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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, 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
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 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
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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;
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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.

Thursday, 26 July 2012
10:55 PM
Bury St. Edmunds

I have a DVD recorder and TV in my lounge+ TV in the kitchen. All three run off the same aerial. I never have a problem with the freeview signal on either TV but the DVD recorder is far more suceptible to freezing/losing signal. Tonight it was set up to record channel 4 from 8pm-9pm. It only recorded the first 3 minutes of the programme and then went blank with no signal. It has also lost other channels in the group and as I type this message at 10.50pm they're still not working. Yet all channels are coming in to both TV's - why? is the DVD so rubbish? It is a Panasonic and supposed to be reliable according to Which magazine? perhpas its faulty?? bring back analogue I never had any problem pre digital - sorry rant over. All I ask for is a reliable service. Signal comes via Talcolneston and I live in North Suffolk.

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Graham's 3 posts GB flag
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Friday, 27 July 2012

9:10 AM

Graham, silly question perhaps, but why not on Sudbury?

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Saturday, 28 July 2012
Richard Baguley

1:39 PM
North Walsham

Still no comment on poorer Tacolneston DAB s/s lately.

Any ideas?

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Richard Baguley's 85 posts GB flag
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3:38 PM

Graham: Although its not known what method you are using to supply your various devices with a signal, but for reliability of reception then a powered splitter should always be used with the number of outlets on it chosen to match the devices used, as this is the only way of guaranteeing that each device is supplied with the same level of signal.

It could simply be the case that either your DVD is less sensitive than the rest of the devices or that the signal to it is via daisy chaining from some other device into its RF input, or even that during a retuning exercise its picked up its ITV mux from another source, so if you are using Tacolneston carry out a signal check on ITV to make sure mux Ch59 is seen and not anything else.

By the way Sudbury is indicated as being best for reception on the code provided and with Sandy and Tacolneston being about the same as each other with the exception of the latter's commercials, as they are permanently shown with the status of being "variable" which in plain terms can mean unreliable at times.

It would also be of interest to know what model number of Panasonic is being referred to.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 July 2012
12:54 PM

Is there a reason why I cannot get the extra Olympic channels? The 150 channel comes up with the alphabetical list and the blue bars if they are currently transmitting but when I click on them they say no signal. This is Tacleston and we are in the Southwold area but the time does not seem to affect it. Thanks.

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Richard's 2 posts GB flag

8:29 PM

Try a retune - but are you sure you are not on Aldeburgh and not Tacolneston being in Southwold....

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J's 26 posts GB flag

8:45 PM

Richard: Is this Freeview or are you receiving satellite channels? If you have "no signal" on the HD version on satellite, try the SD channels which should be working fine.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
11:30 PM

Following the instructions on Friday 27th July to retune to enable more channels for the 2012 games I found i now have the following extre channels, 889 Koln.890 NDL FS MVP,SH,NDS,HH,HR FERNSEHEM,MDR FERNSEHEM,NES/KiKA,3 Sat and ZDF.Overall the picture quality and sound was excelent with no pixelisation.As i don't mind watching the extra channels is this the norm.I live within a 5 mile radius of ELY Cambridgeshire at or below sea level in a dip.

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Steve's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 30 July 2012
C Holt
11:16 AM

I have just retuned my second tv but the last analogue signal has disappeared. I cannot now receive sky through the digital link. Is there another channel I can tune in my sky digital link? I am in norwich and the aerial is tuned to the Tacelneston transmitter.

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C Holt's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 11 August 2012

7:54 AM

Digital UK Industry - Home

According to this, in May 2013, Tac moves arqb from C50 to c39+ & BBCb moves from C62 to C50 (IP270EJ)

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