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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

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

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-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

 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),

 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

 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

 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

 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

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

 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
C50tv_off SDNSDN

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

7:59 PM

Neil: Although I fully appreciate that your reception has prior to recent times been OK but that's the misleading thing about digital reception, insomuch that provided a signal is not suffering from rapid fluctuations in quality the picture will appear exactly the same from being received at a high strength right down to just before the lower cut off threshold, and so its possible that your signal could have been dropping in level over a period of time but is only now being noticed because its encroaching on your receivers lower cut off point.

If your aerial had been in the loft then I would have been inclined to suggest that you try moving the aerial a few feet to the left or right of it present position, as in non line-of-sight situations where a signal is being received via an element of diffraction this type of action can sometimes bring results by re-capturing the signal, because in areas such as yours if a person moved along a rooftop from one end to the other carrying a test aerial coupled into a signal meter, its not uncommon to observe the signal rise and fall in a ripple fashion from one end of roof to the other, not of course that it really helps an aerial installer to know this when a really good spot does not correspond to a chimney breast, although this being where gutter mounting is usually OK.

Another thing about reception under these circumstances being that picture glitching etc is always worse if a high gain aerial is used, because a high gain aerial is only that because the elements towards the front of the aerial called directors focuses the signal onto the aerials active element positioned immediately in front of the reflector, but when a signal is being received via diffraction the angle its being received at is not constant and can vary slightly to either side of the centre line that the aerial has been aligned on thereby defocusing the aerial, and so what's a director element one minute turns into an obstruction the next by partially blocking the signal path to the active element.

It would be interesting though to know the result if you cared to make a local enquiry regarding reception from some other household whose aerial is facing the same direction as your own.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Geoffrey Ferres
8:41 PM

Thanks for the explanation about 29th May.
I actually had not done what I only now see the site suggested and all our problems have been solved by retuning with the aerial disconnected, then retuning after reconnecting. We now have all the channels!

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Geoffrey Ferres's 2 posts GB
Friday, 5 July 2013
5:38 PM

Agreed something must have changed, but I really don't know what it could be.

I tried asking one neighbour, but he was unaware you could get 'normal' (i.e. aerial) TV since digital switchover.

I only just realised that jb38's first post had some links to the right, pages I hadn't seen before on ukfreetv. Is this where you got your "obstructed" info from? The house icon seems the cover the terrain view in the closest 2 miles, so I wasn't quite sure if Hannington looked better or not. Realistically I would be pointing at a house somewhere further up the hill. Yes it is a high gain aerial.

I will see if I can ask some other neighbours at some point, or think about getting someone to see if any of the other directions are better.

Many thanks.

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Neil's 5 posts GB
Saturday, 6 July 2013

7:59 AM

Neil: These are the links to the updated info showing the terrain between the three stations in question and your location when using the info you have now provided rather than an approximate test code.

Please note that the indications seen are purely with reference to the ground level and do not take into account trees or anything man made, these always making matters worse.


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Crystal Palace.

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 7 July 2013

7:19 AM

Neil: Just noticed that the link indicating the terrain between Crystal Palace and your updated location is defective and so this is a replacement.

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Friday, 2 August 2013

7:55 AM

I noticed this week that ITV1 carries Meridian News ( South ), while ITV1+1 carries Central West News. This gives us a choice of nearby regions, which is useful.
If I recall correctly, not long ago ITV1+1 carried Meridian News ( South East ). News and weather for Kent and Sussex were not very useful.

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Paul's 45 posts GB
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Algernon Black

3:40 PM

Oh dear! what has happened to Freeview again?
We have just got over the biggest retune in history and now channel 15 is telling me to do it again. Are they all totally incompetent?

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Algernon Black's 23 posts GB

9:52 PM

In reply to the question about the impending loss of Film 4 on channel 15, you can see from the list at the start of the page that it has moved to PSB2.

Manually retune C60 and C55 to get back Film 4 on 15 and a bonus of Film 4+1 too on 45.

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pikpilot's 23 posts GB
Saturday, 17 August 2013

6:40 AM

I can understand why people get annoyed over re-tuning... but surely by now freeview,tv's or boxes should be able to re tune themselves.. but thats not allways a good idea.. I have a goodmans box that BBC gave me for free due to my deafness. It has a habit retuning London TV which is very poor due to New reading train station building having alot of metal work round it!. so am stuck with Oxford... signal is ok but like anytime it has its ups and downs.

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Rob's 171 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

7:53 AM

Hi there today this morning apart from BBC channels all others come up no signal! its very heavy fog here this morning... its weather conditions nothing any one can do... if anyone else experience this don't re tune or play with your tv aerial just wait for weather conditions to change. least with the old anolouge tv just get lines but still get a picture and sound....

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