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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 27/11/2023 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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
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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.

Monday, 6 January 2014
rob mitchell

5:47 PM

Rob Mitchell: well all everything is now back, think the blocky picture is also gone, no idea what was going on

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7:56 PM

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Monday, 13 January 2014

10:43 AM

Hi All,
I'm back again, Having issues again with my tv reception, The channels i am having trouble with are on PSB2 D3+4 from the Oxford transmitter. All other channels are just fine.
The ones on PSB2 D3+4 say they have 100% signal on my sony TV however they keep breaking up like the signal is poor. I have 100% also on the other channels which have no issue but no break up in signal.
They say there is no engineering works at Oxford however i do not understand how all multiplexes work properly apart from PSB2 D3+4.
Looking at the guidance here i have a cat 2 ariel which has been OK the last 3 years.
Please Help, its doing my head in!!!


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David Pinfold

7:45 PM

Rob - It sounds to me like you may be having problems with too high signal level. In Kidlington you are pretty much in a strong signal area from from Beckley as you can get. If you have any aerial amplifiers coming off your aerial most definitely remove them! It may be necessary to fit an attenuator between the aerial & TV. You should be able to Find them on the internet (Amazon ETC) but you would most definitely get them from Maplins on Botley road. See the Link here:-
Variable Aerial Attenuator | Maplin

Judging by your last post too strong a signal seems the most likely (OX161DJ)

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David Pinfold

8:05 PM

Also the signal level indicators on most TVs aren't that good you shouldn't need much more than 75-85% signal strength to achieve perfect reception. 100% does indicate a signal overload.

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8:54 PM

Cheers David,
Was thinking the same after reading a few things on the internet. Just really weird it has started to happen now after having the same set up for some time.
Have ordered one tonight on the internet so will give it a go when it gets here.
Thanks for the advice David lets hope it works.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014
David Pinfold

8:04 PM

Rob: hopefully that will sort the problem out. Keep us posted how you get on.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

5:04 PM

Hi David and All,
Got the Attenuator today, popped it into the back of the TV and attached ariel cable, went to 3 (ITV) which is one of the channels i am having trouble with and turned the knob on the attenuator whilst watching the signal strength. Turned it all the way up and the signal did not seem to reduce at all, so i was thinking it must be a dud. However changed to bbc 1 which is perfect reception even with high on the strengh meter and did the same, this time it reduced the signal, i could wind it up until the signal was lost.
So how do i deal with the one MUX of channels on channel 60 being really high in signal without effecting the others.
If i recude the signal on bbc 1 to good i then loose entirly all of the channels from the channel 50 like quest and the signal on channel 60 still not being any better and still blocky.
Do i need to move the Ariel in the loft somehow to solve the problem?
Really anoying as this was not happening before xmas and my daughters tv which runs off the same ariel through unamped splitter seems to deal with the signal saying the strength on signal is 60 and quality is 90 (cheap 100 pound flat screen TV). However on my sony down stairs i can only see the signal strengh in a bar form which states it is high 100% of the bar.

Please help!!!!

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5:25 PM

I think this is my ariel by the way, is this suitable do you think, Used to bloody be!!!!

SLx Digital Aerial CAI 32 Element

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