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The symbol shows the location of the West Runton (Norfolk, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 West Runton (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the West Runton 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.

 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)140mDTG-2,000W
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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

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C37 (602.0MHz)140mDTG-2,000W
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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),

 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)140mDTG-2,000W
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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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The West Runton (Norfolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the West Runton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 33km south (172°)
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, 33km south (171°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the West Runton (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-136 Jun 2018

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, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 2kW

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. West Runton 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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Jim F

11:12 AM

Cavendish: West Runton DSO starts on 9th November, so right now there's no digital signal (but not long to wait!). DSO completes on 23rd November - you'll then have the three PSB MUXs as intended (but none of the COM MUXs - they're only available from the Tacolneston Tx).
You're comfortably inside the West Runton reception area.

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Mike Dimmick

2:18 PM

Cavendish: Digital UK's postcode predictor gives you an excellent chance of getting a full service from the Belmont transmitter in north Lincolnshire. This transmits Yorkshire local news. The probability of reliable results from West Runton is shown as substantially lower and is expected to deteriorate after September 2012; it is your best option for BBC Look East and ITV1 Anglia, however.

You should actually be able to get four out of the six multiplexes from Belmont now; the other two are on low power to avoid interfering with services from Tacolneston. You would need a wideband aerial for all six once they power up, which happens after Tacolneston switches over.

Relay transmitters are usually directional, transmitting most of their power in one or two directions. Unfortunately, we don't know what the radiation pattern is. Given the distance between you and the transmitter, and the relatively high power level, I have to assume that there is quite a high restriction in your direction.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
4:30 PM

" The probability of reliable results from West Runton is shown as substantially lower and is expected to deteriorate after September 2012; "

Can you tell me why reception should be any different after sept 2012 ??

Post code predictors are OK as a guide,but I would suggest you go to a local electrical Independent retailer to give you the best advise on your locality.

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Hansfritz's 4 posts GB flag
4:41 PM

The reception map is not very accurate. If you move the whole of the yellow area up to follow the coastline,it will give you a more accurate idea of the reception coverage.

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Hansfritz's 4 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 November 2011

9:02 AM

Hansfritz: If you actually read the key, you will see that the "yellow area" indicates the places where the signal is stronger from the transmitters, and "green" is for coverage where there is another transmitter with a stronger signal.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
9:22 AM

Yes thank-you Brian. I understand the key. But the map is still incorrect. The Yellow dosent cover some of the strongest signal areas for the west-runton transmitter.
If you zoom in the map,the whole of the east side of Sheringham is in the white. I expect this to be one of the strongest signal areas.
Other people will do the same as me and zoom the map. When they see there street is in white,they will wonder if reception will be possible.

The map is in-accurate.

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Hansfritz's 4 posts GB flag

10:04 AM

Hansfritz: And, as I said already, the area is also covered by 10kW signals from Tacolneston which are stronger at the locations shown in green than those from 2kW West Runton.

There is no "white" on the map.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
5:22 PM

Would you mind actually looking at the map Brian. Then zooming in over the yellow area. Look at the un-coloured area over Sheringham and along the coast to Cromer. Surely that area should all be Yellow,as it will be Some of the strongest signal positions from the west-runton transmitter.
If a concerned tv viewer was to see that there road was not in the yellow,then they might think that they will not be able to receive Freeview.

Can you also comment on the quote from Mike Dimmick above who said the signal will deteriorate after september 2012.Why will it deteriorate?

Thank-you for your time.

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Hansfritz's 4 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:26 AM

WEST RUNTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 05:33 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

8:29 AM

WEST RUNTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 05:33 today to 06:20 today [BBC]

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