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Freeview Light on the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter

Google mapBing mapGoogle Earth52.057,-1.363 or 52°3'24"N 1°21'45"WOX16 0JY

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 7,600 homes.

Other mapsSutton Coldfield TV regionBBC West MidlandsCentral (West micro region)DAB in Oxfordshire
AM/FM in Oxfordshire

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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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.


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Which Freeview channels does the Bretch Hill transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 vertical max
C56 (754.0MHz)196m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
87W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 vertical max
C48 (690.0MHz)196m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
87W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4+1 Midlands ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 vertical max
C52 (722.0MHz)196m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
87W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 BBC Three HD, plus 1 others



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The Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5*, 5USA, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, BBC Red Button 2, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Channel 5 +24, CITV, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Dave, Dave ja vu, Drama, E4+1, Film 4 +1, Food Network, ITV 2 +1, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV 4 +1, Movie Mix, Movies4Men, pick, Quest, Quest +1, Really, RT English , Sky News, The Zone, Travel Channel, True Entertainment, VIVA, Yesterday.

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 Bretch Hill transmitter?


BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 60km northwest
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.

ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 60km northwest
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Bretch Hill (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-18
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E
C48BBC2BBC2BBC2D3+4D3+4D3+4
700C52BBCBBBCBBBCB
C55ITVITVITV
C56BBCABBCABBCA
800C65BBC1BBC1BBC1
C67C4C4C4

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th September and 21st September 2011.

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

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 87W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Bretch Hill 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.



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Dave Lindsay
Monday 7 November 2011 9:31PM Doncaster

PeckettChap: A look around your street on Google Streetview shows most (all?) aerials pointing at Bretch Hill.

Number 102 has the aerial vertically mounted with the rear reflector fitted horizontally!

Have you checked that the TV is tuned to the correct UHF channels? BBC=C56 ITV/C4/C5=48 HD=52


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PeckettChap
Wednesday 9 November 2011 9:30PM Banbury

Briantist: I shall see about getting a 'surge protection' lead for the TV, but I rather doubt the issue is interference from other household appliances, owing to the variable rate at which the picture is viewable or not. Also, there is no interference from a mobile phone as there isn't one here (!).

Dave Lindsay: I believe my aerial is pointing to the Bretch Hill transmitter, and yes, the TV is tuned to C56 for the BBC channels, and C48 for ITV/C4/C5.


Transmitter engineering
Friday 2 December 2011 1:54PM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:34 on 29 Nov to 12:36 on 29 Nov [BBC]


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PeckettChap
Tuesday 6 December 2011 7:39PM Banbury

Briantist: I have been trialling use of a surge protector with the TV for the last couple of weeks. It makes no difference to the interference I experience on the ITV/C4/C5/etc. chasnnels. All BBC channels continue to be fine.
This week I have noticed that the signal strength for ITV/etc. has dropped down to around 20-25%, with 10 out of 10 bit error, which unsurprisingly has resulted in no ITV/etc. pictures.
Any ideas at all ?


Briantist
Wednesday 7 December 2011 1:25PM

PeckettChap: I guess that you have some form of <img src="http://img5.pseph.co.uk/cache/www.ukfree.tv/xico/www.ukfree.tv.png" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="www.ukfree.tv link icon"> link iconSingle frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice - it is just a question of working out where it comes from.

It might be worth getting in a professional as they will have equipment that will be able to track down the source of the problem.


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PeckettChap
Wednesday 7 December 2011 10:42PM Banbury

Briantist: Ok, thanks for your previous suggestions. I'll have a trawl through the phone directories for a tradesperson.

Cheers !


Transmitter engineering
Thursday 20 March 2014 9:46AM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 today. [BBC]


Transmitter engineering
Thursday 20 March 2014 10:49AM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 today to 08:12 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 today to 08:12 today. [BBC]


Transmitter engineering
Friday 21 March 2014 1:34AM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 yesterday to 08:12 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 yesterday to 08:12 yesterday. [BBC]


Transmitter engineering
Saturday 22 March 2014 3:28AM

BRETCH HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 on 20 Mar to 08:12 on 20 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air from 07:52 on 20 Mar to 08:12 on 20 Mar. [BBC]


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