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The symbol shows the location of the Charlbury (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 1,000 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 Charlbury (Oxfordshire, England) mast?

CHARLBURY transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 16 Sep 07:25 until 16 Sep 07:26. . BBC

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Which Freeview channels does the Charlbury transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C39 (618.0MHz)127mDTG-310W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)127mDTG-310W
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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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)127mDTG-610W
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74 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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

Are you trying to watch these 51 Freeview channels?

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The Charlbury (Oxfordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Together TV +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 19km east-southeast (122°)
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, 112km south (170°)
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 Charlbury (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1323 May 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 53W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.2dB) 10W

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. Charlbury 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.

Sunday, 15 March 2020
Transmitter engineering

10:29 PM

CHARLBURY transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to a fault from 15 Mar 10:03 until 15 Mar 10:57. . [BBC]

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Friday, 20 March 2020
Robin Farmer
6:02 PM
Chipping Norton

I receive Freeview programmes from the Charlbury transmitter. Last Sunday morning, 15th March, there was a power cut in the area. Power was restored after about half-an-hour, after several unsuccessful attempts. Transmissions on frequencies C42 and C45 were also restored, but not that on C39 carrying BBCA, containing the non-HD BBC television channels and the BBC radio channels.

As at 1800hrs on Friday 20th March, programmes on C39 are still unavailable and I will be grateful for advice on when we can expect them to be restored.

Yours sincerely,
Robin Farmer

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Robin Farmer's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 21 March 2020

2:54 AM

Robin Farmer:

Well this is odd as the BBC aren't currently reporting a fault with C39 PSB1/BBCA multiplex, they have listed the fault on the 15th, but someone else reported the same problem on Wednesday
Can you check that you haven't lost tuning to C39 by carrying out a manual retune?
If you definitely have no signal after doing that, phone the BBC on 03700 100 123 and make a point of emphasising that it's been off all week and that you have retuned.

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Chris.SE's 1,666 posts GB
Robin Farmer
6:22 PM
Chipping Norton



Thank you for your advice. I have undertaken a manual channel selection of Channel 39 and the problem appears to have been solved. In the past, Auto Re-tune has always selected the strongest signals, but, for whatever reason, clearly did not do so on this occasion.

I shall know what to do next time.

Robin Farmer

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Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Transmitter engineering

1:28 PM

CHARLBURY transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 9 Sep 00:41 until 9 Sep 01:04. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 17 September 2020
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

CHARLBURY transmitter - Freeview: Weather conditions may be affecting your reception from 16 Sep 07:25 until 16 Sep 07:26. . [BBC]

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