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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
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)212mDTG-100W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)212mDTG-100W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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Are you trying to watch these 43 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, 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 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.

Friday, 8 July 2011
Mike Dimmick

10:04 PM

M Rose, M Adania: If you're using digital already, then you aren't using the High Wycombe transmitter. At present, this only transmits analogue signals: BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1 and Channel 4.

There has been engineering work for digital switchover this week, which I would expect to affect all channels, not just BBC One and Two. 'Transmitter Engineering' is just an automated piece of software that scrapes the Digital UK engineering page and the BBC problem reports page. The BBC only publish the status of their channels, not ITV1 and C4.

If you're using the High Wycombe transmitter, and BBC channels are back on but ITV1 is not, try the contact details at Broadcaster complaints details | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Transmitter engineering

5:24 AM

HIGH WYCOMBE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:57 on 07 Jul to 14:52 on 07 Jul BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:57 on 07 Jul to 14:52 on 07 Jul [BBC] Over the next week High Wycombe relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,875 posts xx
Monday, 11 July 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:34 AM

HIGH WYCOMBE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:57 on 07 Jul to 14:52 on 07 Jul BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:57 on 07 Jul to 14:52 on 07 Jul [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,875 posts xx
4:22 PM
High Wycombe

We have no bbc2, itv1 channel 4, our postcode is
hp12 4an
this was last week as well can you confirm whats going on please

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Monday, 8 August 2011
ronnie space
10:49 PM
High Wycombe

Hi, I have moved to High Wycombe in rented accomodation HP13 5PB just picked up a Hauppauge winTV-nova TD-500 Digital Terrestrial TV receiver for my pc.

I have an aerial point in my room which goes to a roof aerial.

I just installed this device... did a scan... but cannot find ANY channels.

Can anyone help me understand why?

Is High Wycombe an analogue only area at the moment?

Any advice much appreciated.

Rather gutted here :-(

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ronnie space's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 August 2011

7:48 AM

ronnie space: Sorry, but you have no access to Freeview until 4th/18th April 2012 when your region switches over. You will then have Freeview Light.

If you want digital TV before then, Freesat (or a DVB-S card for your PC and a dish) is your only option.

See Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
ronnie space
8:46 PM
High Wycombe

Hi Brian,

Thanks for your advice - although I am now rather confused.

Checking with the land lady she has a roof top aerial not satellite, which all points are wired to.

She has a Toshiba DVB box and recieves digital TV channels fine with good signal.

However, I'm having no luck myself on my PC.


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ronnie space's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 August 2011

8:33 PM

ronnie space: I really don't know where you can get a Freeview signal from before 4th April 2012. Perhaps she is using Virgin Media?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
5:31 PM
High Wycombe

Hello Brian,

I'm pointing to High Wycombe (Downley), obviously just receiving analogue. Will this transmitter switch to digital in April and will it be a sudden change? e.g analogue goes off, digital/freeview on ?

thanks for your advice

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Jamie's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

5:46 PM

Jamie: The first stage of switchover happens on 4 April and the second is on 18 April.

At stage one BBC Two on analogue goes off and is replaced by the digital multiplex that carries BBC channels (exc the HD ones). At stage two the other three analogue channels are turned off and replaced by the digital multiplex for ITV/C4/C5 and for HD channels.

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