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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

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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, 109 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! 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

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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

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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! 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?

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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;
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, 28 November 2011
Dave Lindsay

6:09 PM

Dave Harrison: There are a number of relay transmitters of Tacolneston south of The Wash.

See here:


You might be able to receive from one of these and use Belmont to get the rest of the commercial channels. This will require a second aerial.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
2:24 PM

Freeview is driving us mad! For a period of about three weeks before the switchover in my area (East Anglia Tacolneston transmitter) we began to lose channels with broken and locked picture. Since the switchover this has become far worse, I have completely re-tuned the machines (two fairly new TVs + Humax recorder) as per instructions but it remains impossible to watch any programmes. I have a new high-gain aerial, and I have two small TVs in other rooms which have re-tuned perfectly please can anyone help?!

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Ann's 2 posts GB flag

8:54 PM

Ann: Its very difficult to assist when your exact location (post code) isn't known, but the problems you mention can be caused by an over powerful signal which can cause blocking on your receiving equipments tuner, the symptoms of this being "exactly" the same as from a weak signal.

A good test to see if this is applying is to try a test on BBC1 / ITV1 etc using a set top aerial, although a more accurate test is by the insertion of a simple attenuator in line with the aerial socket, these costing in the region of £4 or so.

That said, if you come back with your post code then a more precise answer can be given

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 2 December 2011
Richard Watson
3:51 PM

I have a new Panasonic TV, and the signal goes to this in a loop in, loop out arrangement via my Panasonic HD recorder. The signal quality & strength are at full deflection on the TV, and reception is fine,but both quality and strength vary rapidly and wildly on the HD recorder and they even drop out completely on occasions. What can be the problem as the signal goes from the HD to the TV! My post code is NR21 7NH, transmitter is Tacolneston

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Dave Lindsay

4:17 PM

Richard Watson: Do you have a booster/amplifier connected? If so, get rid of it.

See this page:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

It could be too much signal. What sort of aerial do you have?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

4:21 PM

Richard Watson: Certainly if you've got a high-gain antenna, I would suggest it could be too higher signal level. If it's not, I'm not sure I'd rule it out.

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Richard Watson
7:42 PM

Yes I do have a signal booster - thanks for the suggestion, I will try it without. Too high a signal strength may explain one or two oddities I am seeing on other TVs in the house, e.g. blocking/freezing on BBC channels on my kitchen TV.

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Saturday, 3 December 2011
Paul Cox
12:44 PM

Dave Pointer
Wrote on Saturday 26 November 2011 10:02PM
Now the DSO is complete can anybody recommend the best channel to use for 'V+ rf out' in the Thorpe st Andrew area. I'm using CH68 at the minute but the picture quality isn't the best!

David: Not sure what V+ rf out means. I guess you refer to an analogue signal from a set top box, Recorder, Sky+/Hd whatever.
Ch68 will be in the domain of G4 mobile phone signals, one day! So try Ch38

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1:51 PM

Dave Pointer & Paul Cox: a point worth noting is that Mux ArqB from Tacolneston will change frequency to C39+ probably in 2013 if not before. At the same time MuxBBCB will change frequency to C50. Also C37 is penciled in for COM8 from Tacolneston, if this service takes to the air. You could try C21 which is clear in Norfolk, not sure though about which frequencies are in use at high power in Holland which could become a factor. Otherwise try the frequencies over C63 in the 4G block and change again if necessary when you know what is planned in the locality.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 4 December 2011
D. McDonald
11:13 AM

Why does my mothers receptoion keeps breaking up and stalling, she lives in NR1 2PX, she has re booted several times and re-tunhjed as well

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