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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 10/06/2024 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
Channel icons
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

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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
Channel icons
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.

Sunday, 4 December 2022
10:54 PM

StevensOnln1: I agree, Oxford PSB2 seems to be much lower power than other muxes which frequently results in the loss of the entire itv, channel 4 and channel 5 channels. Sometimes its 100% signal on this mix, other times, for weeks on end, its 0% signal. Its been like this for years. Extremely poor and nothing ever gets done about it.

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Les's 2 posts BE flag
Monday, 5 December 2022

1:56 PM


I've tried to post a reply to you twice now, but it has not appeared. I'll try again shortly.

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Chris.SE's 4,236 posts GB flag

2:51 PM

Les - I'm going to split my reply into two posts to see if that helps.

As you haven't given a full postcode, we can't advise if there are any specific issues that may affect reception in your area.
I can't find any recent faults reported for the Oxford transmitter and its not been listed for Planned Engineering in recent weeks.
PSB2 is transmitted using the same power as PSB1 and PSB3.

This sounds like it could be an interference problem either in your particular area or even with your installation. If there really was 0% signal from the transmitter, believe me, this board and elsewhere would be full of complaints.

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Chris.SE's 4,236 posts GB flag

2:58 PM

Les - I'm splitting the post again to find the problem

We could do with a bit more information about the problem and the installation.
Does this start at any particular time of day?

Do you have any reception problems with the HD channels on 101-106/109?
What sort of quality figures (or BER - Bit error rate) do you typically get for the PSB2 multiplex UHF C44 and the HD multiplex on UHF C47?
Do you have problems with any other groups of channels (muxes) eg. COMs4-6?

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Chris.SE's 4,236 posts GB flag

3:03 PM

Les - I've been editing bits of the post to try and solve the posting issue!

Roughly how old is your aerial installation? Do you know what type of aerial it is?
Do you have any amplifier/splitter to feed more than one TV? If so, what make and model is it?

Have you checked all your coax plugs and connections behind your TV?
Make sure that you don't have any HDMI cables running close to your aerial cables.

Have you ever received a postcard from ?
Don't forget that full postcode.

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Chris.SE's 4,236 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 20 Dec 22:52 until 20 Dec 23:06. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,315 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Transmitter engineering

2:09 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 18 Jan 11:01 until 18 Jan 12:01. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,315 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
Stephen Petitt

3:26 PM

We've lost MUX4 on Tuesday 14/2/23 at 15:24, none of the channels are showing in our EPG, we have previously lost reception due to atmospherics but nothing about today's forecast appears to be the extremes that we have previously had so loathe to do another re-tune.

Anybody else experiencing this problem.


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Stephen Petitt's 38 posts US flag

3:44 PM

Stephen Petitt:

Do NOT retune. There has been some quite strong tropospheric ducting/temperature inversion periodically affecting large parts of the UK in recent days. This is predicted to ease as the day progresses. Not all multiplexes will be affected, it depends on where the interference is coming from as it can be very frequency dependant.

It is never advised to retune when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures as this usually just clears your correct tuning, or you end up tuned to some distant transmitter whose signals disappear as conditions change. You then have to retune again, which you may have to try several times as you won't know when the signals are normal!

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Chris.SE's 4,236 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 June 2023
keith batt
4:33 AM

signal keeps coming up tv as weak, have retuned a couple of times but not any better, lost at least chan 3 to 8 and bbc shows as weak.

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