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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
Thursday, 11 May 2017
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:19 PM

Stevens-Astell: Either your signal strength isn't strong enough or you are suffering from interference. Retuning won't fix either as the channel is already correctly tuned. What are the signal strength and quality readings when viewing RT?

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Monday, 19 June 2017
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Roland Bassey
1:12 PM
Princes Risborough

We have lost ITV, CH4, CH5, etc, since about 12:30 today 19/06/2017. Is there a current transmitter fault?

Location: Princes Risborough, HP27 0BT

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Roland Bassey's 4 posts GB
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sierra hotel
1:21 PM

Same here in Thame

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Roland Bassey
2:12 PM

Roland Bassey: Signal now back at 14:00

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Roland Bassey's 4 posts GB
Thursday, 22 June 2017
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David Gray
4:49 PM

I am in Swindon SN3 using freeview HD from an external aerial from which birds are making a mess ! BBC channel 1 gives Oxford and South local news . I have seen the Which reviews of Philex SLx27793RG indoor amplified aerial which the manufacturers say will work in good signal areas . Am I likely to get good results using this aerial ?

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:07 PM

David Gray: You would be better off looking at getting a roof aerial mounted in your loft, or just getting your existing aerial moved to another location on the roof where the birds will be less of a problem. Swindon is some distance from the Oxford transmitter and reception on the best indoor aerial still won't be anywhere near as good as using a proper rooftop or loft mounted aerial.

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Friday, 23 June 2017
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:00 PM

David Gray:

Nowhere in Swindon will any indoor aerial (the type that you have in the room) provide any reliable reception of either Oxford or Mendip. I used to live in Coleview and worked for a TV rental company so am aware of reception conditions in the area. As StevensOnln1 suggests, an outdoor aerial is required for Oxford, one in the loft may work in dry weather but may suffer in rain or snow.

A good log-periodic with sufficient gain is needed for Oxford reception in Swindon and I suggest at least a Log36 type. Do not be fooled into buying a 'digital' aerial as there is no such thing.



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Monday, 26 June 2017
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Matthew Crowther
11:04 PM

Hello,
out of nowhere tonight I lost signal on my freeview. We had moved the TV and box across the room but it's all plugged in fine etc. Switching cables over to second antenna port I get it back but trying to record I get "channel not installed" or "weak signal". Turning box off/on at wall brings it back (when on original antenna port) but then it goes again (and yet records the odd channel fine as if the signal's there).

Nothing going with Oxford transmitter in turn of works so unsure.

(Doing a first time installation scan does the same thing. Seems to be alright starting off recording on BBC1 for example with image but then changing channels brings up the blue screen "No Digital TV Signal Available")

Location is Aylesbury.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:23 AM

Matthew Crowther:

A full post code is essential in these cases so that contributors can examine the reception conditions at your precise location, simply stating 'Aylesbury' is not specific enough to look in detail at what might be the problem.




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Thursday, 29 June 2017
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K Burder
9:50 AM
Brackley

My signal from the Oxford transmitter has been weak from time to time. This week the signal has disappeared completely - signal strength went from 35% to 0%.
I followed the instructions for retuning and I now have 0 channels.
Can you please give further advice?
My post code is NN13 6PU

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