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The symbol shows the location of the Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter. 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 Clacton (Essex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Clacton 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.

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)47mDTG-3400W
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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

 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)47mDTG-3400W
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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),

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)47mDTG-6400W
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

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 Clacton (Essex, 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 Player, 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 Clacton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 92km north (2°)
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, 92km north (3°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Clacton (Essex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1319 Jul 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury 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. Clacton 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, 25 July 2011
Rick Marsh
2:03 PM

Where I live in Clacton I am in line of sight of the new Clacton transmitter and get all the available channels with a strong signal.

The only problem is that when I tune to ITV HD, I get a fab HD picture BUT when the local news comes on, I only get Meridian News? Since I live in the Anglia region and our transmitter is in the Anglia region, can you please tell me why on earth I only get Meridian News when watching ITV HD?

Many Thanks

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Rick Marsh's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 July 2011

9:09 AM

Rick Marsh: ITV only supply ITV1HD with limited regions, and your region is not one of them (as shown at the top of the page).

You will have to return to "3" to get your local news.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 19 December 2011
craig smith
7:38 PM

About a week ago I lost all but 18 channels, stuff like bid tv, five us, film 4 etc are all gone now, we didnt touch the areal, the tv or anything, it just vanished, now when we try to re-tune we get the same 18 channels, 11 radio and 2 data/other

Postcode: CO15 6AT

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craig smith's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

7:47 PM

craig smith: Where is your aerial pointing? If it is pointing at Clacton transmitter (for which you posted your message on) then you will only get the channels you get. It does not broadcast Bid TV, Five US, Film 4 etc.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Nick R
12:21 PM

Hi. My Mum is 89 and lives in a block of flats with a communal boosted aerial signal. She has a brand new TV but for the last 3 nights or so, her TV has stopped receiving at sometime between 6 to 6.30 and the screen says 'no digital signal detected'. Sometimes it has come back on at around 9.00 pm, other days not till the following morning. I thought at first it was just atmospherics but the regular time for the drop out has confused things. She relies on the TV for company so any suggestions? Site is in Clacton, Essex, CO15 6PD.

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Nick R's 4 posts GB
Nick R
1:47 PM

The aerial on the flats is pointing at Sudbury by the way.
Thanks for any advice.

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Nick R's 4 posts GB

2:56 PM

Nick R: Does your Mum's TV lose reception of all channels, or just those which are carried on one or two of the muxes? If it is a total loss it would suggest that possibly the power supply to the communal aerial is interrupted (unplugged while Hoovering takes place?) or a source of interference is switched on at the time mentioned, a faulty security light for example, as this is around nightfall. If it is only one or two muxes affected it is worth checking which frequencies have been stored by the TV. Until 27th June 2012 Sudbury uses C44, C41, C49+, C54, C63 plus C47(HD), whereas Clacton relay uses C48+ and C52 plus C42(HD). If Clacton frequencies have been selected the aerial will be 40 degrees off beam, so they might not be as reliable as the Sudbury alternative.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Nick R
3:57 PM

Hi KMJ. She tells me it is all the channels but have not witnessed this myself, which I will do if it continues. Unlikely to be the communal aerial being unplugged as I would imagine this is locked away in some cupboard or the roof space, and the house manager works till 5.00 so would not think someone is unplugging the unit to use the socket after 6.00. Will check out for faulty external lights on timers though. Thanks for the tip.

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Nick R's 4 posts GB
Monday, 16 July 2012
6:23 PM

I find the signal on this Clacton TX to be really crap out side of Clacton unless in town.
Was down the beach where the pier is and I was getting no lock on channels 49 and 52 at all yet Dover since change over was coming in 70% down the front here on my portable TV.

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David's 5 posts GB
Thursday, 26 July 2012

3:30 PM

David: I think the purpose of the new transmitters around the coast of East Anglia is to allow the power level of the main transmitters to be reduced, to prevent the signals leaking to other countries.

As I don't have the radiation pattern for this mast, it quite possible that the signal is being targetted at specific areas, causing the effect you have found.

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