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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 19/09/2022 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
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, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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 8 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1723 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
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
A
Andy
8:36 AM

rob: No signal whatsoever on Malvern transmitter since around 11pm last night. Also heavy fog up on higher ground where mast is located.

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Michael
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11:37 AM
Gloucester

Andy: If fog was a problem for Freeview transmissions, you'd have a lot of complaints on here from people in the Edinburgh and Fife area as the Craigkelly transmitter has been shrouded in mist and fog several times in the past week.

I'd suggest you check with any neighbours using Freeview to see if they are also having problems.

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Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:12 PM

This page is about Oxford, so I don't know why there's a question here about Malvern.
Anyway, regarding the problem with Malvern, can you email a TV shop in Worcester to see whether they have the same problem? The transmitter operators are more likely to believe reception reports from the trade than from the public.

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Paul's 45 posts GB
Saturday, 14 September 2013
S
Stephen Pickering
9:42 PM
Chipping Norton

Hi,

I live in Shipton-under-Wychwood OX7 6DY and have been having breakup of the picture on all BBC channels (all others are OK) but only at weekends and only from about 9pm onwards. This has been happening for the past few weeks, before that there were no problems, and I have not made any changes to our TV or roof aerial (which is about 2 years old). I would be grateful for advice.

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:57 PM

Stephen Pickering: There was/is engineering work at Oxford, so if your following the trend of everyone else...see if your signal is too strong. BBC Channels tend to be strongest, so are liable to breakup first. Go through the normal thing of bypassing any booster, etc.

Goodness knows why they should be a particular time, but it could also be external interference - check timers, etc as well.




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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Monday, 16 September 2013
P
Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:17 AM

I didn't know about the engineering work at Oxford. Perhaps that explains why Oxford local DAB has recently been alternating between normal full strength and about 50% strength.
Local DAB transmissions are not checked by the BBC's reception advice tool.

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Paul's 45 posts GB
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Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:02 PM

OK. Thanks. So Oxford local DAB should not be affected this week by the engineering work. We'll see what happens.

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Thursday, 19 September 2013
R
rob
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

8:55 PM
Birmingham

What are they doing to oxford tv transmitter??? seems alot of work going on gone on too long!

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rob's 171 posts GB
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
A
Algernon Black
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:27 AM

Once again Freeview has failed due to a bit of fog.
Last evening all channels were off for most of the time
even BBC1, as for 10 and 38 they are still off this morning.

Will we have to suffer this for ever? Can't they increase the transmitter power to overcome this failure. Prior to the full introduction of digital we were promised weather related interference would be ended!

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Saturday, 28 September 2013
P
Patrick Brennan
9:37 AM
Swindon

We live in Highworth (Wilts) and take our Freeview signal from the Oxford transmitter and have been suffering a frequent and persistent loss of signal for the last two weeks, as have others in our neighbourhood. Even tried fitting the at800 filter in case some 4G work may be impacting our signal - It made no difference.
Last night was particularly bad with significant loss of signal for long periods during many popular programmes. Loss was apparent at times across most Mux groups although not necessarily at the same time. Problem is still there this morning althought this web site is saying that our Oxford tramsmitter has no reported problem.
Please - Can someone please advise what is or could be the source of the problem (have already tried recommended system actions at this end). I can only assume that it must be the transmitter in some way - if not actual work taking place, could it be down on power?
Even before the full switchover to digital our signal performance was rarely this bad.

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