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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
Channel icons
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

 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.

Saturday, 31 December 2011
1:00 PM

I live on Thorpe Park, in Norwich and prior to the switch over had all freeview channels. Now it seems I cannot recieve things on COM4 and COM5.
I have a wharfedale DV832BN freeview box and our aerials (on the flats) were all re-done last year (so people could have the option of sky).

I have spent ages scanning these helpsites etc and can't seem to find an answer that I can make sense of! I have also re-set, re-scanned etc several times.

Does anyone know (and willing to explain to a non technical type) what this may be down to- is my freeview box likely to be outdated, or is it more likely an aerial thing?

All help greatfully recieved.

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Dave Lindsay

3:47 PM

Blackcat: I am thinking that it might be an issue with the aerial system; not a fault, but due to different frequencies being used that weren't used before.

Is this a block of flats with a single aerial or do you have an aerial each? The latter is unlikely.

The multiplexes (groups of programme channels), e.g. COM4 and COM5 each have their own frequency. With TV, we usually refer to the frequencies as (UHF) channels 21 to 69 (not to be confused with logical channel numbers on a TV, 1=BBC1, 2=BBC2 etc).

Analysis of what Tacolneston used before switchover and what it uses now shows that COM4 and COM5 are on two channels that are a bit lower down than those used before switchover.

Pre-switchover, the five UHF channels used for analogue were 62, 55, 59, 65, 52 and the six digital ones were 63, 60, 53, 58, 61, 64.

Post-switchover, the six digital channels are (in order) 55, 59, 62, 42, 45, 50.

COM4 and COM5 are on Ch42 and Ch45 respectively, which is lower than those used before switchover. I suggest that this could be an explanation for the cause of your problem.

Your aerial system might have been set-up to allow the frequencies used previously through (from the aerial to your aerial socket).

If it is the aerial system that is not supplying the COM4 and COM5 signals to tennants, then only adjustment of the system will fix the problem and that is the responsibility of the landlord rather than the tennant.

Whether the above hypothesis is the reason for the problem is probably largely irrelevant as far as tennants are concerned. The responsibility probably lies with the landlord.

You could ask your neighbours if they have the same issue.

I also suggest that you try manually tuning in these two multiplexes (if your box allows manual tuning).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 6 January 2012
3:05 PM

Reception in this area ip173at is no better than it was before switchover.Without a booster
there would be no receivable signal.At times
watching freeview is a complete waste of time.
Is it likely to get any better,if not the only
alternative for us is Freesat.

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Dave Lindsay

3:20 PM

E.HOLMES: Which channels does it affect?

Have you confirmed that your receiver is tuned to Ch55 for BBC and Ch59 for ITV1/C4 and not 28 and 23 which is Aldeburgh or perhaps 44 and 41 which is Sudbury?

This information will likely be given on the signal strength/quality screen and applies to the programme channel being viewed.

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Adele Dodgson
3:52 PM


I live in Norwich and have digital set-top box connected to an analogue tv and I believe the tv aerial is digital compatable with the Tacolneston transmitter. Since the digital switch over in November 2011, I have noticed a problem with some of the Freeview channels in that if I switch off the set-top box, it looses the following channels in the Mux category PSB2 D3+4:
3) ITV1
4) Channel Four
5) Channel Five
6) ITV2
13) Channel 4+1
14) More 4
28) E4

By undertaking a first time installation scan each time I switch on the set-top box I can retrieve these channels but this is obviously not an ideal situation.

As suggested by your advice page I have also followed the recommendations and removed the tv aerial from the set-top box, undertaken a scan of the channels to wipe the memory followed by another scan after I have plugged the aerial back in. This also provided access to the aforementioned channels but they were lost again as soon as I switched off the set-top box.

Just wondering if you can advise if this is a temporary problem and whether you have any other recommendations?

