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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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Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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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 Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 20 others

 horizontal max
C45 (666.0MHz)246m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 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, 69 truTV +1, 82 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 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 , 90 CBS Action, 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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Dave Hagen
Sunday 31 August 2014 10:05AM Chester Le Street

This post might be in the wrong site but who supplies the parts for the Manhattan branded boxes or do they manufacture their own.

John Fox
Sunday 31 August 2014 4:50PM Norwich

Thanks, but I already suspect that my amp & cable may be compromised, as I poured a half-cup of water out of the amp last week. Also it's 30 yeas old.
New one + co-ax cable on order.
However, once I cleared & WD40's the box, we had perfect reception.
Still doesn't explain why only a few channels have disappeared, either. I would have thought a short would kill all reception(as it did before I dried it out!).
Any further thoughts?
As to the transmitter reporting no faults, I have yet to find a way of reporting a loss of signal to them, so can we believe them? Digitaluk only work office hours, so we can't get them interested either. Cheers.

Sunday 31 August 2014 5:46PM

John Fox: I would say that half a cup of water might cause a reception problem! Of course the water might have flowed into the amp over time via a break in the coax, its that which killed much of the signal. I'm sure someone more technical than me could explain why BBC channels went first. perhaps its just one of those things.

The coax replacement makes sense, but I'm not sure you need an amp - your only 23km from the transmitter with a clear line of sight. Try it without and see how you get on. If signal is fine, then you can send it back unopened.

Reporting a loss of signal? I have no idea, although there is a phone number on the Radio & Television Investigation website. But you are trying to report a problem with your reception, and just yours. If you and your neigbours all have no signal, then its likely to be the transmitter. If its just you, then probably not. Remember that Talcneston serves 330,000 homes, so even if 0.1% have a problem with reception, thats a fair amount of people.

However, if you look back through all the questions about reception or loss of signal, relatively few can be traced to an actual loss of signal from the transmitter, and then its either off for some work done during a quiet period for not all that long, or its an accident caused by a power failure, etc.

Instead, the vast majority of faults are from the households end, caused by anything from water getting in, corrsion, the aerial falling down or simply the aerial lead at the back of the TV falling out. This seems to be often accompanied by the phrase 'I pay my licence fee'. Best plan is to ask someone nearby - if its them as well, then its the transmitter, but chances are its your system.

Sunday 31 August 2014 8:51PM

Dave Hagan
Sunday 31 August 2014 10:34PM

MikeB. Hi Mike thanks for the reply, have not received the box yet I have ordered it from Amazon. Stupidly since ordering it have been reading some reviews & most are not favourable. I suppose I will wait & see how it performs & give it the benefit of the doubt before judging after all I will have a years guarantee. I am possibly being too pessimistic.

Sunday 31 August 2014 10:57PM

John Fox
Monday 1 September 2014 12:17AM Norwich

MikeB: Most people in this village have masthead amps.
Presumably, 'cause that 23km is from the other side of hilly Norwich, and we are in a bit of a hollow. Not my choice, anyway as there was already a one fitted when we moved in, and the aerial fitter replaced it with the current unit & new power supply.
Anyway, as an update, I have removed an in-line anti interference filter, and recovered all channels, albeit with very low signal strength on some. Still weird.
The new filter has splitter & 4G filtering, as well as adjustable gain, so may work better anyway. I'll let you know. Extra cable to replace some & add a feed to another room.

Dave Hagen
Monday 1 September 2014 10:42AM Chester Le Street

MikeB: Will do Mike, once again thanks for your input and I will let you know.

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