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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 06/12/2021 Possible 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
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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, 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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 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, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 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


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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1329 May 132013-1723 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
Friday, 22 February 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:07 PM

Charmian and David:

There are no reports of any problems with the Oxford transmitter. Enegineering work is not carried at at night either. So the problems must either be with your system or the effects of high pressure. Start by carefully checking all your aerial cables and connections. Unplug all coaxial plugs and sockets and then refit them. Then check whether your signals have returned. DO NOT RETUNE.



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Dennis
11:08 PM

David Nash:
Signal failed while watching Film4 at about 21:45. Returned for a couple of minutes at 21:56 then failed again.

No stations available from Muxes BBCA, D3_4, SDN, ArqB.
Stations available on ArqA.

Service restored some time between 22:45 and 23:00.

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Saturday, 23 February 2019
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Charmian Martin
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:45 AM

MikeP

Thank you for your reply and suggestions. However, after following your instructions, no channels returned so I gave up and watched on line. I am pleased to report that the service has returned this morning and all is well at present. Thanks for endeavouring to help.

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Charmian Martin
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:50 AM

MikeP

Thanks for responding and your suggestions. However, after following your instructions there was still no signal so I gave up. Happily, I can report that this morning the service has returned so all is well at present.

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Stu
11:03 PM

Hi.

Not sure if I am allowed to post a link or not but I noticed on another site it mentioned atmospheric conditions are very bad...

"Weather related Freeview reception issues: Eastern England will see relatively strong interferece to terrestrial TV and radio in the next 48-72 hours. Parts of Wales, West Midlands and NW England are especially prone to some interference in the next 24 hours.
Later this weekend, all western parts of Britain and Ireland will see conditions conducive to very strong interference. Southern coastal areas will also continue to see periodic interference. Do not retune. This is not a fault with your local TV transmitter. "

Hope that helps. Had been having signal issues for most of Friday night. Tonight seems better. Am on the Oxford transmitter living near Cirencester (GL7).

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Sunday, 24 February 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:20 AM

Stu:

Thanks for that. It's what we contributors have been saying for several days now. As we cannot control the weather it is a natural phenomenon that nobodt can control or change, so patience is required until the weather pattern changes.



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Sunday, 3 March 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:31 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 04:52 today to 05:13 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 4 March 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 04:52 yesterday to 05:13 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 04:52 on 03 Mar to 05:13 on 03 Mar. [BBC]

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Friday, 29 March 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:09 PM

OXFORD transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 10:23 today to 10:26 today, HD Digital TV Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:18 today to 10:23 today. [BBC]

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