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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 08/04/2024 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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

PSB2
D3+4
 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 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

COM6
ArqB
 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

LOX
 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
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, 24 February 2012
Dave Lindsay
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2:09 PM

Jasper Llama: The power of the commercial channels from Oxford will increase on 18th April.

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Stan Herbert
3:36 PM

My aerial points toward the Oxford transmitter from OX10, and I was happily retuning as requested when we switched over last September. However, a couple of weeks ago I was prompted to retune again by a pop-up on the screen. I can't remember exact dates but this seemed to coincide with the Hannington switchover.

I now get two versions of lots of channels, eg: BBC1 South & BBC1 Oxford. But they are fairly intermittent. Should I remove the masthead amp on the loft mounted aerial?

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jb38
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4:50 PM

Stan Herbert: I wouldn't just yet anyway, but what you should do is scrub everything already stored by taking the aerial out and carrying out a re-tune without it, then after this has been done keep the aerial plug in your hand and select to carry out another re-tune observing the progress bar as soon as it starts, then as soon as you see Ch47 being passed "immediately" reinsert the aerial plug again and that will store only Oxfords channels.

If though your TV's tuner doesn't have this type of facility, then after scrubbing everything stored you will need to manually tune in each of Oxfords muxes one at a time, the channels involved being: 53 - 60 - 57(HD) - 62 - 59 - 55.

If after having completed the scan you find that BBC and ITV has developed glitches in various ways then remove the amplifier, as it will likely be a signal overloading that is causing the problem.

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Stan Herbert
10:01 PM

jb38: Thank you for your help - I've just unsuccessfully tried this, but that is due to the limitations of Windows Media Center which receives our TV signal. It doesn't give frequencies and doesn't allow manual tuning. Weirdly it doesn't even seem to work through the frequencies in a logical order as it finds two BBC1's within the first 1% of searching, when the two transmitters seem to broadcast these channels on very different frequencies. Maybe I'll try without the amp and see what we get then!

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Saturday, 25 February 2012
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jb38
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12:00 AM

Stan Herbert: Its a bit unfortunate, but its in situations such as yours where the design deficiencies in equipment such as Windows Media centres really start to show up, this making it whereby about the only thing left that you can try is removing your amplifier, although I do have doubts about the effectiveness of this measure as both aforementioned stations indicate good reception at levels not that terribly different from each other, or at least on the test code used as your precise location is not known.

Anyway maybe you could post an update on the results of this action.

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Stan Herbert
1:38 PM

jb38: I worked out another way around the issue within Media Center. Basically, once the tuning is complete you can go through each channel and select which frequency you want to receive it via - the details on this page and that for the Hannington transmitter were invaluable for this! Thereby you can remove duplicates of different regional channels and ensure that the other channels are only viewed using the strongest signal. It's a bit long winded, but if instructions would be useful to anyone I can provide them.

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jb38
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3:13 PM

Stan Herbert: Thanks for that info and pleased to hear that you have found a way around the problem, and one which I will certainly keep in mind as Windows Media centres is one of the few devices that I haven't really been involved with hence being unacquainted with the menu system used in them.

Of course every manufacturer has their own ideas as far as menu systems are concerned, and with quite considerable variations even being found between different models from the same manufacturer, the nature of being from the basic primitive to others that's quite sophisticated to the extent that sometimes they are even inclined to slightly baffle engineers let alone laymen, this being something that makes it difficult to advise people where procedures are involved, as Murphy's law frequently dictates that the most complex of explanations given doesn't apply with the menu system used in their particular TV or box.

Regards / jb.

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Monday, 27 February 2012
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Jack Cottham
9:34 PM
Buckingham

Roof mounted aerial. Have been getting excellent reception on all channels .Approx a week ago, suddenly am getting " nosignal on channel 9, BBC4, no events available on channel 12 "Yesterday" similarly channel 15, 18,21,22,24 and 40.
Signal strength and quality is shown as excellent. What has happened?

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
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mst
8:18 AM

@Jack - Hannington has just gone through DSO - maybe you were getting some channels from there? Suggest you do the full reset and channel scan and check Mux frequencies as above

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fiona hilsdon
12:10 PM

We have john lewis digital tvs that will not tune into BBC channels on the Oxford transmitter. Have you come across this before

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