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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) mast?

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 19/09/2022 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 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 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley 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 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

com7
 H -7.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Oxford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 6km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South (Oxford) region - 6 masts.
BBC South (Oxford) Today shares 50% content with Southampton service
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 102km south (183°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1723 May 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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 14 Sep 11 and 28 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Analogue 5(-11dB) 40kW
com8(-14.7dB) 17.1kW
com7(-14.8dB) 16.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Oxford transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Dec 2006Central Independent Television
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-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. Oxford 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.

Comments
Friday, 21 December 2012
K
KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:38 PM

Keith Smith: What is the make/model of the TV in question? Does it have a DVB-T2 tuner built in, or is it simply marked "HD ready"? Generally speaking if reception of SD BBC1 is OK the HD transmissions will be receivable from the same transmitter, subject to the TV having a suitable tuner.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
K
Keith Smith
9:52 PM
Banbury

KMJ Thanks for the reply
I will need to look it up as I am back home Sandstrog or some such.

I am just having a look at my Pioneer but I don't have any BBC channels but I am even further North than my folks.

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Keith Smith's 2 posts GB
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Simon
5:22 PM

OK I am in need of some serious advise.

The story goes

On Monday we had signal. At around 9.45pm the picture went pixelated and then no signal. We have bypassed the booster box by plugging a tv straight into the aerial. Still nothing. Yesterday we plugged a signal strength meter straight into the aerial. Reading 50 (the lowest) still no channels. We have bought a new aerial and set it up in the loft all the same readings. The new aerial is a 48 element.

Today I bought a new booster and power supply (comes from a different room as no power in the loft) after setting everything up we managed to get a picture on 2 out of the 5 TVs in our house. 1 is watchable but the other is unwatchable (very pixelated). The other 3 have no signal. The TV's that do work have not picked up any BBC channels.

And to top it all we have had 3 different people tell is we are running off 3 different transmitter. Oxford, Mendip and Cirencester. Lol I am lost

Any professional advise welcome.

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Simon's 9 posts GB
Monday, 24 December 2012
J
jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:13 AM

Simon: Only Oxford is indicated as providing a reasonable level of signal at your particular location, but even at that the COM channels are shown as being variable, Mendip indicates almost all of its channels as being variable and with Cirencester indicating OK on the BBC & the HD service but with ITV1 being variable, this latter station is a limited channels PSB only transmitter.

With regards to your new booster / splitter, what model of device is it? the other point being that in situations such as yours "manual tuning" of the muxes is liable to bring in results over that of an auto-tune.

Oxfords muxes are / Ch53 - 60 - 57 - 62 - 59 - 55

Another point to note being, that if carrying out a manual tune then as soon as the channel number to scan is entered into the box the signal level of that channel entered will immediately appear in the level bar if you do NOT press search or scan.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 14 January 2013
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pikpilot
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:20 PM

Just discovered, the hard way, that programme 25 (Dave ja vu) has been moved from channel 59- (ArqA) to Channel 62 (SDN) so you need to re-tune. List of programmes against channels above need updating.

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pikpilot's 23 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:23 PM

pikpilot: There was a typo in the database, so COM4/SDN Dave Ja Vu wasn't showing up in the right place. It's fixed now.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
M
MH
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:44 PM
Abingdon

Unable to receive any channels BBCA, ArqA or ArqB in OX14 4AX. d3+4 & SDN channels fine.
Normally have good signal/picture on all mux.
No engineering works indicated on transmitter so presumably down to weather conditions......?

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MH's 25 posts GB
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Brennig
10:54 AM
Witney

Postcode: OX28 5JJ

I can't get Digital radio on my Humax. I've switched it off, switched it back on again, retuned it...

But the only stations that show up in the 700-range are:
790: Test (coming soon), and
791: Dave ja vu.

Can anyone throw any light on this please?


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Brennig's 12 posts GB
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nickwilcock
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

5:19 PM
Driffield

Is there a 'configuration' option in the menu? Often after I've retuned my kitchen Toshiba, I need to find the appropriate menu and check that the 'Channel list' option hasn't reset itself to 'TV only' instead of 'Show All'.

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nickwilcock's 44 posts AT
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
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Paul
8:01 AM

"I can't get Digital radio on my Humax. I've switched it off, switched it back on again, retuned it..."

Your user manual should explain how to do this.
There might be a "TV/radio" button under the sliding cover. Press this to switch between radio and TV reception.
Any recorded radio programmes appear in the "audio" rather than the "video" list.

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