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Full Freeview on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter

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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C53+ (730.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C60- (785.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C57 (762.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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, 123 CBBC HD,

 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 122 CITV, plus 18 others

 H -3dB
C59- (777.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 BT Showcase (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 90 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

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

 H -7.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 74 CBS Action +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -7.7dB
C37 (602.0MHz)295mDTG-617,100W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, plus 4 others

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
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-1329/5/13-2013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EWC/D EC/D EWK

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 14th September and 28th September 2011.

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.

Friday, 23 June 2017
12:00 PM

David Gray:

Nowhere in Swindon will any indoor aerial (the type that you have in the room) provide any reliable reception of either Oxford or Mendip. I used to live in Coleview and worked for a TV rental company so am aware of reception conditions in the area. As StevensOnln1 suggests, an outdoor aerial is required for Oxford, one in the loft may work in dry weather but may suffer in rain or snow.

A good log-periodic with sufficient gain is needed for Oxford reception in Swindon and I suggest at least a Log36 type. Do not be fooled into buying a 'digital' aerial as there is no such thing.

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MikeP's 1,491 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 26 June 2017
Matthew Crowther
11:04 PM

out of nowhere tonight I lost signal on my freeview. We had moved the TV and box across the room but it's all plugged in fine etc. Switching cables over to second antenna port I get it back but trying to record I get "channel not installed" or "weak signal". Turning box off/on at wall brings it back (when on original antenna port) but then it goes again (and yet records the odd channel fine as if the signal's there).

Nothing going with Oxford transmitter in turn of works so unsure.

(Doing a first time installation scan does the same thing. Seems to be alright starting off recording on BBC1 for example with image but then changing channels brings up the blue screen "No Digital TV Signal Available")

Location is Aylesbury.

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Matthew Crowther's 9 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
10:23 AM

Matthew Crowther:

A full post code is essential in these cases so that contributors can examine the reception conditions at your precise location, simply stating 'Aylesbury' is not specific enough to look in detail at what might be the problem.

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MikeP's 1,491 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 29 June 2017
K Burder
9:50 AM Brackley

My signal from the Oxford transmitter has been weak from time to time. This week the signal has disappeared completely - signal strength went from 35% to 0%.
I followed the instructions for retuning and I now have 0 channels.
Can you please give further advice?
My post code is NN13 6PU

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10:48 AM

K Burder:

Your signal strength was too low before the problem appeared. Retuning has made matters worse as the TV was tuned before but now isn't. Retuning when you have weak signals is a bad idea.

As you are only about 28km from the Oxford transmitter you should be getting a much better signal than you report, so you almost certainly have a problem with your aerial system. The usual course of action is to check all the connections between the TV and the aerial, including checking the cables themselves for any damage or signs of water ingress. Having done all those checks, including unplugging and re-inserting all aerial plugs, you would normally check what signal strengths you now get. But as you have retuned and found nothing you will have to retune again and hope it finds some signals. Then you can check the strengths reported. The ideal is between 50% and 85% for SD multiplexes and between 60% and 85% for HD multiplexes. Your original 35% was way too low before.

If you you don't find any problems with the cables and connections, you need to call in a professional aerial installer. Be warned to avoid falling for the scam of a 'digital' aerial as there is no such thing. If the aerial needs replacing, it is wise to go for a log-periodic type that will be suitable for all current TV transmissions and those for the foreseeable future.

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MikeP's 1,491 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 7 July 2017
Chris Billingham
9:29 AM

I am not receiving channel 60 stations on my 2 tvs all of a sudden. I have carried out the freeview reset as above and none of these channels are listed on the new channel list. Is there a problem with the Oxford transmitter , my pos code is OX10

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Nick Haydon
9:38 AM Princes Risborough

Lost audio and video onPSB2 channels this morning (745ish) from Oxford transmitter. TV guide still shows when a channel selected, but no programmes. Other multiplexes / channels seem to be behaving normally. HP27 9DB

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10:05 AM

Chris Billingham
Exact same problem at OX2.
It's a crisis! We're missing Jeremy Kyle!

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PaulHazell's 4 posts GB
Chris Billingham
10:09 AM


I suppose there are some plus points !

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Chris Billingham's 2 posts GB
10:11 AM

It's Alive!
Back to normal.

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PaulHazell's 4 posts GB
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