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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.

 V max
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),

 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)212mDTG-100W
Channel icons
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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, 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 TV 2, 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;
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 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.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Sally Gordon
9:03 PM

Since we got up today, we have had a picture but no sound from anything on the tv although DVDs are producing sound. We have sky. Do you think this problem is caused by the digital switchover?

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Dave Lindsay

9:07 PM

aron: I would count yourself lucky that you can receive directly from Crystal Palace, even if it is at roof level only. Those in the valley that can only receive from High Wycombe transmitter aren't so lucky as they only get limited channels.

If you are in an area where you get a good signal from High Wycombe transmitter, such that a set-top aerial will work, but not where it will pick up Crystal Palace, then you could consider having limited channels on your second set.

For High Wycombe your set-top aerial should be set vertically.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 6 April 2012
David Pinfold

7:39 PM

Sally Gordon: If you receive all your tv through sky then the digital switchover will not affect you. The most likely explanation for you getting a picture without sound (if the sky box is connected to the tv with a scart lead) is that one of the scart plugs is not properly inserted. They tend to come adrift over time.

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David Pinfold's 42 posts GB flag
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Monday, 9 April 2012
5:13 PM

After completing the Switchover, I have lost sound on a number of channels including all itv and e4 channels. The reception has dropped dramatically.

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Jas's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 14 April 2012
kim stevens
6:45 PM

since switchover 4th april - i have perfect viewing for bbc but absolutely nothing for ant itv channels can you help

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Dave Lindsay

7:01 PM

kim stevens: Switchover at all transmitters is carried out in two stages, usually two weeks apart.

At the first stage BBC standard definition services go on to full power and two weeks later the rest follow.

So if you're receiving from High Wycombe transmitter, independant channels will become available to you on Wednesday.

By the way, if you do receive your TV from High Wycombe, then you won't get the full Freeview service as it's a Public Service transmitter only.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Paul Cogger
8:00 PM
High Wycombe

My aerial is on the roof attached to the chimney. Its around 10 years old. I have retuned and I am receiving the Freeview lite service from the High Wycombe Transmitter. Is there a way I could receive the full Freeview service from Crystal Palace say by installing a taller pole or do I need a new aerial?

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8:17 PM

It could be a coincidence, but I've found during this switchover (both phases) that I've had a constant ringing in my right ear. It could just be tinnitus caused by something else, as I've had it for a few years now, but just recently during this of all times it's suddenly got a lot worse. Is there a high pitched frequency that Freeview uses? and is it possible I can hear it?

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Qwerty's 2 posts GB flag
8:47 PM
High Wycombe

I have a vertically polarized aerial on my roof that was originally fitted to receive the four analogue channels from the High Wycombe transmitter. I've not used it for a number of years until today when I thought I'd see which channels it could now pick up with a retune, the answer is all of them, from all six mux! How? What other transmitter could I be picking up west of High Wycombe with a C/D or possibly E aerial? Thanks.

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9:11 PM

loungelizard: Hannington looks the most likely for your location albeit that the commercial muxes are indicated as poor, carry out a signal test on BBC1 for purposes of noting the channel number seen associated with the indication and if its Hannington Ch45 should be seen, also try this test on ITV3 and is this case mux Ch41 should be indicated.

If neither of the two channels mentioned are seen come back with the numbers you do see and they can be cross checked.

By the way I realise that you have your aerial vertically mounted, but if a signal is strong it will still be picked up no matter what the polarisation might be, especially if not line of sight.

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