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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 27/05/2024 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

 H max
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

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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.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

7:00 AM

Jb38 I did try manual scan as well, as suggested, but no signal shown. Good signal strength shown for mix channels that it was tuning though. Bizarre that same aerial socket/leads picks up all channels via other freeview tuners but that toshiba 19" suddenly stopped doing so after working perfectly and still won't work after new PCB fitted. Planning on getting Samsung replacement.

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MH's 25 posts GB flag
8:37 AM

Cannot receive any mud via indoor aerial that I have. Not aware that signal booster being used. Have rooftop aerial that is distributed around house via distribution box in loft. Not easy to get tv into loft to connect up directly so not planning on trying that. As all other freeview boxes working with same aerial/signal feed it does seem to be problem, of unknown cause, that has developed in the Toshiba. Thanks for suggestions so far.

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8:41 AM

MH: Best policy! although just from my own interest point of view the first chance I get I intend to have a look at the service sheet to see if the tuner is part of the main PC board, which of course is quite common on smaller TV's, because only a defective tuner can cause your problem as far as the fault being within the TV is concerned.

The other aspect being that possibly the tuner isn't available as a spare part as yet and this is why the entire board was changed.

Although one final test I would like you to try is to connect the offending TV straight onto the aerial and not via any splitter that you might be using to feed your other boxes / TV's, re-tuning it of course after having connected it directly into the main aerial.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

9:21 AM

Very difficult to get access to aerial directly in lift as no boards etc and I do not want to risk damaging tv before returning it for replacement. Many thanks for your assistance to date.

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MH's 25 posts GB flag
Sunday, 30 September 2012

4:37 PM

Happy ending. Just collected my new replacement TV, Samsung, for problem Toshiba. Samsung tuned in to ALL available channels first time with no pixelation/breakup etc. do not think that I will be buying Toshiba again.

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MH's 25 posts GB flag

7:50 PM

MH: Good news then!! and pleased to hear that all is OK now thanks to your new and superior replacement, the success of on tuning same somewhat proving that the Toshiba's tuner was the proverbial duffer after all, as the tuner is the only component in the set (any set) that can cause that type of problem.

Thanks again for the update!

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Monday, 8 October 2012
Simon J Bolton
1:21 PM

Hi. Help. We seem to be having the same problem as MH was having at the end of September. We live in Aylesbury (HP19 postcode) and should pick up from the Beckley transmitter. Well, we did until last Thursday at 1645 when we lost all channels and no amount of First-Time Installation retuning will get them back. We have a Toshiba 22BL702 22" widescreen Full HD 1080p Backlit TV with Freeview (to give it its full title) which we bought on May 23rd 2012 and worked fine until last Thursday. Is the fact that we cannot pick up a signal likely to be with the TV tuner? Nothing has changed with the set-up so I'm a bit stumped. And I missed the Liverpol match last Thursday (not that it was the result I wanted...). Thanks for any help or advice you can give.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

8:24 AM

Hello, Simon J Bolton.
Can you try your TV on a different aerial? Can you try a different TV on your aerial?

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Simon J Bolton
2:24 PM

Hi Paull. Thanks, but we've tried both (sorry, should have mentioned that in my first posting) and still get nothing. We tried the (roof)aerial of our neighbour but the TV still does pick up any channels. We know the aerials (next door and ours) are ok and we know the transmitter is ok, so I think our next step is just to return the TV for repair/exchange. Mind you, the way Liverpool are playing at the moment there's no rush...
I'll post an update when I have one.

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4:55 PM

Simon J Bolton: Although it does appear as though your Toshiba TV's tuner has failed you should try a manual tune test, this done by going into the installation menu and selecting "manual search", then select "digital" by using the <-> (left/right arrows) followed by selecting "channel" and once again using <-> to obtain the channel required (Ch53 BBC) followed by pressing OK to start search.

If no results are obtained try the same test again but using Ch62(ITV3 etc) if still nothing is found then this would suggest that the tuner is defective.

By the way, all that's been said is on the assumption that no booster is being used on the aerial system, as if it is then it must be by-passed for the test just in case your signal is excessively high, as that can likewise result in nothing being received because of tuner blocking.

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