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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the West Runton (Norfolk, England) mast?

West Runton transmitter - West Runton transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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
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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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.

Thursday, 2 May 2013
paul bond
7:42 AM

why do we only get a basic freeview package of west runton in cromer when of belmont you get many more channels

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paul bond's 2 posts GB flag

8:18 AM

paul bond: Ref: KMJ,Derby's explanation.

The simple answer is transmission costs. To equip most of the relay sites with transmitters for the COM muxes would have roughly doubled the cost of providing the service but only served a further 8% of the population, consequently the COM mux owners declined to add the service to additional masts when they were invited to do so.

A similar situation exists on radio, with Classic FM not being transmitted from smaller relay sites.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:39 AM

paul bond: I answered that question above!

See Sunday 17 March 2013 1:20PM.

One possibility is to use Belmont as your main transmitter, and feed the West Runton signal into a separate set-top box, for use when regional programming is being broadcast.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 June 2013
7:21 PM

I am on the West Runton light transmitter. The last few days we have been having 'No signal' coming up and bad 'pixilation'.This is sometimes on the normal channels and then on the HD. We normally have very good signals, the TV and 'box' are nearly new. It appears that the problems exist when there is high pressure reported on the weather. Could this be the case?

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graham's 3 posts GB flag
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Friday, 7 June 2013
Bill Catherall
7:29 PM

My postcode is NR10 3AD my aerial is on the roof I have a Sony digibox modelSVR-HDT500

The problem I have is for the last few weeks
starting on Friday's I lose channel 55 I try
re-tuning at different times over the weekend period with no success but straight away on Monday mornings I get channel 55 back
your help would be appreciated

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Monday, 8 July 2013
10:04 PM

I have lost all HD channels for over 24hrs. I have auto and manual retuned. But they have gone completely. I believe I am using Talconstonwest runton and cant see any outstanding works recorded that might cause it.
Please advise if possible.
LG smart tv working ok for over 6mnths.
Ariel in,, High gain

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donna's 2 posts GB flag
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10:29 PM

Hi There.
Has anyone else noticed the frequent interruptions to the signals/channels broadcast from West Runton tonight?
I think there have been significant outages on all channels this evening, although not at the same time.
Come to think of it, last night wasn't too good either!

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Paul's 2 posts GB flag
10:34 PM

Donna :-
If I'm right and you are in Taverham, you *cannot* be using the West Runton transmitter - it simply will not reach that far.
You are far more likely to be using the main Tacolneston transmitter, meaning your TV aerial should be pointing more or less south.
Someone somewhere appears to be messing around with the local transmitters, especially Tacolneston.

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Paul's 2 posts GB flag

11:03 PM

donna: Paul is correct in what he has said insomuch that your reception will be from the Tacolneston transmitter as you are outwith West Runtons service area, Tacolneston being listed in the engineering notice board as being liable to interruption at random times for the week commencing today 08/07/2013.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
6:55 AM

Many thanks Paul and JB38. Yes I thought I was on Talconston too, its just this page had me also listed under WR so was a little confused.
I shall do another update in about a week then as not much point before then if T are doing things :) Thanks for your help!

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