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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


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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
Saturday, 12 October 2013
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Algernon Black
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:28 AM

Thanks to all for the relevant info. I have tried contacting Digital TV and Arquiver all to no avail.
I have now asked my MP to ask Arquiver and OFCOM why Oxford has such poor and unacceptable transmissions, pointing out that the advertisers could be upset that very few people are seeing their ads after they have paid so much money!
If we get no better transmissions I shall write to the newspapers to get people to stop paying their license fees.

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Algernon Black's 23 posts GB
Sunday, 13 October 2013
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David Clover
8:57 AM

We are having a lot of problems tuning our Sony Bravia to the Oxford Freeview channels. One night only BBC and now only ITV and porn channels. Something bad is happening on this transmitter. We have a very good signal.

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:49 PM

David Clover: Whats your postcode, it will really help in getting to the cause of the problem.

The same goes for Algernon Black - if you want help, we need to know where you are, to check signal path, etc.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
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hieu
6:58 PM
Kettering

MikeB: we have lost signal in all BBC channels since 3pm today. All working fine this morning but now there is no signal . Is there are problem due to the bad weather? Post code nn156bn

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:44 PM

hieu: Firstly, thanks for the postcode (makes life so much easier!).

Secondly - why are you using Oxford? The Digital UK tradeview shows your 73km from the Oxford transmitter (its doesn't even show up on the terrain plot), whereas Sandy Heath and Waltham are much closer, and give a good signal path.

OK - if your are using Oxford, there (according th the R +T investigation) no problems with the transmitter, so I suspect the problems in your house. Check back from the TV - is there a cable loose? If your aerial is in the loft, check that its connected properly, and if you have some sort of distribution system, make sure that verything works properly. If its only the roof, again much the same.

Even if a transmitter is off, unless its some sort of emergency, its seldom very long, and enginnering work tends to mean a reduced signal, rather than nothing at all.

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mason
10:54 PM

Tim: We have been struggling to maintain a decent reception on most channels for over a month now (previously all were good). Sometimes the HD channels were fine, other times normal digital were better. Finally I have given up and reset factory settings on my Bravia tv. Now i have only about a dozen channels and all are completely unwatchable (due to reception quality, not content).
I have used an aerial and booster in the loft for the past 3 years with no issues and haven't changed anything regarding cables or other electrical/electronics.

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mason
10:56 PM

Tim: Should have added postcode: Hp219eu

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013
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David Hey
8:28 PM

Hi, I am having poor reception on Channel 60 (ITV) recently (last week or so and not just poor weather) also tonight (footy England Poland breaking up). BBC on other channel is strong. Why is ITV so weak? Pointing at Oxford from HP180sa recommended nearest transmitter

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Tom G
10:05 PM

Agree with David Hey, also in Aylesbury area and channel 60 is very poor, been like this for around a week. My Tv has a signal diagnostic which is showing signal strength at 100% but quality jumping up and down, but around 50%. Surely something is wrong? Or some awful interference!

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Tom G's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
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Henry Richardson
12:46 PM
Chipping Norton

I have been experiencing poor or no reception for about a week on ITV1,2 and 4 and channel 4 and film 4. BBC is fine.My postcode is OX7 5BA. Are there any problems you know of. I have re-tuned my TV a few times but it makes no difference.

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