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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 20/05/2024 Screen may go black 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

 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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, 22 December 2013
Richard Baguley

3:17 PM

Further check:-

No BBC radio stations.

Channel 55 missing, ITV4 etc missing.

Signal strength c.10% on those channels present.

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Richard Baguley

3:32 PM

Neighbour's TV reception is OK. May be a squirrel's eaten our aerial cable!

It is only Freeview that is affected: FM radio s/s is fine.

Apologies for taking up bandwidth.

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Richard Baguley

7:29 PM

Have just done a Freeview DVD Recorder factory reset and rescan.

This brought channel count up to 84 and Ch55 is back also ITV4 BUT s/s is near zero - Ch55 is 3 to 5% and programs unwatchable.

My suspicion is that the Sony RDR-HXD970 has a poor tuner (from web searching) and my neighbour's TV is more sensitive so is pulling in a steadier picture.

So, I'm not ruling out a transmitter fault - anyone know anything?

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8:48 PM

Richard Baguley: I'm surprised that the 970 would have a poor tuner - I've got the 995, and if anything, the tuner is far too sensitive, even with an attenuator.

There doesn't seem to be any problem with Tacolneston, according to R + T Investigation, and although your in the North Norfolk area of Freeview Doom, I suspect it might be your aerial - squirrels can be pretty nasty!

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Richard Baguley

9:03 PM

Thanks, MikeB.

We'll be borrowing kit and trying the machine in another house tomorrow, This should determine whether it's the box or the aerial.

If it's the aerial it's probably right at the harness/connector on the aerial: FM comes into the house via the same amplifier and that's fine.

Up to now & since analog was closed s/s has been excellent - all went kaput overnight.

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Monday, 23 December 2013
Richard Baguley

12:23 PM

Have just read the last three pages of this thread: there are too maby people with the same fault for it not to be the Tacolneston transmitter.

It also occurred to me that our s/s may have dropped some time ago but only to this very low level now.

What I really need is a meter or to try my Sony machine in a neighbour's house.

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Richard Baguley

12:46 PM

Today: no digital signal at all!!!

On reflection, I had noticed some very minor pixellation over the last few weeks so s/s was probably going down.

I'm now convinced it's a transmitter fault (no 4G here).

To go from high s/s to zero is completely unacceptable so I'll cease paying the BBC tax if it's proven to be the transmitter.

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Richard Baguley

1:33 PM

Just spoken to a rigger who says he's not aware of problems with Tacolneston.

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5:03 PM

Richard Baguley: I think you've just answered your own question - its not a transmitter fault.

Check your Sony with your neighbour (is that the only digital reciever you have in the house?) - if its duff, then its the Sony, but I doubt it. Once again, it sounds like the aerial.

Remember that the last three pages of comments about this transmitter are over the past seven months, and include engineering work, a high pressure system and several bouts of stormy weather, so its not unusual to get a fair number of technical problems from about 0.8m homes. If you add to that the often problemmatic nature of Freeview reception in much of the area covered, its pretty much certain.

However, since its sounds like your signal strength has been going for a while, there are no problems with the transmitter, and your nieghbour is fine, what else could it be?

At least you havn't used the phrase 'I pay my licence fee'.... :-).

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Richard Baguley

5:07 PM

I agree, Mike.

Since speaking to the rigger I took a look at the aerial.

Believe it, or not, I hadn't noticed the mast head amplifier box on the mast before! This appears not to have a cover i.e. the innards can be seen, we think.

Anyway, no signal at all on TV now - though FM is perfect.

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