich.To summarise your earlier posts.Firstly there is no such thing as a high gain group W wideband aerial,as their performance on the lower frequencies in particular the group A aerial frequencies are less than satisfactory (lower gain,etc).However a group W wideband aerial for Tacolneston will do as most of the frequencies here are higher up the band.If you stated your antenna must be loft mounted,then a DY14WB (group W) type aerial should give satisfactory results as long as you use satellite grade black (preferred) or brown cable with a brass co-ax plug.Your best bet though is wait until Tacolneston becomes all digital on Wednesday 23 November 2011,then you may find out if you possibly end up with too much signal.

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david faulkner

12:16 AM

mike smith
I stand corrected...having installed the fibre network at Sudbury a few years back I was there whilst the mast was being built and the guys on site explained the whys & wherefores about why the new mast was shorter (more powerful, digital etc.) so I assumed it would be the same at Tacolneston....but having read the info here
The BigTower Tacolneston Transmitter
it does indeed appear that the new mast IS higher .... hmmmm

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david faulkner's 26 posts GB flag
11:57 PM

Thank you Mark Flethcer for your comprehensive reply :)
I do not mind shelling out a few quid for an attenuator if needed (in the case of too much signal)
I would certainly prefer not to have to buy another Aerial (my current Coax is black, assumed to be Sat grade).
Fingers crossed for the 23rd

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
harry a
4:06 PM

I had a new aerial installed 2 years ago. I looks like a big one, its on the chimney, and as it feeds a number of rooms in the house it has a powered booster attached. It appears to be pointing towards Tacolneston.
For some months now (?), reception has been poor-in all rooms and all tvs (which have been retuned).
Is this something to do with the switchover-or should I get the installer back?
Postcode NR2 3RF

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Thursday, 20 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
6:09 PM

I'm fairy sure that I will need to remove one or both of my boosters come switchover. they are in place because the signal is interupted by a large bank of trees.

I have a pre-booster which feed a 12-way booster unit. That in turn feeds all the TV sockets of which 6 are in use.

I can take out the pre-booster but I can't take the 12 way booster out without replacing 12-way connectivity somehow.

Is the right answer to wait and see what the effect is and if necessary get a straightforward 12-way splitter?

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Pete's 12 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 October 2011

9:02 AM

Pete: Yes, wait and see.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011
Lee Donaghy
9:51 AM

Looking forward to next month, have mythtv-backend and 2 dvb-t2 tuners ready for action.

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