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Full Freeview on the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter

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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. Click to recheck [+] is loading, please wait...

The symbol shows the location of the Tacolneston (Norfolk, England) transmitter which serves 330,000 homes.

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tx3Anglia (East micro region)txdabxxDAB in NorfolktxradioxxAM/FM in Norfolk

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.

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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
 horizontal max
C55- (745.8MHz)263m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
1 BBC One East, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

 horizontal max
C59- (777.8MHz)263m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
3 ITV (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4+1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 horizontal max
C50 (706.0MHz)263m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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 BBC Three HD, plus 1 others

 horizontal max
C42 (642.0MHz)263m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV 4 +1, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 39 JML Store, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

 horizontal max
C45 (666.0MHz)246m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 10 others

 horizontal max
C39+ (618.2MHz)246m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

 horizontal -10dB
C57 (762.0MHz)263mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
8 Mustard, 67 Chart Show TV, 75 Pop, plus 1 others

 horizontal -10dB
C31 (554.0MHz)263m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, plus 1 others

 horizontal -10dB
C37 (602.0MHz)263m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:

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
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
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?

aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EEEWK
C39 ArqBArqB

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 9th November and 23rd November 2011.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 250kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, com7, com8, 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.

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Monday 4 August 2014 7:25PM

I have not retuned - the maintainance note did not indicate that there was a change. This is my elderly mother in law, and I didn't want to retune in case it was a temporary problem. If you tell me that a retune will definitely fix it, I will go ahead.

Monday 4 August 2014 7:32PM

Hi - I have not retuned as the maintenance note implied it was a power reduction and did not indicate that a retune is necessary. This is my elderly mother in law's tv, and I don't want to retune without being certain it will fix the problem. Did the channel allocations change during maintenance ? If so, it would be worth being explicit about this in the maintainance notes.
Can you confirm that a re-tune will fix the problems ?

Monday 4 August 2014 7:43PM

Helen Stanley: Frankly, I'm surprised nobody has simply suggested Freesat to you - you live in a location where Freeview is difficult. and since you've said you replaced equipment, it would have been far more cost effective to go for Freesat in the first place.

However, you say you keep getting 'no signal', yet you've had your aerial checked. Have you followed the signal path from the back of the TV up to the aerial? 'No Signal' means that the TV is either getting no signal at all, or so little that the TV cannot read it. Some tuners are more sensitive than others, but if your getting nothing suddenly, its possible you have a loose connection, etc. Work your way back to the aerial if you can, becuase its likely that even a loose connection is making your situation worse - perhaps a splitter that feeds several TV's.

Check your TV's to see if any of them have Freesat/generic sat. tuner's built in. Although they became a bit less popular some years ago, in the last year or two LG and Sony have started putting them into their TV's, but generally not mentioning it. If you have make/model numbers, we can find out.

A twin LNB dish (watch/record) is around £99 to have put up (although a quad might be better for you) - you may even have a dish already. That would make more sense than trying to deal with a transmitter so far away.

Helen Stanley
Monday 4 August 2014 8:03PM Shrewsbury

Helen Stanley:I didn't tell you that the aerial is on top of the longest pole we could find in the hope of improving this situation. It is now at least 12 feet away from any local obstruction, but of course we can't move the Breiddens! PPS I Didn't choose the big black shouty writing in the first post, it just came up when I posted. Honest! Thanks if you can find any answers.

Helen Stanley
Monday 4 August 2014 8:28PM Shrewsbury

MikeB: Third time lucky, now this signal is on the blink!
Thank you MikeB for your suggestions.
As this happens so often, we now have a routine and so always check back to the aerial which we have made easily accessible for this purpose, no problems from that source so far.
We only have one tv as more would be just too frustrating, so no signal splitting issues.
We have no dish as all of the companies we have approached tell us the same, hill too high and us too low in front of it, meaning that the dish can't pick up signals.
We have the same issues with internet, no broadband as phone connection is not reliable (24 engineers so far), dongle not man enough for the job, MiFi works when the mood suits it at about a third of a meg speed.
Don't know about Freesat, we're reluctant to spend even more money!
MiFi people said 4G is blocking our signal and we need to buy a signal blocker, but no-one in Shrewsbury seems to know what we are talking about!
Having looked at tonight's programmes, I'm not sure why we're trying to sort this out!!

Helen Stanley
Monday 4 August 2014 8:38PM Shrewsbury

MikeB Just had a read about Freesat and it seems to need a dish, so that looks like it isn't an option. Dishes are also not allowed in this village (it's in private ownership and protected), so that compounds the problem for those of us in a difficult setting.
MiFi man was talking about our Freeview signal when he said 4G was blocking it, not the internet.

Monday 4 August 2014 9:41PM

Are Dishes banned totally or just attached to a building?
some people get away with it by having a dish attached to a movable post somewhere in the garden.

Monday 4 August 2014 9:56PM

Helen Stanley: You are very very unlucky!

Your position makes it very difficult to pick up Freeview. Freesat or any other sat. system seems to be out because of the position of the hill (I looked at Google Earth - thats one big hill!) , although you can apparently hide them (according to Satcure: And of course you are far too far away from an exchange to get decent broadband from fibre.

If you click on the Freeview4G link, you can see that there seems to be no mobile masts in your area at all, so I'm not sure where the 4G explaination seems to be coming from. Wifi is a bit odd sometimes, but try moving the hub to where you get the most coverage, and poweline adapters/wifi signal boosters can help. Even if you speed is slow, hopefully you can get a better signal inside the house.

Have you asked to see what other people in the village do? Looking at Google Earth, there seems to be someone across the road from you, on the slope of the hill itself. What do they do?

I'm sure some of the very knowledgable people here might have some suggestions, but for a start, could you tell us what transmitter you are tuned into, and what the signal strength is? That would give some sort of baseline to suggest improvements, etc. Its worth pointing out that although your a fair way from Winter Hill. the signal path seems to be pretty clear. Perhaps a suitable aerial and even a booster might be a help, but thats for an expert.

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