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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

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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

 H max
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
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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), 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.

Thursday, 26 December 2013
8:40 AM

I see that from April 2014 there will be another 3 MUXES on C31, C37 & C57

Will C37 be QAM256 or QAM64?

Recently the QAM256 MUX had 2 channels added obviously reducing the bit rates from an avg of 10Mb/s to 8Mb/s per channel.sigh

It was bad enough with QAM16 MUXES (18Mb/s) and like 10 channels before the DSO

Instead of padding out the MUXES with dam+1 channels why do they not up the data rates?

Why do they not use QAM256 on every MUX?
Surely mpeg TS can be transmitted on QAM256?

This whole DSO has been a farce IMO.
A friend of mine had to upgrade his aerial, upgrade his set top box & TV and now has to invest in one of those things to cut interference.

Typical corporate incompetence to fleece people for money, as long as the 4G operators get there chunk of the band with who cares, let the public pay out over an over.

Oh and it will not be long till 4K comes, another fortune to shell out!

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bob's 1 post GB flag

7:33 PM

The 'DSO', by which it is taken you mean the Digital Switch Over' was the change between analogue and digital transmission of terrestrial TV. That happened mainly between 2008 and 2011.
Recent changes to the digital transmission characteristics has nothing to do with any 'switch over' from analogue to digital. Most recent changes have been aimed at making better usage of available spectrum to allow further services, such as more HD MUXs and more mobile/data communications.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 December 2013

7:53 AM

bob: I'm really sorry, but the bit of code that displays the com7 and com8 transmission mode had not been uploaded to the server.

You should see all the correct details now.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
11:59 AM

Reply to Mike - Thanks Mike, I think I was not clear, I was talking about the QAM16 MUXES which were upgraded to QAM64 in Oct 2012? (might be wrong on the date, but it was when the analogue signals were switched off and the Tacolnestoon mast started broadcasting digitally only
(before this date Digital was available via Tacolneston but they were using QAM16 on 5 of the 6 MUXES.(IIRC)
Sorry for the confusion and thanks for your reply!

Thanks for the update Brian :) 1 more QAM256 MUX for HD , cool :)

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bob's 1 post GB flag

2:19 PM

bob: Not sure why you are complaining about DSO being a farce - most people only had to retune their digital equipment (or buy a digital box if they didn't have any). If you needed to upgrade your aerial then either you had a poor installation to begin with or the commercial channels moved out of band - which didn't happen at Tacolneston.

And if you are paying out to get 4G interference fixed then you're doing it wrong - at800 will do it for free if you're genuinely affected.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag

10:48 PM

Bob: To follow up Michael's and MikeP's excellent points, the number of people on this site who have actually had 4G interference (as opposed to the number of people complaining about it) is tiny.

And if you do need a filter, as Michael points out, at800 will give you one for free.

And you might be waiting a while for 4K...

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:24 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 19:17 on 25 Dec to 21:29 on 25 Dec. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Helen Franklin
8:55 AM

NR19 2UH

No channels even after re-installing
Message on TV says Antenna problems check ariel connection

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Monday, 13 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:23 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Over the next week Tacolneston main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Phil Tucker
5:01 PM

Hi Guys....I have a Freeview August 400 box that is showing a weak signal prompt and then displays the HD channel which flickers a lot..can I remedy the situation...thanks Phil

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