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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C40- (625.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LNR
 H -10dB
C57 (762.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

com7
 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)263mDTG-627,400W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 May 132013-1717 Jul 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C36BBCB
C37com8com8
C39 ArqBArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB
C52tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCAcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offLNRLNR
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
M
Mike Edwards
6:59 AM
Norwich

Hi there,

I'm based in Taverham, Norfolk and have been experiencing issues with total loss of TV signal last week (Friday, Saturday 13th/14th June). The signal returned to normal on Sunday (15th) and has been fine since the weekend until last night (17th) and this morning (18th) it has totally gone again.

I have a roof aerial and although the signal we get here is on the weak side, we've never had trouble like this before. We've certainly not lost the main channels (BBC, ITV, C4) before.

I can't see that the issue is local as nothing in my setup has changed, roof aerial looks fine and all connections are in place.

At the weekend there were reports of weak signal on the Tacolneston transmitter, so I assumed that was related. However there are no such reports this week and I'm struggling to understand why I've got total loss of signal again. Can someone put my mind at rest and confirm that they are experiencing similar issues? Most of my neighbours have satellite dishes so it's difficult to find people using terrestrial these days!

Many thanks,

Mike

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Mike Edwards's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 19 June 2014
M
Mike Edwards
5:51 AM
Norwich

Our TV reception came back strong last night at about 9pm. Still working this morning. No mentions of problems elsewhere online. It's just weird!

Oh well, hopefully it'll stay ok for the football tonight!

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Mike Edwards's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 6 July 2014
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david
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:34 PM

Anyone else having problems on Taccy ........ all the channels on COM 4 & COM 5 are erroring & pixellating and the TV signal meter shows a slightly lower signal strength (7/10 to 8/10 rather than our normal 8/10 to 9/10 on these).
All the other channels are OK with zero reported errors and a sig strength of 9/10 to 10/10 which is normal.....all the HD channels are perfectly OK

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david's 21 posts GB
Monday, 7 July 2014
D
david
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:50 PM

david: is there anybody there........

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david's 21 posts GB
Sunday, 13 July 2014
R
RichardB
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:15 PM

Here's a very strange one!

Tonight, BBC One HD has no sound on the digital output, internal speaker is OK.

All other channels are OK.

The same feed (World Cup) on ITV HD is fine (not that we watched the boring WC!).

On switching to BBC One HD there's an audible click from the hi-fi amp which I suspect is being generated by the DAC we are using as it's getting a non standard signal.

TV & DAC are new.

Anyone else having a similar problem?

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RichardB's 85 posts GB
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
R
RichardB
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:12 PM

See my post above.

Tonight, BBC Four HD and Channel 4 HD have no digital audio; all else is as above.

What on earth is going on?

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RichardB's 85 posts GB
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RichardB
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:14 PM

Re above, just to clarify - BBC 1 HD audio is fine tonight!

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RichardB's 85 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
D
DenisW
12:56 PM
Great Yarmouth

what is best aerial to use in NR30 5SF
at the moment we are often getting pixellation and a message no signal or sig strength about 60%

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:14 PM

DenisW: Does this affect every mux or just certain ones? Can you receive Mustard TV from Norwich? If the problem is only with PSB1 (BBC channels) or PSB2 (Anglia, C4 etc) check that the receiver is actually tuned to Tacolneston frequencies C55 and C59, rather than frequencies for the local relay which might have been saved by mistake.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:22 PM

DenisW: In addition to that said by KMJ,Derby and having checked (as per his instructions) you are tuned to Tacolneston, does the poor reception happen at particular times such as when traffic is busiest?

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