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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 13/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Tacolneston transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Friday, 10 April 2015
10:18 PM

I'm stuck at what to do. I moved into a property in Norwich NR3 3DG early January, no probs with digital signal. As of probably a month ago I am now having intermittent signal issues but last couple of days it's been every day for some part of the evening. I have tried the Freeview reset procedure, I've tried a different digital box, different aerial lead. I tried a manual search but that seemed to make things worse. So I auto scan from time to time and eventually they all come back. When it's out it's the BBC channels that go, ITV, Ch 5 are okay then there are some channels that are picking up but really breaking up. I have deciphered that it is certain frequency of channels that all go, or all stay. But not sure what to do with that info. It says I am on East Anglia transmitter. I share a communal aerial (it's a flat) but my neighbour is not having problems. I am aware that 4G is affecting some people but if i phone up that company for a filter not sure i'll get one as it's a communal aerial but not everyone is being affected. Help please!

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TinaE's 3 posts GB flag
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10:33 PM

TinaE: You havn't given a postcode, so we dont know if you'd have problems due to 4G or your location. On the other hand, you have a communal aerial, so check that other people aren't having the same problem in your block.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
11:16 PM

Hi Mike, I put my postcode in my original comment, it's NR3 3DG. I also spoke to the neighbour who uses the communal aerial and he is not having issues, my other neighbour has a satellite dish so uses that.

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TinaE's 3 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

1:50 PM

TinaE: Sorry, I dont think that came up in my browser, but its great that you included the postcode, because you can see for yourself your possible problem. Click on the digitalUK link, and its clear that your just a kilometre from the light transmitter, and only 17km from the main one. If there is a booster etc for your communial aerial, then that would point to your signal being too high.

If you search 'too much of a good thing' on the site, that will give you lots of useful information, Attenuators are really cheap (mine were less than two pounds each from Amazon), and a cheap aerial lead will be all that you might need. Get a number of them at different strengths, and you can put them together to lower the signal yet more.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

2:10 PM

TinaE: The question is simply one of is it the aerial system (up to the wall socket) that is at fault, or is it beyond there (i.e. your own part of the installation)?

If it's the former then it's the responsibility of the party which looks maintains the aerial system to rectify it and it's therefore outside your direct control. If the signal level is too high then that's an issue with the aerial system and can therefore only be addressed by adjusting the system.

The fact that a neighbour uses the system without issue to the picture and sound doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't at fault. With digital reception it either works or it doesn't, with very little in between. Differences in models and different lengths of cable could possibly make the difference between "only just" working and "only just" not working.

If there is a 4G base station operating in the 800MHz band (just above what's used for TV) and it coincides with the start of the problem then this can't be ruled out. However, what a base station means is that there are mobile devices in the area which are transmitting. I wonder, could your neighbour be using such a device at those times? Perhaps the signal is so strong where your wiring is that it's being picked up in your wiring -- just a thought.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 12 April 2015
8:36 PM

Thanks guys for your input. Hmmmm. Well I've ordered a cheap attenuator to give that a go but not hopeful. If the signal is too high then surely I would have experienced problems from day one when I moved in? That's not been the case, it's only been in the last month so there is a factor that has changed in that time but how to work that out factor has changed? Today has been a really windy day in Norwich and this evening everything is pretty much gone with my signal. Does that tell me something? Sometimes if I stand and move around the digibox and the tv in different places, when experiencing signal problems, that can make it worse. Does that tell me something? And how to diagnose if the problem is up to my aerial point or beyond I'm still none the wiser. I don't own a smartphone and neither does my neighbour so neither of us are causing 4G interference. God I miss old school analogue TV! Digital being better is such a con!

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TinaE's 3 posts GB flag

10:29 PM

TinaE: Ok - you've suggested that if you move the various parts of your system around, you get worse reception, and the wind might be a factor. If the wind was causing problems, then you'd expect other people in your block to have similar problems, although, as David points out, different TV's have different tuners, etc, so its not impossible they are just about Ok, whereas your not.

However, David also pointed out that the problem could well be within your flat - a dodgy aerial lead or socket (which might explain the problem when you move the digibox around).

First thing - check your signal strength and which transmitter your tuned into. If its getting towards 100%, and keeps going towards very low and then very high, then its likely to be too strong.Remember that a transmitter might have been steadily getting more powerful, until it reaches a point that is just too much for your TV's tuner.

If its continually very low, than there is a problem with your system. All you can do is check each part of it, until it becomes apparent what it is. Start with the aerial lead (new ones are really cheap), and just make sure that nothing is loose.

Actually pretty much the same thing might have happened with analogue TV as well. A dodgy socket or cable would have been much the same problem if there was just analogue, the picture would have been snowy rather than blocky.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

11:20 PM

TinaE : Although MikeB has covered various possibilities, but variations in reception when moving about a room is something only really experienced when using an indoor aerial, if though an aerial of this type is not being used, then its usually an indication that the continuity of the braiding around the coax is broken at some point, because as soon as this happens the coax becomes part of the aerial system rather than just carrying the signal from the aerial.

Loose fitting coax connector plugs when plugged in, can also cause this type of problem, likewise if the braiding earthing screw on the "rear" of the wall plate outlet socket has not been fully tightened. Another possibility being if a "F" screw type connector has been removed and refitted without the outer having been screwed back in again, this if responsible, more likely to have happened at the distribution amplifiers side of the equation.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 April 2015

12:39 PM

TinaE: JB38's advice is excellent, and makes an important point - it sounds like you have a portable aerial.

Since we have no idea of your system, etc other than the information you supply, which makes any diagnosis difficult. could you supply the following:

You say you live in a block with a communial aerial. Is this a freeview aerial system, does it have a booster, does anyone else have a problem, and do you actually use it?

If you have another aerial, such as a indoor aerial, do you use that instead? And if you do, how is it connected - via a digibox, etc?

And what is the signal strength/transmitter the TV/digibox is tuned to?

If we know these facts, we can help get to the root of the problem, or at least narrow it down.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
6:08 PM

My Freeview now has a mind of its own. Sometimes it removes BBC channels and other times ITV. No matter how many times I follow the Freeview rest procedure it will only load the channels it wants to. I have called out the local aerial installers they say there is nothing wrong with the equipment . This has only been happening for the last six weeks or so prior to that all was well.

My Postcode id NR14 7BU has something changed in this area ?

Any suggestions ?

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