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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

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 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
Monday, 4 March 2013
B
Bill
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:15 PM

ITV1+1 just gone off.
Says it cannot legally show something.
Has Alan Titmarsh done soemthing naughty and they can't repeat it?
Can't stand the new ITV On Screen Graphic when shows are on.

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Bill's 63 posts GB
Sunday, 24 March 2013
M
Mhaffy
1:45 PM

No picture today on ArqB channels (Film 4 etc) and ArqA channels unwatchable due to heavy pixelation. As no problems reported on transmitter, presumably problem is related to weather and I will have to do without these channels until it improves. Freeview is very, very frustrating and seems highly susceptible to vagaries of weather. Live in Sutton Courtenay.

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Mhaffy's 1 post GB
Brennig
8:34 PM

Sorry for taking so long to get back on this, I've been travelling.

Radio:
I restored my Humax to factory settings, did a scan and saved the results and, surprisingly, radio is back.

TV:
However, I have noticed, in the last few days, that some TV channels are subject to frame-freeze (but sound continues, unbroken), whilst a couple of other TV channels are prone to pixelation. These issues are new. Thoughts, anyone?

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Brennig's 12 posts GB
Thursday, 28 March 2013
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D Matthews
7:27 PM

I n the morning i have to do a re installation on my Free view. I get full BBC Channels and others but no IT V . In the afternoon I get no BBC but the rest are ok but still no ITV.

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D Matthews's 4 posts GB
Thursday, 11 April 2013
K
Keith Evans
11:36 PM
Tring

I do not yet have freeview. My old analogue signal, from Sandy Heath, was awful (no C5 and poor C4) so now use (expensive) Sky. Would like freeview, but don't want to spend on a new arial if results will be iffy, particularly as I would wish to receive the minority channels, like Dave. What do you think please?
Thanks

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Keith Evans's 2 posts GB
Friday, 12 April 2013
J
jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:23 AM

Keith Evans: Although you not appear to be located in a particularly good area for reception as none of the transmitters within range (just about anyway) indicate good reception across all six muxes, however Sandy Heath (@ 30 miles / 36 degrees) is indicated as the best bet, at least as far as the PSB channels are concerned.

Although your old aerial is not exactly ideal for all of the channels involved it would though give you a reasonably good idea of what like reception would be like on the programmes you referred to, as the aerial "is" OK for these particular muxes.

This being the case, I suggest that you try and borrow a Freeview box from someone to test out that mentioned as I feel that you might well be able to get satisfactory reception even although your analogue used to be bad, many having found that to be the case.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Saturday, 13 April 2013
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Keith Evans
7:50 PM
Tring

Thanks jb38. I did have a DVD recorder with a digital tuner, which I connected to the analogue arial, but this was while both free view and analogue were being transmitted. The result was absolutely nothing. The digital tuner found no watchable channels. So does this mean I am stuck with Sky?
It would be good if the broadcast authorities could do something for us on the very edge of several TV regions.
Thanks

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Keith Evans's 2 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:12 PM

Keith Evans: The factor you have to remember is that during the period that you have mentioned the transmitters were operating on very low power of approximately 20Kw for the BBC / ITV channels but only half of that on the commercial channels such as the ones you are seeking, and if you were residing in the same locality as you presently are then I am not surprised that you did not receive anything, whereas now the station is operating on full power with the PSB's being on 180Kw and the commercials on 170Kw, a massive difference!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:26 PM

Keith Evans: By the way the power levels mentioned was with reference to the Sandy transmitters which are located at 30 miles away / 36 degrees and is the only station indicated as providing a reasonable level of reception, whereas Oxford although being nearly 10 miles closer @ 21 miles / 268 degrees is not indicated as being able to give a satisfactory level reception, at least in theory anyway as nothing is exact when dealing with RF signals.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 22 April 2013
P
Pete Jelliss
11:56 AM
Swindon

Can anyone tell me if they are having problems with their EPG. Lately it does not tell me the full information or in some cases it does not say anything. I am on the Oxford transmitter.

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Pete Jelliss's 1 post GB
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