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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

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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

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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, 28 July 2013
Mary Macer
3:09 PM

I'm fed up with my Freeview reception via my VHS/DVD recorder-player going pear-shaped every now and again. This results in a loss of my Guide facility and blue-screen on my television screen. The regular TV reception is OK. WHEN IS TACOLNESTON GOING TO STOP MESSING ABOUT WITH THE SIGNAL WITH IT'S ENGINEERING WORKS etc.? It has happened twice quite recently. I am writing this in frustration and am not really expecting a reply, but it seems to happen just when I want to try and record a programme.

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Mary Macer's 6 posts GB flag

5:33 PM

Mary Macer: It would be helpful to know your postcode, since it woulhd be useful to know what sort of signal/terrain you have at your location.

Although Tacolneston has engineering working on this week (and Norfolk is certainly a Freeview problem area for lots of people), you should not have too much of a problem, unless your signal is already pretty marginal.

However, since you have said you have good reception on the other tuner/TV, and its a Panasonic your having a problem with, check the signal strength/quality of the signal on the PVR.

Panasonics have very sensetive tuners, and you could have too much signal, not too little. If you have a booster/amp, try bypassing it and see if things improve. You signal strength should be 75%, not 100%.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 July 2013
Colin W
12:40 PM

I live in Tuddenham near Ipswich and use Tacholneston. My location is useless to receive Freeview from Sudbury and it is fringe for Tachnolneston. Ch55 (BBC) is badly affected during spells of hot weather but ITV, CH4 and HD are ok. The transmitted power is the same for all the Muxs. Can anyone explain why one transmitted frequency is affected more than the others?

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Dave Lindsay

12:53 PM

Colin W: Because the others are "affected" less.

Because different frequencies are affected in different ways. This being particularly so in cases such as yours where there is no line-of-sight to the transmitter and therefore that you are relying of defraction (signal bending) around objects such as the higher ground over which the signal 'travels'. As things heat up, for example, the angle of defraction may change and therefore what was a good spot (which is presumably why your aerial was sited as such changes.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Andy Hogg
8:07 PM

very weak freeview signal from 10th August ongoing. High gain Loft Aerial used with booster.
postcode NR16, no line of sight to Tacolneston transmitter due to river Tas valley.
Has the move of BBCB in the frequency band reduced the effective signal of my aerial?

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Andy Hogg's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 25 August 2013
11:43 AM

Hi i am in the tacalston signal but can not get a good signai ,about 50yds away is a big hrsechestnit tree when in leaf no signal .Any sugestion please
IP26 5LY

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B.BARTLETT's 1 post GB flag
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11:49 AM

B.BARTLETT : a couple of suggestions can the aerial be mover away from the tree and still in line is sight of the transmitter, if it carn't sometimes if there is strong signal but it get affected when the wind blows the leafs you can lower the aerial into the trunk of the tree, the trunk doesn't move so if you can get signal lower down it should stay stable if not you may have to try freesat hope this helps

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mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 August 2013
8:10 AM

Hey, for a couple of weeks ive had next to no signal and lost all bbc channels and most of channel 4 too. Brought a new freeview hd box and now I have the same problem except it seems all of my channels are lacking signal. Is this to do with my aerial? And how am I able to tell what type of aerial I have? Any help would be much appreciated, especially help that requires spending little money!

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jody's 2 posts GB flag
8:12 AM

Live in trowse so im pretty close to tacolneston

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jody's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 31 August 2013
4:42 PM

Hi there

We have been having issues with no signal on all four TVs in our home sine 28/August. We have a booster areal which has been running them all fine for a few years now. Is any one else having issues? We live in Burgh St Peter, near Beccles, and no neighbours have issues.


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