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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 20/09/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

com7
 H -7.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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
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 (183°)
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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

Comments
Monday, 24 February 2014
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Rob
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:42 PM

Well, update, next door now have a new super hub 2 and new power supply and my problem has now gone. Virgin media were really good once i got hold of the principal engineer for Oxford. They have also made an appointment with me to upgrade my own Wi fi box to superhub 2 for all the trouble.
thanks to all for all the advice.
hopefully someone else will find the threads useful.

Rob


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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:43 PM

Rob: I am really pleased to see that your problem has finally been rectified by the elimination of a localised source of interference, this rather backing up the results of the previous tests you carried out suggesting that the problem just had to be caused by something located close to your TV.

I will say though that I still feel that the problem was really down to a combination of a Wi-Fi device with a somewhat higher level of spurious emissions than would be experienced from an alternative brand of device coupled to the offending device being used in relatively close proximity to a TV with a less than ideal level of rejection to sources of interference, this being irrespective of whether its picked up via the TV's aerial input or alternatively direct injection into its PCB circuitry, however the main thing is that your problem has now finally been nailed once and for all.

Many thanks for the numerous updates given on the situation, this possibly being helpful to others that may have the misfortune of experiencing similar problems to yourself at some point in time.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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Simon J Bolton
9:54 AM

Can I just echo JB38's comment above, Rob? Well, done for sticking at it, well done for diagnosing the cause of the problem and above all well done for badgering Virgin Media until they actually sorted out the problem caused by their equipment. It's all too easy these days to be fobbed off with 'technical' explanations from companies who use the "the-equipment-is-fine-so-it's-not-our-problem" gambit and leave those with less technological know-how to try and sort out problems themselves - usually at great expense.
I hope, if anyone else is in the same situation, that they read all the posts and suggestions on here and reach a quicker solution to their problems. Me? I would have stripped the wall and shielded it with aluminium foil about a month ago... :)

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:20 PM

Rob
Very pleased that your efforts have resolved the problems. Glad those of us contributing to this site have been able to give you enough clues to get it sorted out at last.
The experience does show that not all problems are due to either transmitter faults or your own equipment so the process of investigation and elimination can be lengthy. It's often quite difficult to work out what might be happening when we are at some remote point and can't see for ourselves. Your descriptions clearly helped.
Congratulations.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 28 February 2014
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Alan Stringer
8:17 PM
Cirencester

Seem to have lost the. PSB2 mud channels in cirencester that are coming from the oxford masta

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:36 PM

Alan Stringer: I note that PSB2 is on UHF channel 60 which means it's the closest to the 800MHz spectrum allocated to 4G mobile operators. Enquire as to whether such a service has come on air at your locality. at800 is the organisation formed by the mobile operators and may send you a filter if it's suspected to be the cause.

Give them a ring:

Contact at800 / DMSL | General Enquiries | at800

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 3 March 2014
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Stephen
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:44 AM
Brackley

My Post seems not to have appeared so I'm re-posting

I now have a Freeview HD box and an HD PC tuner, I've tuned both in to the Oxford transmitter and can receive the main HD channels but I cannot get BBC4 HD or anything else on C31 on either.

My signal strength for the SD channels and the HD ones I can receive is good and I have tried a manual tune for this channel.

Any ideas?

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Stephen
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:50 AM
Brackley

Please ignore my previous message, just found out that Oxford is not transmitting this till May,

Ooops!

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Stephen's 34 posts GB
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:24 AM

OXFORD transmitter - Over the next week Oxford main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Thursday, 13 March 2014
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Malc
7:47 PM

Is anyone getting reception problems this evening, with the foggy conditions? I cannot get BBC1 and BBC2. ITV1, Ch4 and Ch5 are OK at the moment. I am in Swindon (SN3).

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