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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 27/11/2023 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

 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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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
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.

Monday, 4 August 2014
Helen Stanley
8:03 PM

Helen Stanley:I didn't tell you that the aerial is on top of the longest pole we could find in the hope of improving this situation. It is now at least 12 feet away from any local obstruction, but of course we can't move the Breiddens! PPS I Didn't choose the big black shouty writing in the first post, it just came up when I posted. Honest! Thanks if you can find any answers.

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Helen Stanley
8:28 PM

MikeB: Third time lucky, now this signal is on the blink!
Thank you MikeB for your suggestions.
As this happens so often, we now have a routine and so always check back to the aerial which we have made easily accessible for this purpose, no problems from that source so far.
We only have one tv as more would be just too frustrating, so no signal splitting issues.
We have no dish as all of the companies we have approached tell us the same, hill too high and us too low in front of it, meaning that the dish can't pick up signals.
We have the same issues with internet, no broadband as phone connection is not reliable (24 engineers so far), dongle not man enough for the job, MiFi works when the mood suits it at about a third of a meg speed.
Don't know about Freesat, we're reluctant to spend even more money!
MiFi people said 4G is blocking our signal and we need to buy a signal blocker, but no-one in Shrewsbury seems to know what we are talking about!
Having looked at tonight's programmes, I'm not sure why we're trying to sort this out!!

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Helen Stanley
8:38 PM

MikeB Just had a read about Freesat and it seems to need a dish, so that looks like it isn't an option. Dishes are also not allowed in this village (it's in private ownership and protected), so that compounds the problem for those of us in a difficult setting.
MiFi man was talking about our Freeview signal when he said 4G was blocking it, not the internet.

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9:41 PM

Are Dishes banned totally or just attached to a building?
some people get away with it by having a dish attached to a movable post somewhere in the garden.

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Deadite66's 14 posts GB flag

9:56 PM

Helen Stanley: You are very very unlucky! Your position makes it very difficult to pick up Freeview. Freesat or any other sat. system seems to be out because of the position of the hill (I looked at Google Earth - thats one big hill!) , although you can apparently hide them (according to Satcure:…tm). And of course you are far too far away from an exchange to get decent broadband from fibre. If you click on the Freeview4G link, you can see that there seems to be no mobile masts in your area at all, so I'm not sure where the 4G explaination seems to be coming from. Wifi is a bit odd sometimes, but try moving the hub to where you get the most coverage, and poweline adapters/wifi signal boosters can help. Even if you speed is slow, hopefully you can get a better signal inside the house. Have you asked to see what other people in the village do? Looking at Google Earth, there seems to be someone across the road from you, on the slope of the hill itself. What do they do? I'm sure some of the very knowledgable people here might have some suggestions, but for a start, could you tell us what transmitter you are tuned into, and what the signal strength is? That would give some sort of baseline to suggest improvements, etc. Its worth pointing out that although your a fair way from Winter Hill. the signal path seems to be pretty clear. Perhaps a suitable aerial and even a booster might be a help, but thats for an expert.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014
John Fox
12:37 AM

Hi. we receive from Tacolneston, usually with little problem except picked up traffic interference(masthead amp.)
Today (Sat. 30/8/14) we lost at least 10 channels, plus reduced signals on some others. They did briefly re-appear, then cut out again.
Still able to get ITV3, Quest, Sky News, CBS Reality, QVC, amongst others, but no BBC 1 - 4, BBC news, BBC HD 1 - 3, ITV1, and probably a few others.
This looks to me like one or more multiplexes gone down, though digitaluk just suggested I retune. Since I get the same result on the TV AND the PVR, I shall ignore this as a standard pat response.
Anyone else have the same problems in Anglia, (or elsewhere) or any useful suggestions?

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8:26 AM

John Fox: According to the R + T link, there has been no reported problems with the transmitter, so logically its your own system. Could be moisture getting into the system, etc.

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Dave Hagen
10:05 AM
Chester Le Street

This post might be in the wrong site but who supplies the parts for the Manhattan branded boxes or do they manufacture their own.

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John Fox
4:50 PM

Thanks, but I already suspect that my amp & cable may be compromised, as I poured a half-cup of water out of the amp last week. Also it's 30 yeas old.
New one + co-ax cable on order.
However, once I cleared & WD40's the box, we had perfect reception.
Still doesn't explain why only a few channels have disappeared, either. I would have thought a short would kill all reception(as it did before I dried it out!).
Any further thoughts?
As to the transmitter reporting no faults, I have yet to find a way of reporting a loss of signal to them, so can we believe them? Digitaluk only work office hours, so we can't get them interested either. Cheers.

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5:46 PM

John Fox: I would say that half a cup of water might cause a reception problem! Of course the water might have flowed into the amp over time via a break in the coax, its that which killed much of the signal. I'm sure someone more technical than me could explain why BBC channels went first. perhaps its just one of those things.

The coax replacement makes sense, but I'm not sure you need an amp - your only 23km from the transmitter with a clear line of sight. Try it without and see how you get on. If signal is fine, then you can send it back unopened.

Reporting a loss of signal? I have no idea, although there is a phone number on the Radio & Television Investigation website. But you are trying to report a problem with your reception, and just yours. If you and your neigbours all have no signal, then its likely to be the transmitter. If its just you, then probably not. Remember that Talcneston serves 330,000 homes, so even if 0.1% have a problem with reception, thats a fair amount of people.

However, if you look back through all the questions about reception or loss of signal, relatively few can be traced to an actual loss of signal from the transmitter, and then its either off for some work done during a quiet period for not all that long, or its an accident caused by a power failure, etc.

Instead, the vast majority of faults are from the households end, caused by anything from water getting in, corrsion, the aerial falling down or simply the aerial lead at the back of the TV falling out. This seems to be often accompanied by the phrase 'I pay my licence fee'. Best plan is to ask someone nearby - if its them as well, then its the transmitter, but chances are its your system.

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