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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

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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), 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
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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;
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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.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Tony Foster
2:56 PM

RobDigitalSpy. Thanks for your comments on my post and for the information you give. I'm hoping that as my NR3 location is on high ground, plus the increase in power at the Tacolneston transmitter to 100kw, that I'll be alright on my present aerial for a while. Just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.

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6:00 PM

Tony Foster,
I am in the NR3 area
Luckily the installer who installed my Aerial some years ago had the fore thinking to suggest a Wideband, So hopefully i should have no problem with the SDN Mux on C42.
I will report back later after DSO2 is complete :)

Cannot wait for the HD mux to start too on C62

For what it is worth i would like to thank the unknown people working on the DSO at Tacolneston. Good job Guys :) and fingers crossed for a smooth transition later

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Mark Fletcher

6:22 PM

Tim C.Try bang on midnight up to 1am in the early hours of Wednesday morning 23 November 2011 roughly over 6 hours from now,but you have to be quick,blink and you miss it.BBC2 analogue already dissappeared around 12:25am (0025) on Wednesday 9 November 2011,so between BBC1,ITV1,Channel 4 and Channel 5 either one of those will go 1st,2nd,3rd,4th in no particular order though.Look through tonights programme schedules in relation to the four analogue stations currently left at Tacolneston mast my predictions that the first to go may be BBC1 around 12:01am (0001) as the film "Away from Her" is between 11:45pm (2345) & 1:30am (0130),second to go may be Channel 5 around 12:04am (0004) programme on by then is "CSI:Crime Scene Investigation" between 11:55pm (2355) & 12:50am (0050),third and penultimate to go may be Channel 4 around 12:12am (0012) programme on by then is "Oscar Pistorius 'Blade Runner' " between 12:10am (0010) & 12:15am (0015),fourth and ultimate to go may be ITV1 if extremely lucky the film on at that time "Gremlins" between 10:35pm (2235) & 12:35am (0035) will just about be broadcast in its entirity (not guaranteed however) and upon completion predicted to go around 12:37am (0037).I most likely will be incorrect being unpredictable anything can happen.Not forgetting the remaining (Mux1 went on Wed 9 Nov 2011,minutes after BBC2 analogue went) low powered pre-digital signals will all go after the last analogue signals go altogether minutes earlier.The five remaining new high powered digital signals will all be switched on (BBCA mux already switched on Wed 9 Nov 2011) by 1:30am (0130) at the very latest !

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Tim C
6:36 PM

Thanks Mark, sounds like I am not the only anorak around here ;-) I will test your predictions out they sound very logical.

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Mike Dimmick

8:21 PM

Tim C: The BBC cares about when they shut down. The commercial channels don't. I'd bet on 01:30 for BBC One to shut down; the commercial channels will probably already be off - though they might still go off at, or shortly after, a programme junction, as they did for Crystal Palace's power tests.

Usually it takes a while for things to be reconfigured for the new transmissions, but at Tacolneston, the new services will be on the new mast, so everything will already be set up.

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John Ramsbottom
10:51 PM

I'm another Anorak I'm afraid. It brings memories of the 405 system going off although that happened all at once. I've been having a last look at Ceefax (apart form the odd occassions when I may still see it eslsewhere). When the first part of the changeover happened two weeks ago I drove past the Thetford mast near where I live and was suprised to see no engineers vehicles there. I later realised that as Thetford probably follows Tacolneston in some way, this made sense as the same channels are being used new and old systems and presumably the same equipment is being used. Can anyone please tell me if the same equipment is being used at the repeater transmitters. I realise that the power is supposed to be lower for the digital system so I presume this requires a real person on site to do this at some point. I used to work for BBC Radio but have always had an interest in TV engineering as well.

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Mark Fletcher

11:44 PM

I will be brief as by the time my text is published the end for analogue broadcasts from the old Tacolneston mast will be near.To those eager to see analogue finally switched off channel by channel (only four left) anytime soon get yer remote controls ready and continually flip the analogue stations of BBC1,ITV1,C4,C5.The tell tale sign prior to analogue suddenly being turned off is a sudden weakening of the analogue signal,lasting between a few seconds to over 1 minute,then like a sudden flash of lightning its analogue signal is gone !

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Tim C
11:50 PM

Well it looks as though BBC one has just gone over as the film was starting. I wasnt expecting it to go before 1200.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Mark Fletcher

12:00 AM

Tim C.Can ya confirm BBC1 analogue has now been switched off from Taccy old mast ?

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Tim C
12:03 AM

ITV went about 1202

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