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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 26/09/2022 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
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

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
Friday, 16 September 2016
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:10 AM

Ian:

It is likely to be due to the hot weather atmospherics. Do NOT retune your equipment, at least not until the cooler weather arrives.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
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Mrs A Cole
8:03 AM

For the passed 2/3 weeks the reception on all ITV station has been very poor and the stations have been unwatchable due to breaking up of the signal. We have purchased a signal booster this has made no difference what so ever. What's going on?

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Mrs A Cole's 1 post GB
Friday, 30 September 2016
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Vincent
4:08 AM

Retuned tonight and have unexpectedly list all BBCA mix channels. HD equivalents are fine. Any suggestions? 0300 30/09/16 at OX93JQ. AREISL IN ROOF. HD Reception very good.

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Vincent's 1 post GB
Monday, 31 October 2016
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Debby
1:05 PM

Many problems yesterday 30-10-16 with signal in Faringdon, Oxfordshire! Retuned (automatically) several times and now have 4 versions of BBC (one with no town after it, Oxford, South W, and London!!!) and cannot get a good number of the channels between FV 31 and 121. Anyone any suggestions as to how we can restore harmony please?

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Debby's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:12 AM

Debby:

I'm afraid that you should not have retuned your equipment as you will have lost some of the channels you still would have had. The problem is likely due to atmospherics affect signal transmission, it has been affecting many areas in the west, south and central areas of the UK.

You best solution now is to wait until the weather pattern changes and the high pressure moves away from the UK. It is predicted that this natural phenomenon may be clearing from about Thursday - hopefully. (It is affecting my reception at present as well so I have not retuned.)



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
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Debby
10:23 AM

MikeP: Many thanks for advice Mike. harmony now fully restored to Faringdon !

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Debby's 2 posts GB
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:20 PM

Debby:

Thanks for the feedback. It's always a pleasure to hear 'normal service' has been restored and the household is happy again. Have a great day.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 25 November 2016
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Richard
8:21 PM

As i was getting very poor reception on Freeview this evening, i tried a retune. My local transmitter is Oxford. My TV pulled in 50 odd stations from the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire transmitter! There never ever seems to be any problems with the Oxford transmitter - surely my experience indicates a tad slightly wrong with it?!

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:21 PM

Richard: No, it just shows you shouldn't retune if you lose signal, because you lose the correct transmitter as well. You havn't given a postcode, but its likely in your retune that you've just found a transmitter in much the same bearing as the Oxford one.

Your problem is unlikely to be the Oxford transmitter, since there seems to be no problems with it. But its highly likely that there is a problem somewhere in your system - a frayed cable, loose connection, etc. Check signal strength - if its low, check the signal path.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Saturday, 26 November 2016
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Nick
12:22 PM

Hi

Freeview is integrated into my TV. I can no longer access the HD channels. All others are fine. I have retuned a couple of times but to no avail.

Any idea how I can get the HD channels back!?

Thanks

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