On a slightly different note, just before the digital switch over in November 2011 a problem with my other tv became apparent. It lost the ability to produce a picture but still had sound, I tried plugging in a digital set-top box and a dvd player but on each occasion there was no picture just sound. On its own the tv is not digital compatible so it doesnt provide any programme sound now, although when switched on it does provide the fuzzy noise but no picture. On the basis that I think the tv is at least 10 years old, do you think I should take it to my nearest recycling facility?

Many Thanks


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Dave Lindsay

4:29 PM

Adele Dodgson: A receiver "forgetting" stored channels when it is switched off is usually a sign of it not having enough memory. If you post the make and model number we may be able to seek out its specifications.

The interesting thing here is that these are not only all on one mux, but on the mux that is on the highest channel number (and therefore highest frequency) from Tacolneston (the HD mux excepted).

It may be that it is picking up another transmitter (namely the Norwich relay) and storing its muxes which are taking up memory. If this is the case, then the answer is to get it not to do this. You can find out if it is doing this by looking to see if there are any programme channels 800 upwards.

If these are from Norwich, then unfortunately the frequencies it uses are mixed in with those that Tacolneston uses. In some case, it is possible to have the aerial lead unplugged for part of the scan so as to stop the receiver picking up the wrong transmitter. How you might proceed depends largely on the operation of your box. If it allows manual tuning, then I would clear the memory by running it through with the aerial unplugged, and then manually tune in the five multiplexes from Tacolneston.

Re the other TV. What is the "fuzzy noise" you refer to?

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Dave Lindsay

4:32 PM

Adele Dodgson: I should say that with it being the highest frequency, it will be the last one that the box gets to when it is scanning during the automatic tuning process.

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Adele Dodgson
6:02 PM

Hi Dave,

Thank you for responding so quickly.

I have a Philips set-top box model number DTR 200/05 which I think I was given in December 2007 (or possibly 2006). The tv which this box is connected to is a Philips and at least 16 years old - I'm very impressed with its survival!

Having just checked the list (with all channels successfully present following a scan), the last Freeview channel in the list that I receive is 795 - Big Deal; so no channels from 800 upwards.

With respect to the fuzzy noise on the other tv, I mean the noise that you get without any signal i.e. no set-top box plugged in. This was expected as just prior to the digital switch over, I could hear the noise of the channels (e.g. the news) but couldn't see a picture. I'm wondering if I've made a stupid and obvious mistake (though I don't remember doing anything different) with this tv or whether a component inside the tv has actually broken?

Many Thanks


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Dave Lindsay

8:33 PM

Adele Dodgson: I have located the instructions for your Philips box:


I haven't found out what the memory capacity is, so I think you will have to try it and see. I am wondering if duplicate programme channels aren't put in the 800s on your model, but perhaps in the 700s.

What I would do is clear the channel memory by running the scan without the aerial plugged in. You should then find that the Channel List is empty. If it's not then delete any remaining channels (or there might be an option for this).

Having done that, use Manual Search to tune in the five multiplexes from Tacolneston. These are BBC=Ch55, ITV1/C4 etc=Ch59, ITV3 etc=Ch42, Pick TV etc=Ch45, Yesterday etc=Ch50.

Do that and see what happens. If it forgets the last multiplex to be stored, then that I expect that it is going to be ArqB on Ch50.

You might have to compromise and loose one multiplex, or perhaps you could delete some programme channels that you aren't bothered about within some of the multiplexes to make space. As I say, I don't know for certain and personally I would experiment.

For a full list of Freeview channels post-switchover, see here:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

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Adele Dodgson
10:21 PM

Hi Dave,

Success - a very happy customer!

I followed your recommendations; wiped the channel list, did the the manual search for the five multiplexes and all the channels became available. I then switched off the set top box off (at the plug rather than standby) for two minutes and when I switched it back on again all the channels were still visible.

Many thanks for all your advice as well as finding a copy of the instructions for my set top box.


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