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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C40- (625.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43- (649.8MHz)263mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)263mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)263mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LNR
 H -10dB
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
7 Mustard,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEE TW TW T
C3BBCtvwaves
C31com7com7
C32_local
C36BBCB
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40BBCA
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43D3+4
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C50tv_off BBCBBBCB
C52tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCAcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offLNRLNR
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:03 PM

Richard Baguley: OK, this is because the value takes into account the NEW7 and NEW8 allocations, which have no power value and are pulling the average down.

I'll have to recode it to ignore the zero values.

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Briantist
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2:04 PM

Richard Baguley: Basically

100,000W x 6 / 8 = 75,000W.

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jh
4:45 PM
Lowestoft

Ive had quality = 1 levels for digital BBC1 and 2 for the past week, not watchable - it this the transmitter? Its not occasional. thanks (5/feb) post code nR33 7qz jh

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Briantist
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5:42 PM

jh: You don't seem to be in an "offical" Freeview reception area yet. And even after switchover, on 23rd November 2011 you are still not predicted to have excellent reception, other than on Multiplex PSB1.

The transmitter has no faults.

There is currently weather conditions causing Inversion, see What is the Inversion Effect and why does it effect my Freeview TV reception?
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To be honest, you would be best switching to Freesat.

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Sunday, 6 February 2011
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Richard Baguley
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8:01 PM
North Walsham

Thanks for your comments. What you say is exactly what I understood to be the case - a big increase in transmitter power and one that should improve reception for us bog dwellers enormously.

Haven't looked at your ss map again but shall do later.

Again, many thanks.

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:16 PM

Richard Baguley: I'm glad to have set your mind at rest.

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Monday, 7 February 2011
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Richard Baguley
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:18 PM
North Walsham

You certainly did!

I note the ss map hasn't, yet, been updated (it still shows a fall in strength post DSO so shall take another look later; ITM, the numbers you supplied do the job.

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Briantist
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1:34 PM

Richard Baguley: Sorry, I haven't yet had the opportunity to redo the code for the page.

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Mike Dimmick
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2:30 PM
Reading

Brian: why don't you just remove the erroneous NEW7 and NEW8?

There is no date even set for interleaved spectrum auctions. There is no guarantee that the spectrum auction will be won by any TV provider. The speculative allocations - and they were only ever suggestions - will have to be completely redone, since channels 61 and 62 are now to be released for mobile phone use. Previous allocations of 61 and 62 - either to existing muxes or tentative interleaved allocations - are planned to be moved to 49 and 50, and 49 and 50 to 39 and 40. However, some transmitters that haven't yet switched and currently use C39 or C40 for an analogue service are now to use that channel for a post-switchover digital service, according to Ofcom's latest documents.

NEW7 and NEW8 are causing problems on a number of transmitter pages where a real mux is temporarily allocated to those frequencies (e.g. Mendip). It's also sowing confusion among users expecting new services to launch at switchover.

I suggest removing NEW7 and NEW8 until we know what is actually going to happen - probably not for another two years unless Mr Hunt tries to push through his local TV proposals sooner (which will cause chaos, but politicians aren't known for their understanding of technical issues).

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Briantist
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2:32 PM

Mike Dimmick: They are no "erroneous". They will be used for the Local TV services currently proposed by the Culture Secretary and for which there is now at least a single bid, with the services due to start in the next few years.

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