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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
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.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
George Grimshaw
3:58 PM

At present I receive freeview signals from the local Bury St Edmunds transmitter , with a vertically polarised aerial, which has a restricted number of channels. I should like to receive signals from the Tacolneston transmitter. What type/number of aerial should I use ?

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George Grimshaw's 1 post GB flag
11:10 PM

aerial on roof.
also have powered indoor aerial for freeview on the pc.
there has been no freeview signal on any tv or pc regardless of what aerial has been used. is it a transmitter problem? i note with interest that there are no reported problems with winterhill today on the website.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013
John Nottage
8:28 AM

The date of May 1st has been given for the next Tacolneston re-tune because of the 4G phone sell-off. What happened to the filters we were all supposed to need & were being supplied by the phone companies? Are we still expected to pay for their installation?

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John Nottage's 8 posts GB flag

9:21 AM

John Nottage: A retune will happen May 2013 to clear C62. When 800MHz 4G mobile broadband services start there will be 2 multiplexes in C52-C60 range: C55: PSB1 C59: PSB2

You may or may not need a filter - it's complicated and we don't know yet who will run the 4G - see How do I know if the 4G broadband will overload my Freeview? | 4G mobile | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
M kiddle
7:43 AM

Are your eng. works still running? Time 0742. Wed?

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Sunday, 10 February 2013
Ray Harman
8:13 AM

My post code is nr6 7nn and we have sky and are having problems on bbc and itv channels all the time since change over. We also have a tv which has a very good indoor ariel but tis also now has probs with bbc1 but no other channel have spoken to sky what a waste of time will soon be changing to cable if i cant sort out.

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Ray's: ...
Dave Lindsay

9:34 AM

Ray Harman: The first thing I suggest that you check is that your TVs are indeed tuned to Tacolneston for BBC and ITV.

Bring up the signal strength screen on BBC One; it should say that it is tuned to UHF/RF channel 55 (for Tacolneston). Other possibilities may be C46 for Norwich Central or C44 for Sudbury.

For ITV, Tacolneston broadcasts on C59 whereas Norwich Central is on C43 and Sudbury is on C41.

If it turns out that this is the issue, then you will need to wipe the tuner's memory such as by running the automatic tuning scan through with the aerial unplugged. If there is manual tuning, then use it; for Tacolneston the channels to tune to are: 55, 59, 62(HD), 42, 45, 50. (On 1st May this year C62 will change to C50 and C50 will change to C39.)

If there is no manual tuning, then it will be more tricky. On your automatic tuning scan, have the aerial unplugged for channels in the 40s (unplugged until 60%). This should give you BBC and ITV from Tacolneston without COM (Commercial) channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Film4 etc) and this is because those channels broadcast on frequencies close to the unwanted BBC and ITV ones. If there is a function to "add new services", or similar, which carries out another scan whilst not wiping what's already stored, then run it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 16 March 2013
10:33 AM

i have jsut lost psb3, com 4 to 6 muxes. they were at max errors so i retuned and now they have gone. no changes made to the connections - just poor reception for no reason i can see. Are you sure there are no problems with the network?

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phillip's 3 posts GB flag

10:58 AM

phillip: Its most inadvisable to retune any TV or box for any reason other than one officially published such as transmitter channel alterations etc, as all that action does is to wipe out the channels already stored in tuners memory.

What you have reported indicates that the signal being received was on the weak side, and if the situation still applies then any auto-tune carried out is very likely to pass by a weak signal and not capture it.

If your TV or box has a manual tune facility you could try manually tuning in each of the three commercial muxes, however I am unable to provide the channel numbers due to the fact that you have not provided a post code, or at least one from somewhere nearby, such as a post office etc.

If though its Tacolneston then the three involved are: 42 - 45 - 50

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

11:13 AM

phillip: By the way I see that you are indeed in the Tacolneston coverage area. I also had a check at the R & TV transmitter fault reporting site and no faults have been reported, as yet anyway! nor according to info are any engineering works taking place.

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