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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 10/06/2024 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.

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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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, plus 17 others

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C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South (Oxford), 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Oxford,

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 (182°)
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
C50tv_off SDNSDN

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.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

7:28 AM

Brenning same problem from SN3 4ST, for most of the morning yesterday we couldn't get itv and no bbc intermittently, but strangely only on two of our highest aerials, those about 20 feet lower had good reception.

We were also experiencing colour distortion with everything greener than normal

Now they appear back to normal.

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Robert's 75 posts GB flag
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8:37 PM

Well,I live in OX28 and I'm seeing 'Very Good' reported for Freeview Chan 53, 55, 59, 60 and 62...

However, I've noticed a lot of birds beginning to roost on some of the taller aerials hereabouts....and the little beggars sometimes peck at the cables.

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nickwilcock's 24 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 September 2012

7:28 AM

It happened again last night about 10pm, couldn't get any itv at all, and 31 and 30 were popping in and out. This was on 2 different aerials and I tried 3 different freeview boxes, that I know work fine.

I do wish the powers that be would be honest about this. As a commercial user with a Motel I have to be able to tell my guests something other than, I don't know.

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Robert's 75 posts GB flag

9:25 AM

Robert: It is possible that you were receiving out of area signals, due to the inversion effect, which were causing interference to your normal reception. If this was the problem it makes sense that the highest aerials were picking up the unwanted signals, but those mounted lower down were possibly shielded from them. Another point worth checking is whether the Oxford frequencies had been tuned in by all receivers. I say this because Mendip is also predicted to be available at your location. As the two transmitters are 180 degrees apart your aerial is likely to pick up both sets of signals. In the case of ITV1 you could have ITV1 West at position 3 in the channel list, with Meridian in the 800s. If Mendip on C54 has been stored the other channels on D3+4 from Mendip are likely to be in the LCN (normal) positions of the channel list. In the case of the SDN mux for 5* and 5USA, if C48 from Mendip was stored, the Oxford signal on C62 could have been ignored completely.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
bernard styles
12:18 PM

No signal received for ITV 1, 2 &3 since monday am 3/9. TVs Re tuned to receive digital channels, no change. Picture seen occasionally
but very distorted. TVs and Arial in good working order, not the problem
This is not the first time this problem has been experienced,OXFORD transmitter needs sorting
Look forward to your comments
Bernard Styles

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

8:15 PM

Channels on mux55 unwatchable at ox14 4ax. All ok earlier in week. No problems shown for Oxford transmitter but we normally receive good signal strength and quality for all freeview. Confused.

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MH's 25 posts GB flag
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9:18 PM

MH: All channels on Ch59 (Sky news etc) breaking up and just watcheable but still nothing on Ch55..... Ox14 4ax.

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Friday, 7 September 2012

9:00 AM

It seems the wonders of digital are not that wonderful, perhaps it's a ploy to get us all over to Murdochs SKY.

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Robert's 75 posts GB flag
9:49 AM


New to posting here so go easy on me. We have moved to Faringdon a new build in Folly Park View. One day various web post code searches will find us but that is another moan.

This morning I can not get anything on c60 so ITV, Channel4 etc. All were fine last night and today dead on all sets. BBC and other channels are all fine and I can not see any mention of problems save this one by Robert.

Is it weather conditions or a problem with the ITV Channel 4 transmissions?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks another Rob.

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5:33 PM

Programmes on Ch55 and Ch59 remain unwatchable. Why is it that these channels are ALWAYS the ones that give rise to problems? Ox14 4ax

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