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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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

 H max
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), 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
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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?

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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;
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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.

Friday, 18 November 2011
Jim F

8:49 PM

David: Those blue leads have given me trouble before - I've always assumed it was due to either the braid becoming broken or the centre core (or possibly both). It seems to happen when the lead has been bent close to one of the plugs - waggling the lead may momentarily get the signal back again, and repositioning (e.g. for a test with a meter) can also make it seem OK (but useless once its plugged back into the wall and is bent again).

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Jim F's 141 posts GB flag
10:53 PM

I live in Thetford. HD appeared on my box yesterday a whole week before it's supposed to begin (23/11). Although in 1080i not p. If you have a hd box try retuning now.

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mike's 1 post GB flag
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Monday, 21 November 2011
8:56 AM

Nothing on C62 in Norwich yet :(
Maybe you picked up a test transmission?

Oh and no HD will be transmitted as 1080P.
It will be 1080I or 720P / 720I

Freeview HD won't transmit in 1080p | News | TechRadar

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billy's 12 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:40 AM

billy: HD will be turned on on C62 this Wednesday.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
12:16 PM

@Colin in Dereham - you will get HD no problems assuming you have HD equipment from about 1am Wednesday morning (23rd). I'm in Shipdham and have no problems pulling in Sudbury HD - the signal is quite robust, despite being weaker than Tacolneston.

If you get the BBC channels after the changes back on the 9th you'll have no problems with HD. My uncle in Bilney gets the new BBC channels on a normal indoor aerial.

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Tony Foster
1:26 PM

Will COM7, COM8 and COM9 be operational from Wednesday, or will there be nothing until 2013? I was just wondering, as i will possibly be able to receive everything else through my group C/D aerial at my NR3 location

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Mark Fletcher

3:29 PM

Tony Foster,Norwich.No,com7,8,9 will not come into operation until around 2013 at the earliest projected date possible.As for yer group C/D aerial in NR3 location,you may be in for a shock as SDN will be broadcast on fr 42 and unless yer group C/D aerial is a superior type antenna you may not receive it as such or receive a low quality signal on the SDN mux on fr 42.Best bet wait until Wednesday 23 November 2011 when Tacolneston goes all digital,and as such after this if yer group C/D antenna fails to pick up SDN on fr 42 or get a low quality signal,you may have to replace yer aerial with in this instance a group W wideband aerial also as extra insurance for the future com,7,8,9 mux's that are projected from 2013 onwards.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

12:04 AM

Jim F...fair point....except that mine are all "straight" - I am well aware of the need not to bend co-ax :)
Still can't see why they should all "fail" only on the PC card and all of a sudden though - unless one or more of the frequencies changed but I can't see that really being the cause.
Another of lifes' mysteries I suppose.....still, after Wednesday we'll probably be cooking on RF - and we are (were) on the fringe area of Taccy !

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david's 26 posts GB flag
1:40 PM

@Tony Foster: COM 7, 8 and 9 are reliant on the 600MHz auction. These frequencies haven't been auctioned yet, and they may not necessarily be used for TV (although it's a strong possibility - the frequencies may be used for broadband instead).

If they are auctioned to whoever for TV, they might not be operational until 2014.

Whether your aerial works or not depends on the strength of the signal and the radiation pattern - if it's low powered potentially not (Tacolneston/Sudbury can cause interference in Holland/Belgium, so there might be restrictions). All UHF TV aerials should receive a UHF signal "out of group", some will do a better job of it than others.

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Tim C
1:41 PM

Anyone know what time the final switchover happens? Being an anorak I was thinking of watching the analogue switch off but I cant find what time its happening.

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