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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.

Friday, 21 December 2012

9:38 PM

Keith Smith: What is the make/model of the TV in question? Does it have a DVB-T2 tuner built in, or is it simply marked "HD ready"? Generally speaking if reception of SD BBC1 is OK the HD transmissions will be receivable from the same transmitter, subject to the TV having a suitable tuner.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Keith Smith
9:52 PM

KMJ Thanks for the reply
I will need to look it up as I am back home Sandstrog or some such.

I am just having a look at my Pioneer but I don't have any BBC channels but I am even further North than my folks.

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Keith Smith's 2 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 23 December 2012
5:22 PM

OK I am in need of some serious advise.

The story goes

On Monday we had signal. At around 9.45pm the picture went pixelated and then no signal. We have bypassed the booster box by plugging a tv straight into the aerial. Still nothing. Yesterday we plugged a signal strength meter straight into the aerial. Reading 50 (the lowest) still no channels. We have bought a new aerial and set it up in the loft all the same readings. The new aerial is a 48 element.

Today I bought a new booster and power supply (comes from a different room as no power in the loft) after setting everything up we managed to get a picture on 2 out of the 5 TVs in our house. 1 is watchable but the other is unwatchable (very pixelated). The other 3 have no signal. The TV's that do work have not picked up any BBC channels.

And to top it all we have had 3 different people tell is we are running off 3 different transmitter. Oxford, Mendip and Cirencester. Lol I am lost

Any professional advise welcome.

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Simon's 9 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 December 2012

12:13 AM

Simon: Only Oxford is indicated as providing a reasonable level of signal at your particular location, but even at that the COM channels are shown as being variable, Mendip indicates almost all of its channels as being variable and with Cirencester indicating OK on the BBC & the HD service but with ITV1 being variable, this latter station is a limited channels PSB only transmitter.

With regards to your new booster / splitter, what model of device is it? the other point being that in situations such as yours "manual tuning" of the muxes is liable to bring in results over that of an auto-tune.

Oxfords muxes are / Ch53 - 60 - 57 - 62 - 59 - 55

Another point to note being, that if carrying out a manual tune then as soon as the channel number to scan is entered into the box the signal level of that channel entered will immediately appear in the level bar if you do NOT press search or scan.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 14 January 2013

10:20 PM

Just discovered, the hard way, that programme 25 (Dave ja vu) has been moved from channel 59- (ArqA) to Channel 62 (SDN) so you need to re-tune. List of programmes against channels above need updating.

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pikpilot's 23 posts GB flag

11:23 PM

pikpilot: There was a typo in the database, so COM4/SDN Dave Ja Vu wasn't showing up in the right place. It's fixed now.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

4:44 PM

Unable to receive any channels BBCA, ArqA or ArqB in OX14 4AX. d3+4 & SDN channels fine.
Normally have good signal/picture on all mux.
No engineering works indicated on transmitter so presumably down to weather conditions......?

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MH's 25 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 22 January 2013
10:54 AM

Postcode: OX28 5JJ

I can't get Digital radio on my Humax. I've switched it off, switched it back on again, retuned it...

But the only stations that show up in the 700-range are:
790: Test (coming soon), and
791: Dave ja vu.

Can anyone throw any light on this please?

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Brennig's 12 posts GB flag
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5:19 PM

Is there a 'configuration' option in the menu? Often after I've retuned my kitchen Toshiba, I need to find the appropriate menu and check that the 'Channel list' option hasn't reset itself to 'TV only' instead of 'Show All'.

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nickwilcock's 44 posts AT flag
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013
8:01 AM

"I can't get Digital radio on my Humax. I've switched it off, switched it back on again, retuned it..."

Your user manual should explain how to do this.
There might be a "TV/radio" button under the sliding cover. Press this to switch between radio and TV reception.
Any recorded radio programmes appear in the "audio" rather than the "video" list.

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