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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) mast?

Tacolneston transmitter - Tacolneston transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 19/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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 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

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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), 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
Channel icons
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
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;
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.

Sunday, 4 December 2011
Dave Lindsay

1:09 PM

D. McDonald: At just over 9 miles from the transmitter, I think that one possibility is that the signal level going into your mother's TV/box could be too high.

See this page for an explanation:

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

If there is a signal booster, then remove it. Consider getting an attentuator (£4 or £5 from eBay and other places).

Is this issue on all channels or on particular channels?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 December 2011
9:01 AM

Why are they constantly messing about with the Tac transmitter. It annoys me that this affects the analogue radio signal. What are they actually doing and why is this disrupted so much?

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Trevor Wadsworth
1:12 PM
Great Yarmouth

Have a new Samsung Freeview HD tv and can see the HD channels after retuning but cannot view them due to 'weak signal'. Postcode is NR29 4NQ. Is it possible aerial is not pointing at Tacolneston but some other transamitter?

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Dave Lindsay

2:18 PM

Trevor Wadsworth: Looking at the predictor it's doubtful.

Tacolnestion is at 238degrees (between South West and West South West) with your aerial mounted horizontally. See here for a picture of a horizontally mounted aerial:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

On the signal strength screen it should say that it is tuned to UHF channel 62 (when you have it on one of the HD services).

I had a quick look at your area on Google Streetview and all the aerials I could see are on Tacolneston. I did see a few bungalows, which by their very nature does mean that aerials are lower to the ground. Also look to see if there are any trees in the line of your aerial. They could affect some frequencies (multiplexes) and not others.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
9:34 PM

I'm in bowthorpe, Norwich and we cant get any channels whatsoever and had the same problems with signal that Ann had before the changeover. It is so annoying considering I've paid for a licence and cant watch tv :(.

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Dave Lindsay

9:49 PM

Hollie: If you have a signal booster, remove it.

What sort of reception did you have before switchover?

Can you not get any TVs in your house to work?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
11:00 AM

Hi. Since the switchover my Thompson PVR cannot recieve any channels to a watchable degree (they stutter/glitch constantly). Before the switchover I used a booster with the device and it always recieved all channels without a problem. Since the switchover I have tried it both with and without the booster (also altering the boost rate on the booster itself) but it makes no difference.
I live at NR9 4JL, have and external ariel on my roof and other TV devices which all work ok (including a TV on a portable ariel) - none of these require boosters.
I understand that the Thompson PVR may be old/not a top make, but it did recieve all channels okay before switchover. I've tried retuning it several times in the last week. On some occasions it only pickups a few channels, sometimes it pick up all of them, but they are never watchable. Is there anything which is going to change, or that I can do? Many thanks.

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Dave Lindsay

11:43 AM

Chris: If the set-top aerial works fine on the Thompson PVR, then I suggest that the problem might be too much signal.

See here:

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

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
1:07 PM

Oh sorry, I meant the portable ariel is working okay on a different TV. However, I did try the portable ariel on the Thompson PVR but I couldn't recieve any chennels like that.

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Trevor Wadsworth
3:01 PM
Great Yarmouth

Thanks Dave, I'll check the things you suggest when I get home at the weekend. Using Google Streetview though (I hadn't thought of that!) the aerial seems to be pointing in the right direction and is high enough but is of standard rather than digital high gain type. Would upgrading the aerial help much do you think?

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