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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),

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)263mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
 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, 1 April 2015
2:04 PM

Seems 4G interference has started, I am getting serious picture break-up intermittently over all muxes but especially com7 and BBCA and it is worse from about 8am - 10pm

Let me guess, I now have to buy yet more hardware...
This whole DSO has been a complete joke
1st a company installed a digital aerial which worked fine with the original DVB-T muxes when Tacolneston started transmitting DTV, then it had to be replaced to a wideband at more cost to get the DVB-T2 mux because it was 'out of range' (and of course a new set-top box that supported DVB-T2) and now it looks like I will have to buy more hardware to stop 4G interference.
Seriously, I may just bin the bloody TV, save myself £150 tax to the BBC and just watch stuff online on catch-up

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Mike's 1 post GB flag

4:01 PM

Mike: You havn't given a postcode, so we have no idea of your location. However, unless your in a very isolated area, with a booster and very close to a 4G station, you very unlikely to have a 4G problem.

On the other hand, Talcneston is in Norfolk, and much of that area is a right pain as far as Freeview is concerned. Lots of little hills, a curving coastline which blocks off many people's line of sight from the transmitter, etc. Its why my parents in law watch via Belmont and have Freesat for local news.

Remember that Com 7 is on much lower power than the rest of the mux's, so thats why you were out of area. Once we have a location, the signal guru's (not me) can have a look. However, check your signal strength, and of course make sure your actually tuned to Talcneston. Your signal could be just too poor to get those muxs, or it could be too good (happens a lot more than you might think), or you might have a problem with your system - perhaps a loose/frayed cable, moisture in a connection, or interference from an external source.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

7:04 PM

Mike: The transmission frequencies used by Tacolneston "are" in the range most likely to affected by 4G
, that is should any 4G transmitters exist near to your particular location. You can easily find this out by contacting a company called AT800 using the undermentioned link, if your location (they will request your post code) is deemed by them as possibly being affect by this mode of transmission they will supply you with a filter free of charge, the filter being inserted in line with the TV's (or boxes) aerial input socket.

If though you are using a mast head amplifier? the filter really has to be inserted between the aerial and the input to the amplifier.

Contact us | Advice or general enquiries | at800

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

10:11 PM

jb38: True, the frequencies are possibly prone to 4G interference, but looking back at all the people who say they have 4G problems, and then look at the number of people who actually have had 4G problems, the actual number is really very small.

So its certainly a possibility, and A800 should be able to say, but is it likely? On the other hand, there are various explainations for picture breakup, especially in a possibly marginal area.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 April 2015

12:31 AM

MikeB: Yes quite so, as the number of instances where a 4G transmission has been positively proven as being responsible for problems being experienced with reception is indeed quite small, but though this number is bound to increase as more 4G transmitters are rolled out across the country.

The other point being, that up to date information on the exact location of newly commissioned 4G transmitters is (or was, as far as I know) only supplied to AT800, therefore if anyone suspected of residing in an iffy area for reception complains about reception from a station transmitting on frequencies in the range known as being the most susceptible to be affected by 4G, then its always best to eliminate this possibility from the equation, especially as the time factor mentioned by Mike spans the period over which the 4G service is liable to be used the most.

Of course that said is in addition to the advice given by yourself, and was not intended to take anything away from the content of the reply.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
11:12 AM

Hi guys,
Thanks for all the replies.
I am located in Norwich city centre at the top of Silver Road, the irony is I can see a mobile transmitter from my kitchen window (Mousehold Lane).
Looks as if I will need to contact that AT800 website, thanks for your help.

I am not sure if that mobile transmitter has only just started supporting 4G but up until a few days ago I had pretty much perfect reception 24/7 but now the wife has been complaining about TV during the day and it also happens in the evening when I am at home.
I am also aware there is a relay very close to my location but I was (and am) pointed out to Tacolneston and am getting all the muxes from there, the relay does not support com7 afaik.

Technology hey, more trouble than it is worth!
I will contact AT800 and hopefully get a device for free, I had a quick look online and they can be purchased for about £20 so I am a bit happier now even if AT800 do not send me one for free, I was dreading another rooftop aerial / set top box upgrade!

Thank you all! (I will pop back and update you if my issues can be resolved)
I am not too bothered but the Wife has been moaning about it (she needs her daytime TV fix) and subsequently I am being blamed for it!

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mike's 2 posts GB flag
12:56 PM

Wow, simply wow.
I called up AT800 and explained my problems, they have agreed to send me a filter for free which is great but due to my location they are pretty sure it will not suffice.
Their advice, subscribe to Cable/Sky or get Freesat.
Great, so not only have I spent the best part of £500 on 2 aerials and 2 set-top boxes, I am not told I need to spend more money if I wish to watch TV.
This whole DSO has been a complete con and as usual it is the public who pay the cost just so the mobile operators can make millions using the spectrum.
Words cannot describe how annoyed I am right now, and I dread to think of the ear-bashing I am going to get from the wife tonight when I get home.
Thank you BBC, Government & Vodafone, you useless inept bunch of money grabbing parasites

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Mike's 2 posts GB flag

1:36 PM

Mike: If you can no longer use Freeview then AT800 have a budget of about £500 to replace your equipment and provide you with Freesat.They will sort that out for you once you report back that the filter doesn't work.The "money grabbing parasites" have set aside £150m to deal with problems such as yours.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts US flag

6:23 PM

Mike: Firstly - you dont know if its a 4G problem - just because a mast isn't that far away, does not mean its causing the problem. In fact, unless those masts have become active at exactly the same time as your problems started, then its probably nothing to do with it. And if At800 had thought it a problem, its strange that they wouldn't have sent you a card warning you (I got one, for reasons I cant fathom), and sent you a filter for free. You do have three O2 masts (according to Ofcom sitefinder ), but it would be interesting if anyone else is having a problem in the area as well.

So they will send you a filter, and providing its installed properly, thats the end of it. If it does not work, then either At800 will deal with the problem in the way Brianist describes, or (more likely), its nothing to do with 4G at all.

I managed to find your postcode (its much easier to simply put it into the website, so that everyone has the data), and if its NR3 4TL, your just 18km from the transmitter, and basically next door to the Norwich Central light transmitter. So its quite possible that your signal strength is just a tad high! And 4G tends to hit those with low signal strength and a booster.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
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Friday, 3 April 2015

12:31 AM

Mike: Thanks for the update on the outcome of your contact with at800, with a bit of luck you may even receive the filter tomorrow as they are usually quite quick off the mark.

I was having a look at your area via Google Earth street view, and if you are located anywhere in the properties facing towards the the James White school? then the rather substantial tall multi services mast is certainly positioned not that terribly far away from you, meaning that if, as suspected, it now contains a newly commissioned 4G transmitter, you are well within range of being affected by its transmissions.

By the way, are you using any form of powered splitter / amplifier on your aerial system?

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