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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.

 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
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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?

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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
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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;
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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, 3 August 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:28 on 31 Jul to 03:23 on 31 Jul, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 01:32 on 30 Jul to 00:28 on 31 Jul. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

7:40 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 01:32 on 30 Jul to 00:28 on 31 Jul, HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:28 on 31 Jul to 03:23 on 31 Jul. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,939 posts xx flag
6:30 PM

The BBC multiplex appears to be off air, although reception of ITV is fine. This has been ongoing since yesterday am (Sat 2 August). Specifically at IP12 1LG, but problems from others in Woodbridge also.

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Monday, 4 August 2014
12:21 PM

No BBC reception in Melton, Woodbridge since Saturday morning, 2 Auguat

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6:48 PM

Frances: The transmitter was restored to normal at 03:23 on 31 July. Did you retune?

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Helen Stanley
7:21 PM

Briantist: I'm getting really sick of losing all Freeview channels on a very frequent basis and BBC group of channels even more often.
Our aerial has been checked and is ok.
The signal can go for at least two hours and sometimes two or three days. We have replaced our equipment. We have had no signal on four separate pieces of equipment since 16.10 tonight and it is now come back on, whilst we were doing nothing to encourage it.
We repeatedly follow your re-tune advice, but it makes no difference whatsoever, other than to really irritate us.
We have to use Winter Hill, despite it's enormous distance and region from us. We have a big hill behind us and sit on magnetic Dolorite rock. Post code SY5 9AY, village Criggion. Is this neglected bit of border Wales of no importance to Freeview?

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Helen Stanley
7:23 PM

PS We don't live in Shrewsbury

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Helen Stanley's 5 posts GB flag
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7:25 PM

I have not retuned - the maintainance note did not indicate that there was a change. This is my elderly mother in law, and I didn't want to retune in case it was a temporary problem. If you tell me that a retune will definitely fix it, I will go ahead.

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Alan's 3 posts GB flag
7:32 PM

Hi - I have not retuned as the maintenance note implied it was a power reduction and did not indicate that a retune is necessary. This is my elderly mother in law's tv, and I don't want to retune without being certain it will fix the problem. Did the channel allocations change during maintenance ? If so, it would be worth being explicit about this in the maintainance notes.
Can you confirm that a re-tune will fix the problems ?

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Alan's 3 posts GB flag

7:43 PM

Helen Stanley: Frankly, I'm surprised nobody has simply suggested Freesat to you - you live in a location where Freeview is difficult. and since you've said you replaced equipment, it would have been far more cost effective to go for Freesat in the first place.

However, you say you keep getting 'no signal', yet you've had your aerial checked. Have you followed the signal path from the back of the TV up to the aerial? 'No Signal' means that the TV is either getting no signal at all, or so little that the TV cannot read it. Some tuners are more sensitive than others, but if your getting nothing suddenly, its possible you have a loose connection, etc. Work your way back to the aerial if you can, becuase its likely that even a loose connection is making your situation worse - perhaps a splitter that feeds several TV's.

Check your TV's to see if any of them have Freesat/generic sat. tuner's built in. Although they became a bit less popular some years ago, in the last year or two LG and Sony have started putting them into their TV's, but generally not mentioning it. If you have make/model numbers, we can find out.

A twin LNB dish (watch/record) is around £99 to have put up (although a quad might be better for you) - you may even have a dish already. That would make more sense than trying to deal with a transmitter so far away.

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