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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 15/04/2024 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.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Martyn Bell
3:44 PM

I have recently moved my aerial to avoid trees which seems to have worked accept for my Playstation 3 Play TV box. I can not get any BBC on it. Other Freeview equipment using same aerial receives 95% signal strength for BBC & works fine. I have tried an amp' but this did not help.I don't think signal is too strong, but that has been a problem before. No manual options for PS3 Play TV. Any help please.

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Saturday, 23 March 2013
Martyn Bell
12:14 PM

I have found the cause of my problem with my PS3 Play TV box. It turned out to be a faulty coaxial lead. I can't even begin to understand why it only effected BBC channels but there it is.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
1:42 PM

Hi, since May 1st when the Tacolneston Norfolk mast was retuned my freeveiw HD channels are breaking up all the HD channels on the new C50 are the same, signal strength 95 but quality is up and down around the 60% number so its to do with the quality. Freeview HD was all perfect before the retune. I tryed a variable attenuator no difference just lost all channels. I tested the quality on none HD channels it was 100% strength 97. I've done a complete retune many time's. Help please (52.6493,1.3106) 

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Perry's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
2:28 PM
North Walsham

Have an HD set with built-in box and the aerial is in the loft.
Since the May re-tune we cannot watch a number of channels as they keep breaking up.
Have done two auto re-tunes but still the same problem.
Any ideas anyone?

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Dave Lindsay

2:35 PM

David: If your aerial points to the Tacolneston transmitter, have you confirmed that it is indeed tuned to Tacolneston for all channels?

If it is then retuning is a waste of time. If it isn't then carrying the same automatic tuning procedure may well yield the same incorrect result. As Einstein said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"!

Bring up the signal strength screen on the following services and observe the UHF channel that it is tuned to. The following channels are for Tacolneston:

BBC One = C55
ITV = C59
BBC One HD = C50
ITV3 = C42
Pick TV = C45
Film4 = C39

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 18 May 2013
2:58 PM

we live in east harling (tacolneston transmitter) and use bt vision, but since 1 May, when i understand some frequencies changed at tacolneston, we haven't ben able to get a proper picture on UHF channel 39, which now carries all the ARQB channels, including film 4 and sky sports 1 and 2 (prior to 1 May, all was fine). We have no vcr, games console, thus ruling out local band interference, so guess we are going to have to buy a wideband aerial to get the channels back? am i right?what is the likely cost of installation and is it guaranteed to work?

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2:59 PM

BTW, signal strength is about 25% on the affected channels, and quailty is 0%

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4:04 PM

tim: If you have zero quality then its most unlikely that a new aerial would make any difference, therefore its the best procedure by far to check with a neighbour or someone else nearby for the purpose of find out if others are also being affected, or that the problem is simply confined to your own installation, and should it be, then the problem could be caused by a faulty connection where the coax joins into the aerials termination box, that is if not somewhere within the actual house dependant on where the cable is routed.

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4:20 PM

tim : Just to add, that its undeniable that the efficiency of you aerial will be down by ArqB having changed to mux Ch39 "if" you have a group C/D aerial fitted, this identified by a green blanking plug on the front of the horizontal boom that holds the elements, but to get an idea of the levels received in your area you should try a signal check on mux Ch42 (ITV3) noting the level, then try the same check again on mux Ch55 (BBC) and give an update on the result.

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