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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?

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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, 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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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 (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
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:34 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterday to 08:51 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterday to 08:51 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterday to 08:51 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterda [BBC]

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Thursday, 18 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:34 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Sep to 08:51 on 16 Sep. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Sep to 08:51 on 16 Sep, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Sep to 08:51 on 16 Sep, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Se [BBC]

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Sunday, 19 October 2014
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David Whitty
5:09 PM

Hi I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH PICTURE BREAK UP MAINLY ON ITV AND SOME OF THE FREE VIEW CHANNELS. THIS IS A ON GOING PROBLEM, BBC CHANNELS ARE FINE. I HAVE A NEW TV WHICH I BROUGHT LAST WEEK ( THE OLD TV HAD THE SAME PROBLEM) . I HAVE TRIED A BOOSTER ON THE ARIEL BUT THIS HAS NOT WORKED OR MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. BUT I HAVE NOTICED THAT MY AIERAL IS'NT AS HIGH AS MOST IN THE CLOSE WHERE I LIVE ALSO I LIVE IN A BUNGALOW. COULD THIS BE THE PROBLEM ? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA'S.

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:14 PM

David Whitty

To be able to help with this problem we really need a post code (or that of a nearby shop) so we can examine which transmitter you should be using and any obstructions between you and the transmitter in use.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Monday, 20 October 2014
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mmm
9:06 AM

Oxford local mux now live on C29 Oxford - local mux - Freeview - Digital Spy Forums ...

currently broadcasting QVC Extra (#57) and POP (#125)

digitaluk notes a change, presumably the launch, on 14th Oct, but still has incorrect C51

(OX27SW)

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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nickwilcock
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:16 AM

At OX283SR (East Witney) my kitchen TV is showing 'poor' signal quality for both the current services (Pop and QVC Extra) on Ch29; however, the actual picture and sound quality seems fine..... Not that either service holds any interest for me, although the forthcoming local Oxfordshire service might.

MuxD/ArqB used to be on Ch29 from 2 Jan - 28 Sep 2011 and I received them without any problems, so I assume that the local service should generally be OK.

My TV isn't compatible with DVB-T2, so I've no idea whether COM7 and COM8 are fully up and running yet, although the TV reports their non-HD services as being 'incompatible'.


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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:19 PM

nickwilcock: I'm a little puzzled. There is nothing on C29 from Oxford. The only C29 I can think of is COM4/SDN (ITV3 etc) from Waltham, although I think you're too far away to have any chance of that

Pop and QVC Extra are on the "local" multiplex which is (or "will be", if it's not on air yet) be on C51 from Oxford. You are really on the edge of the "beam" for this channel, which is directed primarily at Oxford itself.

Digital reception is all about the "digits" which make up the picture and sound being present and correct. Some errors are correctable and it's possible therefore that the "poor" is saying there are errors but the good picture means that they have been corrected. The point is that your reception of that channel may be "marginal" meaning that a little change to the detriment of reception may push you over the cliff edge and leave you with no reception.

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:08 PM

Dave Lindsay: According to the Television Broadcast Licensing Update 2014, on 8th April 2014 Ofcom's Broadcast Licensing committee considered and approved a request from Comux to change the frequency of the Oxford local multiplex to C29 in order to extend the coverage area.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
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nickwilcock
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:12 PM

Yes, I confirm that Pop and QVC Extra are indeed on UHF Ch 29 from Oxford Beckley.

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mmm
3:29 PM

Reference Links were posted in here

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And also the potential issue with aerials discussed - definitely need a wideband to span from C29 to C60 - and even C68 was used in the area for a while! But localmux clearly hoping aerials will be upgraded to get nearby com7?

Com7 (HD DVB-T2 boxes only) has been up an running for quite a while, no sign of Com8 - it was activated i some regions for test only, but not here. (OX27SW)

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