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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

 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, 109 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! 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

 H max
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
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.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Dave Lindsay

8:31 PM

Peter Yallop : Mustard uses a the leaf-shaped radiation pattern which faces Norwich, as shown above. You're really on the edge of it so you might need to add some amplification and/or raise the height in order to get it (I note you may be in a bungalow and trees in the way).

Try a manual scan of UHF channel 57. Select/enter 57 but don't press the button to scan/add services straight away. Instead, wait and see if you get a reading for strength and quality and see if it varies or is steady.

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Friday, 7 November 2014
David Allen
2:19 PM

I live in Necton, Swaffham, PE37 8NP and have recently taken deliver of a new YouView box from Talk Talk. I have been through the guided set up and also tried the instructions on this website. I have also been into a local TV/Aerial provider for some advice.

After an Auto Scan the box picks up 136 channels including radio, however when I look through the tv guide there seems to be quite a few different channels missing. I have checked within the settings that the box is not hiding any channels and all appears to be fine there. The guy at the TV shop I visited suggested a manual retune as the box may not be collecting a signal from the correct transmitter. I am missing the likes of film 4, more 4 and E4 and ITV to name a few so it looks like what the guy is suggesting is correct, a complete multiplex.

There is no manual retune option on a YouView box that I can find after trolling the internet so assume that I can not exhaust this option unless anyone knows of a way of doing this. The only other thing that I think that it could be would be the aerial not picking up a wide enough band, however this seems a little over the top as the reason from switching from sky was to reduce the cost!!

Can anyone help or provide me with some ideas?

Thank you

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Dave Lindsay

3:00 PM

David Allen: The tuned UHF channel number is usually given on the signal strength screen. For BBC One it should be 55 for Tacolneston but perhaps it is 22 from Belmont or 27 from Sandy Heath. If so, having the aerial unplugged for the portion of the scan where the unwanted channels are may be a workaround.

Is there a preference for or choice of region/network as this is different for each transmitter region. For example, Belmont is something like "E Yks&Lincs". Maybe you need to set a preference for whatever Tacolneston is.

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Dave Lindsay

3:09 PM

David Allen: Does your TV have Freeview built in? If so, then can you get ITV on UHF channel 59, rather than 25 or 24 which are Belmont and Sandy Heath respectively.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014
Ken Illsley
11:42 AM
Bury St. Edmunds

I have just installed a Humax HD recorder and tuned it in on automatic scan
I am getting all the available channels perfectly except BBC1 HD which keeps breaking up and disappearing intermittently
Last night for a short time there was a screen display which said BBC1 HD was not available but it has now gone
Is there any problem with this channel on the transmitter - BBC1 on SD is working perfectly and all the other HD channels work perfectly too
I am on the north side of Bury St Edmunds and my aeriel points at the Tacolneston transmitter

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David Allen
12:38 PM

Dave Lindsay: Thank you for your response and ideas. The YouView box does not give any idea other than percentage complete, therefore one would assume that it would be very difficult to know when to unplug the aerial.

Having said this I have managed to fix the issue myself. I have never used the aerial since moving into the property and therefore never taken any notice or interest. On closer inspection I noticed that it has a mast head amp. In their wisdom the previous owner took the power pack with them assuming that it was an amplifier!??

So firstly I purchased a power pack which boosted the signal strength form around 36% to 63% on most channels and retuned. This picked up an additional 5 channels, however the box was still not showing all channels in the TV guide.

I then factory reset the box and when prompted entered the postcode for the Tacolneston transmitter. Opened the TV guide and he presto all freeview channels now showing and available.

Once again Dave thank you for your ideas.

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2:08 PM

ken Illsey: The Humax has two rather sensitive tuners, and it does'nt always allow a manual scan.

So check your transmitter, because your just 1km from Bury St Edmunds light transmitter, and the bearing isn't vastly different to Talcneston. You might have the wrong transmitter.

Then check signal strength. HD tends to get hit by too high a signal first, so check it and look here: Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you

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Friday, 14 November 2014
Transmitter engineering

7:31 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 05:25 today to 05:28 today. FM: Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 13:22 on 11 Nov to 14:04 on 11 Nov. [BBC]

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Saturday, 15 November 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

TACOLNESTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 05:25 yesterday to 05:28 yesterday. FM: Radio 4 FM Weak Signal from 13:22 on 11 Nov to 14:04 on 11 Nov. [BBC]

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