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The symbol shows the location of the High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire, England) transmitter which serves 14,000 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 High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the High Wycombe 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.

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C37 (602.0MHz)212mDTG-100W
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1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)212mDTG-100W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C32 (562.0MHz)212mDTG-100W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD London, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's Christmas, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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 High Wycombe transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 45km east-southeast (106°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 47km east-southeast (104°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1318 Apr 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 4 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 500W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc♦
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. High Wycombe 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.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

11:55 AM

Jamie: The information is shown at the top of the page.

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Briantist's 38,906 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 December 2011
8:16 PM

Can't believe Wycombe is getting free view light, what a washout.

Currently I can get free view from my roof aerial from another transmitter, I assume that when the Wycombe aerial is turned on it wont "override" the current signal?

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aron's 2 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

10:54 PM

aron: The commercial broadcasters are only required to provide at least as much coverage as they did before switchover started. They have decided not to extend their services to any further transmitters at this stage.

High Wycombe is joint-31st in terms of household coverage, of transmitters that do not carry the commercial multiplexes. There are five transmitters that do, which are predicted to serve fewer households, but - with the exception of Saddleworth - they are all in the Scottish Islands and were considered 'main' transmitters in the analogue network. The coverage statistics are for 'preferred' transmitters, a service from a main transmitter may still be possible.

Most households in High Wycombe are probably covered by the main transmitter at Crystal Palace. This will be getting a significant power boost to increase the digital coverage area to the same as the analogue one, or even a bit larger. Receivers can be desensitised with loud transmissions on adjacent channels, but High Wycombe's broadcasts are right up at the other end of the spectrum from Crystal Palace's.

There are also 'Freeview Lite' relays at West Wycombe, Chepping Wycombe and Micklefield, indicating that this may be a difficult area for reception from Crystal Palace.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 December 2011
11:29 AM

**but High Wycombe's broadcasts are right up at the other end of the spectrum from Crystal Palace's.**

So does this mean the Wycombe transmitter works on a different frequency and won't override the crystal palace signal I can currently receive?

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aron's 2 posts GB flag

12:07 PM

aron: Yes, as Mike said.

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Briantist's 38,906 posts GB flag
Monday, 2 April 2012
3:50 PM

I'm in Downley and have been able to get Freeview for 2-3 years now with a couple of different boxes I've had, some of the channels are a bit iffy and even the sound sometimes briefly cuts out on BBC channels (but more-so with Channel 4 onwards) but it all works reasonably ok. Could be because I'm on top of the hill right near the transmitter?.. or could it be because I'm up high that I can pick up Crystal Palace from here?

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Qwerty's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

4:17 PM

Qwerty: The answer is because you are on a hill and can therefore receive from Crystal Palace.

The High Wycombe transmitter does not currently broadcast digital services and after switchover it will be a Public Service only transmitter. That means it will carry only BBC, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Channel 5, HD channels and a few others.

So those in the valley who consequently can't receive directly from Crystal Palace will not get ITV3, Film 4, Dave, Pick TV etc.

The only possibility you may have when switchover happens is that your receiver may tune to the High Wycombe transmitter for the services that it carries. The way around this is to only have the aerial plugged in for only the first 30% of the automatic tuning scan. I am assuming here that your aerial is directed to Crystal Palace (it will be horizontal) and not High Wycombe (it will be vertical).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
8:36 PM

Is the Wycombe signal at full strength, or will it improve on the 18th (trying to pick it up with another TV and set top aerial)?

And also, maybe not related to this page, I understand the crystal palace HD signal will be boosted on the changeover, has that happened, or will that be the 18th?

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aron's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

8:42 PM

aron: High Wycombe is now on full strength for BBC. Indeed, BBC standard definition digital services are the only digital ones it carries now.

On 18th Wycombe will carry the other Public Service multiplexes which include ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Channel 5, HD services and a few others. It will not be a full Freeview transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
9:00 PM

Shame, On a set top aerial I lose the signal every time a fly farts, I was hoping I wouldn't have to run cables through the house to split the main aerial signal to both TV's

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