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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
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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
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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, 14 November 2011
Dave Lindsay

11:06 AM

Colin Catchpole: You will need to do another retune on 23rd November. At that time HD will become available to you.

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Paul Cox
2:00 PM

A by-product of the DSO. Many Sky customers may have a few problems following DSO.
Sky set top boxes, for years, have provided a secondary RF Analogue outlet, for redistribution around the house. They have frequently defaulted an output at Ch38/9 or Ch68. The Analogue outlet also provided back fed remote control. Now that Ch60-69 are being cleared for G4 phone services and the channels around 38/39 for some other services, cant remember what? With digital transmissions popping up all over the bands many legacy Sky systems could be in trouble. Any Thoughts?
Cant imagine Sky caring too much, I doubt if Sky boxes will output a Digital Signal in its own Multiplex. Sky will hope to sell more Multi Room installations at £10 a month I guess.
My own not inexpensive solution was an HMDI distribution amp.

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4:14 PM

Wow, what an absolutely thorough explanation Mike Dimmick (Thank you!)
A lot of that is way over my head but i will read up some more.
As far as i can tell i am fine with the 100K BBCA mux (perfect picture and no drop outs or problems recording)
In theory i should be OK when the remaining muxes are boosted to 100k on Nov 23rd.
Any problems and it will be easy enough (and cheap enough) to buy a variable attenuator :).

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billy's 12 posts GB flag
4:16 PM

^^ to buy a variable attenuator
(No idea why that was cut off from my previous message).

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billy's 12 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

12:16 AM

JM F....
I am astounded by your comment regarding the co-ax on....I have several so called "gold plated" so called "digital" co-ax fly leads (only cheapies but they worked, blue in colour) - had them for years with no problems at all until a few weeks ago when, after a re-tune the TV card in the PC flatly refused to find more than a handful of stations. My first thought was to swap the co-ax lead with the one from the TV (same type) but that also didn't work.....the other TV's in the house all worked OK with the "suspect" assuming the TV card to be at fault I contacted Hauppauge who, despite my protestations that it was OK, immediately suspected the fly-lead (!!) so I made up a new one with double screened co-ax (that I had recently re-wired my whole installation with) and lo and behold ALL stations returned ! The old lead tests perfectly on DC with a meter (about 1 Ohm end to end and >999 MOhm insulation) so why doesn't it work with the PC card - and why, all of a sudden don't any of the others ?
This seems to reflect your comments re checking the fly lead (Jane Hore) so I can only assume that my problems are caused by lack of screening allowing interference to swamp the signal although to my knowledge nothing has changed !
Interested to hear your (or anyone else's comments as to why this might be and why only after the re-tune a couple of weeks ago).

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David's 26 posts GB flag

12:22 AM

interested to hear your (and anyone elses') comments as to why this should be and also why it has suddenly happened after the re-tune last week.
Needless to say I have now replaced all my fly leads with newly made up ones using the double screened co-ax....just to be safe !

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David's 26 posts GB flag
5:54 PM

I've just had to retune our tv for the third consecutive day because of "no signal" errors and breakup.

Are others having to do this?

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Mark Fletcher

6:06 PM

Jon.Norwich.Hard to say without a full postcode.Inversion effect could be the cause,are you receiving far away or foreign transmissions as such while you specified your signals pixellates,breaking up and disappearing altogether into "No signal" mode,when you retune.

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
6:14 PM

Thanks. The input form said it had me noted as NR118ND so I didn't supply it.

I suppose it could be that and while the aerial points to Tacolneston, I guess we could be affected by West Runton or Overstrand.

I've not noticed it like this before though. We can have a few days in a row where maybe one or two multiplexes are poor or unavailable but I don't remember a retune helping this in the past.

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6:16 PM

(or, has been the case in 2 of the last 3 days, loosing BBC1 with it)

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