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The symbol shows the location of the Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 9,500 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 Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Aldeburgh 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
C28 (530.0MHz)87mDTG-310,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)87mDTG-310,000W
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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)87mDTG-610,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, 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 Aldeburgh transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 53km north-northwest (337°)
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, 53km north-northwest (337°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1331 Mar 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 10kW

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. Aldeburgh 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.

Monday, 23 April 2012

6:40 PM

Please would someone advise which dab transmitter would serve Aldeburgh with a good roof aerial and provide a full service?
I see the Aldeburgh transmitter is like the tv service, ie 'light,' only providing the BBC stations. Mendlesham?

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Nick's 377 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

7:07 PM

Nick: Refer to the list of BBC DAB transmitting stations for its national multiplex:

BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Transmitters

Aldeburgh is 1.8kW, Mendlesham is 4.3kW, Manningtree is 5kW.

DAB multiplexes are single frequency networks. That is the BBC national multiplex, for example, is on channel 12B nationwide. So between two transmitters the signal received can be the sum of both, or indeed you may have the sum of three.

The pros could perhaps suggest whether a directional aerial is better. I suspect that an omnidirectional DAB aerial may be best for you.

The other thing you have to contend with is that not all services are available from all transmitters. The BBC as a Public Service broadcaster usually has the best coverage. So it is available from Aldeburgh transmitter whereas the commercial national multiplex ("Digital One") does not broadcast from this site.

Then there is the question of what site(s) local/regional broadcasters use. According to Aldeburgh DAB is BBC national only, and Mendlesham and Manningtree carry BBC national DAB services, as well as the Digital One one.

This page on Wikipedia suggests that there are no local/regional services in Suffolk:

Digital radio in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You would be best advised to check to be sure this is right.

However, what it does mean is that you have no idea of where any future local and regional DAB broadcasters might site their transmitters. Thinking this way makes me think that you need an omnidirectional DAB aerial providing that it is sensitive enough to pick up BBC national and Digital One. If you can get these DAB services at ground level with a portable radio, then I would say definately go with an omnidirectional DAB antenna.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

7:09 PM

Nick: For technical parameters of all UK radio transmitters (including DAB), download the spreadsheet here:

Ofcom | Tech Parameters

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

11:36 PM

Many thanks Dave. It looks to me, though, that my only hope of getting the non-BBC stuff is from Mendlesham as the others seem to do the commercial channels on low power, or not at all, which would entail a 3+ directional aerial.

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Nick's 377 posts GB

11:38 PM

Incidentally, is there a reason why the commercial channels are lower power than the BBC, where available?

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Nick's 377 posts GB

11:57 PM

Is the Aldeburgh DAB xmitter ever likely to carry commercial broadcasts or are we to remain light, and disadvantaged, as with the tv?

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Nick's 377 posts GB
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
alan ripley
10:56 AM

We keep losing BBC1 & 2 either HD or ordinary the last few days. Is there any reason for this?

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Monday, 28 October 2013
Carol Churcher
4:17 PM

Hi My tv has no signal/bad signal my address is
24 Roberts Road
IP16 4EZ

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Carol Churcher's 1 post GB

4:45 PM

Carol Churcher: If you are receiving Freeview from the Aldeburgh transmitter then this is and possibly may still be, off air due to a mains power supply failure.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Saturday, 4 January 2014
D. Lugo
6:45 PM

Hi, we have no signal at IP16 4AT is this due to issues your end as we have tried everything here.

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