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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
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), 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
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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.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011
John Ramsbottom
1:00 AM

I admire your efforts Mark to try and see when the various switch-offs would take place. I doubt you ruined anyone's viewing though. Having said that there were two interesting looking films on ITV and Ch4 (analogues) that I can't see now!

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John Ramsbottom's 8 posts GB flag
1:01 AM

Are all muxes transmitting?
I lost ITV earlier so figured DSO2 was done.
Rescanned but can only tune into the mux on C55. All other muxes are missing :(
Doubt it is too much signal as i got all muxes fine (even the BBCA when it was ramped upto 100K 2 weeks ago)

Not looking good so far :(

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billy's 12 posts GB flag
1:06 AM

Ignore my above post, i have just read up it and it will be complete by 6am.
I am too eager for the HD haha

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Mark Fletcher

1:36 AM

John Ramsbottom.Thanks for yer kind words of wisdom,although i'm not a professional in relation to mostly freeview,TV,aerials,etc,just an amateur myself with some knowledge in what i described above,i have considerably learned a lot through this website and a few others and basically to the best of my capabilities pass on some useful advice to many others on this website.I do have some experience on TV aerials having toyed around with them since i was a wee kid,getting the best position for TV reception,getting the connections right,fixing and repairing aerials,what aerial groups they belong,etc,(i'm not in the aerial fitting trade i must stress myself) apart from that,i'm also a wee bit of an anorak myself too.Hopefully the transition from analogue/low powered pre-digital to high powered digital only TV from the old Taccy mast to the new Tacolneston transmitter runs much more smoothly here than in neighbouring Sudbury transmitter region centred mainly in Suffolk,Essex,etc,where there are still rumblings of discontent amongst their freeview users still going on,and due to further switchovers in the early part of 2012 namely in Crystal Palace,Bluebell Hill,Dover,Hannington,Heathfield,Rowridge to name a few,some Sudbury viewers until those masts that i had just mentioned above complete DSO will have to put up with low powered SDN,ArqA and more so ArqB mux's until at least Wed 27 June 2012 when their understrength commercial multiplexes i described finally goes to full power 100kw (each) by then and not before.

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
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1:58 AM

Well im in bury town center upto 9th nov i had full set of channels from tacolneston i retuned on 9th and got 95% signal off BBCA

now ive just tried to retune for the 23rd for the final time and get nothing except sudbury off back of the aerial watchable just about at 2am
heres info of full channels i can receive

ch41 - 10 channels sudbury off back a/e
ch44 - 21 channels sudbury off back a/e
ch49 - 25 channels sudbury off back a/e

ch52 - 0 channels tacolneston
ch55 - 21 channels tacolneston
ch59 - 0 channels tacolneston
ch62 - 0 channels tacolneston

not sure why i cannot get 52,59,62

i was getting all these before switch over
C59 C60 C62 C63 C64 C65 from tacolneston digital

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John's 3 posts GB flag
2:02 AM

Laughs me to billy

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John Ramsbottom
2:19 AM

Ok Mark. You sound as though you were a bit like me when you were younger. I used to fiddle around with valve black & white TVs (405/625) in the 70s and worked for BBC radio in the 80s. Regarding the digital switchover, it is clearly working better in some areas than others. I wasn't aware of the situation in Sudbury although I won't be able to get the SDN, ArqA and ArqB Muxes at all as Thetford won't be radiating these. I note with interest that the main multiplexes seem to be using the analogue channels post switchover which seems to make much sense given that these frequencies were worked out very carefully in the 60s and have been found to work together generally ok. This would also make dealing with the repeaters much easier and I have a feeling that the repeaters are using the same equipment pre and post switchover given that engineers have not generally been present at these during switchover nights.

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Mark Fletcher

2:20 AM

John,Bury St Edmunds.Try resetting yer appliance and if it allows you manually scan the Tacolneston frequencies instead.These being fr's 42,45,50,55,59,62.

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Mike Smith
2:22 AM

John Taccy is now on 42, 45, 50, 55, 59 and 62(HD) nothing on 52 from Taccy.

All muxes were up and running at Taccy the last one switched on at 2.05 being ch50 MuxD (ArqivaB).

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John Ramsbottom
2:31 AM

I forgot to say that D3+4 mux is now operating in Thetford and presumably Tacolneston. I can't see any sign of the BBCB mux but this may be because it looks like an HD only service. I can now see Channel 5 for the first time (at home) since it came into service although of course I may not like the programmes! Actually I did see a bit of it on the night it started by taking a portable tv in the car and driving nearer to Tacolneston. That must seem seriously nerdy!

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